Fort Myers officials ask for your input to make biking on city roads safer

The City of Fort Myers, in conjunction with the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization, has developed a 5 minute online survey for bicyclists and walkers in Fort Myers. Your input is important for the update to the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, which was last refreshed in 2007.

The City is seeking input on three questions : ‘How can we improve bicycling and walking in the City?’, ‘What would encourage you to walk and bike more?’ and How can we better connect you to your destinations?’.

The City of Fort Myers has stated it is dedicated to making bicycling and pedestrian safety a priority. According to the survey website, ”The 2020 updated plan will provide improved mobility and further connectivity, leading to a more robust bicycle pedestrian network. It is intended provide an inter‐connected network for non‐motorized transportation, wildlife, and recreation in a manner sensitive to the needs of user groups, the natural and built environments and the constraints of management, maintenance, and funding capabilities.”

Take the survey here.

Help needed to track down puppy killer

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down the person responsible for abusing an eight week old puppy and tossing its dead body in a dumpster.
On Wednesday, April 22nd, a passer-by found the tiny mixed breed Chihuahua in a dumpster at the Brittany Apartment complex, located at 4050 Winkler Avenue.  Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, along with Animal Control, immediately responded and removed the female puppy from the scene. A necropsy revealed multiple signs of abuse that led to her death.
Last week, investigators canvassed more than 300 apartments located within the complex to generate any leads, however the only information gleaned was that a witness had seen two similar looking puppies a few days prior. Now, Crime Stoppers is asking for the assistance of the public and local veterinary clinics, to help identify who owned the puppy and ultimately, whose violent actions led to her death. Flyers are also being distributed to residents in the area of the Brittany Apartments.
“Someone with the capacity to beat a tiny, defenseless puppy and discard its body in a dumpster like a piece of trash should not be walking our streets as a free person,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “We are hopeful that someone saw something and will come forward so that detectives can ensure that justice is served and that this person is not able to injure another animal again.”
Anyone with information on the owner of the puppy, or the person responsible for her death, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online at or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.

Huge fire contained at RSW but 3500 rental cars destroyed

The clean up has begun after a huge fire on Friday which engulfed thousands of rental cars in a storage area next to Southwest Florida International Airport.

The fire was in an area where extra rental cars are parked and none of the cars were occupied. Witnesses saw and heard multiple small explosions, flames jumping high in the air and showers of sparks.

It is understood that there were 3,516 cars destroyed or damaged by the fire and 3,850 remained undamaged.

The Forest Service returned to the scene to make sure the fire did not pick back up at the weekend.

Arlene Salac, a spokeswoman for the FAA,  said the fire did not effect air traffic or operations at the airport.

There was a county-wide response to this fire which included: the Airport Fire Department, South Trail Fire Department, Lehigh Acres Fire Department, Estero Fire Department, San Carlos Fire Department, Bayshore Fire Department, City of Fort Myers Fire Department, Fort Myers Beach Fire Department, Bonita Springs Fire Department, Sanibel Fire Department and Iona-McGregor Fire Department.

In a Facebook post, the airport thanked all the agencies who responded to the blaze, saying: ‘We appreciate their courage and willingness to help our Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting department. Together they were able to keep all our passengers and airport visitors safe.’


Fort Myers to host region’s largest literary event today

The Southwest Florida Reading Festival kicked off today at 10am at the Fort Myers Regional Library Campus at 2450 First Street.

The Festival is a fun, informative and entertaining one-day event that celebrates books and the written word. The initiative began in 1999 with the aim of celebrating the importance of reading as well as bringing the finest literary talent to Southwest Florida.

The Festival has enjoyed great success and now attracts more than 20,000 book lovers each year.

The Southwest Florida Reading Festival is a free, public event and includes exciting author events, author signings, storytelling and demonstrations.

There is a packed program of events up to 4 p.m. today so if you are looking for something fun and engaging for you and your family to take part in, why not head down to the Fort Myers Regional Library Campus this afternoon?

World-famous Budweiser Clydesdales to visit Fort Myers

The World-famous Budweiser Clydesdale are scheduled to make several appearances in Lee County from February 29th.

Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands or six feet at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, be bay in color, have four white legs, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail.

The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the World-Famous Red Beer Wagon at the following locations:

· February 29, 2020: 4706 Se 11th Pl. Cape Coral Fl. from 3pm-5pm.

· March 1, 2020: 15271 Mc Gregor Blvd, Ft. Myers Fl. From 3pm-5pm

· March 2, 2020: 16554 N. Cleveland Ave. N. Ft. Myers, Fl. From 2pm-4pm

· March 3, 2020: 14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Ft. Myers, Fl. From 11am-1pm

The Budweiser Clydesdales were first introduced to the public on April 7th 1933 to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition.

Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian. In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were used to protect the horses and to guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.