Is Infant Formula Better Than Toddler Formula?

When you compare the nutritional value of infant formula with toddler formula, you will see a slight difference on the label. Toddler formula contains more calcium, phosphorous and iron than infant formula.…

SunPass: Overdraft Reimbursement Instructions

The Florida Turnpike Enterprise launched a system that will help SunPass customers recoup overdraft charges. Customers who accrued fees when the online system was being updated will be eligible for reimbursements, if…

How To Keep Sleeping Babies Safe

An unlicensed daycare in Golden Gate of Collier County was the scene of a death of a 4-month-old child last week.   A woman at the 700 block of 50th Terrace Southwest…

Sexual Abuse and Statute of Limitations

The recent scandal from a Pennsylvania grand jury reporting the sexual abuse and torture of about 1,000 children over seven decades by more than 300 members of Catholic clergy is horrifying.    …

Special Needs Child Left on Bus, What Happened?

Whenever school starts there can always be a couple of mistakes here and there. From scheduling errors to the latest one bus mix-ups.   In Cape Coral, a special needs child fell…

SunPass Upgrade is Finally Complete

After nearly two months of online maintenance, Florida’s toll-way system, SunPass, is back to normal.     SunPass users will now start to see how much money they owe after riding through the tolls…

Do Your Kids Have Constitutional Rights at School?

If you’ve attended a public school in America you know that every day for the entire school year you stood up, put your hand on your chest and recited the pledge of allegiance.…

Could a Hurricane Be the Solution to Red Tide?

  The last thing we want is another hurricane, but could it be a way to blow red tide out of Southwest Florida? Marine biologist Bruce Neill said water constantly moves, especially…

Three Solutions to the Dunbar Lime Sludge

Members of the Dunbar community are starting to feel hopeful now that their toxic sludge case is finally being heard.     On Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, attorneys from the City of…

How Much of Your Resume is Fluff?

A Florida state house candidate has been called out for faking her college degree and her supposed alma mater confirming she didn’t graduate.   Melissa Howard who is running for the Republican nomination…

Red Tide: Scientists Test Dead Animals For Toxins

  Thousands of fish, nearly a hundred manatees, and several dolphins…all dead and washed ashore in the past few months. Most people said red tide killed them and scientists say they’re probably…

New Disease Could Affect $84 Million Palm Tree Industry

Scientists at the University of Florida have been studying a new disease that’s destroying certain palm trees that are native to Florida.   The disease lethal bronzing is a bacterial disease called…

Clean Water Movement: Death March for Water Quality

On Saturday, August 11, in downtown Fort Myers, the South Florida Clean Water Movement is rallying together for what they’re calling a death march.     A death march sounds scary but…

Refresher: School Bus Basics

School is back in session, which means school buses are back on the roads and everyday drivers need to pay attention.     During the 2017-2018 school year, Florida Department of Education…

One More Way to Protect Your Kids From Bullies

Hendry County School District is offering a confidential tool for parents and students to report bullying or threats.     For the 2018-2019 school year, the School District launched the website, hendrysafe.org, where parents…

Bus Ride: How Dependable is Lee Tran

Lee Tran is the only public transportation system in Southwest Florida that caters to the people in Lee County. Lee Tran buses have been on the road since the 1970s. It covers…

Red Tide: Is It Safe to Eat Seafood?

  We had one question. Is it safe to eat seafood during red tide events? You can’t see or taste red tide, so we looked for an answer by talking to local…

Booster Shots: Adults, Are You Up to Date?

Every year when you send your kids back to school, it seems like they need another immunization. School districts throughout Southwest Florida are reminding parents that incoming 7th graders will need the…

McGregor Blvd: Roundabout on the Boulevard of Palms

The City of Fort Myers recently filed an appeal to add a roundabout on Virginia Ave. and McGregor Blvd. Members of the community say the new addition will make it easier for…

Kids Are Learning All About Red Tide, Water Quality

Fort Myers Shores Fishing Club is teaching children the ins and outs of fishing, and how to keep the water clean.     “With all of the problems that we’re having with the blue-green algae…

Saw Palmetto Berries, What Are They?

