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School to start Aug. 31 with masks mandated

Students will now go back to school on Monday, Aug. 31 and students and staff will be required to wear masks while attending brick-and-mortar schools.Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins told the School Board of Lee County he believes it would be prudent to extend reopening to Monday, Aug. 31 with ...

Cape Council to set tax caps Monday

Even though the process has been ongoing for months, the last week of July is typically when the Cape Coral city budget process for the new budget year ramps up.On Monday, during the Cape Coral City Council's regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, the elected board will set the initial ...

Unemployment drops in Lee County

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 ...

FGCU students upcycle broken hockey sticks to create oyster reefs

When a hockey player breaks a stick, it used to go to the local landfill.Not anymore. At Florida Gulf Coast University, those broken sticks, as well as donated shafts from others, as going for a good cause that will make the waters of Southwest Florida much cleaner.It is called the "Rinks to ...

COVID-19 test result times a source of frustration

Turns out it's not just those with long wait times for COVID-19 test results that are frustrated, it's the hospital system, too.On Thursday, Lee Health officials voiced their displeasure when it comes to long turn around times for COVID-19 testing, saying some tests have taken up to two weeks ...

$100,000 grant to provide school children with essentials

A foundation which has a philosophy of being proactive in the community in identifying social and educational needs of children, has teamed up with United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties and the School District of Lee County to provide clothes, shoes and school supplies to ...

Long-time real estate mover-and-shaker remembered

A long-time Southwest Florida resident with deep ties in the real estate community has passed on.Joe Interbartolo -- founder, broker, and President of the award winning real estate company Century 21 Birchwood Realty of Cape Coral / Fort Myers for over 40 years -- passed away July 12 at the age ...

Question of the Week: The old golf course acreage

Each week through the primary, The Breeze will ask the candidates for Cape Coral City Council an issue-related question. In the interest of fairness, each candidate is limited to the same amount of space, about 100 words, for their response. This week's question is: It has been more than two ...