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Be careful what you ask for

Cape Coral City Council on Monday will again consider bringing six lots the municipality owns in Matlacha into the city limits.The annexation do-over for the 5.37-acre site is coming before Council again because the city badly bungled its first attempt by failing to follow the proper procedure ...

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

For some of us, the whole "pumpkin spice" thing is as old as childhood.A can or two of Libby's pumpkin, evaporated milk, a couple of eggs, sugar and the magic combination of cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves and oh, my, the mouthwatering scent of Thanksgiving eve!Whether we still make those ...

Hold course on water quality commitments

Not all of the news was new but all of the news was good when Gov. Ron DeSantis and Congressman Francis Rooney each made announcements related to water quality issues that impact Southwest Florida recently.Gov. DeSantis reiterated his commitment to funding for Everglades restoration and then ...

20/20 produces tangible results

Taxpayers who support Lee County's 20/20 Conservation program - and that, literally, is most of us- are seeing some substantial bang for our buck again this year.One Tuesday, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted to purchase three parcels totaling about 225 acres for the ...

Good — or even good enough?

The School District of Lee County reported some good news this week: Student scores on the 2019 Spring Florida Standards Assessment saw bumps almost across the board this year over last.Among the notable achievements cited by the District were results at the middle school level where English ...

Yes, even here in our corner of paradise

Sunshine.Beautiful beaches.A booming economy.And yet, hunger.The Harry Chapin Food Bank released on Thursday Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap 2019" report and the numbers here in Southwest Florida continue to shock those of us who do not face our community's need on a daily basis.According ...

Firefighter cancer presumption bill — success at last?

The facts as presented apparently -?and finally - spoke for themselves this year:According to firefighter cancer studies shared with state legislators as part of a plea for cancer presumption legislation:- Cancer was the No. 1 killer of firefighters in 2018, with 74 percent of all deaths linked ...

Legal notices legislation clouds public notification

Like a slick counterfeit twenty, a proposal to "save money" at the expense of government transparency is being proffered again in Tallahassee in the hope it will slip by a gullible or unwary public.House Bill HB 1235, a 45-page meander, would replace longstanding Public Notices advertising ...

Thank you for your service, thank you for your sacrifice

The son of an Army staff sergeant who threw himself on a suicide bomber in Iraq to save the lives of three fellow soldiers accepted, on behalf of the dad he lost at age 11, our country's highest military honor Tuesday.President Donald Trump posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Army ...

Fake threat …real consequences: Yes, they mean it!

Fed up with the continued waste of money and manpower, lost classroom time and the emotional impact on students, teachers and school personnel, Lee County law enforcement agencies and the school district issued a warning a few weeks ago: School threats are serious and will not be treated as a ...