The Latest News From Fort Myers, Sanibel, Captiva

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The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau shared an update from the Fort Myers region. Visit for the latest news.

Since the situation in the Greater Fort Myers region continues to be in a state of flux, your best bet is to visit the web sites of individual hotels and businesses for status updates.

Support hospitality workers

Many who work in the hospitality industry need your support, as they have lost their homes, jobs, cars and more.

Your contributions to the SWFL Relief Fund will directly support hospitality workers on Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel & Captiva islands, Pine Island, Matlacha, Boca Grande and the outer islands, and in Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Alva, Buckingham and Lehigh Acres. Click here to see how you can help:

(See this recvent Prevue article for other ways to help: Hurricane Ian: 5 Ways to Help)

Sanibel Island Causeway Opens Ahead of Schedule

In this Shellcast podcast, Sanibel Mayor Holly Smith and John Lai, president and CEO of Sanibel Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, talk about the Oct. 19 reopening of the Sanibel Causeway, restoring access to residents and construction crews just three weeks after Hurricane Ian. The Causeway’s reopening marks a significant milestone in Lee County’s recovery. Shellcast is the award-winning podcast of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Listen wherever you get your podcasts or at

Hotel Reopenings

The Marriott Sanibel Harbour in Fort Myers reopened Oct. 28.

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village reopens on Nov. 1.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs will reopen on Nov. 7.

New air service at Fort Myers 

American: Austin (AUS) daily, limited holiday service Dec. 15 – Jan.9, 2023
Sun Country Airlines: Eau Claire EAU) weekly beginning Dec. 19.
Avelo Airlines: Kalamazoo (AZO) and Lansing (LAN) weekly beginning Nov. 11. Raleigh/Durham (RAL) weekly beginning Nov. 10. Binghamton (BGM) begins Nov. 16.
WestJet: nonstop service from Ottawa (YOW) through April 29, 2023, with twice-weekly service.
WestJet twice-daily service from Toronto (YYZ) through April 29, 2023.
Air Canada nonstop from Montreal (YUL) with twice-a-week service. Nov. 24-Dec. 18 will be three times per week.
Air Canada nonstop from Toronto (YYZ) four times per day through April 15, 2023.

Greater Fort Myers Attractions

Edison and Ford Winter Estates
The Edison and Ford Estates in Fort Myers has opened.

Wonder Gardens
The 86-year-old attraction in Bonita Springs is open.

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