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Truck tugs next at the posse arena

January 29, 2020 By CHUCK BALLARO The Cracker Day Rodeo may be over for this year, but that’s just the beginning of a very busy next few weeks at the Lee County Posse Arena. more »»



Truck tugs next at the posse arena

January 29, 2020 By CHUCK BALLARO The Cracker Day Rodeo may be over for this year, but that’s just the beginning of a very busy next few weeks at the Lee County Posse Arena. more »»

'Feeding Southwest Florida,' a one-day food drive being held Feb. 8

January 29, 2020 Harry Chapin Food Bank is partnering with Publix Super Markets in “Feeding Southwest Florida,” a one-day food drive being held Saturday, Feb. 8, in Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties. more »»

Registration open for Strides in Education 5K

January 29, 2020 The community is invited to support the next generation of learners by participating in the annual Take Stock in Children’s Strides in Education 5K to be held next month. more »»

Calling all mermaids: Bert's parade Feb. 8

January 29, 2020 The Parade of Mermaids began at Bert's Bar and Grill as a kick-off for the “Pirate Ball,” a fundraiser for breast cancer. Deb Cole of Pinebay Gallery adopted it as her baby, almost immediately. more »»

The Southwest Florida Concert Band to perform ‘Sunday at the Movies’ concert Feb. 16

January 29, 2020 The Southwest Florida Concert Band will perform “Sunday at the Movies” concert on Sunday Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. at South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road, Fort Myers. more »»



March 27, 2019 Stunning sunrises and sunsets, beautiful white beaches perfect for swimming, diving or snorkeling the Gulf of Mexico’s warm waters, a vast assortment of shells, endless shared use paths for exercise... more »»


March 27, 2019 It is easy to get hooked by Captiva, where there are incredible sunrise and sunset views from the white-sand beache. more »»

Boca Grande

March 27, 2019 The drive along the Boca Grande Causeway features turquoise-blue waters plied by boats ranging from yachts to kayaks. more »»

Bonita Springs

March 27, 2019 The coastal city south of Fort Myers Beach is less hectic than its cousin to the north, with a few good seafood restaurants and some family-friendly beach fun to be had. more »»

Fort Myers Beach

March 27, 2019 It’s a seven-mile island with a sugar-sand beach, a lively downtown square, and opportunities to get lost in nature around every swath of mangrove trees. more »»

Major Attractions

The Shell Factory & Nature Park

March 30, 2016 2787 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers (239)995-2141 Open every day: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Offers wide variety of shells, coral, fossils and rare specimens. The Nature Park has a large petting zoo. more »»

Butterfly Estates

March 30, 2016 1815 Fowler Street, Fort Myers (239)690-2359 Butterfly Estates is a serene, peaceful place that gives visitors the opportunity to get closer to nature. more »»

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

March 30, 2016 3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers (239)275-3435 Learn about the night sky, feed snakes and witness a live reptile presentation at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetariu. more »»

Sun Splash Family Waterpark

March 30, 2016 Sun Splash Family Waterpark has more than 14 acres of wet and dry attractions, including three speed slides, a Lazy River, Tot Spot for small children, family pool, and open and enclosed water flumes. more »»

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum

March 30, 2016 2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers (239)321-7420 This science museum features more than 60 interactive exhibits. more »»

Airline and Transportation

Passenger traffic up 30 percent at Punta Gorda Airport, a new record

May 11, 2016 The Punta Gorda Airport passenger count for April, 2016 was 98,101, the second largest monthly count ever and a 3. more »»

Southwest Florida International Airport a top airport in the country

May 11, 2016 The Southwest Florida International Airport ranks among the top 50 airports for passenger traffic in the United States serving nearly 8.4 million passengers per ye. more »»

Airlines Serving Southwest Florida International Airport

May 11, 2016 There are 12 airlines serving the Southwest Florida International Airport: Airline airberlin Air Canada... more »»

Concessions at the Southwest Florida Ingternational Airport

May 11, 2016 The following businesses are available at Southwest Florida International Airport: Main Terminal Beaches Travelmart (2 locations available) Dunkin' Donuts (2 locations available) Brighton... more »»

Southwest International Airport

March 4, 2016 Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers serves Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties, making it the primary travel-by-flight hub in Southwest Florida. more »»


Visit Bowditch Point Regional Park

March 16, 2017 Bowditch Point Regional Park is 17 acres that is located at the northern tip of Estero Island. more »»

Sun Splash Family Waterpark

March 30, 2016 Sun Splash Family Waterpark has more than 14 acres of wet and dry attractions, including three speed slides, a Lazy River, Tot Spot for small children, family pool, and open and enclosed water flumes. more »»

