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The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau’s (VCB) weekly newsletter is your resource for news and best practices to help you navigate COVID-19 in the days and weeks ahead.

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TDC meeting Aug. 13

TDC meeting Aug. 13

The Tourist Development Council (TDC) will meet Thursday, Aug. 13, in Room 118, Admin East Building, 2201 Second Street, Fort Myers. 

The TDC meeting will live stream on Lee TV, which you can watch here.


July 19-25 STR Report for Lee County

Occupancy: 44.7%, down 31.3%
ADR (Average Daily Rate): $131.60, up 0.6%
RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room): $58.83, down 30.9%

Lee County is here to help

LeeCARES Assistance programs

Please remind your staff that anyone who has suffered a loss of income due to COVID-19 is eligible to apply for LeeCARES Assistance.

  • Round 2 opens Aug. 17: Round 2 of LeeCares Assistance for individuals and families providing for broader eligibility and increased award amounts up to $3,000 per household. Grant recipients from earlier rounds of assistance are also eligible for Round 2 funding. 
  • Business Rehire: This program's grant sizes have increased by up to $8,000 awarded to each full-time equivalent rehire according to wages paid.
  • Child care: Double the maximum scholarship amount allowed for each child that qualifies for childcare expenses to $2,500 in order to extend the program through the remainder of calendar year 2020.
  • Distribute Personal Protective Equipment to county residents in partnership with the municipalities.
  • Enhance CARES Act funding by $1.8 million for the existing Rapid Re-housing Program currently administered by Lee County’s Department of Human & Veteran Services; this includes adding additional partnering agencies to increase program capacity.

The LeeCARES programs are funded through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). The funding includes:

  • $45 million to Human Services programs including the Individual Assistance
  • $25 million to Business Relaunch and Rehire programs and PPE.
  • $23,950,000 for Public Safety and Medial expenses, including contact tracing, EMS transport, quarantine housing, etc.
  • $20 million for Governmental COVID-19 direct expenses for Lee County and Constitutional Offices, including PPE, facility safety, public education and messaging, data collection, elections, telework, etc.
  • $20.5 million for general reserves for COVID-19 costs.

A dashboard that shows assistance statistics is available at

Visit for additional information about all available programs.

Application instructions also are available in Spanish by calling 239-533-2273 (or 239-LEE-CARES); applicants without internet access can also call the number. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Updates about the county’s response to coronavirus can be found at

United Way

United Way Houses offer application help for LeeCARES Individual Assistance

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties is partnering with Lee County to offer application sites for Lee residents seeking help with rent, mortgage or utility payments through the LeeCARES Individual Assistance Program.

Documents needed to apply include:


  • photo ID for head of household
  • income documentation
  • proof of loss of income
  • lease or most recent mortgage statement
  • most recent utility bills (water and electric only)

Lee Health and Lee County Team Up for ‘Together, We Can’

Lee Health and Lee County officials have joined forces to launch the “Together, We Can” campaign to encourage the community to continue practicing CDC guidelines.

The campaign also reminds everyone that, together, we can minimize the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. Be on the lookout for promotional videos, digital billboards, social media ads, and TV and radio spots that will run for the remainder of the summer.

Together we can
Aug. 13 job fair
Your health
Lee County Health Department
Florida Department of Health dashboard
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Walk-up COVID-19 testing
8.5.20 Executive order rescinds quarantine mandate for travelers
Department of Health dashboard
Florida Chamber of Commerce's COVID-19 Resource Center
VISIT FLORIDA's Small Business Toolkit
U.S. Travel's CARES Act Relief Resources
National Restaurant Association's CARES Act Guidance
Small Business Administration Relief Options
American Hotel & Lodging Association's CARES Act FAQs
Industry partner spotlight

Fort Myers Beach: Resolution of lawsuit green lights Margaritaville construction

Drury honored: J.D. Power ranks Drury Hotels Company "Highest in guest satisfaction among upper midscale hotel chains"

New name: To better reflect its regional reach, Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce is now SWFL Inc.

Local Wine Spectator winners

Wine Spectator awards 10 destination restaurants

Cheers to our destination's restaurants recently honored with Wine Spectator's 2020 Best of Award of Excellence and Award of Excellence. 

Best of Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

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Week 2 of The Alliance for the Arts hosts food truck grab-and-go

The Alliance for the Arts will host a Food Truck Grab-and-Go event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays,  through Aug. 26.

The Aug. 12 event will feature

Pre-order for pickup is available for most trucks. For a full schedule, visit Safety and social distancing precautions will be in place. Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd.

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Food truck grab 'n go
Community kindnes

Fort Myers Brewing Co. limited-edition beer proceeds to benefit Cape Coral boy battling leukemia

Fort Myers Brewing Company is introducing Adyn Strong, a new light and refreshing German Pilsner brewed for a special cause.

“Fort Myers Brewing fans likely remember our friend Adyn Pickett, the Cape Coral boy who is fighting leukemia,” said Jen Whyte, co-owner of Fort Myers Brewing Company. “Last year, we hosted a silent auction and fundraiser in our taproom that raised more than $15,500 for the Pickett family. Now, we are releasing a limited edition Adyn Strong 6-pack that will help this family with mounting medical bills.”

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Fort Myers Brewing Co. limited-edition beer proceeds to benefit Cape Coral boy battling leukemia
Best practices
FRLA Seal of Commitment
Mask Up Cape Coral campaign
 RDA Our Home Sweet Home campaign
SanCap Safe
RSW Stay Safe
Helpful links
VCB hurricane preparedness resources
Hurricane preparation guide
Intro to hurricane season
Making a plan
Before the storm
Preparing your pets
After the storm
Emergency shelters
Generator safety
Connect With Us
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Aug. 21 industry partner call
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Cover photo: Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve (East), July 16, 2020

Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau
2201 2nd street, STE 600 Fort Myers, FL 33901
phone: (239) 338-3500 | toll free: (800) 237-6444


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