How will you spend Memorial Day? Take our poll

Memorial Day is a national holiday observed in the United States and right here in Southwest Florida to honor and remember the men and women who have died while serving in our armed forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day has its roots in the years following the Civil War and became an official […]

Flying over Memorial Day weekend? Expect long lines at airports

Americans traveling by plane over Memorial Day weekend should prepare for some of the longest waits at airports in years, travel experts warn. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas encouraged patience among travelers who, he said Friday, should brace themselves for large crowds and long lines over the holiday weekend, which marks the first major travel […]

Millions traveling to, from SWFL for Memorial Day weekend

2 million Floridians are planning to travel Memorial Day weekend, the first major holiday since we have been vaccinated and eased pandemic restrictions, and Southwest Florida is expected to be busy. The weekend might almost feel like the U.S. is turning the page on the pandemic, and the numbers are showing it: the TSA is […]

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000 Americans. Sheriff’s deputies and beach patrols tried to make sure people kept their […]

Memorial Day tempts Americans outdoors, raising virus fears

Millions of Americans are getting ready to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and venture outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day weekend at beaches, cookouts and family outings, raising concern among public health officials that large gatherings could cause outbreaks to come roaring back. Medical experts warn that the virus won’t take a holiday for the unofficial start of summer. […]

Many head to SWFL beaches ahead of Memorial Day weekend

While Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in our military, it also marks the unofficial start of summer. Many people at Fort Myers Beach Friday have gotten a head start. “I like the water. It’s a lot warmer than we thought it would be,” said Tya Lucas and Paul Gore […]