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Agreement across the aisle: Your vote matters

As election day approaches for the key mid-terms, Lee County has found itself among focal point communities across the country targeted by high-level politicians stumping for votes.Lucky us - and we mean that sincerely.Anyone who has not yet cast a ballot needs to wake up and smell the ...

Battle won, fight goes on

Southwest Floridians horrified by this summer's unprecedented environmental disaster received some good news on the water quality front this week.Gulf waters off the beaches of Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach saw an abatement of the red tide blooms that resulted in not only massive fish kills, but ...

Give – but give wisely

One of life's hardest lessons to accept is that where most of us see tragedy, there are others who see opportunity.That is seldom more true than in the wake of a natural disaster.According to numerous news accounts, looters are among those picking up the pieces in the wake of Hurricane Michael ...

Packed ballot Nov. 6; Vote-by-mail

Lee Countians planning to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election are facing a lengthy ballot.Two pages front and back, it is not only rift with federal, state and local races but 12 - yes, 12 - proposed amendments to the state's constitution and two local tax initiatives, including a $60 million ...

Winds of change

"Speak up! Be a disrupter. Some people think that's a bad thing, but it's not. It wakes people up. Make those phone calls."What I don't want you to do is to sit here and wait for them to come and tell you. I want you to start sending them the message. They need to hear from you. If you are ...

Thanks – and no thanks

After more than 2-1/2 years of on-again, off-again negotiations, the city of Cape Coral and its electric services provider, LCEC, have reached a new franchise agreement that will take the city through the next 20-30 years.We thank the Cape Coral City Council for taking control and tapping one ...

Water pact win-win

Residents of Cape Coral and Fort Myers who have demanded action on water quality issues and have said they are willing to pay for cleaner water got some action Monday.After more than six years of effort and negotiations that included the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the two ...

Support the cause, support your neighbors

The devastation wrought by the double punch of a 125-mile swatch of red tide off Gulf Coast beaches from Marco Island to Tampa Bay and the plague of blue-green algae sliming the Caloosahatchee and Cape canals has been well publicized, causing outrage nationwide.As well it should.Sea life by the ...

‘Goodness-to-go’ makes giving easy

A new initiative that puts a local spin on the Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive makes giving easy - and right when our community needs it most."Goodness-To-Go" is collecting non-perishable food, toiletries, baby supplies, gift cards and monetary donations to help those in need.The ...

Tick-tock, tick-tock

The city of Cape Coral continues to sputter towards the final details phase for the $60 million general obligation bond referendum it has placed on the General Election ballot in November.On Monday, city staff asked Council to approve an additional $26,744 for preliminary concept plans and ...