Saw palmetto berry picking season is back again in Southwest Florida. But if you have plans to harvest with the intention to sell the medicinal berry, you’ll need a permit.    …

Toxic Algae, Red Tide and Now Sahara Desert Dust

Blue-green algae, red tide and now Sahara desert dust.   Usually once a year during the summer months dust from the Sahara desert blows our way. Southwest Florida is about to get what’s called the Saharan Air…

How Long Will Red Tide Stick Around SWFL?

  Red tide is here, but how long will it stay? Here are some of the latest numbers. We know red tide levels are high and they stretch more than 100 miles…

Tweaking Back to School Bedtime

Going back to school means new teachers, new classrooms and a new sleep schedule. After spending the whole summer staying up late and waking up later on the weekends, one of the biggest struggles…

6 – Tips For A Successful School Year

A new school year is just days away. We want to help you set your children up for a successful school year with these tips:    #1 New school supplies and clothes! Having everything…

Essential Oils – Are They a Danger to Your Pet?

The list of things that can get your pet sick seems to be getting bigger and bigger. The latest thing we found to be on the list is essential oils. Essentials oils can…

A Fishy Proposal: Red Tide Awareness Photos

  Do these engagement photos look fishy to you? Not because they are wearing masks…or because these engagement photos are fake. But the dead fish at Big Carlos Bypass, however, are very…

Lee County Issues Second State of Emergency Over Red Tide

  A second state of emergency was declared by Lee County commissioners Tuesday. This time the announcement was for red tide and water quality problems that have been plaguing Southwest Florida. Last…

Taking A Look Back At How The Purple Heart Came To Be

Cape Coral, Florida became a Purple Heart City in 2015. Most recently Hendry County joined a list of 27 counties in Florida designated as Purple Heart Counties. Purple Heart Appreciation Day is August…

What Areas In SWFL Is Red Tide Affecting The Most?

Red tide is haunting Southwest Florida. For several weeks, SWFL has been affected by red tide. It seems like it’s popping up on beaches all over our area, but where exactly is it?  …

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Live Stream of Adam Jobbers-Miller’s Funeral Service

  Heart-stricken mourners filed into Germain Arena on Monday for a funeral service that celebrated the life of a Fort Myers police officer. The ordinarily frosty ice ring for amateur hockey players…

Give Breastfeeding Another Try

Now that mothers can nurse their babies in public in all 50 states, maybe more moms will be encouraged to breastfeed their children up until six months, as recommended by the American Academy…

Showing Solidarity with Ribbons

After the death of Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, the Southwest Florida community has come together in a variety of ways.   In this time of unity, children are giving a helping hand to…

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Profile: Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller

  During their annual review, Fort Myers Police officers have to answer a series of questions called the Employee Development Form. The first question: “What do you consider the most important responsibilities…

Lee County School District Approves Bus App

For Lee County parents who depend on school buses to transport their children to and from school, they will have a handy tool to keep track of their kids commute.    …

Back To School Backpack Giveaway Helps SWFL Families

It’s back to school season! A lot of families are stocking up on supplies for school. To help parents out Immokalee Tomato Farm is planning to give away over 1,500 backpacks filled with…

Red Tide vs. Blue-Green Algae: There is a Difference

  Two different problems. The problem has gotten big enough here in Florida for Governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in seven counties. Red tide and blue-green algae. Some…

How Much Are You Really Saving on Tax-Free Holiday

Florida is one of the few states that participate in Back-To-School Tax-free weekend.     Clothing, footwear and certain accessories up to $60 and school supplies under $15, qualify to be tax exempt.…

Red Tide Impacting SWFL Businesses, Wildlife

  The sight. The smell. It’s all unappealing. Red tide hit Southwest Florida hard, and many are feeling the affects. Hundreds of fish and other wildlife have washed up on shore. Local…

Dead Manatee Washes Up at Cape Coral Yacht Club

A dead manatee washed up at the Cape Coral Yacht Club dock right outside of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers building where officials were talking to the community about the algae problem. Several…

Cell Phones in the Classroom: What’s the Big Deal

Cell phones distracting students in classrooms has been a hot topic for quite some time.     Oasis Middle School in Cape Coral wants to silence phones by getting magnetized pouches for…

Funeral Etiquette: What’s Appropriate?

