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Mangrove restoration to begin

Mangroves that were damaged one year ago due to botched maintenance work project by the city of Cape Coral will be replaced next weekend, weather permitting.Local non-profit group Keep Lee County Beautiful, in conjunction with the city and with 15 volunteers from the Cape Coral group "Citizens ...

LCSO: New initiative will boost response times

In the event of a major incident such as a mass shooting, seconds can mean the difference between life and death.On Thursday, the Lee County Sheriff's Office introduced a program aimed at improving collaboration among public safety agencies in Lee County and ensuring a rapid response during ...

State Rep to defend trio arrested before mask meeting at City Hall

Three people who were arrested Monday and accused of causing a disturbance at Monday's Cape Coral City Council meeting will be represented by a state representative who has taken on cases for others who have been charged and arrested in connection with mask-related protests.Anthony Sabatini, ...

Cape veteran’s group receives mask donation from South Korea

A show of gratitude an ocean away to the United States to help combat a global pandemic has stretched all the way to Southwest Florida.The South Korea Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs shipped 500,000 protective face masks to the United States to American Veterans of the Korean War. ...

District 77 House race kicks off with Republican Primary

The District 77 State Representative race appears on both the Aug. 18 Primary and Nov. 3 General Election ballots.The Republican primary has two candidates, financial advisor/Marine Corps veteran Bryan Blackwell and business owner/ Army veteran Mike Giallombardo. The top vote-getter will then ...

City Council candidate question of the week: Face coverings

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: What action within its ...

Cape teen uses 3-D printer to raise money for Friends of Wildlife

An already sharp mind of the next generation found a way to tie his school project into protecting Cape Coral's official bird via new technology.Alex Brown, a 13-year-old Pennsylvania native whose family owns a home in the Cape created miniature burrowing owls using his 3D printer to raise $150 ...

First flight

It was only a matter of time before E16 took its first flight, especially since the young eaglet was laggingly more than two weeks behind its older sibling.Last Wednesday morning at 9:18 a.m., nearly 13 weeks after it was born, E16 finally fledged from its nest on Bayshore Road, with the ...

Lover’s Key State Park now fully reopened

After being shut down in March during the COVID-19 pandemic and undergoing a partial reopening in May, all aspects of Lover's Key State Park are now opened and accessible.All of the trails are now open, kayak rentals are available and TRAM service has been restored. Access to Fort Myers Beach ...

ECHO conducting tours; but it’s still not business as usual

It took nearly three-and-a-half months for things to return to normal, but on Wednesday, things finally did in the areas most important to ECHO's farm campus.The bookstore had opened, people could buy trees again, and as of today, people are able to take tours again.ECHO, the farm dedicated to ...