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Facts, not fear II

The impact of the new coronavirus pandemic is now affecting our day-to-day lives here in Lee County.Beaches, bars, parks, schools and most gathering places are closed. Restaurants have been ordered to cut seating capacity by half.Grocery stores have shortened the number of hours they are open ...

Bait. And bungle.

Cape Coral City Council on Monday is scheduled to re-address one of the seven neighborhood park designs the board approved in December.The reason?The amenity configuration for Tropicana Park has remained at a slow simmer for the past three months with a neighborhood group and a not-for-profit ...

Bait. And switch.

While the perceived impacts of playgrounds, pickleball and possible watersport leases have dominated the discussion over concept plans vs construction design, a major deviation to the Cape's presented $60 million Parks Master Plan has perked behind the debate.And that's too bad because the ...

Facts, not fear

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued some advice regarding the new coronavirus disease formally dubbed COVID-19: Share the Facts, Stop Fear.The top takeaway from the CDC fact sheet that can be found on the agency's website along with a wealth of information on ...

The cost of non-compliance

The city of Cape Coral is looking at $7,000 in fines and administrative cost reimbursement to the state for an overzealous canal bank maintenance project.City workers clearing the bank along the Coral Point Canal where the 5,600-foot-long manmade waterway narrows from 100 feet to 65 feet in ...

Tallahassee fog — You can barely see the Sunshine

A bid to "save money" at the expense of government transparency is being proffered yet again in Tallahassee in the hope it will slip by a gullible or unwary public.Senate Bill 1340, a 51-page regurgitation of last year's perennial effort, would replace longstanding Public Notices advertising ...

Home Rule powers & private property rights

The city of Cape Coral has joined the Florida League of Cities and many of its member municipalities in opposition to a House bill that would give the authority for vacation rental regulation to the state.According to the league, which has more than 400 members, House Bill 1011 would preempt ...

The ‘mighty political experiment’turns 100

The League of Women Voters marks a landmark anniversary this year: The organization founded from a decades-long effort to give women the right to vote turns 100.Now a nationwide education and advocacy group with more than 700 local and state chapters, its efforts urging active involvement in ...

You Count!

Temperatures dipping to the high 30s had longtime and thin-blooded residents digging out the sweaters and coats this week.Media outlets statewide also issued an only-in-Florida warning: Watch out for falling iguanas.Yes, when it gets cold, the invasive reptiles go into a stupor that makes it ...

Editorial: Anniversary countdown commences

Although Cape Coral's start as a community dates back to the late '50s, 2020 marks a very important milestone for the Cape.The city -- now the largest between Tampa and Miami -- will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its incorporation.Cape Coral has come a long way since a pair of brothers from ...