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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.

Industry partner spotlight
Luminary hotel ribbon cutting

Take a look around the new Luminary Hotel & Co. which opens today in downtown Fort Myers

Families are packing hotels on Lee County islands

NBC2: Families are packing hotels in Lee County Islands

Cape Coral virtual scavenger hunt
VCB News
Sept. 25 industry partner call
9.18.20 Industry partner call recap
9.18.20 Industry partner call recording

Sept. 6-12 STR Report for Lee County

Occupancy: 45.9%, down 3.8%
ADR (Average Daily Rate): $109.65, up 13.4%
RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room): $50.33, up 9.0%

August STR Report for Lee County

Occupancy: 42.9%, down 22.1%
ADR (Average Daily Rate): $122.95, up 6.3%
RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room): $52.74, down 17.3%

Shellcast the podcast visits J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Three, that's right, three new Shellcast episodes feature J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and conversations with Ranger Toni Westland.

Shellcast, the official podcast of The Beach of Fort Myers & Sanibel, is available on our website, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and iHeart. Follow the podcast on Instagram @shellcastthepodcast.

Shellcast the podcast
Social Media Webinar #1: Strategy in a Time of Crisis

Social media webinar #1: Strategy in a time of crisis

The presentation is available by clicking the image above. These webinars are produced by the VCB's Marketing Team. 

Save the dates:

  • Oct. 1: Emerging trends & content strategy 101
  • Oct. 15: Deep dive into social media advertising
Partner coverage

German press trip results in magazine coverage

The VCB hosted German journalists in January 2019 and we wanted to share some recent coverage as a result of this visit. The article by Karl Heinz Gödeckemeyer features:

  • Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
  • Boca Grande
  • Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant
  • J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
  • Edison and Ford Winter Estates
  • Hotel Indigo
  • 'Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa
  • Downtown Fort Myers
  • Sanibel
  • Captiva
  • Fort Myers Beach
  • Ford's Garage
  • Gasparilla Island
  • Southern Instinct Charters

Thank you to our partners for welcoming visiting journalists and helping the VCB promote the destination.


Important announcements

Another round of distribution of LeeCARES Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is planned for businesses.

The business distribution sites, which will operate from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting on their set dates, are:
• Sept. 23 to 24 at North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 North Recreation Park Way
• Sept. 28 to 30 at Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.

No advance registration is necessary. The person representing the business will be asked for the business name, address and EIN number (Employer Identification Number). Only businesses with Lee County addresses will be eligible to receive PPE.

More details on both types of distribution will be posted soon at and on Facebook @leecountyflbocc.

Your health
Walk up COVID-19 testing
Walk up COVID-19 testing
Lee County Health Department
Florida Department of Health dashboard
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Best practices
Mask Up Cape Coral campaign
 RDA Our Home Sweet Home campaign
SanCap Safe
RSW Stay Safe
Community kindnes

SanCap Conservation Foundation releases loggerhead turtle


VISIT FLORIDA's Love Florida campaign, just for Floridians

Floridians, share your Florida love stories
8.28.20 Executive order extends liquor license renewal deadline to Dec. 31
Department of Health dashboard
VISIT FLORIDA's Small Business Toolkit
American Hotel & Lodging Association's CARES Act FAQs
National Restaurant Association's CARES Act Guidance
Small Business Administration Relief Options
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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COVID-19 Resources for Recovery Newsletter archives

Cover photo: Luminary Hotel & Co. in downtown Fort Myers, Sept. 11, 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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