  Funerals are never easy. It’s a time when people come together to honor someone’s life. But did you know there are funeral and procession etiquettes? Yep, there are quite a few…

How to Protect Yourself from Hookworms

A 17-year-old boy was recently infected with hookworm while playing in the sand in Pompano Beach, Fl.     Hookworms are a parasite that can penetrate the skin of humans. The primary…

Where are the Red Tide Warning Signs?

Any impact on water quality can have a tremendous impact on our community. Officials believe that red tide isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Side effects of red tide has people coughing at…

What’s next for Wisner Desmaret?

Southwest Florida is mourning the loss of Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller. He died one week after he was shot in the head Saturday, July 21st while responding to an incident at the Marathon…

Fort Myers Teen Studying Abroad Drowns in Israel

The body of TeNiya Elnora Jones was found Monday morning. According to an email from the University of Kentucky the 19-year-old went swimming Saturday evening in the Mediterranean Sea with two other…

Breastfeeding in Public is Legal in All 50 States

In July, Idaho, and Utah finally passed a law allowing women to breastfeed their infants in public. Now mothers in all 50 states can freely nurse their babies without facing any charges.…

Red Tide, Sea Turtles and Ways You Can Help

We know that you’ve seen the pictures of dead fish, manatee’s and birds wash up on shore.     Researchers say loggerhead sea turtles are now dying at a faster rate. Sixty…

Elementary Students Taps into Water Quality

There’s a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program in Southwest Florida called the STEM Buccaneers Camp. Fourth and fifth-grade elementary Science Expo participants had to apply for a scholarship to attend…

New Scams are Targeting Medicare Card Holders

If you know anyone that’s on Medicare tell them to watch out because there’s a new scam targeting them.   Beneficiaries of Medicare should be on the look out to for unusual…

Moral and Religious Rights in the Workplace

Recently in Arizona, a pharmacist refused to fill a prescription for a woman who needed to treat an unavoidable miscarriage. A similar incident happened in the same state in a different pharmacy,…

Election Season is Here. Are You Ready?

Election season will start in Florida on Aug. 28, 2018, with the primaries, and registrations will need to be handed in soon.      If you want to vote in the primaries, registrations to vote will need to…

Judge Rules Against Early Voting-on-Campus Ban

  U.S. District Judge Mark Walkere has ruled against a ban that would prohibit using college and universities campuses for early voting this election year. Now the Secretary of State Ken Detzner…

$300,000 Boat Stolen from Fort Myers Beach House

  A neighbor’s surveillance footage caught thieves at a Fort Myers Beach house stealing a boat. Homeowner, Jason Quilling, says the boat was on a power lift in his backyard. The thieves stole…

‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Back in the Spot Light

  Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law has been the center of controversy quite a few times. Situations like the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, the Pasco County movie theater shooting in…

Motivating the Disabled

  At times, adults with disabilities require a little extra help to help them in their everyday life. In Southwest Florida, two organizations are helping adults with disabilities build the skills they…

Cape Coral Adding More Emergency Water Pumps

  Hurricane Irma left the streets of Southwest Florida wet and dirty — but it wasn’t just hurricane debris. Irma cut the power for several cities, preventing wastewater pumps from doing their…

Wisner Desmaret: Looking Into the Boxer’s Past

  Who is Wisner Desmaret? Right now, he’s the suspect in the shooting of Fort Myers Police officer Adam Jobbers-Miller. Jobbers-Miller was shot Saturday night after a short chase on foot near…

Salmonella Recall List Keeps Growing

  The list of food that is being recalled because of Salmonella contamination keeps getting longer. This time Ritz and Goldfish crackers are being added on the Salmonella list. The symptoms of salmonella show…

Lake Okeechobee Algae Blooms Seem to be Dropping

  The algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee seems to be fading. On July 2, the bloom reached it’s peak covering 90 percent of the lake. Two weeks later, that number has dropped…

Fake Panhandlers Arrested in Fort Myers

      Fort Myers Police arrested two people who were posing as non-profits and panhandling on the intersection of US-41 and Boy Scout Drive. Kenneth Gerald Bull and John Pernell Frye…

