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Bayfront Health Punta Gorda hospital reopening

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. Bayfront Health Punta Gorda hospital has been given clearance to reopen. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration gave the facility the OK to begin inpatient admissions at noon Friday, spokeswoman Bevin Gallo said in a press release. The hospital had been closed since sust

WINKNEWS.COM - 2017-09-22 13:59:36

Thieves fight residents, steal car from Punta Gorda home

Punta Gorda police released this photo of a Jaguar stolen from a home on the 1500 block of San Marino Drive. PUNTA GORDA, Fla. Two people stole went inside a home, fought with its residents and stole the car parked in the garage, Punta Gorda police said. The suspects took off from the home on the 15

WINKNEWS.COM - 2017-09-21 16:32:52

North Port man killed in collision with semi on Interstate 75

A North Port man was killed Friday night when a pickup collided with a semi tractor-trailer on Interstate 75 in Sarasota County. Timothy Forrester, 57, died at the scene of the 9:07 p.m. crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident forced the closure of northbound lanes of I-75 for

BRADENTON HERALD - 2017-09-23 17:32:00

Animal shelter in desperate need of food after days without power

A Southwest Florida exotic animal shelter desperately needs food donations after Irma spoiled its supply. Octagon Wildlife in Punta Gorda lost power on September 9, the day before the hurricane hit. Its generator wasn't strong enough to keep the freezer running. The owner of the wildlife sanctuary

NBC 2 - 2017-09-23 01:45:00

New buyer emerges for Sabal Trace

NORTH PORT - Days after the second prospective buyer for the former Sabal Trace Golf & Country Club defaulted, a third suitor stepped forward to buy the property out of foreclosure. The latest buyer, Mark Gerenger, will pay $1.5 million plus a buyer's premium, closing costs, back taxes and fees for

HERALD TRIBUNE - 2017-09-23 00:04:35

Sarasota County scrambling after clean-up crews ride south

Reinforcements arrived Wednesday, then promptly left for bigger contracts. Zach Murdock Staff Writer @zach_murdock SARASOTA COUNTY - A half-dozen trucks arrived Wednesday as reinforcements to help thinly stretched crews cleaning up thousands of tons of storm debris scattered across Sarasota County

HERALD TRIBUNE - 2017-09-22 21:03:08

Irma story: Squeaky the cat survives, and so does husband's urn

I'm an 82-year-old woman, who lives in a first-floor apartment, with my cat, near the Cape Coral Bridge. My husband, of 61 years, died about six months ago. I was urged to evacuate, by my brother, in NJ and a niece in North Port. I agreed, after being scared by forecasts of a 6-foot storm surge. I p

NEWS-PRESS - 2017-09-22 13:00:07

North Port man dies in I-75 accident

SARASOTA COUNTY - An accident Friday night on Interstate 75 resulted in the death of one man and critical injuries to a Port Charlotte man, the Florida Highway Patrol reports. Killed in the accident was Timothy Forrester, 57, of North Port. According to reports, Bradley Demorrow, 50, of Port Charlot

HERALD TRIBUNE - 2017-09-23 13:28:50

At least 1 killed in North Port crash

NORTH PORT, Fla. At least one person was killed in a crash Friday evening on Interstate 75 at mile marker 181, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash happened at around 9:30 p.m. and caused a complete roadblock on the northbound lanes of Interstate 75, the FHP said. Troopers are diverting traffi

WINKNEWS.COM - 2017-09-22 21:51:37

North Port budget passes with modest tax rate decrease

NORTH PORT - On a series of mostly split votes Thursday night, the North Port City Commission approved its 2018-18 city budget, as well as the budgets for the Fire Rescue, Road and Drainage and Solid Waste districts. The city's overall non-district and capital improvement plan budget will be roughly

HERALD TRIBUNE - 2017-09-22 19:21:01

Fish are biting in Southwest Florida waters after Irma

Charter and commercial fishing captains gave a surprisingly positive report Thursday of their post-Irma waters around Captiva, Matlacha and Pine Island, Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach. The consensus: boat and dock damage moderate to mild, and fishing heavy to hot. The biggest problem expressed by man

NEWS-PRESS - 2017-09-22 17:19:48

New construction could be delayed because of Hurricane Irma

Future homeowners, with houses currently under construction, will have to wait a bit longer than expected to move in. Hurricane Irma has set back timetables for everything from labor to supplies. The hurricane could also be costly for developers who have contracts with fixed prices. Richard Durling,

NEWS-PRESS - 2017-09-23 10:30:00

Destroyed stop signs create traffic nightmares after Irma

Countless stop signs and street signs in Lee County took a beating from Hurricane Irma. Many were left twisted, trampled or tangled and they are confusing drivers. "You got to stop. You've got to pay attention to what you're doing. You can't just go through it over there without looking you have to

NBC 2 - 2017-09-23 06:27:00

Few without power in Lee, Collier counties 12 days after Irma

The Lee County Electric Cooperative said they restored power to 99 percent of its customers in Lee and Collier counties Friday evening, 12 days after Irma struck Florida. Florida Power and Light reported that all but 300 customers remain without power in Lee County, while Collier, which took the br

NEWS-PRESS - 2017-09-22 22:50:44

Mailbag for Sept. 24: Thanks to staff at Ray Pottorf; gratitude to Island Coast

As I sat in the shelter at Ray Pottorf Elementary watching families and so many individuals with their pets, I wondered where they lived and if they had loved ones. For many of the elderly and special needs people their pets were their loved ones and all they had. All of us were wondering if we woul

NEWS-PRESS - 2017-09-22 21:00:07

Lee Health fires then rehires its essential employees who did not work during Irma

Patricia Ney was a nurse. The 56-year-old worked in the obstetrics department at Cape Coral Hospital for more than three years. In total, her career spanned more than three decades. Until last week. She was informed she was fired by Lee Health because as an essential employee she was gone during

NAPLES DAILY NEWS - 2017-09-22 13:45:05

Cape Coral only had two shelters open during Irma for safety reasons

Cape Coral city officials say they couldn't have opened more than the two shelters they had available for Hurricane Irma evacuees because of storm risks across the city, causing a local push for federal aid to boost shelter spaces inland. Island Coast High School, a county shelter, and Lee County Hi

NEWS-PRESS - 2017-09-23 19:32:31

Skimming device discovered at Cape Coral gas station

A skimming device was discovered Saturday at a Cape Coral gas station. Police confirmed the device was found on an ATM inside the 7-Eleven on Cape Coral Parkway at Palm Tree Boulevard. A local man who didn't want to be on camera told NBC2 he was getting cash out of the Citibank ATM Saturday morning

NBC 2 - 2017-09-24 01:24:00

Early Cape Coral: In 1960, LCEC serviced just six houses in the Cape

Cape Coral is District 2 in five counties serviced by the Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC). Today, Cape LCEC customers total in the tens of thousands, but 59 years ago, there were only six. The lights came on and the refrigerators began to hum in Cape Coral's first six, beautiful model homes i

NEWS-PRESS - 2017-09-23 13:00:08

Suspect sought after trying to pawn stolen property in Cape Coral

Information is sought on a man suspected attempting to pawn stolen goods. Credit: LCSOInformation is sought on a man suspected attempting to pawn stolen goods. Credit: LCSO CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help identifying a man who allegedly tried to pa

WINKNEWS.COM - 2017-09-22 10:21:52