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New toll fees go into effect Oct. 1 for Sanibel, Cape Coral bridges

Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman is urging folks to order a county transponder for those who make trips to Sanibel and Cape Coral, where administrative fees of $3 will be charged starting Oct. 1 to anybody without a LeeWay account and transponder passing a toll bridge. “Our goal is not ...

Fort Myers man attacked by alligator at Wa-Ke Hatchee Park

A 60-year-old Fort Myers man was treated for serious injuries after sustaining wounds from an alligator attack Monday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported to the incident near Wa-Ke Hatchee Park on Bass Road in Fort Myers at about 4 p.m. The park is about five ...

Rep. Donalds holds roundtable on Lake Okeechobee

The water quality issue surrounding Lake Okeechobee and its connecting rivers is like a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle: There are numerous pieces that must be placed in a certain order for the big picture to properly come together. On Tuesday, at City Hall in Cape Coral, U.S. Rep Byron Donalds and ...

National Night Out at Hammond Stadium Tuesday

National Night Out will be celebrated Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers with a night of free hot dogs, games, aviation and police demonstrations as part of an event announced by the Lee County Sheriff's Office. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature ...

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 ...

Lightning strike on Sanibel results in one death

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 beach behind the Sanibel Beach Club, at 626 Nerita St. The Downtown Church located in Columbia, South ...

Federal court rules in favor of cruise industry

After being largely sidelined for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida cruise industry is back online following a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit to reverse its own earlier decision regarding Centers for Disease Control (CDC) restrictions. The ...

Coronavirus resurgent in Lee County

In one month, Lee Health went from seeing its coronavirus cases plummet to the point where it stopped announcing COVID-19 hospitalizations to seeing a sharp resurgence in cases as the Delta variant has led to an uptick in cases in Lee County and statewide. Lee Health reported having 111 ...

Fried, DeSantis tussle over credit for school nutrition program funding

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Gov. Ron DeSantis are in a quarrel over credit for nutrition funding to schools after Fried announced that her department obtained $93.2 million in federal emergency relief funding to Florida schools impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the ...

M-CORES highway toll project quietly shelved

Proposed new highways stretching hundreds of miles, including some of which would potentially extend through the heart of the endangered panther's habitat between Polk County and Collier County, has hit a dead end. The controversial M-CORES (Multi-use corridors of regional economic ...