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Made in the shade

Why do public officials violate the state’s so-called Sunshine Laws? Because they can. Yes, the dual right of Floridians to be present when the public’s business is discussed and to have access to related records is embedded in the State Constitution. Yes, Florida’s public records ...

Getting ready to vote? Tune in to the Cape Council forum Friday night

The Lee County Elections Office sent out a record-breaking 215,000-plus mail ballots this week with more to go as requests are received. The office, is, in fact, encouraging Lee Countians to opt for vote-by-mail this election as the pandemic continues, saying “It is the safest and most ...

She lived righteously

Today, in her death, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will mark another first for her gender — she will be the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol and only the second Supreme Court justice to be so honored. And somewhere today, she is, perhaps, smiling as she closed her ...

From impossible dream to reality: Cape Coral turns 50

Although Cape Coral’s start as a community dates back to the late ’50s, the city passed a major milestone this summer. The city — now the largest between Tampa and Miami — opened the 50th anniversary of its incorporation with a Jubilee Celebration in January and then capped the ...

Get ahead of the curve this flu season, get your shot now

As COVID-19 pandemic numbers show some hoped-for improvement, health officials are issuing a companion health alert for residents: Get a flu shot and get it now. The Florida Department of Health-Lee and the Centers for Disease Control are making their annual pleas early this year in advance ...

Hail the essential American worker

The U.S. Department of Labor sums up the observance of Labor Day succinctly. Celebrated the first Monday of September, the holiday Congress made official in 1894 is “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the ...

2020 puts different spin on back-to-school safety tips

Parents with school-age children probably believe they have back-to-school safety precautions down pat. But 2020 has thrown a whole new set of need-to-know tips into the mix. The Florida Department of Health Lee County on Thursday released its school’s-in safety tips, saying returning ...

Four Mile Cove site a worthy addition for Conservation 20/20

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners is expected on Tuesday to give final consideration to the purchase of an environmentally sensitive riverfront tract in Cape Coral. The 194-acre site, previously proposed for residential development as per its zoning, has passed through the Lee ...

Everyone can cast a ballot in Aug. 18 primary

Early voting for the Aug. 18 Primary Election will wrap up Saturday at a number of locations throughout Lee County, including three here in the Cape. Polling locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday at the Cape Coral -- Lee County Library at 921 SW 39th Terrace; the ...

A passing of the baton

As voters look to fill four of eight Cape Coral Council seats this fall, another changing of the guard is under way at City Hall. John Szerlag, the city’s top administrator, will wrap up his last day Tuesday as per his announced retirement and a Council-approved end date. We wish Mr. ...