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

March 30, 2016 The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge came into existence in 1945 when President Harry S. Truman signed an Executive Order creating it as the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge. more »»

Times Square/Public Pier Lynn Hall Memorial Park

March 30, 2016 Considered the heart of Fort Myers Beach, the bustling Times Square area is located to the right of the Matanzas Pass Bridge. more »»

Bay Oaks Recreation Campus

March 30, 2016 This is a Town of Fort Myers Beach facility that is open to both residents and visitors. The rec center is next to Beach Elementary School at 2731 Oak St.; phone number is 765-4222. more »»

Introduction to SW FLorida

Sanibel named 'best family destination' in the country

May 8, 2015 We knew it. The rest of America is on a learning curve. more »»

Saltwater Fishing Regs: 2014

May 28, 2014 Basic recreational saltwater fishing regulations for state waters of Florida This brief summary of regulations governs the taking of saltwater species in Florida state waters for personal use. more »»

Fort Myers, City of Palms

October 11, 2013 Fort Myers is known as the City of Palms, but the majestic array of palm trees that line city streets only tells a piece of the overall story; Fort Myers has a unique vantage as the commercial and... more »»

Cape Coral - waterfront wonderland

October 11, 2013 The city of Cape Coral is adjacent to Fort Myers on a large peninsula bordered by the Caloosahatchee River to the east and Matlacha Pass to the west. more »»

Fort Myers Beach - Beaches, preserves, parks - and more!

October 11, 2013 Fort Myers Beach has plenty to offer those who live here, visit or plan a vacation. more »»

Theatre, Galleries & Museums


March 16, 2017 BIG ARTS has been providing cultural enrichment and fulfillment to island residents and visitors since 1979. BIG ARTS began when a group of artists dreamed of a cultural center on the island. more »»

The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater

March 16, 2017 The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, has been entertaining visitors and residents for many years with popular musical and comedy productions with Broadway-quality... more »»

BIG ARTS Events March 8 through June 1 2017

March 16, 2017 BIG ARTS Island Jazz Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon enjoying the tunes of the ever-popular Island Jazz musicians on Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m. at the BIG ARTS Boler Garden. more »»

Alliance for the Arts

March 30, 2016 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 939-2787 Event, education, fairs, exhibit and theater and arts, green market and other cultural activities. Nonprofit and user funded. artinlee. more »»

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

March 30, 2016 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 481-4849 Off-Broadway, live performances, holiday events. bbmannpah. more »»

Sporting Events

Fort Myers Miracle season schedule - May - Aug. 2014

May 28, 2014 Remaining Regular Season Games May 19 — vs. Daytona, 10:35 a.m. May 20 — at Dunedin, 6:30 p.m. May 21 — at Dunedin, 6:30 p.m. May 22 — at Dunedin, 6:30 p.m. May 23 — at Dunedin, 6:30 p.m. more »»

Southwest Florida offers a sport for every enthusiast

December 9, 2009 Southwest Florida offers a variety of sporting events and activities to suit many taste. more »»

Recreation Highlights for Fort Myers

December 9, 2009 The city of Fort Myers has a number of recreational facilities - everything from parks and community centers to skate facilities and pools. more »»

Major League Baseball: Spring Training

May 29, 2009 Southwest Florida has been a hotbed for Major League Baseball spring training for decades. more »»

Ice Hockey: Florida Everblades

May 29, 2009 The Florida Everblades have reached the playoffs in all 11 seasons since joining the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) in 2009. more »»

Local News

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa ranked No 1 on TripAdvisor

May 4, 2016 ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa now ranks as the No. 1 lodging choice on Captiva Island, Florida among reviewers. more »»

Former county commissioner Hall pleads guilty

October 4, 2013 A recently resigned Lee County commissioner entered a plea of guilty Thursday to federal charges. Tammara “Tammy” Ann Hall, 53, of Cape Coral, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud before U.S. more »»

SW Neighborhood Association to hold candidates forum on Wednesday

October 4, 2013 The Southwest Cape Coral Neighborhood Association will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Oasis Charter Elementary School Cafeteria. more »»

Bond validation hearing set for Monday

October 3, 2013 The bond validation hearing for the City of Cape Coral’s controversial fire service assessment is scheduled for Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the Lee County Courthouse in Judge Keith R. more »»

Cayo Costa hearing packs house

October 3, 2013 The public let the Florida Department of Environmental Protection know what it thought, Thursday night and soon the ball will be in the state’s court. more »»

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