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Man struck by lightning on Sanibel beach dies

A man hospitalized after he was struck by lightning on a beach on Sanibel has died. Brent Jerome and his wife, Kristen, were each hit by lightning on July 24 at about 4:52 p.m. on the beach behind the Sanibel Beach Club, at 626 Nerita St. The Downtown Church located in Columbia, South ...

Rubio staff to hold mobile office hours in Cape Coral

Washington, D.C. — The office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will host in-person and virtual Mobile Office Hours next week to assist constituents with federal casework issues in their respective communities. These office hours offer constituents who do not live close to one of Senator ...

Lee Health curbs visitation

Lee Health officials have announced “due to the current capacity and highly contagious nature of the COVID-19 delta variant” they are restricting visitation in emergency room departments until further notice. Visitors will only be granted emergency room access for compassionate care ...

DeSantis: No mask mandates in schools

Smiles, not masks. Parental choice, not mandates. That is the message Gov. Ron DeSantis shared this morning at a press conference in Cape Coral called to announce that he would issue an executive order that will prohibit school systems from mandating masks. "I think the decision about ...

Cape business named among alleged anti-vaccine misinformers

The face of a Cape Coral business that tops the city’s economic development success stories topped another list this week, placing it at the center of a COVID-related controversy. Dr. Joseph Mercola, a board-certified physician and best-selling author who runs a prominent popular natural ...

CCPD seeks information into fatal shooting

The Cape Coral Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit is asking for the public’s help in solving a shooting that resulted in a man’s death in April. On April 24, at around 4:30 a.m., Cape Coral Police Patrol officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 100 block of Southeast 6th ...

LCEC accepting Environmental Funding Award applications

Sept. 1 is the deadline to apply for an LCEC Environmental Funding Awards. To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can visit www.lcec.net/about-lcec/community-and-education/environment to download the application. Interested organizations must meet certain ...

Firehouse Subs relaunches H20 For Heroes water drive

Residents will have the opportunity to support their local first responders with some much-needed refreshment while taking home a free sub next weekend. On Aug. 7, Firehouse Subs will reinstate its H20 For Heroes initiative, where guests who bring in an unopened 24-pack (or greater) of ...

School board approves tentative budget

The Lee County School Board approved a tentative budget of nearly $1.8 billion during its first of two public hearings Tuesday night. The tentative budget includes a $987,903,227 general, or operating, fund; $91,788,385 debt service; $525,565,097 capital fund; $52,132,474 special revenue — ...

Lee County Association of Substitute Teachers to discuss whether to disband

After more than 20 years, the Lee County Association of Substitute Teachers is having a meeting Wednesday to discuss whether to disband the association. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Parkway. Everyone is requested to wear ...