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Fort Myers Beach fire chief resigns after 5 years with the department

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – Fort Myers Beach Fire Chief Matthew Love resigned from the department on Friday. The Fort Myers Beach Fire Department said over the last few months, the chief has discussed potential resigning with the Board of Fire Commissioners. Chief Love notified the board Friday that he wanted them to start looking for his replacement. The department said that over the next several months, Chief Love will help the board with selecting, recruiting, and training his successor, prior to his official departure. The chief has served with FMBFD since 2016 and enabled the team...

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Woman severely injured at Fort Myers Beach after being struck by boat propeller

FORT MYERS, Fla.– What started as another day on the boat, ended with a woman in the hospital being treated for serious injuries According to Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation, 6 adults were on a boat along Fort Myers Beach when a woman fell into the water from the bow. She was struck by the propeller. Those onboard took the 29-year-old woman to the Pink Shell Resort boat dock. She was then transported to Lee Memorial with serious injuries. “When you’re part of a group, you have to watch and look out for each other and make sure no one is doing anything stupid because in...

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Some Fort Myers Beach businesses close in preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.– As doors close on Monday on Fort Myers Beach, many of the beachfront businesses won’t open for customers on Tuesday.  Tropical Storm Elsa isn’t slated to make landfall here, but will likely bring tropical storm conditions to the coastline.  “The restaurant will be closed tomorrow,” said Andres Wirdma of the Sunset Beach Tropical Grill.  Many of those businesses closed up shop early on Monday in preparation for the storm.  Work was well underway at the Sunset Grill.  “We have a checklist that we have to go through,” said Wirsma.  They’ve...

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Fort Myers Beach giving out sandbags as Elsa nears the coast

The Town of Fort Myers Beach is helping residents prepare as Tropical Storm Elsa inches closer.  A Town spokesperson said there were about 100 pre-filled sandbags available for residents to take. They’re located behind Town Hall located at 2525 Estero Boulevard. Once the sandbags are gone, residents can bring their own bags to fill from a sand pile. Residents planning to fill their own bags should also bring a shovel.  Officials are urging residents to ensure their hurricane re-entry passes are ready. Yellow and Purple passes issued in previous years are valid this hurricane...

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Former Fort Myers Beach Mayor Dan Hughes passes away

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – Former Fort Myers Beach Mayor Dan Hughes passed away Thursday evening. Current Mayor Ray Murphy issued a statement on social media announcing the former mayor’s passing. “It is with an extremely heavy heart that I have to announce that Mayor Dan Hughes passed away this evening at his home surrounded by his friends and family,” Murphy said. Hughes was “instrumental” in the Town of Fort Myers Beach’s formation in 1995. Town officials said he served as mayor, a council member, and various other leadership roles on committees....

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