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Unemployment drops in Lee

Although unemployment rates are still high, Lee County has seen a positive reduction at 9.8 percent for the month of June.CareerSource Southwest Florida Communications Manager Janeth Castrejon said the positive reduction with unemployment rates began in May and continued into June."It's a great ...

Pool service businesses see increased demand

With more people staying home, pool companies are busier than ever.Since the COVID-19 pandemic, pool cleaning businesses and those remodeling and constructing new pools have seen a boom as more people are laying low at home enjoying their backyards.Pool Scouts President Michael Wagner said they ...

CareerSource Southwest Florida reopens

CareerSource Southwest Florida reopened its career centers Monday and, by appointment, is again helping individuals search for jobs."Even though we have closed our career centers due to COVID-19, it is time to reopen them," Executive Director Joe Paterno said in a prepared statement last week. ...

Rib City Express opens first Southwest Florida location

The first Rib City Express opened its doors in Lehigh Acres Thursday near the Lehigh Regional Medical Center.Rib City Express offers a fast-casual spin to the formerly full-service Rib City, which opened in the late 1990s.Through the express concept, guests can still experience the same ...

Lee County begins assistance program

Folks who need help paying the rent or a utility bill and who earn under $55,000 or whose small business has suffered due to the economic fallout from the state's response to the COVID-19 are all eligible for a $57.5 million program approved this week by the Lee County Board of County ...

DeSantis opens gyms, restaurants

Following a new executive order by Gov. Ron DeSantis, restaurants and retail outlets in Florida can now serve guests at 50 percent of indoor capacity.Outdoor seating at restaurants will continue with social-distancing guidelines in place between tables.DeSantis also opened gyms under the ...

Matching ad grants aim to aid businesses

Southwest Florida businesses can now apply for an advertising grant to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic and thrive beyond it.Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of Breeze Newspapers, has established a $1 million nationwide fund to help local businesses get back to full strength ...

LCEC marks milestone: An electrifying 80 years

One of Lee County's best-known businesses grew up in North Fort Myers -- literally.In 1937, orange grove owner George Judd ran a small power plant for his farm in North Fort Myers. He started an investor-owned utility with 50 shares of stock valued at $100 each.In 1940, Judd sold the North Fort ...

Lehigh wound care clinic offers specialized care

Lehigh Regional Medical Center's Wound Care Clinic is making an impact on the advanced treatment options for hard-to heal wounds. The clinic is overseen by Dr. Doron Finn and Dr. George Kopidakis; both physicians also maintain a private practice inside Lehigh Regional's Medical Plaza.Finn is ...

Live Nativity interactive stroll at Christ United Methodist Church

The public is invited to join Christ United Methodist Church this weekend for its seventh annual Live Nativity.Admission is free."It's our donation to the community for the holidays," Live Nativity Coordinator Charlene Golden said.The interactive walk through the Town of Bethlehem will entice ...