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Lee County has 4.1 percent unemployment rate

The latest labor market trends, February 2021, shows Lee County as “full employment” with its 4.1 percent unemployment rate, which is a significant decrease from 14.2 percent unemployment at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Anything between 4 to 5 percent is full employment, most ...

State, local officials provide COVID-19 update

As of Thursday afternoon, there are 2,064,525 total cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Florida, an increase of 6,790 since FDOH’s last update Wednesday. Test results reported to the Department of Health on Wednesday, March 31 resulted in a 6.41% positivity rate among 128,590 tests. ...

Most Lee countians paid property taxes on time

The deadline to file property taxes in Lee County passed this Wednesday, and after a pandemic year that saw an increase of delinquent property, Lee County Tax Collector Noelle Branning said things are starting to get back to normal. From 2018 to 2019, the percentage of real estate and ...

AccuWeather: ‘Above-active’ hurricane season ahead

While June 1 marks the official start to the season, top forecasters are beginning to predict what potential impacts could be on the horizon. AccuWeather’s Global Weather Center and its team of tropical weather experts, led by veteran meteorologist Dan Kottlowski, project an above-active ...

Funding boost for Everglades restoration?

With Florida’s legislative session in full swing, funding for Everglades restoration looks to be getting a boost. Budgets from both the House and Senate boast large dollar amounts for projects aimed at improving water quality. The House plan as is currently offering $665.8 million for ...

Cape eyes fines against trash collector

Hundreds of angry e-mails and phone calls have come pouring into City Hall and the mailboxes of members of the Cape Coral City Council, and most of them are for the same thing. Many residents, even on the mayor’s street, are fed up with garbage they say has not been picked up, or bulk waste ...

AccuWeather sees ‘above-active’ hurricane season ahead

Last year’s Atlantic hurricane season was legitimately one for the record books, with that time of year approaching once again when storms churn and Floridians prepare for the next five months. While June 1 marks the official start to the season, top forecasters are beginning to predict ...

Conservation group issues urgent Thursday meeting alert

In Collier County, conservationists are in a race against time and developers. Saying a new development poses a critical threat to the few endangered Florida panthers left in the wild, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, has issued an action alert for Thursday morning when the Collier County ...

Cape police investigating shooting

Cape Coral police are investigating a shooting that left one person injured Tuesday night. Officers responded to the incident in the 900 block of Southeast 16th Place after receiving a call at around 10 p.m. "Officers arrived quickly and found one subject in the residence had been shot," a ...