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Patients see loved ones as Lehigh Regional opens up limited visitation

news@breezenewspapers.com Lehigh Regional Medical Center was excited to once again open its doors to patient visitors last Thursday. Hours for visitation will remain limited at this time to Monday through Sunday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon, and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. According to Jackie ...

DEO issues final order on county’s 2019 plan amendments

news@breezenewspapers.com The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has issued its final order that upholds Lee County’s land-use plan changes after a long battle with opponents who challenged the Lee County Board of Commissioners’ decision to amend official land–use policies in ...

School board adopts $1.9 billion budget

news@breezenewspapers.com The School District of Lee County has approved a $1.9 billion budget which will support 119 schools and more than 96,000 students. The finance department provided a presentation this week, which broke down the budget into sections to further explain funding ...

Lehigh fire district staff support local childhood cancer cause

news@breezenewspapers.com Childhood Cancer Awareness month kicked off Sept. 1 at Golisano Children’s Hospital. As a way to bring local awareness to childhood cancer, Southwest Florida community leaders and supporters will have their heads shaved by Golisano Children's Hospital patients who ...

More than 40,000 masks collected through donation campaign

news@breezenewspapers.com The community came together and donated more than 40,000 reusable cloth masks for the School Heroes Wear Masks drive, which concluded a week ago. School Board Member Betsy Vaughn said although the drive concluded last Friday they are still receiving masks and ...

Fire district to hold public hearing

news@breezenewspapers.com The Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing next Monday to discuss implementation of the new voter-approved fire assessment. The public hearing will be held on at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14 inside Station 104 at 3102 ...

Cape Council talks taxes

Cape Coral City Council made significant changes to the city's mowing program Monday, changing the number of mows on each empty lot and so raising the annual assessment.Gary Eidson, speaking as a resident and not as a member of the Budget Review Committee upon which he serves, said the rules ...

Cape cancels anniversary celebration

After moving the traditional July 4th celebration to Labor Day weekend in recognition of the city of Cape Coral's 50th anniversary, officials on Monday cancelled the event, citing the coronavirus pandemic.Kerry Runyon, Parks and Recreation director, said there was simply no way they could ...

COVID cases near 442,000 mark

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 441,977 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 9,230 since FDOH's last update Monday morning.More than 90,200 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Monday, July 27. Of those reported tests, 11.69 percent tested ...