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Cape Council joins resident wrangle with District 6 rep

Cape Coral City Councilmember Rick Williams came under fire Monday when criticism from a resident's group within his district was picked up by some his fellow council members, one of whom agreed it may be time for him to step down.John Bashaw, president of the Northwest Neighborhood ...

Lee School board to discuss delaying start date

Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins says the start of school should be delayed to Aug. 24, or Aug. 31 and he will present that recommendation to the Lee County School Board on Thursday.The special action meeting will be broadcast live at www.youtube.com/leeschoolstv at 2 p.m. Thursday, July ...

Volunteers plant 164 mangroves along Coral Pointe Canal

The healing process for mangroves damaged in an area of Coral Pointe Canal in Cape Coral began Saturday as more than 40 volunteers turned out to plant 164 mangrove plants in the affected area.Mangroves that were damaged one year ago due to a botched maintenance work project by the city of Cape ...

Novel graduation

Cape Coral High School held graduation Tuesday for its Class of 2020 and it's safe to say it's one for the record books if not exactly Mom's memory scrapbook.Due to the pandemic, graduates received their diplomas via a "drive-thru" graduation Tuesday morning as did seniors at all Lee County ...

Lee Health hospitals at 100% of current staffed operational capacity

Lee Health hospitals as of Tuesday afternoon are at 100% of current staffed operational capacity. According to Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci, staffed operational capacity "reflects the number of beds for which we have adequate staffing, not the total number of beds in our ...

Homeless coalition estimates 2,714 without homes

The Lee County Homeless Coalition estimates there are 2,714 people without homes in Lee County, a number that is slightly lower than last year's figures.However, those numbers are deceiving, as they were taken before the COVID-19 pandemic surged through the country, creating the expectation ...

CCPD searching for hit-and-run driver near Coronado and El Dorado

The Cape Coral Police Department is on scene of a hit-and-run crash on Coronado Parkway at the intersection of El Dorado Parkway. As of 11:24 a.m, the southbound lanes are affected. The hit-and-run driver fled on foot, and is described as a white male around 30 years old, heavyset, black hair ...

Florida COVID-19 cases increase by more than 10,000 again

By the NumbersAs of 11 a.m. Monday, there are 360,394 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 10,347 since FDOH's last update Sunday morning.More than 78,900 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Sunday, July 19. Of those reported tests, 14.74 ...

Adkins recommends later school opening date

Lee School Superintendent Dr. Gregory Adkins told School Board Chair Mary Fischer today that he recommends the opening of public schools be delayed 2-3 weeks "based on the current viral infection rate in the state of Florida." He has referred the recommendation for a later school opening date ...

Man dies in officer-involved shooting

A North Fort Myers man was fatally shot after officials say he pointed a rifle at deputies conducting a well-being check at a local motel.Sheriff Carmine Marceno held a news conference Thursday afternoon near the Aloha Motel on North Tamiami Trail, where the incident took place.According to ...