Fort Myers Seafood & Music Festival in full swing

The 2nd Annual Fort Myers Seafood & Music Festival held on the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers is in full swing today, with a full programme continuing tomorrow.  The event is produced by Paragon Festivals in partnership with the Fort Myers River District Alliance. Festivities began yesterday and continue today until 10pm and tomorrow 11am-6pm. General admission is free. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of foods cooked fresh onsite (seafood, meat, vegetarian)  with alcoholic, non-alcoholic and fruit drinks available.. While eating, festival-goers can listen to live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s top musical talents from such genres as R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean sounds. including Fleetwood Mac and Aretha Franklin tribute bands. There have been reports that the construction of the Luminary Hotel is making it harder to find a place to park for the event, with resultant traffic on Hendry Street. However, organisers have six dedicated lots for the event, and rerouting signs are in place.  

Cape Coral Police Will Be Conducting a city-wide High Visibility Traffic Enforcement Operation tomorrow

The Cape Coral Police Department have confirmed via their website that they will be conducting a high visibility traffic enforcement operation on Friday December 6, 2019. According to Cape Coral Police, “This is part of our continuing efforts to increase traffic safety awareness, education, and emphasis on the importance of obeying traffic laws to reduce traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths on the roadways in Cape Coral.”

This high visibility traffic enforcement operation will be conducted by Patrol and Traffic officers in which police officers will be focusing on moving violations such as speeding, red-light and stop sign violations, as well as aggressive driving.

Additional focus will be placed on criminal violations such as DUI and reckless driving.

“Visible enforcement increases awareness, encourages motorists to obey traffic laws, and reduces crashes. The Cape Coral Police Department encourages you to drive courteously and reminds you to obey the rules of the road.”

Death Investigation Ruled a Murder – Suicide

According to a statement released today by Cape Coral Police Department, a death investigation that left a mother and son deceased, has been ruled a murder – suicide.

Officers with the Cape Coral Police Department responded to a home in the 2600 block of NW 9th Street at approximately 8:45 a.m. on December 3rd, 2019. Further investigation located two deceased persons, a male, who has been identified as 37 year old, Michael Edward Walpole and female, who has been identified as 59 year old Joanne Lynn Walpole inside the home.

The investigation has revealed that Joanne Lynn Walpole shot the family dog, her son, Michael Edward Walpole and then committed suicide. The family dog was removed by Lee County Animal Control and has survived.

The investigation into the motive is ongoing at this time.

Este-grow! Estero considers adding 10-acre property on Coconut Road to village

The village of Estero could grow by 10 acres if an ordinance is passed on Wednesday at the Village Council meeting. Under Florida law, property owners that have land adjacent to a city and located in an unincorporated part of a county can request their property be annexed into a city. Local governments then have to pass an ordinance to accept the property. As such, Estero will be considering the voluntary annexation of property on the north side of Coconut Road and to the southeast of the El Dorado Acres residential community on Wednesday this week. The land is located at 4528, 4406 and 4410 Coconut Road in unincorporated Lee County. At a public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, the Estero Village Council will review the first reading of an ordinance that would approve the annexation. A final vote on whether the village will accept the property is scheduled in January. It would be the first time Estero annexed property since the village was formed in late 2014. The extension could be beneficial to Estero, however, as the village could receive a rise in property tax dollars from adding the land to village boundaries. The meeting will be held at 9401 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Estero, Florida on December 4, 2019 9:30 a.m.  Agenda and meeting documents can be found here.

From the home of the light bulb inventor, thousands of lights switched on to celebrate the holiday season.

”We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.” Whether or not Edison uttered these famous words, his invention of the world’s first light bulb transformed towns, villages and homes. Fast forward 140 years and every December, light bulbs transform many residential streets in Florida. Where better to celebrate this festival of lights than the winter estate of Thomas Edison? On Friday, November 29 at 6 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates kicked off their 44th Holiday Nights celebration with a tree lighting ceremony and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Holiday Nights tickets for adults are $20, teens (13-19) $10, children (6-12) are $2 and Edison Ford members get in free. Guided Holiday Tradition Tours are $30 for adults, teens are $25, children $18 and $10 for Edison Ford members. This year’s highlights include :
  • Fabulous Fig – The historic Mysore Fig tree on the Ford lawn will be covered in thousands of animated lights, set to traditional holiday music
  • Fountain Tree – One of last year’s most popular decorations
  • River Walk – For the first time, lights will run the length of the riverfront
  • Orchid Lane – This iconic pathway will be lit with shimmering fairy lights as bold, colorful lights illuminate the towering trees
  • Santa’s Workshop – Every Sunday, Santa Claus will pay a visit to the Edison Caretaker’s House with kid-friendly craft activities from 6-8 p.m.
  • Holiday Tea with Mina Edison & Clara Ford at 6:00 pm Dec. 19 (separate ticket required)
  • Children’s Holiday Tree Trail with handmade ornaments created by students from Lee County schools
  • Nightly Guided Holiday Tradition Tours at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. (additional cost)
  • Inside the Homes Holiday Tour every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (additional cost, call 239-334-7419 to reserve)
Lee County residents with proof of residence receive a $5 discount off adult admission on Mondays and Tuesdays in December. All admission options include the estates, museum and laboratory; plan on approximately 2.5 hours to see the estates, museum, and laboratory, open until 9:00 p.m. during Holiday Nights. The Edison and Ford Winter Estate is open daily through Dec. 30 with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.