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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 ...

Marco’s Pizza expands fresh concept in Lehigh Acres

Three times a charm -- the popular take-out pizza concept, Marco's Pizza, now offers a second Lehigh Acres location, its third in Lee County.The new Lehigh eatery opened its doors in May and word has quickly spread, according to owner Ripudamam Rattan who says he opened up his third Lee ...

Growth in Lehigh attracting attention from franchises

Growth in Lehigh Acres is attracting attention from franchises looking to expand their businesses.Hand & Stone Director of Franchise Development Nicole Alburger said they have more than 450 locations throughout the United States and Canada since launching in 2014.They are opening ...

Lehigh Acres businesses feted at ‘Best of’

Businesses gathered at El Tarasco Mexican Restaurant last Tuesday to be honored at the annual "Best of Lehigh Acres" luncheon hosted by the Lehigh Acres Citizen.Stu Johnson, account executive for the Breeze Newspapers, said the event is a culmination of the annual readers poll, where Citizen ...

Lehigh Regional Medical Center earns honor

Lehigh Regional Medical Center has received the Platinum Award from Lifelink of Florida, the highest award one can receive.LifeLink Manager of Public Affairs Ashley Moore said they partner with a lot of local hospitals for their national campaign. Through that partnership LifeLink assists the ...