The Last Straw…Well, Maybe the Last Plastic Straw

We’ve all seen the stories about companies and cities turning away from plastic straws and going to paper ones. Back in November, the town of Fort Myers Beach passed a city ordinance…

Cape Coral Homeowners Making Moves

    In Cape Coral, there is a cluster of at least 15 homes for sale within the vicinity of SW 27th street. As of June 2018, there are close to 1,700…

Boat Safety with Captain Jack

  Seventeen people died after a horrific accident on Thursday night. A duck boat sank in a lake in Missouri. We turned to Captain Jack in Matlacha who explained safety is a…

Focus on Fitness: Mommy Style

Three workout spots where moms can get in shape with their kids.     Whether you’re a stay-at-home or a working mom, you probably already know how difficult it can be when…

Social Media: How Young is Too Young?

  Social media. It seems like everyone has an Instagram profile, Twitter account, and Facebook these days. Businesses, friends, pets, you name it. But how do you decide the right age for…

Lee County Corrections Opens New Unit for Mentally Ill

  It’s not a typical jail cell…it’s designed to create a soothing environment for those behind bars living with mental illnesses. On Tuesday, seven inmates at the Lee County Corrections Facility moved…

It Doesn’t Run on Gas, You’ve Gotta Charge It!

  Electric cars are making their way into Southwest Florida, but are there car charging stations to go with them? If you’re thinking about investing in an electric car anytime soon, it’s…

Sarasota Man Dies After Eating Raw Oysters

A Sarasota man died from the bacteria Vibrio Vulnificus after eating raw oysters. Vibrio Vulnificus can’t be seen, smelled, or even taste it. This makes it hard to rely on your senses to determine if an…

Experts: How to Grieve With the Loss of a Child

  There’s no easy way to deal with death, especially when it a child is involved. How do parents deal with the death of their child? Valarie’s House, a non-profit support group…

Red Tide Impacts SWFL Wildlife, Sea Turtles

  How does red tide affect our wildlife? You know, the animals you don’t see washed up on shore. When you come in contact with red tide, you might experience some respiratory…

Fort Myers SRO Agreement Signed

  The School Board of Lee County and the City of Fort Myers signed an Interlocal Agreement for the School Resource Officer Program on Monday during the city council meeting. The city…

Fishing Might be Banned on Naples Pier

  Council member Linda Penniman wants to ban fishing on the Naples Pier citing safety reasons. The Naples City Council member is thinking of bringing up the idea at the next council meeting in August. The…

Lake Boyz Gang Members on Trial in Fort Myers

  Who are the Lake Boyz? They’re a gang, and a bunch of news outlets in Southwest Florida are talking about them because 23 guys affiliated with the gang were arrested last…

Virtual School? Yes, it’s an Option.

  The complexity of School Choice, school bullies, or having to deal with the possibility of another school shooting can cause insurmountable stress for any parent or child. If you’re a parent,…

Tips to Stay Safe During Your Garage Sale

  Yard sales are a great way to make money — but it’s also an invitation for people to come to your house and look around. Signs…apps like Garage Sale Finder…it’s easy…

FEMA Report: 2017 Devastating Year For Natural Disasters

  Last year brought three of the five most destructive hurricanes recorded, according to FEMA’s 2017 After-Action Report released in mid-July. For comparison, the report says the 2017 Hurricane Season was a…

A Build-a-Bear Mess

  You’ve probably heard about the mess that was “Pay Your Age Day” at Build-A-Bear Workshop this week. Parents stood in line for hours in the hopes of getting their children a…

Counting Butterflies to Monitor Their Trends 

  “Over the years butterflies have been declining in numbers, and we want to see if there is any help that we do by planting more butterfly plants in our community,” Debbie…

Mango Season: Be Careful Where You Pick Fruit

  Mango thieves. It’s a thing. It’s mango season! They’re practically in every yard. Just talk to Jim Zuk whose yard is flooded with the fruit. “And there’s still many of them…

