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Why prices are rising – and when they could go back down

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Lately, it seems like just about everything we buy is costing us more. For starters, gas prices have hit nearly $3 per gallon in Fort Myers. “I like to shop around, but at the same time you have to accept that if you need the gas, you gotta get the gas,” Daniel Bevarly said while at the pump.  The price of a vehicle itself is also on the rise. Analysts say used car prices in particular are up about 20% over the past year.   Price hikes have also hit grocery stores — specifically the meal coolers. The USDA says beef prices are up...

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How ‘Amazon Sidewalk’ works, and how you can opt out

FORT MYERS, Fla.– If you own certain home devices like Ring spotlight cameras or Amazon Echos, they’re automatically enrolled today in what’s called ‘Amazon Sidewalk.’ Alexa herself will explain it to you if you ask.  “Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network that helps devices like Amazon Echo devices, Ring security cams, outdoor lights and motion sensors work better at home beyond the front door,” Alexa will say, if prompted.   In short, it’s a way for neighbors to pool together part of their internet bandwidth through the devices, strengthening the...

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NBC2 Investigates: Who pays for healthcare for the homeless?

FORT MYERS, Fla. (WBBH) — Amid a national health crisis, a homeless crisis emerged in Lee County.  Over the past several months, the seemingly growing homeless population moved from Centennial Park in Fort Myers, to Lions Park, to most recently the back of a run-down plaza in North Fort Myers.  As elected leaders work on how and where to house the homeless — with millions of county and federal money designated for exactly that — there’s a sobering reminder that lingers. People aren’t just living on the streets. They’re dying on them. Two homeless men featured...

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How nature can help SWFL fight back against sea-level rise

NAPLES, Fla. (WBBH) — At Clam Pass Park in Naples, the boardwalk winds through dense trees and over clear blue water in the bay. It’s a beautiful route to the beach.  But as FGCU professor Mike Savarese explains, the landscape offers much more than just a scenic walk.  “It provides ecosystem services,” Savarese said. He’s talking specifically about the tangled mangrove forest in the park, which sits between the gulf coast and the hotel resorts in the area.  After stepping off the boardwalk, Savarese navigated through the trees, explaining how they can help protect...

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NBC2 explores the once iconic, now abandoned places of SWFL

PALMDALE, Fla. (WBBH) — Southwest Florida is among the fastest-growing regions in all of the United States. And yet, scattered around our area are several prime properties that look straight out of a ghost town. These historic, once iconic places are now crumbling shells of what they used to be. NBC2 Investigator Evan Dean and photojournalist Kirk Erwin set out to learn the history behind these abandoned places, and to find out what’s being done to bring them back from the dead.  TOM GASKINS’ CYPRESS KNEE MUSEUM Our journey starts the same way it’ll end – well off...

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Psychedelic drugs are being used to treat depression in SWFL

FORT MYERS, Fla. (WBBH) — Michael Childress will never forget the day — the moment — when he stopped just short of suicide.  “Literally had my shotgun in the mouth. Finger on the trigger,” Childress recalled. “For whatever reason, I stopped.”  That was not long after a traumatic experience he suffered while serving in the Navy. He’s carried that trauma with him in the decades since then.  “Depression sets in. And then alcohol sets in. And then drugs set in,” Childress said. “Because you’re looking for this something that you...

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‘We are ground zero’: How sea level rise could impact SWFL roads

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Rich Chapman is among the many vacationers who’ve visited Bowditch Point Park to cast a line.  Fort Myers Beach is a long way from his usual fishing spots in Hartford, Connecticut.  “Back home, last night, it was 27 up there,” Chapman said, laughing.  He’s more than happy to spend a week in sunny southwest Florida.   “There’s a lot of bait that runs right along this sandbar here,” Chapman said while in the water.  But unlike the abundance of fish, the sun-bathing birds or the gentle waves, there’s something...

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Thieves target Cape Coral to steal and ‘clone’ vehicles

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (WBBH) — Judah Findley is a fast car fanatic. He buys wrecked sports cars, rebuilds them and shares it all on social media.  “This is a 2016 Hellcat,” Findley said, showing off the car in his Cape Coral driveway. “It’s the 6.2 Supercharged.” That’s why it was ironic earlier this year when a car — not his, but his mom’s — was stolen right from that very driveway. A neighbor’s surveillance camera captured it all in the dead of night.  “They pulled up. Stopped. Put their lights off, came in, and within 30 seconds...

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