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Perfect holiday plants

Do you find yourself faced with that perennial dilemma of finding a perfect holiday gift? One of the best suggestions I can provide is the gift of a decorative plant! A colorful blooming plant or a festive evergreen will bring a bit of the outdoors inside during the holidays, and most can be ...

Qualifications for homestead exemption

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I am a Canadian resident but I hope to spend a lot more time in Florida. Without homestead, I have been paying higher and higher property taxes every year on my condominium, and I don’t receive the $50,000 exemption. Am I eligible as a Canadian resident? — Gail M. ...

Cape’s October closed condo sales at record levels

The month of October finished with the all-time single month record for closed condo sales in Cape Coral, with 100 condos changing hands, as closed sales for the month were up huge versus October 2019. The average median sales prices for Cape condos over the first 10 months of 2020 were also ...

A new threat to water quality in Southwest Florida

We want to thank everyone who responded to our call-to-action to oppose federal permits for the Ocean Era Inc. aquaculture project proposed in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of our recent campaign, more than 500 emails were submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opposing the ...

Guest Opinion: Local spending is more important than ever

While the end of 2020 is nearing, the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect the local business community for months, and perhaps even years, to come. Beyond the many changes implemented to keep employees safe and their companies operating, business owners have also had to respond to a ...

Garden happiness

Happiness is in our gardens! What to do in our gardens going into our southwest fall (soon to be winter) florida season…fertilize. It has been a while since we were able to fertilize. The fertilizer blackout is officially over. Our plants, bushes, and trees will appreciate your efforts. And ...

Beware surprises a quitclaim can bring

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I am nearing the end of my lease of the home I live in, and the owner has suggested I accept a quitclaim deed from him for $200,000 cash. The house is worth at least $220,000, so I feel I am getting a great deal. How do I go about buying the property -- just give him ...

Record low October unsold home supply numbers

As we head for the home stretch in 2020, the top of mind question in the Cape Coral real estate market is, will we see the typical mass influx of seasonal sellers come to the market to list their homes for sale in January? In a “normal season,” before COVID, the number of active listings in ...

History of Cape Coral Garden Club dates back to 1960

Tracing the roots of Cape Coral’s growth can literally and figuratively be found in a “garden.” One of the first clubs to organize in the community was the Cape Coral Garden Club. The club got an organizational push from the community’s first club, the Cape Coral Women’s Club, which ...

Thankful for herbs

Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays is nearly upon us. Although the pandemic is challenging us to find creative ways to join with family and friends this Thanksgiving, I can still count on my gardens, particularly my herb garden, to comfort me. The flavors and aromas from fresh herbs ...