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Utility issues a reoccurring challenge for city

As Cape Coral continues its Utility Extension Project to remove septic systems and wells in favor of city water and sewer systems, there was a time over 50 years ago when permitting septic systems faced enormous controversy and subsequent bans. On Aug. 26, 1970, only eight days after residents ...

Florida friendly landscaping principle #5: attract wildlife

As Florida’s population continues to grow, open/green space continues to be supplanted by increased residential and commercial development and their associated infrastructures. One of the negative impacts of this rapid development has been and continues to be the destruction of the natural ...

Luxury condo sales recover from COVID-19 shutdowns

This week we will wrap-up the year that was 2020 in the Cape Coral luxury condo market with a somewhat subdued toast of champagne wishes and caviar dreams in our quarterly homage to the late, great Robin Leach. Our Cape Coral version of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” consists of ...

Grateful to have served

As my time serving Southwest Florida in Congress comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished these last four years. One of my main reasons in running for Congress, and my most important focus, has been on developing a bipartisan commitment to ...

Step up

… “At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault — unlike anything we've seen in modern times. An assault on the citadel of liberty. The Capitol itself. An assault on the people's representatives and the Capitol Hill police sworn to protect them. And the public servants ...

Black votes matter (when counted)

To the editor: Never before has a sitting President responded to demonstrations in the Capital by white national chauvinist groups (in German the acronym is Nazi) so that he could address them and snivel about having lost a national election. I can't possibly be the only American saddened by ...

Foodscaping for the New Year

I typically don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but in these uncertain times traditions can help firm the ground beneath you. In light of that, for 2021, I plan to explore the possibilities of foodscaping in my garden. Foodscaping is a landscaping strategy in which edibles are integrated ...

Is refinancing our home a good idea?

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I am looking for ways to save money in the new year, and many of my friends suggest I refinance my house. I am concerned the costs of the refinance will make this a bad idea. I have lived here with my husband for about 10 years, and we don’t intend to move anytime in ...