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Islander remembers his role at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center on 9-11

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Islander Joe Hernandez of Urban Search and Rescue is among an elite few who fought through the rubble at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center just after the towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001. “It was a morning that was just like any other day,” said Hernandez, who moved to the islands in 2011. “I was with my wife. We were going to the post office. I was off that day from a rescue job down in Miami. My neighbor came outside and said, 'did you hear what happened? A plane flew into one of the towers.' About a minute after he said that, my pager went ...

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David Goodwyn Elmore

David Goodwyn Elmore, 71, of St. James City, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

Letters to the Editor

Guest Comment: Commissioners keeping eye on projects, taxes

This year has been unlike any before it. Each of us has had to deal with unbelievable challenges, and as a nation, we have faced uncertainty about the future. One thing Lee County residents can be certain about is that their local government will provide them with a balanced budget and will ...


Lee County tourism falls 64 percent April to June

nmayberg@breezenewspapers.com The number of visitors to Lee County dropped 64 percent per lodging statistics in the tourism snapshot of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau's data for April to May this year, representing the damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic. The county was hit ...

Local Columns


Stop modern day slavery: Be part of the solution

As frontline workers in the fight against human trafficking, the Cape Coral Police Department answered a global call to action Thursday.July 30 was World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and the 2020 theme urged first responders -- "the people who work in different sectors -- identifying, ...