Juneteenth: What exactly is it?

  You may have seen ‘Juneteenth’ pop on your phone while checking your calendars this morning. As it turns out, Juneteenth is an important day in history. It’s a day that celebrates…

HIV Testing: Do you Know Your Status?

  It only takes one simple needle prick of the finger for you to find out if you are HIV positive. And in less than 20 minutes you will know your HIV…

Hurricane Prep: The Closest Shelters To You

  As hurricane season begins, it’s important to know where the closest shelter to you is. “Keep updates on those social media posts on where the shelters are whether they’re full or…

Is Your Car Insured for Hurricane Damage?

  It’s officially hurricane season. Are you ready? Is your home? What about your car? Hurricane Irma caused almost $8 billion worth of property damage. It takes most insurance policies 30 days…

Autism Screening in SWFL

  Tabitha Keller, a Cape Coral mother of three children, noticed that her oldest child was different from other 11-year-old children. “Trent wasn’t socializing the way that other kids socialized, and he…

FMPD Moves on to Next Step for Police Reform

  Fort Myers has moved on to the next step in effort to improve the the police department. Freeh Group International stepped in to help the City of Fort Myers evaluate the…

Lightning Can Be Dangerous, Here’s How to Stay Safe

  Florida may be the “Lightning Capital of the World”, but do we really know how dangerous lightning can be? A lightning bolt can be 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit – that’s hotter than…

Father’s Day Stories: Sean Casey

  Sean Casey is a father of two – 19 year-old Sean Casey and five-year-old Pearl Gianna Grace. Their plans for Fathers Day? Go with the flow. Sean has been getting chemotherapy treatment since March.…

McDonald’s Switching From Plastic to Paper Straws

  McDonalds announced Friday it will start phasing out plastic straws at locations across the United States.  Plastic straws aren’t biodegradable and can end up in the ocean, harming sea turtles and…

Flag Etiquette Exists, Here Are Some Tips

  National Flag Day is celebrated every year on June 14. It’s the perfect time of year to remind people of the proper etiquette and respect for the American flag.  Don’t dip…

The Story of the 13 Point Fold

    Do you know the whole story about each fold of the American flag? Every time honor guards fold an American Flag; it’s is a symbolic moment. It takes 13 folds…

Spend a Little More on Dad

  Father’s Day is coming up Sunday, June 18. Did you remember to send your dad a card? The National Retail Federation reported that Father’s Day pulls in about $15 billion in…

Our Trip To Find Cool Father’s Day Items

  Hello SWFL set out to find the most unique Father’s Day gifts at three different stores. From Walmart to Home Depot to a local shop, we found the most interesting big…

SIM Swap Scam

  There is a new scam evolving, and it involves your smartphone. If your smartphone has been on the fritz, you might be a victim of SIM swapping. SIM swapping happens when…

Simulation: What to Do in an Active Shooter Situation

  Fort Myers Fire Department and Lee County Emergency Medical Services held an active shooter training exercise on Tuesday — and here’s what we learned after participating: The goal is to get…

Hendry County to Enforce Clear Backpacks in Schools

  The Hendry County School District announced on Facebook this week that students will need a clear or see-through mesh backpack for the 2018-2019 school year. Earlier this year, students at Marjory…

Net Neutrality Rules Have Officially Been Repealed by the FCC

  The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules were officially repealed Monday. Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers (ISP) treat all data on the Internet the same. This…

New Batch Of School Resource Officers Complete Training

  A new batch of students completed school resource officer training at the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy Friday. “Today’s the last day of the 40 hour session of the ‘SRO’ class,”…

Suicide by the Numbers, and Ways to Help

  The world lost two celebrities this week to suicide. Only days apart, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain took their own lives. Earlier this year, DJ Avicii also took his life. But…

North Collier Fire Proposing New Tax to Raise Money

  The North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District is proposing a new tax to raise money. What will it fund? Services like new equipment and training. It will put money back…