SWFL Mentors Encourage At-Risk Teens to Stay on Track

  More than 2,300 Southwest Florida students did not graduate from high school in 2016. But with the help of mentors, toady’s at-risk youth are headed in the right direction. Southwest Florida…

Cape Coral Police Urgently Hiring

  Cape Coral Police Department is hiring and will need to fill slots in time for the 2018-2019 school year. “We have an authorized number to fill, and the SRO situation made…

Volunteers Return from Haiti in the midst of Protest

  Protest in Haiti caused several Southwest Florida churches and non-profit organizations from returning home. Local news reports stated that volunteers from Cape Christian Fellowship and Hope for Haiti of Naples have…

Lake Okeechobee Water Releases to Continue Friday

  The U.S. Army Corps stopped the water releases out of Lake Okeechobee Monday, the same day Governor Rick Scott visited Southwest Florida to see the blue-green algae blooms invading the area,…

Water Rescue in Southwest Florida

  In Thailand, 12 boys and their coach were finally rescued from a flooded cave after nearly three weeks. The rescue team included expert divers from the Navy Seals. The international story…

Allegiant Pilots Threaten to go on Strike

Punta Gorda Regional Airport is always one of two things: deserted or completely packed. But it could stay empty for a while if Allegiant Airline pilots follow through with their decision to…

Broken Well Taints Water, Concerns Clewiston

  A well broke in the City of Clewiston, and now people there are concerned about the water being yellow. “No, I’m not going to drink yellow water,” Barbara Edmonds, the owner…

A Sea of Sand Dollars: Mating Season Set to Start Soon

  Sand dollars are all over Sanibel beaches right now. “For most people, it’s like, ‘Oh my word, where did all these sand dollars come from?’,” Bruce Neill, Executive Director of the…

City of Sanibel Passes Plastic Straw Ban

  Starbucks is fazing out all straws by 2020. Fort Myers Beach put a ban on plastic straws. So have some McDonald’s locations. Next on the list? The City of Sanibel. On…

Slow Drivers Are a Danger to Truckers

  Slow drivers are just one of the many nuisances in Florida especially when you factor in tourists, new drivers, and seniors behind the wheel. In 2018, CarInsuranceComparison.com took a deeper dive…

Fort Myers Police Chief Talks Freeh Report

  Fort Myers Police Chief, Derrick Diggs, recently sat down with HelloSWFL to discuss improvements within the department. Last year, the department started to make changes after receiving recommendations from The Freeh…

Gear Up: Trucking Industry Facing Worker Shortages

  “Yea I love this industry, this is all I know. I’ve been in trucks my whole life.” Dave Pugliese spent 30 years driving trucks across America. Now, he teaches a new…

Fake Online Reviewers: How to Spot Them

  In the world of the Internet, all of Southwest Florida’s businesses are striving for decent online reviews. “You do your best to strive for that 5-star review,” said a representative of…

Living in the Blue Zone

  If we told you there’s a way to live longer, would you give it a try? Well, the Blue Zone Project in Southwest Florida says it wants to help you live…

New Law Helps Cape Coral Gas Skimmer Concerns

  Earlier this year, the City of Cape Coral made it a requirement for all gas stations to have locking devices on each pump to protect customers from skimmers. Has it worked?…

FWC: More Alligator Harvest Permits Released For 2018

  The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that an additional 1,313 county-wide alligator permits will be released for 2018. The permits will go on sale July 10 at 10 a.m. Additional…

National Fried Chicken Day: Top Spots

  Listen up, chicken lovers. It’s National Fried Chicken Day! We’ve gathered a list of the community’s top-rated fried chicken spots from different websites. Yelp: 1. Il Primo Pizza and Wings – 2209…

Yes, You Can Fill Your Gas Tank

  This announcement below was spread all over Facebook by Pakistan State Oil.     With temperatures being so high people were worried that it was true, and if you filled up…

What to do if You’re Getting Robocalls

  In 2017, the Federal Communications Commission tallied the numbers and found more than 500-thousand robocall complaints were filed. Sixteen-thousand of those complaints came from Lee County, Florida. So what do you…

Are Mid-Week Holidays Good for Businesses?

