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DeSantis issues executive order against mask mandates at schools

Smiles, not masks. Parental choice, not mandates. That is the message Gov. Ron DeSantis shared this morning at a press conference in Cape Coral called to announce that he would issue an executive order that will prohibit school systems from mandating masks. “I think the decision about whether parents want their kids to wear masks, I think that decision falls squarely in the contours of this parents bill of rights that I signed,” DeSantis said. The new legislation, which went into effect July 1, lists the rights of parents as they pertain to education, health care, and criminal ...

Post office closes at Santini Plaza

A man recently hospitalized after he was struck by lightning on a beach on Sanibel has died. Brent Jerome and his wife, Kristen, were both hit by lightning on July 24 at about 4:52 p.m. on the ...

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John Edgar Weikel

John Edgar Weikel, 74, of Fort Myers Beach, Florida passed away July 7, 2021. Arrangements entrusted to Lee County Cremation Services-Fort Myers.

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Collateral damage from county’s reopening

As officials at the state and local level look toward a soft reopening of some public places, health officials are warning of a new normal."While we work together to determine the next steps, one thing we know is that reopening will not be a return to life as we knew it before COVID-19," Lee ...