Sanibel Mayor Responds to Lake Okeechobee Releases

  After a water release from Lake Okeechobee discolored the beaches of Sanibel, Mayor Kevin Ruane has something to say. “The City of Sanibel is requesting immediate relief for the Caloosahatchee estuary…

Scammers Preying on Seniors

Seniors are at risk of being scammed. Whether that’s from scammers knocking on doors, calling phones, or mail solicitation, it puts them in a vulnerable situation. The Identity Them Resource Center found that…

Florida Tops U.S. in 2017 Boating Deaths

  Florida has more boating-related fatalities than any other state, according to a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In 2017, Florida saw a total of 61 fatal accidents…

Suicide: The 10th Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. HelloSWFL spoke to Jayme Hodges, a licensed clinical social worker and director of Lee Health Behavioral Health Center, to…

Colon Cancer Screenings Recommended Five Years Sooner

  The American Cancer Society recommends people get screened for colon cancer five years sooner; moving the age from 50 to 45. “It was noticed that the highest increase in findings in…

Rainy Season and Snakes

With more rain expected in the coming weeks, Southwest Florida wildlife will be searching for places to stay dry, particularly, snakes. After heavy rainfall, you might notice snakes in places where they’re…

Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane from the Outside

  With hurricane season upon us, store shelves are about to be cleared of water, canned foods, and flashlights. All of which are basic essentials that will keep Southwest Florida residents sustained…

Hurricane Season is Back, Are You Ready?

  Hurricane season is here, again, and it’s important to be prepared. To kick off the official start of the season, Lee County Emergency Management hosted an event Friday for media. Twelve stations were…

Hurricane Kit: Social Media Alerts

Hurricane season is officially upon us, and it’s time to stock up on food, water, and supplies just in case a storm hits Southwest Florida. After you’ve prepped your hurricane kit with…

USACE Preps Lake Okeechobee for Hurricane Season

It’s June, and it’s the start of hurricane season. State and local officials are in prep mode. As part of its effort to manage rising water levels during the rainy season, the…

Misidentifying Toxic Toads: Why It Can Be A Problem

  It’s rainy season. And somewhere in the wood chips or under uprooted trees or in the green grass; the cane toad lurks. “A cane toad is an invasive amphibian from South…

Lock It Up! Unlocked Cars Being Stolen in Fort Myers

  Check your cars! So far in 2018, 57 percent of vehicles stolen were unlocked, of those vehicles 36 percent had keys inside, based on current statistics from the Fort Myers Police…

SunPass System Scheduled to be Down for Maintenance

The SunPass system will be down for maintenance for a week. The system maintenance period will begin Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. and is expected to come back online Monday, June…

Rabies Alert Issued for the Fort Myers Area

  A rabies alert has been issued for the Fort Myers area by the Florida Department of Health after an animal tested positive in the area. The alert will last for 60…

Consumer Alert! Beware of Counterfeit Coupons

Apparently, fake coupons are roaming around Southwest Florida. “We do have quite a few issues in Florida, including Southwest Florida,” says Bud Miller, executive director of Coupon Information Corporation. Coupon Information Corporation,…

Hendry County Preparing Early For Long Voting Lines

It’s no secret long voting lines are expected throughout much of Florida for the November elections. “Be prepared, that’s right. Know what’s on your ballot before you get here. You don’t want…

Rising Water, Rising Risk

The U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, which keeps track of water levels of Lake Okeechobee, reports that the lake is now a little over 14 feet. This could be a big issue…

Deputies Warn These Nine Apps Could Put Kids In Danger

After an operation conducted by Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office resulted in 21 arrests of online predators, deputies shared nine apps parents should watch for on their child’s phone. The apps are as…

Southwest Florida Non-Profits Looking for Volunteers

Southwest Florida is home to many non-profits, and a lot of them are looking for volunteers. One of those non-profits is Dress for Success. They help women who are trying to get…

How to Stay Up to Speed With Car Recalls

In Central Florida, a woman was flagged down on I-4 because her car was on fire. Shortly after she pulled over and got out of the vehicle, it burst into flames. It…

