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Town Council, advisory board meet over Bay Oaks plans

A joint meeting between the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus Advisory Board (BORCAB) and Fort Myers Beach Council last week didn't resolve questions about what a new Bay Oaks campus may look like though it did flush out some of the differences and positions of the board members. Mayor Ray Murphy called on the board to give the council its priorities though BORCAB member Lee Melsek stood by the original plan and said the priorities were already given through that plan. Barbara Hill, vice chair of BORCAB, said she envisions children using one building in a new community center building with ...

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Data scientist charged with unlawfully accessing state messaging system

Rebekah Jones, the Florida Department of Health data scientist who was fired last year over what she claimed was her refusal to manipulate COVID-19 statistics, faces a third-degree felony charge over allegations she illegally accessed a Florida Department of Health messaging system. Jones ...

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Second round of paycheck protection program funds available

More help is on the way for businesses who want it. A second round of Payment Protection Program (PPP) funds have been approved by the federal government for businesses affected by slowdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic last year. The new funding restructures the parameters of the funding, ...

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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 ...