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Oh, Christmas trees!

Christmas lights and Christmas trees may not be the reason for the season but we have to confess, the sight of the lights coming on on the traditional sky-high tree at Big John’s during the Cape’s Festival of Lights — amidst “snowflakes” blowing down — makes us feel as ...

#SouthwestFloridaStrong

To say this year has been a hard one for Southwest Floridians would be an understatement. Many of our neighbors lost jobs, lost homes, lost businesses. Far too many lost everything. In the wake of Hurricane Ian and with Thanksgiving pending as we write this, let us list some of the things ...

A welcome to our new City Council

Cape Coral residents will see four of our neighbors sworn in to serve on the city’s elected board today at 4 p.m. Two, Mayor John Gunter and District 6 Councilmember Keith Long, are returning to their respective seats. Two, Bill Steinke and Patty Cummings, are newcomers but have business ...

Seven Islands: A simple question

A project pursued by the city of Cape Coral since 2016 reached its penultimate moment last week. City Council approved a $20 million purchase agreement for the 47 acres off Old Burnt Store Road known as the Seven Islands. The buyer, Gulf Gateway Resort and Marina LLC, is to pay a $1 million ...

Do not wait until Election Day to cast your ballot

The impact of Hurricane Ian continues to ripple through Southwest Florida. The Caloosahatchee Bridge — a main thoroughfare as well as a primary commuter route — suffered some damage from the near Category 5 storm that all but destroyed Fort Myers Beach and Matlacha and left devastating ...

City referendum: Is the time right?

Hoping to add “tools to its economic development toolbox,” the city of Cape Coral is asking voters to grant city council the authority to approve property tax exemptions for new and existing businesses that make a significant investment in the city and create jobs that meet or exceed the ...

Vote ‘No’ on Lee County School District referendum

On these pages in recent weeks we have run a number of guest opinions and letters to the editor urging a “No” vote on a ballot referendum that would repeal a decades-old local resolution that establishes the appointment of the School District of Lee County’s superintendent of schools. If ...

Resilient community newspapers for resilient communities

The team at Breeze Newspapers has dealt with hurricanes, large and small, many times over the past five decades, but Ian was my first. When I took over the role of publisher of Breeze Newspapers in 2019, I knew hurricanes were something I’d have to deal with. To drive that point home, ...

#SouthwestFloridaStrong

The Sanibel Causeway — heavily damaged, with a 50- to 60-foot section of the A-span collapsed and one of the supporting “spoil islands” awash. Matlacha Bridge — “the fishingest bridge in the world” — breached at its foot. Fort Myers Beach’s iconic Time Square and the Beach ...

Undecided? Meet the candidates in person

Update: Due to the impending weather and the likelihood of tropical force winds from Hurricane Ian reaching our area sometime during the day Tuesday, the Cape Coral Republican Club has canceled its scheduled Sept. 27 debate meeting. "We are currently working with our venue, as well as the ...