Starbucks Closing Shops Tuesday for Anti-Bias Training

Check twice before you go to your closest Starbucks for your afternoon coffee today. The American coffee chain is closing over 8,000 locations Tuesday afternoon for anti-bias training — including shops here…

Ways to vote in Lee County this November

Election season is coming up fast. On Tuesday, the League of Women Voters filed a complaint in federal court against the Florida Secretary of State. Right now, early voting is not allowed on…

Don’t Forget to Update Your Flood Insurance

It’s rainy season in Southwest Florida, and June 1st officially marks the start of hurricane season. Florida officials are reminding residents to update their flood insurance. A basic homeowners’ insurance policy does…

Organ Donation Myths Debunked

Deciding to become an organ donor is easy. You usually make that personal decision when you update your driver license. But for some, the thought of being listed as an organ donor…

Fort Myers SRO Funding Solution in the Works

The City of Fort Myers and Lee County School District are working together to make sure School Resource Officers, or SROs, are placed in every school. “The plan is to have at…

Ways to Keep Those Pesky Mosquitoes Away

Mosquitoes are already bad enough to deal with. So how do you take extra precautions to keep them away? First, get rid of standing water. “Buckets, containers, old gutters, any kind of…

Explosive Vape Pen Responsible for Man’s Death

An autopsy report found that the 38-year-old St. Petersburg man was accidentally killed by an exploding vape pen. The Medical Examiner reported that the explosion sent two pieces of the vape pen…

Local Fallen Officers Being Honored In Fort Myers

A rainy morning at Centennial Park in Fort Myers was spent remembering law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. The memorial service started at 9:00 a.m. and was hosted by the…

Rain storms and standing water bring more mosquitoes

With the rain comes unwanted guests. “With any kind of moisture accumulation there’s gonna be mosquitoes that want to breed in standing water,” John Goll with Pestmax said. Goll said Lee County…

Cape Coral May Decrease Protections For Bald Eagles

Cape Coral has been tossing around the idea of easing up on the protections it has in place for bald eagles. “The city has an ordinance for 1,100 feet during nesting season…

Citizens Worry Cape Coral Running Out Of Open Space

“I’m about ready to chain myself to a tree before I let another development destroy the natural Florida beauty,” said Lyndsey Logan, a Cape Coral resident. Logan says she and others are…

How to stay safe around bears and alligators

  Here in Southwest Florida, we deal with swampy conditions. And because of those conditions, we have to deal with a lot of wildlife — like alligators and black bears. “I think…

Possible tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico

  Hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1 — but Southwest Florida is already watching for a tropical storm brewing in the Gulf. As of Monday morning, the National Hurricane Center…

Florida has high drowning rates, do you know the signs?

  It’s National Water Safety Month, but do you know the signs of drowning? While it’s often depicted as a person flailing and screaming “HELP” — it’s actually quite the opposite. The…

Sunscreen Chemicals Come Into Question

Sunscreen is supposed to keep us safe from the environment, but as it turns out, it might be harming the environment. This week, several outlets reported that Hawaii may become the first…

Welcome Home Tony Kim, Kim Hak-Song, and Kim Dong-Chal

  Pastor Illhwan Seo woke up to some good news Wednesday morning. Three American hostages returning home from North Korea. Just another piece of what feels like a string of positive news…

Landlord Beware

  Looking to rent your home in Fort Myers Beach? You now have to register your home and pay the City a fee. Home Owners who want to rent their property will…

Traveling Abroad? Don’t Get Arrested

  Every country has different laws and legal systems, so it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Recently, a Cape Coral pilot was arrested in the Middle East for having ‘outstanding…

Toxic Sludge Clean May Start November

  The City of Fort Myers submitted a plan to start cleaning toxic sludge from Dunbar neighborhood. “My name is Annie Freeman. I’ve been living here for about 45 years.” And “here”…

Boy Scouts Of America Name Change

  The Boy Scouts of America is making big changes within its organization including changing one of its programs name. On May 2nd the organization Boy Scouts Of America revealed its new…

Buyer Beware, use Facebook Marketplace With Care

  Like when Eric John Marquis tried to sell on Facebook marketplace. Items he got with a five-finger discount. The latest place to get stolen items is Facebook Marketplace. It’s happening more…

Are You In A Low Tax Zone?

