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Expanding community policing splits council

When it comes to a potentially expanded community policing program, several Town of Fort Myers Beach councilmembers are concerned that town taxpayers are already paying Lee County taxes for services and are now being asked for more if they want a community policing program. While the town is serviced by the Lee County Sheriff's Office, it would cost the town approximately $112,000 an officer (two have been suggested) if it wants to have more of a dedicated presence. During a town council meeting this past week, Lee County Sheriff's Office Capt. Tim Lalor told the board the program in ...

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John Patrick Rittinger

John Patrick Rittinger, 76, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

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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 ...