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Whew! FDEP decides not sell environmentally sensitive land

Area residents and officials who were opposed to the state selling environmentally sensitive land it had previously purchased on Cayo Costa and North Captiva can breathe a sigh of relief.The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is no longer pursuing its plans to sell parcels ...

And they’re off…

The ballot for the upcoming special general election and related primary for the congressional seat vacated by former House Rep Trey Radel was finalized Wednesday.Republicans residing in Congressional District 19, which encompasses much of Lee County and parts of Collier, will have their choice ...

For the good of all, Radel should resign

"I'm sorry, I have no excuse for what I've done, and I'm not going to try to make any excuses for what I've done... I've let down our country. I've let down our constituents.I've let down my family, including my wife and, even though he doesn't know it, I've let down my 2-year-old son."- ...

There’s still time for input on Cayo Costa

Area residents who have an opinion on whether the state should retain or sell environmental lands on Cayo Costa and North Captiva in the hope of buying "better" sites who knows where, still have an opportunity to make their views known.The Florida Department of Environmental Protection held a ...

Cape, Mariner bands need our support

The Mariner High School Silver Magic Marching Band and the Cape Coral High School Marching Seahawks have been nominated to take part in the 2014 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., a major, nationally televised event.The nominations, made by Congressman Trey Radel and a first for ...

County should not raid Conservation 20/20 funds

After saying no to a similar proposal in April of 2011, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners is again looking to tap tax dollars earmarked for the purchase of environmentally sensitive lands.This go-around, the elected board is considering taking Conservation 20/20 funds to be collected ...

A time to mourn, a time for thanks

The Southwest Florida law enforcement community mourned the loss of one of its own this past weekend.Sgt. Michael Wilson, of the Charlotte County's Sheriff's Office, was shot to death last Monday while answering a domestic disturbance call at the Lakes of Tuscana Apartments in Port ...

Be aware, take care, schools open Thursday

Public schools open across Lee County next Thursday.An estimated 86,000 students, ranging from kindergarten through high school, will return to the classroom as the new school year gets under way.With a midweek opening, law enforcement and district officials traditionally urge safety first for ...

Creating care packages for our troops

Although the war in Afghanistan is winding down, we still have troops deployed.And these men and women, particularly those on the front line, still need us.One effect of the troop drawdown is many of the FOBs - forward operating bases - have stopped serving hot breakfasts to troops, many of ...

Unemployment findings justified; state compliance overdue

The first of a pair of legal challenges to the state of Florida's legislature "modernized" unemployment compensation process has been deemed a violation of federal civil rights and anti-discrimination laws.An investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center after ...