Business, development and government
Fort Myers Beach Observer, March 2018: The Town of Fort Myers Beach struggles to handle a rezoning application that would redevelop a blighted area in the downtown core. Click here.
Fort Myers Beach Observer, April 2017: San Carlos Boulevard is a ghost town of empty store fronts and for sale signs. While development across the bridge is picking up, but San Carlos Island is staying stagnant. Click here.
Fort Myers Beach Observer, March 2017: Regulars of a popular breakfast spot on Fort Myers Beach flocked to Town Hall to defend “Mom” and her need for a rezoning to continue operation. Click here.
East County Observer, Nov. 2015: Craft breweries and growler stores have gained swift popularity in Sarasota, and the craze finally met Lakewood Ranch. University of South Florida’s culinary lab started a class in which students learned how to make their own craft beers. PDF: Craft beer surge
Fort Myers Beach Observer, March 2018: Every year, Fort Myers Beach throws a big party: the shrimp festival. Who are the modern day shrimpers? Click here.
Fort Myers Beach Observer, June 2017: While the LGTBQ-scene on Fort Myers Beach might be sleepy, the small beach town has become home. Click here.
East County Observer, Jan. 2016: Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School has the highest population of migrant students, students whose parents work as migrant farmers for large commercial farms in Manatee County. To adapt to the needs of this demographic of its student body, McNeal found solutions to help students succeed. PDF: Migrant students
Fort Myers Beach Observer, June 2017: Threatened shorebird species have it rough between bad weather and disruptive humans. Click here.
Fort Myers Beach Observer, May 2018: Hockey sticks don’t decompose. But they do make excellent oyster beds. A program at Florida Gulf Coast University creates oyster beds to help the keystone species repopulate in Estero Bay. Click here.
Hurricane Irma coverage
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