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Governor signs Clean Waterways Act

This past week, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law the Clean Waterways Act, which institutes new regulations on polluters and threats to water quality such as septic tanks, sewage disposal facilities, fertilizer and stormwater systems.According to the communications office of DeSantis, the ...

Reminder: Cape Coral City Council to hold a Special Meeting on masks today

The Cape Coral City Council will hold a Special Meeting today, Monday, July 6, at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, in Council Chambers, 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral.The following will appear on the agenda: Emergency Ordinance 1-20 AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA, ...

Man sentenced to 30 years in prison for robbing Cape bank

Anthony Larry Masters, 50, was sentenced to 30 years in prison today, for robbing a bank in Cape Coral. Masters was found guilty of one count of robbery following a one-day trial on Feb. 27, 2020. The defendant was sentenced as a habitual felony offender and habitual violent felony offender, ...

FDLE arrests Cape Coral man for child pornography

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have arrested Jose Enrique Ortega, 39, of Cape Coral, on 20 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography.FDLE agents served a search warrant Thursday at Ortega's apartment and found a desktop ...

City Council candidate question of the week: Charter schools

Each week through the primary, The Breeze will ask the candidates for Cape Coral City Council an issue-related question. In the interest of fairness, each candidate is limited to the same amount of space, about 100 words, for their response. This week's question is: Should the city of Cape ...

COVID-19 hospitalizations triple in one month

As the Independence Day holiday weekend begins, local health care officials spoke of the worrisome number of COVID-19 patients in their care and urged the public to take proper precautions when in public areas."We are seeing a trend in our hospitals that has me very concerned," said President ...

Celebrate Mina Edison’s 155th birthday at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

On July 6, Edison and Ford Winter Estates will celebrate Mina Edison's 155th birthday. The celebration will start at 11 a.m. with a presentation about Mina on the Museum West Porch. This large outdoor space will be monitored for social distancing and all visitors are encouraged to wear a mask. ...

Cape punts decision on masks

On a day when Florida logged an additional 10,000-plus cases of the COVID-19 virus -- setting another record -- dozens of local residents turned out to have their say on whether Cape Coral City Council should require masks to be worn in the municipality.In the end, after one council member had ...

Three Cs and masks: DeSantis urges Floridians to take safety measures

As the state and country prepare to celebrate Independence Day, Gov. Ron DeSantis urged Floridians to take precautions over the holiday weekend amidst the highest single-day increase in cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began.DeSantis, along with Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees, ...

Tough choices: Some Cape bars choose to temporarily close

With COVID-19 cases in Florida and Lee County climbing, coupled with some close-to-home tragedies, many establishments in Cape Coral are making the tough decision to temporarily close until conditions become safer for patrons and staff alike.Owners of local bars and restaurants have said the ...