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Hold course on water quality commitments

Not all of the news was new but all of the news was good when Gov. Ron DeSantis and Congressman Francis Rooney each made announcements related to water quality issues that impact Southwest Florida.Gov. DeSantis reiterated his commitment to funding for Everglades restoration and then added some ...

Hurricane relief: Give, but give wisely

As a weakened but still powerful Hurricane Dorian made its sixth landfall, in Nova Scotia this weekend, those on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands are dealing with a rising death toll and property damage estimated in the billions.The then-Category 5 storm made landfall over the islands last ...

D-Day: In memory, in gratitude

More than 5,300 ships.More than 11,000 aircraft.More than 160,000 troops.And more courage than the world had ever seen.The Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, the day we call D-Day, turned the course of history 75 years ago.The cost was great for the130,000-plus put ashore along five ...

Go green: Don’t fertilize this summer

It is time for Southwest Floridians who have been demanding action to improve water quality in our canals, river and gulf to step up and take part.Literally.Fertilizer restrictions throughout much of Lee County begin June 1, prohibiting, through the rainy season, the use of chemical additives ...

Yes, here in paradise

Sunshine.Beautiful beaches.A booming economy.And yet, hunger.The Harry Chapin Food Bank released on Thursday Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap 2019" report and the numbers here in Southwest Florida continue to shock those of us who do not face our community's need on a daily basis.According ...

Success at last?

The facts as presented apparently -?and finally - spoke for themselves this year:According to firefighter cancer studies shared with state legislators as part of a plea for cancer presumption legislation:- Cancer was the No. 1 killer of firefighters in 2018, with 74 percent of all deaths linked ...

Communities come together

Fort Myers Beach's sister city Cape Coral has its controversies.Cape Coral has its share of divisiveness.But in times of crisis, in times of need, Cape Coral is a lot like the Beach - it consistently comes together.And the horrific hit-and-run death of 8-year-old Layla Aiken as she waited for a ...

Thank you for your service, thank you for your sacrifice

The son of an Army staff sergeant who threw himself on a suicide bomber in Iraq to save the lives of three fellow soldiers accepted, on behalf of the dad he lost at age 11, our country's highest military honor Tuesday.President Donald Trump posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Army ...

Citrus Canker settlement: It’s time to pay up

Lee County homeowners still waiting for fair compensation for backyard citrus trees chopped by the state nearly two decades ago won't have to wait much longer if a proposal in the Florida House budget passes this session.Included in the House 2019-20 budget released Tuesday is an $18,113,116 ...

Sexual trafficking: ‘Hidden in plain sight’

The U.S. map on the Polaris website is chilling: colored spots marking the sex trade spread across the country with a proliferation of large blood-red blotches highlighting trafficking hotspots.Given recent headlines, few might be surprised to find that Vero Beach down through Miami is among ...