Low-income Areas In SWFL On The List To Become Low Tax Opportunity Zones 25 areas in SWFL might become opportunity zones but what does this mean? Governor Rick Scott recommended 427 low-income…

What Are Kids Missing?

  After two teenagers were arrested and charged for a murder in Lehigh Acres some people are asking what are kids missing these days. On April 7th Lee County Sheriff’s responded to…

Florida Cut Art Funding to Make Schools Safer

  There has been a lot of talk about the art funding being cut in Florida, but state representatives say that school safety might be what’s behind these cuts. “After the Parkland…

Florida Man Attempts To Jump Canal

  I don’t know if it was inspiration from Evil Knievel, the opening scene of Dukes of Hazards or just a plain hold my beer moment. But a Florida man in Cape…

Cape Coral Event Center

  Over the past 15 years, Cape Coral has spent more than 27-million dollars on a project that has seen little progress. The money they’ve spent so far has been on land,…

Hendry County to Arm School Staff

  Hendry County will be among the first to train and arm staff members in their schools. The Hendry County School Board voted on April 24th to participate in the Coach Aaron…

Porch Pirates

What security cameras work and which are easy to install Package thefts are still a problem, not just around the holidays. We’ve had a couple of instances in southwest Florida lately and…

Cape Coral Canals

  We’re full on into dry season and you may notice canals are getting lower and dryer. No one will notice this more than the residents of Cape Coral. “We have more…

The Baby Burrowing Owls are Finally Born!

  It’s a good season to be in Cape Coral, as the baby burrowing owls are crawling out of their cute little caves and blessing us with their presence. I have to…

Why No Romaine Recall?

  Hopefully, by now you’re all up to date about E.Coli contaminated romaine lettuce. The federal government sent out an alert warning you to toss romaine lettuce in the trash if it’s…

Kids Abandoned at Daycare

  A Daycare worker walked out and left four children with out any adult supervision on Saturday. Royal Crown Academy worker Keajeah Tyre of Fort Myers walked out and left four children…

Watch Out! Beware Wandering Wind Shield Repairmen

  Reports of windshield repair salesman could be trying to steal your identity You need a car to get around in South West Florida. And that means you need a safe windshield.…

Domestic Violence in Southwest Florida

  Domestic violence is a problem all over the country and in Florida. We wanted to know how many incidents happen in Southwest Florida. Domestic violence is a problem all over the…

Consumer Alert: Toss the Romaine Lettuce

You have a better chance of picking up clean, fresh-cut romaine lettuce from local farmers. The Centers for Disease Control recently alerted consumers that romaine lettuce coming out of Arizona might be…

Attempted Robber Thwarted by Victim

Kendrick Darian Hubbell was placed under arrest for loitering and prowling and with the help of the victim/witness, probable cause was developed to also charge Hubbell with burglary of a conveyance and…

Raining Money On Del Prado

  Did you hear about it raining hundred dollar bills on Del Prado Blvd in Cape Coral? I went down there to see if I could find at least a couple bills……

Gambling Grandma Behind Bars After Arrest in Texas

  Lois Riess was detained by U.S. Marshals and local officials after escaping authorities for more than a week. 56-year-old suspected murderer Lois Riess is behind bars after an almost week-long nationwide…

Intersection Has Community Worried

  This Community is looking for a solution to a busy intersection “They don’t stop. They don’t see you. They don’t stop. They don’t care.”, Steve Mingear Lives/ Works Near Intersection The…

Florida Art Programs Face Funding Cut

  Florida legislature passed a budget that cut art program funding from 25 million last year to 2.6 million. Florida art programs take another funding cut from the state legislature. Funding for…