  The Fourth of July fell on a Wednesday this year. While many offices and businesses were closed for Independence Day many were still open. Hello SWFL wanted to know if the holiday…

Interpreting the Americans with Disabilities Act

  Earlier this week, a situation outside of Orlando made headlines after a kid was asked to give up a motorized cart even though he had some muscular development issues. His mom…

Where Leftover Fireworks Go After the Fourth of July

  The day after the Fourth of July. You probably have some leftover BBQ food and decorations to take down, but what happens to all the fireworks that weren’t purchased? We learned…

Monopoly: Fort Myers Edition

  Pass go and collect $200. You can also purchase Fort Myers Beach. Wait what? Fort Myers-Opoly features some of the most popular spots in town including McGregor Boulevard, Downtown House of…

Valerie’s House Recruiting New Volunteers

  In June 2017, we introduced you to Valerie’s House, a nonprofit organization providing on-going grief support programs for children and families throughout Southwest Florida. So, what’s new at Valarie’s House? Valarie’s House…

How to Keep Your Pet Calm During Independence Day

  Pets are family, right? So treat them like it this 4th of July – especially when the fireworks start. Animal Control sees a 30 percent increase in lost pets from July…

New Aquatics Center Opens In Naples

  The grand opening of a new facility in Naples focused on swimming and drowning prevention took place Friday (June 29th). It took $9.2 million to reach this day, which marked the…

Fourth of July: Gas Prices Around SWFL

  The Fourth of July is tomorrow! Before you head to the beach or out of town fo the holiday, we’ve found the areas with the best gas prices. Best spots? Lehigh Acres.…

Fourth of July: Boating Safety

  The Fourth of July is coming up! While it’s time to celebrate, safety is also a concern. “People enjoy boating and just like we want people to be safe on our…

Fourth of July: Where to See Fireworks

  Independence Day is right around the corner. If you plan on heading to the beach, the park or the riverfront to watch a fireworks show all you have to do is…

The Other Side to Caregiving

  Barbara Green has taken care of her husband, Dick Green, for 18 years. Her husband was diagnosed with Lewy-Body Dementia in 2000. As her husband’s disease progresses, Barbara’s life evolved immensely.…

ICE Hits the Streets of Immokalee

  Several Facebook groups in Southwest Florida shared that ICE officers were detaining undocumented people in Immokalee.  Many of the people living in Immokalee are from Cuba, Haiti, and Mexico. Immokalee is…

Last Fire Tower Standing

  The Orange River Lookout Tower is the last fire watch tower standing in Lee County. The 100 feet tower was built in the 1930s to spot wildfires. Located on the outskirts…

Red Tide: Is It Coming?

  The National Weather Service issued beach hazard warnings for red tide and it’s supposed to be in effect through Thursday evening. The warnings are aimed toward coastal Northern Lee County and…

The Big Debate of PB&J

  PB&J’s are the most iconic food of our childhood – but do you even know when they came about? Well, no one really knows. But the first-ever published peanut butter and…

Fourth of July Fireworks Deals And Safety Tips

  The 4th of July is approaching fast. And Phantom Fireworks in Fort Myers is preparing hard. “It is. It’s mentally and physically exhausting,” said Danny Billec, the store manager. You should…

Opioid Prescriptions Shortened to Three-Day Supply Under New Law

  “Probably the most significant change will be that every doctor and every pharmacists must check the prescription monitoring database before writing a prescription and or dispensing the medication,” pharmacist Karl Deigert…

Collier County Home Sells for a Record Breaking $48MN

  Prospective buyers from Northern states have their eyes set on Sarasota and Collier Counties, which are considered the top of the nation’s fastest-growing luxury housing markets, according to the May 2018 Luxury…

The Fate of Co-Working Spaces in SWFL

  The Rocket Lounge closed its co-working headquarters in Naples. But what’s the fate of the remaining co-working spaces in Southwest Florida? HelloSWFL’s Gabriela Milian visited one co-working spot that is still…

Two Southwest Florida Locals Share Their Stories of PTSD

  June 27 is National PTSD Awareness Day — so we talked to two men with two different stories, but one commonality. Post-traumatic stress disorder. 50-year-old Marine Corps Veteran David Souders has…

Erik Elsea: 90 Day Journey Down the Mississippi River

  Erik Elsea, of Cape Coral, plans to canoe down the entire length of the Mississippi River in hopes to raise $255,200 for ShelterBox, a global charity that provides humanitarian aid to…

Alligators: How Do You Stay Safe From Them?

