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Go green: Don’t fertilize this summer

It is time for Southwest Floridians who have been demanding action to improve water quality in our canals, river and gulf to step up and take part.Literally.Fertilizer restrictions throughout much of Lee County begin June 1, prohibiting, through the rainy season, the use of chemical additives ...

Yes, here in paradise

Sunshine.Beautiful beaches.A booming economy.And yet, hunger.The Harry Chapin Food Bank released on Thursday Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap 2019" report and the numbers here in Southwest Florida continue to shock those of us who do not face our community's need on a daily basis.According ...

Success at last?

The facts as presented apparently -?and finally - spoke for themselves this year:According to firefighter cancer studies shared with state legislators as part of a plea for cancer presumption legislation:- Cancer was the No. 1 killer of firefighters in 2018, with 74 percent of all deaths linked ...

Legal notices legislation clouds public notification

Like a slick counterfeit twenty, a proposal to "save money" at the expense of government transparency is being proffered again in Tallahassee in the hope it will slip by a gullible or unwary public.House Bill HB 1235, a 45-page meander, would replace longstanding Public Notices advertising ...

Communities come together

Lee County sister city Cape Coral has its controversies.Cape Coral has its share of divisiveness.But in times of crisis, in times of need, Cape Coral is a lot like Lehigh Acres - it consistently comes together.And the horrific hit-and-run death of 8-year-old Layla Aiken as she waited for a ...

Thank you for your service, thank you for your sacrifice

The son of an Army staff sergeant who threw himself on a suicide bomber in Iraq to save the lives of three fellow soldiers accepted, on behalf of the dad he lost at age 11, our country's highest military honor Tuesday.President Donald Trump posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Army ...

It’s time to pay up

Lee County homeowners still waiting for fair compensation for backyard citrus trees chopped by the state nearly two decades ago won't have to wait much longer if a proposal in the Florida House budget passes this session.Included in the House 2019-20 budget released Tuesday is an $18,113,116 ...

Sexual trafficking: ‘Hidden in plain sight’

The U.S. map on the Polaris website is chilling: colored spots marking the sex trade spread across the country with a proliferation of large blood-red blotches highlighting trafficking hotspots.Given recent headlines, few might be surprised to find that Vero Beach down through Miami is among ...

GUEST COMMENTARY: JROTC program has strong record of success in Lee

JROTC offers a nationally accredited curriculum, which teaches leadership, team-building, decision-making, learning styles, emotional control, conflict resolution, financial awareness, first aid, United States history, community service, personal wellness and more. Most remarkable is the ...

Fake threat…real consequences: Yes, they mean it

Fed up with the continued waste of money and manpower, lost classroom time and the emotional impact on students, teachers and school personnel, Lee County law enforcement agencies and the school district issued a warning a few weeks ago: School threats are serious and will not be treated as a ...