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Fire Board sets tentative millage at 3.600

On July 22, the Matlacha Pine Island Fire Control Board held its monthly meeting with commissioners and staff discussing the possible reduction of the current millage rate, which has been set, pending budget hearings in the fall, at 3.6000 mils.The title of the resolution of proposed levy of ad ...

Remembering Ralph Brookhart

According to Barry Brookhart, his late father Ralph found Pine Island to be paradise."He took a lot of pride in doing his part," said Barry, who admits he'd tried to get his father to come to Tennessee many times to no avail.Ralph lived in Pine Island Cove, where he was a resident for 30 years, ...

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 ...

Homeless Coalition estimates 2,714 without homes in county

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 ...

COVID-19 test result times a source of frustration

Turns out it's not just those with long wait times for COVID-19 test results that are frustrated, it's the hospital system, too.On Thursday, Lee Health officials voiced their displeasure when it comes to long turn around times for COVID-19 testing, saying some tests have taken up to two weeks ...

Players Circle gears up for second season

The inaugural season for the Players Circle Theatre was certainly a rough one. First the theater wasn't finished until almost midway through the season, and then the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the rest of their season just as they were about to launch their fourth show.The coronavirus could ...

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 ...