Melissa Montoya, The News-Press

Melissa Montoya

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Fort Myers, FL, United States

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Past articles by Melissa:

Fort Myers mayor asks city manager to resign, according to city council members

In Fort Myers, Mayor Kevin Anderson has asked City Manager Saeed Kazemi to resign, according to multiple council members → Read More

Fort Myers will study whether City of Palms Park could be turned into an amateur sports complex

Lee County is set to demolish the 27-year-old park before turning over the land to the city. → Read More

Water main break closes Lee County Administration Building for the day

Lee County Administration Building closed for the day due to a water main break. → Read More

Prosecutor drops charges against former FMPD captain accused of perjury, prostitution

Criminal charges against former Fort Myers police Capt. Jay Rodriguez were dropped last week. → Read More

New Fort Myers mayor and council sworn in Monday

The newest members of Fort Myers city council were sworn in on Monday. → Read More

After 20 years, Fort Myers mayor Randy Henderson is leaving office

He's focusing on his real estate company and his family for now, but if the timing is right, he is open for another run at office. → Read More

Fort Myers mayoral race: Kevin Anderson wins post over Jaquelyn McMiller

Kevin Anderson and Jacquelyn McMiller were the top vote-getters in the primary. → Read More

Johnny Streets, Liston Bochette and Darla Betzer Bonk win Fort Myers city council election

Johnny Streets, Liston "Lin" Bochette III and Darla Betzer Bonk are the Fort Myers city council election winners. → Read More

Fort Myers council says report inconclusive on candidate Anthony Thomas' qualification for office

According to a hearing examiner's report, the burden does not fall on Thomas to provide proof of address. Instead it relies on the city clerk's judgment. → Read More

Fort Myers city attorney, police officers receive pay raises

The city of Fort Myers gave a raise to its city manager and police department on Monday night. → Read More

Here's what we know about President Donald Trump's visit to Fort Myers today

President Trump will make his way to downtown Fort Myers after landing at RSW around noon. This is what we know about his fourth visit to Southwest Florida since 2015. → Read More

Fort Myers election: Mayor's race turns partisan as Kevin Anderson, Jacquelyn McMiller compete

The race between Kevin Anderson and Jacquelyn McMiller is anything but nonpartisan. → Read More

AC Marriott hotel planned for downtown Fort Myers

A mixed-use project in downtown Fort Myers fell through. Now, the developer has plans for a hotel. → Read More

Centennial Park is closed for renovations; county scrambles to assist homeless

The gates at Centennial Park were closed on Friday as the county scrambled to find help for its homeless residents. → Read More

Fence goes up around Centennial Park ahead of planned closure; homeless forced to leave

The city of Fort Myers completed a fence around Centennial Park for renovations. The city won't say how long the park will be closed for. → Read More

Homeless residents at Centennial Park wait for park's closure

Homeless residents at Centennial Park wait for park's closure after city surprised them last week with renovations to the downtown park → Read More

Fort Myers preps for Centennial Park renovations, park to close Monday

The city of Fort Myers tore down the playground at Centennial Park this week blindsiding residents. The city responded Friday, explaining renovations → Read More

Sons of Confederate Veterans protest Fort Myers' decision to send Gen. Lee bust to a museum

A group of Robert E. Lee sympathizers said they plan to file a lawsuit against Fort Myers for removing the bust of the Confederate general. → Read More

Fort Myers passes budget, considers expanding housing program

Lee Interfaith for Empowerment is calling on the city to spend more on housing vouchers for lower-income people. → Read More

Permanent removal of Robert E. Lee bust from downtown Fort Myers a small victory for activists

After years of contention, city council voted 5-2 to keep the bust of Robert E. Lee down. → Read More