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Cape COVID-19 specimen collection site expands days of operation

In order to meet the demand for COVID-19 testing, the city of Cape Coral, in partnership with Lee Health, is increasing the days of operation for its mobile specimen collection site from three days to six days per week beginning July 27. The collection site is located at the Chester Street ...

School Board races at a glance

There are primaries for each of the three Lee County School Board seats up for grabs but voters countywide may only cast a ballot in one of the nonpartisan races.The seats for Districts 2 and 3 will be determined by voters who live in those districts only while all voters, regardless of party ...

Meet the candidates for Lee County School Board

There are three Lee County School Board seats up for election this year but voters countywide may only cast a ballot in one of these non-partisan races -- the at-large District 7 seat.As a result of a voter-approved change in 2016, most school board seats are elected by district, meaning the ...

CCPD: Cape man arrested after dropping drug stash in front of officers

A man answering the door at the scene of a reported overdose dropped a box full of drugs in front of the officers to whom he was speaking, resulting in multiple charges Thursday night.Cody Wynn, 24, of 1101 S.E. 22nd Terrace, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance ...

Lee Health: In-patient numbers dip

Local health officials on Friday shared some good news when it comes to COVID-19 in the community.Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci announced that "while it may be too soon to call it a trend," Lee Health has discharged more COVID-19 patients than have been admitted over the last ...

School to start Aug. 31 with masks mandated

Students will now go back to school on Monday, Aug. 31 and students and staff will be required to wear masks while attending brick-and-mortar schools.Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins told the School Board of Lee County he believes it would be prudent to extend reopening to Monday, Aug. 31 with ...

Cape Council to set tax caps Monday

Even though the process has been ongoing for months, the last week of July is typically when the Cape Coral city budget process for the new budget year ramps up.On Monday, during the Cape Coral City Council's regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, the elected board will set the initial ...

Unemployment drops in Lee County

Although unemployment rates are still high, Lee County has seen a positive reduction at 9.8 percent for the month of June.CareerSource Southwest Florida Communications Manager Janeth Castrejon said the positive reduction with unemployment rates began in May and continued into June."It's a great ...

FGCU students upcycle broken hockey sticks to create oyster reefs

When a hockey player breaks a stick, it used to go to the local landfill.Not anymore. At Florida Gulf Coast University, those broken sticks, as well as donated shafts from others, as going for a good cause that will make the waters of Southwest Florida much cleaner.It is called the "Rinks to ...