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Matlacha Drawbridge to open frequently for maintenance Thursday

The Matlacha Drawbridge will have frequent openings for maintenance work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, and motorists should expect delays. According to the Lee County Department of Transportation, message boards will be placed on both sides of the bridge a week in advance to alert drivers of the planned bridge openings. The work is anticipated to last one day only, weather permitting. For additional information about the Matlacha Drawbridge project or Lee DOT, please visit www.leegov.com/dot.

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Island server beneficiary of ‘Tip Challenge’

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Islander Stephen Longest is one of many happy recipients of the "Tip Challenge." Simply put, the “Tip Challenge” is when a restaurant patron leaves a 100 percent tip, which equals the size of their check. Having been a server for at least 11 years, ...

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Lake O operating plan must be balanced

To the editor: The following letter was submitted to USACE Col. Booth and others involved in revisions to the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). Re: LOSOM Alternative CC Optimization for the Caloosahatchee Dear Colonel Booth: On behalf of the Captiva Community Panel and ...

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Bridge Beat

Bridge has started up again on Pine Island with one weekly game: Fishers of Men Wednesday Bridge, noon to 3 p.m., everyone welcome. For further information, call Maxine Crispi at 239-283-7869. The other games are still on COVID hiatus. Results Fishers of Men Wednesday, Oct. 13 - 1. Karen ...

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It’s time for flu shots

As COVID-19 case numbers again show improvement after a summer spike, Lee Health officials have issued a companion health alert for residents: “Avoid a ‘twindemic’: Get your flu vaccination.” Citing the Florida Department of Health in its healthy news blog posted at leehealth.org, Lee ...