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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, ...

Cape Council talks taxes

Cape Coral City Council made significant changes to the city's mowing program Monday, changing the number of mows on each empty lot and so raising the annual assessment.Gary Eidson, speaking as a resident and not as a member of the Budget Review Committee upon which he serves, said the rules ...

Cape cancels anniversary celebration

After moving the traditional July 4th celebration to Labor Day weekend in recognition of the city of Cape Coral's 50th anniversary, officials on Monday cancelled the event, citing the coronavirus pandemic.Kerry Runyon, Parks and Recreation director, said there was simply no way they could ...

COVID cases near 442,000 mark

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 441,977 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 9,230 since FDOH's last update Monday morning.More than 90,200 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Monday, July 27. Of those reported tests, 11.69 percent tested ...

Health department to work with school district on COVID contact tracing

The Florida Department of Health provided a special presentation to the school board Monday regarding contact tracing of COVID-19 and how both entities can work together once school resumes.Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins said the Florida Department of Health has been wonderful through the ...

Health leaders ask for mandatory masks in Lee

Members of the Lee Health Facility Medical Executive Committee has sent a letter to Lee County Board of County Commissioners Chair Brian Hamman, requesting a countywide mask mandate "in public places and inside businesses where social distancing is not always feasible."The letter sent by ...

Back to School Staff Q&A addresses concerns

Although some of the many questions teachers have regarding reopening were addressed during a live Facebook webinar last week, many others are still being hammered out during bargaining meetings with SPALC and TALC.District spokesperson Rob Spicker led the one hour webinar, with many questions ...

Free COVID testing in the South Cape draws long line

Residents from Cape Coral and elsewhere didn't care how long it would take, as long as they were able to receive free testing for COVID-19 this past weekend.Cars lined up around the block for testing for the new coronavirus Sunday as the Florida Department of Health in Lee County, in ...

Health officials report decline in positive coronavirus cases

Local health officials on Monday reported a decline in cases over the weekend; with some optimistic this may be the beginning of a trend locally.Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci said he was encouraged by the number of admissions as compared to discharges over the weekend as the ...