Allegiant Air Will Continue to Fly

After an investigative report aired on CBS 60 Minutes, questioning the safety of Allegiant Airline, frequent flyers and employees turned to social media to express their concerns. In response to 60 Minutes…

Lee County Utilities Disinfectant Process

    If your water smells, looks or tastes different next month, don’t worry – you’re not alone. From May 1st through May 29th Lee County Utilities is temporarily converting their disinfectant…

Collier County Mulch Fire Could Last Weeks

  Heather Mazurkiewicz of North Collier Fire explained how the fire started. “About 1:30 yesterday afternoon… there was a large column of smoke… our crews discovered that one of the pieces of…

Mosquitoes are Back, but Don’t Panic

Zika has been all the buzz around mosquito season, but reports show the numbers are lowering. Cases of Zika in the U.S. have been dropping since 2016, according to the Center for…

Iguanas … Friend or Foe?

  Iguanas are a huge problem in SWFL. They are not native to this area and are causing damage to a lot of seawalls in Lee County and Cape Coral. We spoke…

Cape Coral Residents Concerned for Tortoises

  Construction in the neighborhood has raised concerns about the tortoises’ safety. “Save the tortoises,” said Adam Fernandez, Cape Coral resident. “Save my favorite neighbors.” This Cape Coral neighborhood is home to…

Oil Stained Roads

  Joern Hannecke lives in Cape Coral and began to notice strange stains on the road last week. “The garbage trucks are losing oil,” he said. “There’s like a straight line of…

Woman says She was Scammed in 7-11 Parking Lot

    How to Protect Yourself from Counterfeit Cash Have you ever seen a counterfeit bill? Would you know what to do if someone handed you one? One Fort Myers woman says…

Bad Luck Bananas

  In honor of Friday the 13th, we decided to explore a lesser known superstition. You’ve heard of ladders, black cats, and broken mirrors, but what about bananas?   Among the boating community, there…

Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Arrest Warrants

We followed up with Lee County Sheriff’s office on how they deal with warrants A couple of weeks back we did a story about Collin Martin. Martin was responsible for a carjacking…

Mosquito Chickens?

  Did you know that Lee County uses chickens to test for mosquito-spread diseases in the area? Lee County Mosquito Control District (LCMCD) has 17 coops around Lee County that are regularly…

What’s that Smell?

  What is that weird smell going around in some of the communities in Lehigh? Lehigh residents noticed a smell they believe is either from the town’s faulty sewer system or the…

Ins and Outs of FP&L “Temporary Surcharge”

  When a natural catastrophic event sweeps through Southwest Florida, like Hurricane Matthew did in 2016, more than one million homes lost power. Utility companies are then tasked with restoring gas and…

Door-to-Door Sales or Criminal

  Earlier this week, there was some buzz about someone who was going door to door about replacing windshields on cars. It concerned people in the community because the man had no proper…

How safe is the Jolley Bridge in Marco Island?

  Recently it has been reported at other outlets the Judge S.S Jolley Bridge in Marco Island was built by FIGG Bridge Engineers. The engineering company behind the Florida International University pedestrian…

Historic Ficus Tree at Snell Park Will be Spared

  Jeff Romer asked a question to The Beautification Advisory Board, and it ended up with Fort Myers native Karen Cooper marrying this tree. Obviously, something went a miss. So, what happened?…

Cape Coral’s Bimini Basin

Cape Coral City Council leaders have been working tirelessly to revamp Bimini Basin. Recently, they released a video animating where the proposed downtown center will go, and one of the places that…

Dunbar Community Suing the City Over Toxic Waste

  People of Dunbar are suing Fort Myers and city leaders over the toxic waste dump site People of Dunbar are suing Fort Myers and city leaders because for over a decade…

SWFL Veterans Push for Statewide “CAMO ALERTS”

Every time an elderly person or young child goes missing under suspicious circumstances — you probably see an alert about it on your phone or the local news website. Now, Southwest Florida…

Looking to Stay Safe, Warm and in Shape Pho Real?

