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As coronavirus cases surge, Lee Health responds to tough environment

Florida experienced one of its most deadly reporting days for COVID-19 on July 14 when 132 new deaths tied to the coronavirus were reported statewide.Florida cases of COVID-19 reached a new one-day national record with 15,300 new positives reported on July 11. As of July 14, the total number of ...

School board again weighs graduation options

Seniors and their families are not alone in their disappointment about graduations this year -- the Lee County School Board still isn't happy with suggested options for the pomp and circumstance ceremonies.Two new graduation options presented to the board meeting last Wednesday -- a drive-thru ...

Margaritaville project faces new lawsuit

Within a span of 24 hours, those in favor of the Margaritaville project on Fort Myers Beach went from jubilation to frustration as a July 8 appellate court ruling in favor of the town over Margaritaville was followed up the next day by a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the town's ...

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 ...