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Lee Health: Hospitals risk hitting critical mass

As the state reported the highest single-day increase of positive COVID-19 patients on Saturday, local health care officials spoke just 24 hours earlier of the worrisome number of COVID-19 patients in their care and urged the public to take proper precautions when in public areas."We are seeing ...

Three arrested at City Hall prior to council meeting

Cape Coral Police have reported that three people were arrested after causing a disturbance at a City Council meeting Monday and disregarding officers' multiple warnings and lawful orders.According to the CCPD report, yesterday, July 6, at a scheduled 4:30 p.m. council meeting, several officers ...

DeSantis extends eviction, foreclosure moratorium

As Florida continues to try and recover from the economic, health and social effects of COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order last week extending the moratorium on evictions and mortgage foreclosures for another month.The moratorium will expire on Aug. 1. There has been a ...

Governor signs Clean Waterways Act

This past week, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law the Clean Waterways Act, which institutes new regulations on polluters and threats to water quality such as septic tanks, sewage disposal facilities, fertilizer and stormwater systems.According to the communications office of DeSantis, the ...

Reminder: Cape Coral City Council to hold a Special Meeting on masks today

The Cape Coral City Council will hold a Special Meeting today, Monday, July 6, at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, in Council Chambers, 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral.The following will appear on the agenda: Emergency Ordinance 1-20 AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA, ...

Man sentenced to 30 years in prison for robbing Cape bank

Anthony Larry Masters, 50, was sentenced to 30 years in prison today, for robbing a bank in Cape Coral. Masters was found guilty of one count of robbery following a one-day trial on Feb. 27, 2020. The defendant was sentenced as a habitual felony offender and habitual violent felony offender, ...

FDLE arrests Cape Coral man for child pornography

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have arrested Jose Enrique Ortega, 39, of Cape Coral, on 20 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography.FDLE agents served a search warrant Thursday at Ortega's apartment and found a desktop ...

City Council candidate question of the week: Charter schools

Each week through the primary, The Breeze will ask the candidates for Cape Coral City Council an issue-related question. In the interest of fairness, each candidate is limited to the same amount of space, about 100 words, for their response. This week's question is: Should the city of Cape ...

COVID-19 hospitalizations triple in one month

As the Independence Day holiday weekend begins, local health care officials spoke of the worrisome number of COVID-19 patients in their care and urged the public to take proper precautions when in public areas."We are seeing a trend in our hospitals that has me very concerned," said President ...

Celebrate Mina Edison’s 155th birthday at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

On July 6, Edison and Ford Winter Estates will celebrate Mina Edison's 155th birthday. The celebration will start at 11 a.m. with a presentation about Mina on the Museum West Porch. This large outdoor space will be monitored for social distancing and all visitors are encouraged to wear a mask. ...