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Conservation 20/20 produces tangible results

Taxpayers who support Lee County's 20/20 Conservation program - and that, literally, is most of us- are seeing some substantial bang for our buck again this year.One Tuesday, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted to purchase three parcels totaling about 225 acres for the ...

District test scores: Good – or even good enough?

The School District of Lee County reported some good news this week: Student scores on the 2019 Spring Florida Standards Assessment saw bumps almost across the board this year over last.Among the notable achievements cited by the District were results at the middle school level where English ...

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 began 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 ...

Firefighter cancer presumption bill — 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 ...

Legal notices legislation clouds public notification

Like a slick counterfeit twenty, a proposal to "save money" at the expense of government transparency is being proffered again in Tallahassee in the hope it will slip by a gullible or unwary public.House Bill HB 1235, a 45-page meander, would replace longstanding Public Notices advertising ...

Communities come together

Neighboring 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 North Fort Myers - it consistently comes together.And the horrific hit-and-run death of 8-year-old Layla Aiken as she waited for a school bus ...

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 ...