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DeSantis moves state into phase 3 of reopening, lifting indoor restrictions

Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that the state is lifting indoor capacity restrictions at restaurants, theme parks and most other businesses as part of the state's phase 3 reopening since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The order lifts restrictions on social distancing. The order takes effect immediately. The lifting of the order on restaurants would still allow local governments to limit capacity to under 100% if they quantify the economic impact of each limitation or requirement on those restaurants, and explain why each limitation or requirement is necessary for public ...

ROAR powerboat races canceled

Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that the state is lifting indoor capacity restrictions at restaurants, theme parks and most other businesses as part of the state's phase 3 reopening ...

News from around the region

Slight shift in coronavirus cases in Lee County

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lee County climbed to 20,025 on Monday from 19,176 a week earlier, an increase of approximately 4%. That represents an increase from last week's change of 1.8% while statewide statistics maintained the same pace they have been on for the past month. On ...

Obituaries

Olive A Abbott

Olive A. Abbott, 83, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away September 15, 2020. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: Eden Oak: Conservation 20/20 nomination update

In the midst of the request by the owner to change the zoning to build 55 units in the mangroves near the Shell Point Retirement Community, the Eden Oak property was also nominated earlier this year to Lee County's Conservation 20/20 land acquisition program.It's the second time this property ...

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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 ...