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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 ...

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 ...