While some stores call the police after a store theft, Family Hardware of Cape Coral shames the thieves on social media. Two men have been visiting the store and swiped $200 worth…

How Users Helped Spur the #DeleteFacebook Movement

Facebook has been in the news a lot lately for privacy concerns. The Federal Trade Commission has even announced they’ll be conducting an investigation on Facebook’s Privacy practices. While users show disappointment,…

Four Ways College Students Can Invest Their Tax Refund

    If you’re a financially strapped college student and you’ve recently filed your taxes, you’re probably anxiously waiting for your refund check from Uncle Sam. In 2017, the IRS reported the…

Be Prepared The Five “P’s” of Evacuation

Are you ready to leave your home immediately because of a wildfire? Low humidity, high winds, and no rain is the perfect combination for a brush fire to start. The recent weather…

Family Hardware Shames Thieves

Stealing is something all retail stores have to deal with. Most stores call the police but the Family Hardware shames the thieves first on social media first. Recently two men have been…

How To Stop Apps From Accessing Your Information on Facebook

If you’ve been on Twitter at all this this week, you’ve probably seen the hashtag, ‘Delete Facebook’ trending. Thousands of users expressed their disappointment concerning Facebook’s protection of their data, and it…

The Shell Love Bug Controversy Explained

This vehicle has been a topic of controversy lately. In this battle over a car, neither side is giving up. Here’s the story of what happened. Lee County created a national day…

How to Not Fall Victim to Skewed Statistics

When you hear things like, ‘Florida is home to six of the deadliest highways in America‘, or Florida ranks seventh best state for education, it may be second nature to think, “Well,…

Winn-Dixie Is Shutting Their Doors Here in SWFL

Winn-Dixie, owned by Southeastern Grocers, has run into a heap of financial issues and is closing down a number of their stores – three of which are located here in Southwest Florida.…

New Law Passed Banning the use of Bump Stocks

Imagine if the government decided to take a piece of equipment from you that is worth up to $500. It probably wouldn’t feel right. That is how many people around Southwest Florida…

Dollar General Store Robber Still at Large

Police are looking for a suspect involved in a robbery late Monday night at a Lehigh Acres Dollar General Store. The suspect in the robbery is still at large and expected to…

4 Stories to Prove SWFL’s Food, Beaches and Events Rule

EVERYTHING FROM GOAT YOGA, EATING FROG LEGS, WINNING AN AWARD FOR BEST BEACHES AND KEEPING YOUR DOG SAFE ON A FLIGHT! Hey Florida! We did it! According to Trip Advisor, Florida is home to 8…

Naples is Planning a Road Diet

  The city of Naples is on a mission to make the area more walkable and bicycle friendly. The city named the project – the Road Diet conversion. The plan is to…

Toys R Us is Closing

  Toys R Us is closing. Six months ago, they filed for bankruptcy, and now the end is approaching. If you are wondering what to do with your gift cards, rewards, and…

Complaints Of Medical Waste Laying Out In North Fort Myers

    In North Fort Myers, there have been complaints about needles, alcohol containers, and bottles lying around on street corners and bus stops. We didn’t have to travel through one North Fort…

Locals Respond To Puppy Dying On United Airlines Flight

A Cape Coral resident has been flying with her dog safely for 15 years, and she couldn’t believe what she heard happened on a United Airlines flight. United Airlines is facing backlash…

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP

Lee County will be voting on a motion to grant an additional $63,825 to benefit the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP. LIHEAP is a program that offers…

What Buzzes, Drinks, Fights Crime and Gives FEMA Updates?

  THIS WEEKS NEWSLETTER! » We all know Hurricane Irma pummeled our environment in SWFL. The creatures in our ecosystem hit the hardest? Bees! Three local individuals are dedicating their time to help…

Cape Coral Sidewalks

We know about Cape Coral being one of the cities with the most pedestrian deaths in the nation. We decided to learn what the city is doing about this issue, and it…

No workers. No plan. No hotel.

