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Not forgotten — 25 years after the net ban

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Generational islander Rhonda Dooley has a burning desire that no one forget the Florida net ban. She says many people still don’t realize what it was really about, and how it continues to affect the island and the families who made their living on the water. “We’re still faced with it every day. It was a really big change for us,” said Dooley. “When they take your gear from you and they tell you that you can’t fish, the way you have for your whole life — the way your father and grandfather did before you…well you’re just at a loss.” ...

Holiday House of Hope 2020 this weekend

Bruce Edward Hopkins, 70 of St. James City, FL passed away on November 26, 2020. Arrangements are by Coral Ridge Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation Services, Cape Coral. Please visit ...

News from around the region

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, ...

Obituaries

Bruce Edward Hopkins

Bruce Edward Hopkins, 70 of St. James City, FL passed away on November 26, 2020. Arrangements are by Coral Ridge Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation Services, Cape Coral. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com for additional information.

Letters to the Editor

Guest Comment: 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 ...

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Editorials

The roots of Thanksgiving 2020 run deep

Four hundred years deep. In 1620, 102 passengers sailed from England for what those travelers hoped would be a better life. Sixty-six days of adversity later, they made landfall in a new world, still far from their intended destination. As History.com tells us, it took another month for ...