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Growing orchids in trees

I have always loved growing orchids but living in northern climates I was confined to maintaining my plants in pots indoors. When I moved to Southwest Florida, I thought my orchids would thrive effortlessly outside on the lanai, but about six months after I arrived several of my plants looked ...

Resident looks to buy next-door lot from unknown owner

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I have lived in my home in Northeast Cape Coral for six years now, and I have always been interested in purchasing the lot next to me for additional room. I have no idea who owns it or how to contact them. Do I need to contact a Realtor or an attorney? - Sarah T. Dear ...

Cape’s August home sales dip, median sales prices up

We have generally seen the dip in the number of closed sales we were expecting in the Cape Coral single-family home market in both July and August, while also remaining on pace for yet another record setting year in home sales. In fact, our market would need to completely unravel over the last ...

Plan to pay more, ‘diversification’ or not

With the city of Cape Coral’s second and final budget hearing continued to next Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 5:05 p.m., Cape residents have one more opportunity to make their views known on a near $1 billion fiscal plan that, as tendered, includes an approximate 17 percent boost — almost $43 ...

Vaccine mandates take courage

To the editor: Noting that it was unpopular, George Washington in 1777 ordered the inoculation of the armed forces: “Necessity not only authorizes but seems to require the measure, for should the disorder infect the Army . . . we should have more to dread from it, than from the Sword of ...

Thanks to ‘Keep Lee County Beautiful’

To the editor: I'd like to thank "Keep Lee County Beautiful" (KLCB.org) along with the Trafalgar Builders Club and Cape High Key Club for their diligent work in cleaning up Jaycee Park a few weekends ago. I applaud all the volunteers for devoting their time and effort to preserve the ...

For your consideration: American beautyberry

Two reasons homeowners may veer toward the purchase of exotic plants rather than Florida natives are that they are readily available in big box stores and, as examples such as Hibiscus rosa-sinensis and Ixora spp. demonstrate, look quite fetching when in bloom. What some homeowners may not ...

What does a title insurance policy cover?

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: You have said before that an owner’s title insurance policy is part of nearly every real estate transaction, and an important part of it. What does this policy insure, and how much does it cost every year? — Kathryn R. Dear Kathryn: I handle about 300 real ...