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On the water front

Not all of the news was new but all of the news was good last week when Gov. Ron DeSantis and Congressman Francis Rooney each made announcements related to water quality issues that impact Southwest Florida.Gov. DeSantis reiterated his commitment to funding for Everglades restoration and then ...

Hold steady

With a study in hand that showed the city had fallen far below its own standards for recreational facilities per capita, the city of Cape Coral sold an ambitious $60 million parks master plan to voters last November.If voters would agree to tax themselves just a bit more over the next 15 years ...

Hurricane relief: Give, but give wisely

As a weakened but still powerful Hurricane Dorian blows by the coasts of the Carolinas as a Category 2 storm, those on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands are dealing with a rising death toll and property damage estimated in the billions.The then-Category 5 storm made landfall over the islands ...

Be prepared

An increasingly strong Hurricane Dorian was headed towards Florida at press time Thursday after whipping the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with high winds and rain Wednesday.The first major storm of the season to threaten Florida, Dorian is predicted to achieve Category 4 status when it makes ...

20/20 produces tangible results

Taxpayers who support Lee County's 20/20 Conservation program - and that, literally, is most of us- are seeing some substantial bang for our buck again this year.On Tuesday, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted to purchase three parcels totaling about 225 acres for the ...

No need to brake on speed limit ordinance

Cape Coral City Council on Monday will revisit its codes relating to the regulation of speed limits for city streets.There has been some confusion concerning the changes tendered by the city administration.Proposed Ordinance 25-19 is primarily a housekeeping measure but officials say it comes ...

Getting to the real root of the problem

America weeps.Three mass shootings in a matter of days, leaving 34 dead and 65 wounded in Dayton, in El Paso, in Gilroy, have left our county in shock.According to Mother Jones, which has compiled a data base of all such incidents since 1982, there have been seven mass shootings -- defined as ...

Care about animal lives? Spay, neuter – and train

On Monday, Cape Coral City Council will again discuss a proposed ban on the retail sale of cats and dogs within the city limits.The ordinance isn't necessarily aimed at pet shops, but at "large-scale breeding facilities" - so-called kitten and puppy mills - from which the Humane Society says a ...

Bang for the buck?

The Cape Coral Police Department will bring its request for $650,000 to fund the design component of its planned $8.3 million public safety training center back to City Council on Monday.The update comes in the wake of a gubernatorial veto of a hoped-for state appropriation for the facility to ...

Nix noise ordinance

The city of Cape Coral has scheduled a public hearing Monday to garner public input on a proposed noise ordinance that would allow police officers or code enforcement to issue civil violations with fines up to $500 for citizen-sworn noise complaints.Proposed Noise Control Ordinance 29-19 would ...