On Sept. 28, 2023, the first anniversary of Hurricane Ian, the streets around Times Square on Ft. Myers Beach were packed, live music echoed around each corner, and the people showed up. Since the storm, this turnout (even on busy weekends) is not the norm. But, it showed locals and visitors alike that they aren't giving up on their island paradise. "It's just the soul, the town, it's coming together," Nancy Walker, a Ft. Myers Beach resident, said. "It's getting better. It's just going to be a long road, and it's going to be different. It's going to be different because of FEMA regulations; all the rebuilds will be higher. It was a funky Key West, shrimper old hippies, retirees town. And I don't know if we'll be able to keep that; we're fighting for it. We're fighting for it."
The Prince and Princess of Wales have marked Black History Month during a visit to the Fitzalan High School in Cardiff – where they heard about the work pupils have been doing around black history. The school serves one of the most diverse and disadvantaged communities in Wales with 70% of pupils speaking English as a second language.