  The City of Fort Myers wants to build a $52 million hotel in the heart of downtown next to the Harborside Event Center. But, because of one sentence in the century-old…

Facebook and Politics

  Facebook thinks it knows your political preference and it’s using it to profit. Yes, it doesn’t feel quite right. We’ve all benefited from using Facebook at some point. Whether is reconnecting…

Part of Vanderbilt Drive in Naples is Now Open

  It finally happened. A portion of Vanderbilt Drive in Naples is now open after nearly two years.    Construction on the bridge between 111th and Wiggins Pass Rd. was finished ahead of schedule relieving a degree of traffic issues…

FEMA is Ending its Short-Term Shelter Program

  After six months FEMA is ending its shelter program for Floridians displaced by Hurricane Irma On March 10th the Federal Emergency Management Agency is ending its short-term emergency shelter program for…

The Ban Has Been Lifted

  Punta Gorda recently lifted the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The city originally banned dispensaries August 2017 out fear of being the only city allowing them. “We didn’t want to become…

Impersonating a Police Officer

  If a police officer were to approach you, could you tell if he was a legit cop or not? It’s not that hard to impersonate an officer. Especially with the ease…

Help! What would you do?

  If you saw a stranger in need of help would you give them the time of day? Andres Arroyo head chef of Nevermind restaurant in Cape Coral didn’t even have to…

Our Population Is Growing Fast: Is That Good?

  A recent report says our area is growing faster than pretty much anywhere, but should we feel good about that? Our population is growing faster than pretty much anywhere. But is…

Testing the Water: Fort Myers Beach

    There are multiple agencies conducting water tests throughout Fort Myers Beach to make sure the water is safe for people that love to swim on the beach. Now, there’s a…

SWFL’s Bee Population has Dropped Exponentially

Have you heard the buzz? No? Well, we will tell you why. This year has been very hard on the SWFL environment. Whether it be hurricane Irma or the more recent winter frost,…

Best and Worst States for Women in 2018

In honor of Women’s History Month Wallethub.com ran down the list of the best and worst states for women in 2018. The study was based on factors like unemployment, poverty, business owners,…

You Made it! Here’s the Scoop From the Past Week

  If you’re a SWFL resident or frequent visitor, chances are you’ve heard of “Red Tide” a.k.a dead fish, EVERYWHERE. During her shoot, Hello SWFL’s Olivia counted 15 dead fish to be…

Florida Fish and Wildlife App

Florida Fish and Wildlife released a new app that makes it easier for people to report animal sightings. You can now take an active role in conservation by reporting animal sightings. This…

Road Construction Woes on State Road 82

  Road construction is  underway on State Road 82. It started October of 2017, and people in Lehigh Acres are starting to feel it. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has allocated…

How to Stay Safe During a Brushfire

Brushfire season is here in full swing. So, we wanted to educate you on what to do as a homeowner. We met with Assistant Fire Chief, Gene Rogers of South Trail Fire…

And the #1 Spot Goes to … Cape Coral-Fort Myers

  Cape Coral-Fort Myers area takes the number one spot as the most dangerous for pedestrians In a study that ranked the 104 largest metropolitan areas in the country nine out of…

Need More Water? There’s an app for That!

  The Center for Disease Control says that our bodies need more water in hot climates. Luckily, there’s an app for that! Water tracking apps can help you stay hydrated in the…

Hendry County to Make School Safety Changes

Hendry County is trying to make some serious changes in their school safety. Wednesday night, February 28th, 2018, Sheriff Steve Whidden posted a three minute video on Facebook, telling Hendry county residents…

It’s Red Tide Season

  Dead fish have been spotted all over SWFL beaches this week. The reason? Red Tide causes an overgrowth of nutrients in the water that takes up all the oxygen the fish…

It’s 9PM … Do you know our stories from the week?

  So we’re gonna start this one off on a spooky note. A haunted house is coming to Fort Myers! Even better? A Fort Myers native and special effects makeup artist, Wayne Anderson,…

The 411 on 911

  We hope you never find yourself in a situation in which you need to call 911 as quick as possible. But if you do, don’t worry. We have you covered. Phone…