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Drywall giveaway for repairs on Fort Myers Beach in wake of Ian

Picking up all the pieces after a devastating storm like Ian can take a long time, and a large portion of Fort Myers Beach is still destroyed and needs to be rebuilt. But there is help out there. People are waiting in long lines getting drywall put back in their homes. 7,000 sheets of drywall […]

WINK News Exclusive: Look inside the new Bruno’s of Brooklyn location

A popular restaurant in downtown Fort Myers is giving WINK News an exclusive look inside its new spot. Bruno’s shut down nine days before Hurricane Ian but then had to gut the entire place after the storm. The owners of Bruno’s told WINK News the new location would feature all of the exact special touches […]

FEMA villages returning to Charlotte County

Leaders in Charlotte County are transforming temporary sites into FEMA villages after the commission unanimously voted in favor of the FEMA villages. This comes despite a commissioner telling WINK News he didn’t want to create these villages because of all the crime they attracted after Hurricane Charley. As of Tuesday, there are still more than […]

Counting homeless people in SWFL since Hurricane Ian

The destruction of Ian cost so many people their homes or jobs in Southwest Florida, and it’s intensified the already massive affordable housing crisis. Social workers are out across Southwest Florida, completing what’s called a ‘pit’ count, which means counting the number of homeless people. The first goal is to estimate the number of homeless […]

Frequently forgotten Fort Myers Beach area still devastated by Ian

Recovery efforts continue at Fort Myers Beach in the wake of Hurricane Ian. But some of the hardest-hit areas might be out of the line of sight. The North side of the island, if you make a right at the base of the bridge instead of a left, is still living in a world of […]

Lee County woman helping Ian victims in San Carlos Park

  Since Hurricane Ian, one woman, with the help of volunteers, has been distributing supplies to communities in desperate need. Nearly four months later, the unique circle neighborhood near San Carlos Park is still recovering from the storm. Most people are done with the cleanup phase and they’re progressing to the next step, rebuilding. Reminders […]

Damaged piers need repairs after Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers

Trash is all over the place, the dock is still stuck in the mangroves, and things spread across the ground, making a beautiful area look less aesthetic after Hurricane Ian. The Tarpon Street Pier and Riverside Park were wrecked in the surge from Ian, and there has been no visible effort to clean or repair […]

Saint James City residents living in tents four months after Ian

Saint James City was hit hard by Hurricane Ian, and even in mid-January, the evidence can be seen everywhere. It’s not uncommon to see tents set up around the city or entire sides of buildings devasted by the storm. Many people living in Saint James City are waiting on help while they survive where they […]