Melissa Montoya, The News-Press

Melissa Montoya

The News-Press

Fort Myers, FL, United States

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  • Naples Daily News
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  • Tallahassee Democrat
  • KREM 2 NEWS
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Recent articles by Melissa:

Fort Myers to cut funding to outside community organizations

The city of Fort Myers will slash funds to community organizations in order to provide more money to the STARS Complex. → Read More

Fort Myers police captain faced with prostitution, perjury charges will retire

A Fort Myers police captain announces plans to retire amid massage parlor sting scandal. → Read More

Arrest warrant for Fort Myers police captain leaves questions unanswered

An arrest warrant for Fort Myers Police Captain Jay Rodriguez details the case against him, but still leaves a lot of unanswered questions. → Read More

Fort Myers police captain Jay Rodriguez arrested for prostitution and perjury, FDLE says

Fort Myers police Capt. Jay Rodriguez was arrested for prostitution and perjury on Tuesday on charges related to a sex tape that was provided to the city in February. → Read More

Two very different developments planned near downtown Fort Myers: luxury rentals and artisan, cottage-like homes

Two different developments appear to be part of Fort Myers' future. Luxury rental units to the west of downtown and artisanal cottages to the east. → Read More

Fort Myers city council member questions use of city-issued credit cards for employees

Police chief's use of credit card prompts council member to call for investigation; city manager will review policy → Read More

Man accused of killing Fort Myers officer Adam Jobbers-Miller must undergo psych exam

A judge ordered a competency exam for Wisner Desmaret, accused of killing Fort Myers officer Adam Jobbers-Miller a year ago → Read More

A Fort Myers councilman tired of insults at meetings wants them banned

A Fort Myers councilman wants insults to stop at city meetings. But, should it be the law? → Read More

Fort Myers approves 318-home apartment project despite fears of gentrification

A controversial rental unit development was approved by Fort Myers leaders on Wednesday despite the community's fears of gentrification. → Read More

Decriminalize marijuana? Fort Myers could be next city to do it

Could Fort Myers be another municipality in Florida that adopts lenient rules for first-time marijuana possession offenders? A local activist hopes so. → Read More

Decriminalize marijuana? Fort Myers could be next city to do it

Could Fort Myers be another municipality in Florida that adopts lenient rules for first-time marijuana possession offenders? A local activist hopes so. → Read More

'I'm afraid right now.' Cape Coral man says racial profiling led to Fort Myers police officer pointing a gun at him

A Cape Coral man said a Fort Myers police officer pointed a gun at him while he was at work in case of mistaken identity. → Read More

Fort Myers activist wants to dissolve Fort Myers Police Department, use Lee Sheriff's Office services instead

A Fort Myers activist has filed plans to try to get a referendum on the 2020 ballot to disband Fort Myers police and have LCSO patrol the city instead. → Read More

Changes in future land use for Fort Myers' Luckett Road property back on the table, city decides

Developer, residents near Luckett Road project will work together toward a resolution. Fort Myers city manager wants development to succeed to increase city's revenue. → Read More

Fort Myers city councilman wants to know whether public officials can be armed during city events

Fort Myers city councilman Johnny Streets wants to know if council members would like to be armed during community events. → Read More

Mother of Heyzel Obando 'thankful to God' for justice in daughter's murder case after three years

The Oxygen television series Cold Justice helped deputies investigate the 3-year-old case, providing resources. → Read More

Apartment complex planned in east Fort Myers

A developer wants to build a 420-apartment complex at Seaboard Street and Michigan Avenue in Fort Myers. Rents would begin at $950. → Read More

Ex-Florida football player Tony Joiner charged with murdering wife

Joiner played safety for the Florida Gators from 2004-07 under head coach Urban Meyer, serving as a team captain his senior season. → Read More

Fort Myers' Luminary Hotel closer to completion after topping off ceremony

The Luminary Hotel & Co. in downtown Fort Myers celebrated its topping off ceremony. Fort Myers officials and the developer were on hand to celebrate. → Read More

City of Fort Myers to sue Fly Lounge; Club owner contests decision

A cantankerous city council meeting ended with the city of Fort Myers voting to sue Fly Lounge to force it to close before the end of July. → Read More