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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, ...

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 ...

Local, state officials react to Biden inauguration

Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States Wednesday, succeeding former President Donald Trump following weeks of tension following a violent storming of the Capitol and the second impeachment of Trump following his alleged incitement of the Jan. 6 riots. Many ...

New COVID-19 vaccination dates announced

The Florida Department of Health at Lee County and Lee County government announced today that there is enough vaccine supply to schedule about 5,800 appointments for Thursday and Friday at the county’s site near the airport. Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, people can call toll-free ...

St. Peter Lutheran Church has new pastor

When Pastor Sharon Taylor came to St. Peter Lutheran Church in October, she brought a history of not only working as a religious leader for more than 20 years but also as somebody who worked in the juvenile criminal justice system as a social worker. “It's going pretty well,” Taylor ...