  You see them in the news all the time. Whether they’re finding their way into people’s pools or attacking someone’s dog. There’s an estimated one to two million gators living in…

Sea Lice Popping Up Around Florida Beaches

  Sea Lice. They’re popping up on beaches around Florida. Florida’s Department of Health said sea lice pop up between March and August. The rash is caused by jellyfish larvae. This photo…

Lehigh Acres Debating Limestone Mining

  Lee County is in the middle of deciding whether they will allow Troyer Brothers Florida Inc. to start mining for limestone in Lehigh Acres. Some residents are not a fan. “The…

Expired Sunscreen is Better Than Nothing

  You’re just hanging out. It’s a beautiful day at the park. And you’re thinking you really want to head out from the cover of the shade. But you also don’t want…

Get Your Lemonade Permit

  Over the weekend, a Californian woman called police on an eight-year-old girl for selling water outside of her apartment building. The woman accused the little girl of illegally selling the water because…

FGCU Students Testing Solutions for Algae Blooms

  Algae blooms are a hot topic this time of the year. They flood into our rivers, causing all kinds of issues to our water quality and to our health. Students at…

Lightning Insurance: Is That Even a Real Thing?

  You have a 1 in 3,000 chance of being struck by lightning in Florida, Florida State University Emergency Management says. Lightning and Florida summers go hand in hand. Over the weekend,…

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Students in SWFL for Tour

  Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School partnered with Lee and Collier County high school students as part of the “Road to Change” tour Monday. The purpose of the tour is…

Internet Sales Tax Coming to Florida

  A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled that states can now start collecting online sales tax. The court’s decision could give e-commerce businesses in Florida a boost. Online shopping pulls in…

Discovering my Native American Roots

  At an early age, Lillian Aragones knew her family had a diverse background. “I grew up a to the stories from my grandmother, my mother, and my uncle… growing up, playing…

SunPass System Still Down for Maintenance

Florida’s toll-way system, SunPass, is still down after three weeks of maintenance. Maintenance was only supposed to last for seven days. But 15 days later you still can’t get access to your…

North Collier Fire Approves New Tax

The North Collier Fire Department Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a new tax Thursday morning. Residents will be able to vote on the non-ad valorem tax on the August 28th ballot. This is…

FDA Warns Public About Sunscreen Pills

The United States Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about Sunscreen Pills that are misleading. According to the FDA, the most common cancer in the U.S. is skin cancer. FDA…

Events: June 22

  If you’re looking for things this weekend, Tonie has all the details for June 22 – 24th.

The History Behind the “City of Palms”

  If you live in Fort Myers you’ve probably taken a drive down McGregor Boulevard. It’s hard to miss the beautiful palm trees that line the 14 mile stretch from Punta Rassa to Fort Myers. What…

Six Mile Cypress Opens New Hiking Trail

For the first time in years, Southwest nature lovers will have access to eight miles of hiking trails at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve North on Luckett Road in Fort Myers. But…

History Lesson: GE’s Connection with Fort Myers

  General Electric, one of the last original companies of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, has been dropped. GE has been part of the DJIA since 1907. Over the past year, GE’s…

Biologists on a Mission to Save SWFL Seagrass

Volunteers help to put the final touches on the Caloosahatchee Seagrass gardening project     Seagrass, which helps keep our water clean, is disappearing from Southwest Florida’s waterways. In effort to save…

Lewy Body Dementia: One Couple’s Story of Caregiving

  Lewy Body Dementia is a form of dementia that distinguishes itself due to the vivid hallucinations people have when diagnosed with LBD. Over one million people are affected with LBD in…

The Facts: Immigration Detention Centers

The debate is this: Should families who seek asylum in the United States by crossing the border illegally be separated? It’s a touchy debate that is changing the lives of families. On…

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 children his age. “Trent wasn’t socializing the way that other kids socialized, and…

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…