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Santa Claus makes early appearance at Shell Factory

Christmas in July at the Shell Factory & Nature Park has always been a popular promotion. The best part of it is when Santa Claus makes an appearance, whether it be at the Christmas House or meeting with kids for breakfast.On Sunday, it was the latter as numerous families gathered at ...

Meet the candidates for State House District 77

The race for State House District 77 appears on both the Aug. 18 Primary and Nov. 3 General Election ballotsThe Republican primary has two candidates, Bryan Blackwell, a financial advisor with Molloy Financial Group, and Mike Giallombardo, the owner of Cyber Security Total Intelligence ...

Plan to address bed capacity launched

Lee Health has a plan to combat crowded hospitals and an increase of COVID-19 positive patients as numbers continue to increase locally and throughout the state, officials said Thursday.President and CEO of Lee Health, Dr. Larry Antonucci said the system is in the midst of enacting a plan ...

New mask ordinance in the works for Cape Coral

A Cape Coral council member plans to propose a new mask ordinance that would provide incentives to business that require face coverings through the pandemic.Councilmember Jessica Cosden said Thursday she plans to draft a new ordinance designed to encourage business owners to deny service to ...

Lee County School District preps for a novel academic year

With Lee County Schools tentatively set to reopen Aug. 10, parents are looking at a choice among four models ranging from full in-school attendance to three remote learning alternatives -- Lee Home Connect, Lee Virtual School and homeschool.Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins presented the four ...

The four reopening strategies for Lee Schools

The four reopening models presented during Wednesday's Lee County School District board meeting are:* Face-to-Face: students return to school for face-to-face instruction five days a week with health and safety protocols in place.* Homeschool: students are enrolled in the district's full-time ...

Mangrove restoration to begin

Mangroves that were damaged one year ago due to botched maintenance work project by the city of Cape Coral will be replaced next weekend, weather permitting.Local non-profit group Keep Lee County Beautiful, in conjunction with the city and with 15 volunteers from the Cape Coral group "Citizens ...

LCSO: New initiative will boost response times

In the event of a major incident such as a mass shooting, seconds can mean the difference between life and death.On Thursday, the Lee County Sheriff's Office introduced a program aimed at improving collaboration among public safety agencies in Lee County and ensuring a rapid response during ...

State Rep to defend trio arrested before mask meeting at City Hall

Three people who were arrested Monday and accused of causing a disturbance at Monday's Cape Coral City Council meeting will be represented by a state representative who has taken on cases for others who have been charged and arrested in connection with mask-related protests.Anthony Sabatini, ...

Cape veteran’s group receives mask donation from South Korea

A show of gratitude an ocean away to the United States to help combat a global pandemic has stretched all the way to Southwest Florida.The South Korea Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs shipped 500,000 protective face masks to the United States to American Veterans of the Korean War. ...