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All-electronic tolls to stay on certain Lee County bridges

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – All-electronic tolling will continue permanently on the Cape Coral, Midpoint and Sanibel Causeway bridges. Lee County Commissioners approved the plan on Tuesday. The same tollway fee structure that was in place before the pandemic will be reinstated, including a $3 administrative fee for drivers who don’t have transponders. The $3 fee for toll-by-plate was suspended last year during the pandemic but will be reinstated in October. The toll on the Cape Coral and Midpoint bridges will be $2 with a transponder and $5 for pay-by-plate, including the administrative...

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Lee County Commission could allocate over $3 million to fight homelessness

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Lee County Commissioners are likely to approve a new round of grant funding that could allocate more than $3.7 million dollars to fighting homelessness. County Commissioners are slated to address the issue at a budget meeting Tuesday. According to the meeting’s agenda, approximately $2 million of that funding comes in the form of a U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.) Continuum of Care (C.O.C.) grant funds. $941 thousand of the total is Emergency Solutions CARES Act funding from the Florida Department of Children and Families (D.C.F.)...

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Lee County officials to accept millions for homelessness relief

LEE COUNTY, Fla.– The Lee County Board of Commissioners will vote if they will accept different state and federal grants on the morning of June 15. Lee County officials are set to accept over $3 million dollars for homelessness relief. All of the funds will go towards housing and resources for homeless citizens in the county. The money must be used by June 30, 2022. The post Lee County officials to accept millions for homelessness relief appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Blue-green algae bloom detected in Orange River & two Lee County boat ramps

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – – Health officials have issued a health alert after detecting blue-green algae blooms at Alva and Davis boat ramps and Orange River at Manatee Park. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins at all three locations Tuesday. All residents and visitors are being asked not to drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where visible blooms exist. Local health officials said anyone who has come in contact with algae or discolored smelly water, should wash their...

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Thieves steal convertor off Lee County United Way truck

LEE COUNTY, Fla.– Hannah Pelle, the Vice President for United Way in Lee County, does everything she can to help families in need.  “Everyday we are making a difference. It makes you feel good,” Pelle said. “Our organizations provides funding to over 100 nonprofits throughout the community.” Thieves stole the organizations Catalytic converter of their only truck, stopping them from transporting supplies to struggling families. “We’re in a real tight spot, Wednesday morning our staff went to start up the truck and realized there was a huge problem.”...

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Lee County vaccinations starting back up at Edison Mall

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Vaccinations are starting back up in Lee County today, June 3. People who made an appointment to get their first or second doses of the coronavirus vaccine will get their shot at Edison Mall. Vaccinations will be administered at the Edison Mall location through Friday, June 18. Local health officials said the vaccine is working and don’t expect to see a spike in cases like last year. Half of the United States have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with about 40 percent of Americans being fully vaccinated. Health care providers are administering more...

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Blue-green algae toxins detected in Orange River at Manatee Park

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Blue-green algae toxins have been detected in the Orange River at Manatee Park. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in the Orange River at Manatee Park. All residents and visitors are being asked not to drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where visible blooms exist. Local health officials said anyone who has come in contact with algae or discolored smelly water, should wash their skin and clothing with soap and water. Pets should be kept away from...

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Fort Myers man suffered severe burns on his feet from hot asphalt

FORT MYERS, FLA.– A Fort Myers man got an unfortunate reminder of how hot asphalt can get around Florida in the summer when he suffered severe burns on his feet. Rob Whyte was preparing to step in the water to dock his boat at the Punta Rassa Boat Ramp in Lee County earlier this month after a fishing tournament. To keep everything dry, he removed his shoes and socks then left them on the boat. He said his grave mistake came when he forgot where he parked his truck. He found himself standing in the middle of the parking lot with nowhere to go while his toes toasted. “I...

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Neighbor caught watching Lee County mother & daughter shower

LEE COUNTY, Fla – A Fort Myers man is accused of using a phone to spy on his neighbor as she showered with her young daughter. The woman spotted a red phone propped up in her master shower window in their home off McGregor Boulevard, according to deputies. She screamed for her husband, who ran out of the house looking for the suspect, with the help of other neighbors. Lee County deputies arrived and found footprints leading from near the bathroom window. A short time later, they found Anthony Cardinale. Cardinale confessed he was watching the woman and her daughter, and told deputies he...

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Technology could be used to respond to Lee County algae blooms

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Lee County confirmed a contract with a vendor that could respond to algae blooms if they get bad this year is expected to go before the board of commissioners next month. In 2018, the county partnered with AECOM for a pilot program. Crews launched machines into about a dozen canals hit hard by algae in North Fort Myers and Cape Coral. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection granted the county more than $2 million in emergency funds to pay for it. The county did not specify if AECOM is the vendor it will contract this year, or what type of service...

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