Melissa Montoya, The News-Press

Melissa Montoya

The News-Press

Fort Myers, FL, United States

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  • Naples Daily News
  • USA TODAY
  • 11Alive Atlanta
  • 10 News Tampa Bay
  • KENS 5
  • WLTX
  • KHOU
  • ksdk.com
  • Tallahassee Democrat
  • KREM 2 NEWS
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Recent articles by Melissa:

Mayor Henderson's ad for Congress leads to dissension among Fort Myers city council

Fort Myers' Randy Henderson ad has angered his black colleagues on city council. They let him know during the meeting. → Read More

Democratic Party chair seeks Mayor Randy Henderson's resignation amid political ad controversy

Fort Myers Randy Henderson released his first political ad last week, but some people are not happy with it. → Read More

City of Fort Myers may honor Super Bowl champions Jaylen and Sammy Watkins by renaming streets

The city of Fort Myers is considering renaming two streets in Harlem Lakes after Super Bowl champions and siblings Sammy and Jaylen Watkins. → Read More

Four Dunbar Middle students win an essay contest on voting rights

Four students will be honored next week at the Fort Myers city council and in Tallahassee for participating in a statewide essay contest on voting rights. → Read More

McCollum Hall renovation financing in place for long-awaited Fort Myers project

Now that financing is in place for Fort Myers' McCollum Hall redevelopment, whats next for the historical landmark? → Read More

Proposed sidewalk near Allen Park Elementary has neighbors worried for student safety

A group of neighbors are worried about a proposed sidewalk because they say it will endanger the safety of students at nearby Allen Park Elementary. → Read More

'Full throttle every day': Meet Fort Myers' newest fire chief Tracy McMillon

Fort Myers' new Fire Chief Tracy "Mac" McMillion planted his career roots in Fort Myers almost 25 years ago. His appointment also has historical significance for the city. → Read More

Convention center formerly known as Harborside has a new name

The Luminary Hotel & Co. has unveiled the name for its convention center. → Read More

Owner of Jones Walker won't have to pay code enforcement fines

The owner of Jones Walker apartments will not have to pay $700,000 in code enforcement fines that have accumulated since 2017. → Read More

Fort Myers councilwoman Gaile Anthony plans to run for mayor

Gaile Anthony, a retired health care executive, was elected to the council in 2015. → Read More

Issues at the city attorney's office split city council; fired employee Terry Cramer hires attorney

Issues at the city attorney's office boiled over into city council chambers on Thursday. Meanwhile, employees are upset over Terry Cramer's firing. → Read More

Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson returns to work after biking accident

Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson has returned to work after spending time at the hospital due to a biking accident. → Read More

Fort Myers officials won't answer questions about firing of city attorney

The city of Fort Myers is staying mum on the decision to fire the chief administrative city attorney. Meanwhile, Fort Myers Councilwoman Gaile Anthony is livid. → Read More

Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson hospitalized following cycling accident

Randy Henderson, who announced his candidacy for congress last week, was injured on Sunday while he was cycling. → Read More

Affordable housing community in the works for seniors, those with disabilities

An affordable housing community of 95 units is planned near the intersection of Colonial Boulevard and Winkler Avenue in Fort Myers. → Read More

Fort Myers man facing eviction says it's because of Santeria

A Fort Myers man says cultural differences are at the root of his possible eviction from Bonair Towers, a low-income senior housing community. → Read More

Fort Myers City Council wants more data before moving forward with red light cameras

The Fort Myers Police Department wants to bring red light cameras to the city's busiest intersections, but city council wants more data before moving forward. → Read More

Audit of Fort Myers public works operation division handed over to police

An audit of the Fort Myers public works operation division that led to the discipline of seven employees is now in the hands of the police department. → Read More

Fort Myers police' specialty units do not work together or communicate effectively, report finds

A new report by the Freeh Group says Fort Myers police's specialty group do no work together or communicate effectively. → Read More

Fort Myers to weigh electric scooter ban in downtown, Midtown

The popular electric scooters that have popped up across the country have drawn lawsuits from advocates for people with disabilities. → Read More