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Preserving paradise in Lee

Lee County has an abundance of preservation and conservation properties.Funded and maintained primarily through the voter-approved 20/20 program, the native lands held for future generations - scrub, prairie, pine flatwoods, wetlands - offer residents and visitors a look at the ecosystems that ...

Take care; schools now open

Public schools opened Monday across Lee County and we would like to repeat our annual "take care, be aware" advisory for parents and motorists:An estimated 87,000 students, ranging from kindergarten through high school, will return to the classroom as the new school year gets under way.As they ...

Authorities: Vaccinate your pets

The Florida Department of Health Lee County has issued a rabies alert in the wake of a confirmed case of the disease in a cat in Lehigh Acres last week.The area encompasses State Road 82, Buckingham Road, Sunshine Boulevard North and 15th Street SouthwestPet owners should take note as the ...

Nuclear accord no beacon of peace

President Barack Obama is hailing the accord reached this week between Iran and six key countries, saying the long-negotiated pact paves the way toward peace."Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation or it's resolved through force, ...

Down for the count, but not out

Despite a deeply disappointing legislative session, local environmentalists have not given up their quest for improved water quality.This Sunday, a clean water rally will be held at Crescent Beach Family Park at noon in memory of one of Lee County's quiet heroes, Jo Finney of Fort Myers ...

Best of wishes to the Class of 2015

Seniors within the Lee County public school system marked the culmination of their high school careers this past weekend with graduation ceremonies.It is a milestone occasion and we add our congratulations to the abundance of felicitations that rightfully should come their way.As no doubt they ...

Demand water quality: Buy lands under option

Voters have spoken.Amendment 1 - allowing funds to be added to the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire lands, restore them and manage improvements - received 75 percent approval last November.The Water and Land Conservation change to the Florida Constitution could provide funding to protect ...

‘Kitten season’: Be part of solution

Lee County Animal Services is already gearing up for a time of the year that stresses staffers and animal lovers alike - "kitten season."The annual deluge of adult cats and babies begins in May, crowding the shelter and, all too often, forcing the county to seek more adoptive or foster families ...

Passover, Easter: Season of hope

The signs of spring have been subtle again this year.Winter was mild, the rainy season has made no early entrance and "season" has been a good one with tourism numbers up and unemployment stats down as housing prices continuing to improve along with new home construction.Spring is also a time ...

Cape Coral-Fort Myers on the mend

The U.S. Census Bureau issued a release Thursday announcing the fastest-growing "metros" in the country.Cape Coral-Fort Myers came in at No. 6, based on data collected between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014.The Villages, a retirement community in central Florida, came in first for the second ...