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DeSantis announces advancement of Everglades restoration project

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the advancement of an important Everglades restoration project to remove over five miles of roadbed from Old Tamiami Trail. Removing the roadbed improves the volume of water flowing south through the Everglades and supports reducing harmful discharges from Lake ...

CROW virtual series on bees

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) weekly Virtual Speaker Series presented by Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) continues on Monday, Feb. 15 with “Speaker for the Bees: Understanding and Protecting Wild and Managed Bees” by Mary Bammer, Instructional Designer for ...

Rooney receives Eagle Award

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has bestowed its highest honor, the Eagle Award, on retiring U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney. The award recognizes Rooney’s work on science-based conservation priorities, including efforts to ensure continued funding of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration ...

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 ...

Second dose of vaccine to be distributed next week

Those who received the COVID-19 vaccine through the Florida Department of Health at Lee County two weeks ago will begin receiving calls from the state's vendor Tidal Basin tomorrow for appointments next week to receive the second shot of the Moderna vaccine. Lee County Government made the ...

CROW helping injured bald eagle recover

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel admitted a bald eagle rescued from a canal in Cape Coral Nov. 8. Unable to fly, CROW veterinarians and staff used radiographs to help determine the eagle suffered a fractured coracoid, one of the bones in the shoulder important for ...

Calusa Waterkeeper to hold online benefit Nov. 14

It's been 30 years since the Estero Bay tributaries were designated as Oustanding Florida Waters. That hasn't made the work any easier for protecting the quality of the water in the region. The Calusa Waterkeeper, in its 25th year fighting for the protection of the Estero Bay tributaries, will ...

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 ...

DeSantis appoints Rep. Eagle to head Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity

Governor Ron DeSantis appointed State House Majority Leader Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral) to become the next executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). "Leader Eagle is an experienced legislator, a family man, and the right choice to lead DEO,” said Gov. ...