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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 ...

School safety is a shared responsibility

The nexus between Lee County schools and law enforcement agencies has been a busy crossroads this week and last. Cape Coral police arrested a 14-year-old Mariner Middle School student on Tuesday following an investigation into a shared a Snapchat photo that investigators say alluded to a ...

Of cabbages and kings

Workforce Now has released the 10th annual Southwest Florida regional educational and workforce outcomes study. For those interested in the job market, the “research initiative that studies the regional workforce,” is a must-read. The 113-page report compiled by researchers from ...

All workers are now ‘essential workers’

If there is anyone anywhere who doubts the value of a strong and willing workforce, they are likely living in the world of denial or in an isolated bunker somewhere dining on their hoarded store of MREs. The lack of workers, along with related supply chain issues, has affected virtually every ...

One down, one to go

With the Primary Election now behind us, candidates are gearing up for the General Election in November. Voters should be, too. For Cape Coral residents, it’s an important election. Four Cape Coral City Council seats are on the Nov. 8 ballot which will feature runoffs in Districts 1 and 4 ...

Anniversary of a tragedy — and a travesty

As members of the Taliban celebrated the return of their heavy-handed and violence-fraught regime, many of the families of those who served during America’s longest war turned inward this week. We recalled the sacrifices made by our sons, our daughters, our spouses, our parents and many ...

School safety begins with us

School district and local law enforcement had a joint message this week: School safety is their top priority. Officials here say campus safety has been ramped up with additional training provided and more preventative measures implemented. “Our staff has worked diligently to secure ...

First day of school — and what’s coming next

Close to 100,000 students will enter the doors of a Lee County public school on Wednesday as the 2022-23 school year begins. With 96 traditional schools and 23 charters under its umbrella, the School District of Lee County is the ninth largest school district in the state and the 32nd largest ...

Housekeeping referendums

Cape Coral voters perusing their mail or sample ballot have more than candidates to consider as the Aug. 23 Primary Election approaches. In addition to various partisan primaries and School Board races, Cape Coral voters will decide a pair of proposed changes to the city of Cape Coral’s ...