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Jury trials resume Sept. 14

In March, the Florida Supreme Court suspended jury trials throughout the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past several months, new CDC-recommended safety guidelines were implemented to protect you while at the courthouse. With your health and well-being in mind, temperature checks ...

A new school year begins; welcome back!

Welcome back to all our students and district family. We are so happy to see you all, whether online or in person. These past few months have been very different for all of us. We’ve all had to make adjustments to our daily lives to continue to stay healthy and safe. The School District of ...

Thank you to the community

This has truly been a community effort. We just reopened one of the largest school districts in the country... and we did it together. The School District of Lee County appreciates the community’s efforts to get our students back to class, whether in-person or online. We are grateful for the ...

Planning your fall garden

If you are a transplant to Southwest Florida, you probably intuitively feel that now is the time to give your garden a final clean-up and store your tools until spring. The good news is that the fun is just beginning! As our days shorten and temperatures start to inch down, fall is the ideal ...

Legal counsel needed over roof leak issue

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I recently purchased a home with an as-is contract and hired a home inspector, who said everything was fine except a minor electrical matter. Well, a month later I start seeing a leak dripping in the corner of my kitchen. I go up to the attic and there is serious water ...

Economic divergence and the Cape’s real estate market

On the anniversary of 9/11, as the year of the pandemic grinds on, the changing shape of the new abnormal continues to unfold right before our eyes in a number of ways, with nothing short of extreme levels of divergence on the economic, social, political and medical fronts. Since our focus is ...

Carroll looks back at early years with Cape Police Department

When Jim Carroll first became a police officer in 1964, he was given a pamphlet entitled “Rocks in the Roadway.” It talked about how to overcome obstacles by working around them. When Carroll was named second in command of the city of Cape Coral’s first police department in 1971, there ...

Meet the mess hall crew at the SWFL Military Museum

Bob Smith didn’t choose the nickname “Buffalo” Bob after the Howdy Doody character. “I was a school bus driver in Buffalo, New York, for 12 years. There were five of us named Bob Smith. I took the name of the city.” A high energy person, Bob served as a cook on a U.S. Navy ...

Water efficiently

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” -- Loren Eiseley Our fresh water is a precious, limited resource and, by seeing to it that our landscapes receive only the amount of water needed, we can have a positive impact on both the environment and our wallets. This is ...

Review of deeds and life estates needed

Dear Mr. Feichthaler, I am in my second marriage and may need some help. When I first bought our home, my wife and I were not married, and we contributed uneven amounts. We tried to write deeds to reflect this, showing one of us holding a one-third interest, the other two-thirds interest. ...