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Veteran Relief Resource Fair to highlight suicide awareness

FDVA-Benefits-GuideSeventeen per day. 6,261 in 2019. 30,177 since 9/11. 114,000 since 2001. Those who have served in the military have a 50 percent greater risk of suicide than those who never served. A disproportionate number are younger than 35 where deaths due to suicide are four times ...

New state, local rules could eclipse government transparency

Last March, The Breeze addressed a couple of proposals here on our Opinions pages. One would have impacted your right to know what Lee County’s various governmental councils, commissions and boards are up to on our behalf. The other would have impacted the ability of many Cape residents ...

Collateral damage

Those who predicted that children would be among those least affected by COVID-19 were both right and very, very wrong. The virus that spurred the worldwide pandemic did, thankfully, medically affect children the least but it has, nonetheless, made kids COVID longhaulers, possibly for ...

Council, will you stifle yourself?

The city of Cape Coral’s reaction to the semi-timely release of information that permit delays at the state and federal level will hold up its multi-million renovation to the Cape Coral Yacht Club? A proposed directive: Council members, stifle yourself. Mayor John Gunter outlined some ...

Seven Islands: Win-win — and win?

A plan years in the making is coming to fruition — the city has a buyer for its “Seven Islands” acreage. Forest Development has offered to buy the 47-acre parcel located on Old Burnt Store Road along the North Spreader canal for $20 million to build a multi-phase project in line with ...

One step forward, two steps back?

In November, Gov. Ron DeSantis made stops in Naples and Miami to announce a billion dollar-plus proposal to continue efforts for the restoration of the Everglades and water quality improvements. His proposal called for more than “$960 million for Everglades restoration and the protection of ...

Hope against hunger

An organization that has tackled the issue of world hunger by providing tools and training so small farmers can produce crops to feed themselves and their families will mark a big anniversary this weekend. North Fort Myers based ECHO will celebrate its 40th on Saturday at New Hope ...

‘Two cities working together’

In September 2018, after six years of back-and-forth, on-again-off-again negotiations that also involved the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the cities of Cape Coral and Fort Myers reached a 30-year water pact hailed by both sides. Randy Henderson, then mayor of Fort Myers, ...

Addiction is a community issue

Junkie. Druggie. Tweaker. Freak. Say “addict” and the labels often follow. Let us add a few more. Brother. Sister. Son. Daughter. Someone you love. If you don’t know that, God bless, you’re one of the lucky ones. Call it a choice, call it an illness, debate ...

… ‘we’re not there yet, but we will get there …’

If you want a free COVID rapid test that you can take at home to see if that slight cough and scratchy throat might be the new Omicron variant, you can get one. In theory. As part of a program announced by the Biden Administration, free rapid tests may be ordered at covidtests.gov with the ...