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…

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…

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…

The Effects of Daylight Saving Time

On March 11th, Florida will spring forward for daylight saving! If approved by Congress, this could be a permanent move for the state of Florida. We spoke with Captain Gene Luciano who…

Citigroup Messed up and Could Owe You Money

Citigroup messed up big time and it’s going to cost them about $335 million. The bank was charging excessively high-interest rates to some customers that were caught up on their credit card…

#9PMRoutine to Encourage SWFL Residents to Lock up

All across the county there has been an increase in break-ins of vehicles and homes. It isn’t that thieves have developed a technologically advanced lock picking mechanism. Citizens just haven’t been locking…

Best Florida-Based Movie

If you can sum up Florida in one movie, what would you pick? Well, according to thrillist.com that movie would be Magic Mike. The website compares the movie to the infamous “Florida…

Small Business Owners Optimistic In Southwest Florida

  An NSBA and ZipRecruiter report shows more owners are confident in the future of their business, and the response from local owners in Southwest Florida seems to add up. “Our profits…

Where Will You Go if Your Winn Dixie Closes its Doors?

If you depend on Winn-Dixie’s pharmacy it’s possible the company will help you transition. Several published reports shared that Winn-Dixie might file for bankruptcy as early as March 2018 and could close…

Florida Governor’s School Safety Plan Announced

  Governor Rick Scott announces major plan in aftermath of tragic school shooting. Governor Rick Scott is taking action after the tragic Parkland school shooting. He announced a plan Friday morning with…

FGCU Hosts Candlelight Vigil for Parkland Victims

Seventeen electronic candles flickered in the wind Tuesday night. The Florida Gulf Coast University choir sang songs of peace and resilience.

The candles represented hope, strength and the lives lost last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Spring Break Preparations for Local Businesses

Ah, spring break! Beachside, toes out, surf’s up. Last year, Lee County hosted about 1.3 million visitors. A good amount due to snow birds and spring breakers, no doubt. Those visitors racked…

Two Naples Schools Face Shooting Threats

Exactly seven days after the tragic Parkland shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, two high schools in Naples received a shooting scare. A snapchat message spread like wildfire across the web, telling…

Applebee’s Closing, Opening Stores Worldwide

  Expansion plans could include airports and colleges You might have heard Applebee’s “anticipate” it will close 60 to 80 restaurants in the U.S. and abroad. Applebee’s parent company, Dine Brands Global,…

Lot in Downtown Fort Myers Sold for $7 million

  An empty lot next to the First Street Publix has been sold for $7 million. They plan to build a brand-new multi-story apartment complex on the corner of McGregor BLVD and…

A Little Mid-Week Sunshine

  It’s been a tough week here in Florida and across the country. To give you a break, today, were focusing on the positive aspects of our community. Chloe made a list of things you…

Of 30k Volunteers, Naples Woman Recognized With Award

  She had never heard of the Bill Crutchfield Award, and Stephanie Dangler was certainly shocked to win it. There are more than 30,000 Special Olympics volunteers throughout Florida. One from Collier…

The Budweiser Clydesdales are in Fort Myers

  If you haven’t gotten a chance to see these beautiful horses, this might be your time. Now, I have to be honest. I had no idea what the Budweiser Clydesdales were. I…

Let Your Voice be Heard SWFL!

  Every 20 years, a special commission is formed under the supervision of the Governor of Florida to amend the state constitution. They have travelled across the state to hear what the…

JetBlue Offers Free Flights

  Jet Blue Airlines is now offering free air travel. They are also working with Lyft to provide ground travel in the Parkland area. This effort links back to the recent Parkland…

Equifax Data Breach is More Intense Than We Thought

Five tips of what you should do right now to help protect your financial identity. Equifax recently provided information to the Senate Banking Committee, that explains what cybercriminals got their hands on…

Flu Season Update!

CDC’s latest weekly report announced the current flu season has surpassed the swine flu pandemic of 2009. Holy crap, that sounds really bad, but what does the CDC mean by that? Are…

Yet Another List Says We Suck At Something

A report by WalletHub ranked Florida the state with the 8th worst dental health. So apparently, Florida people like you and me do not have very good dental health. “I am surprised,”…

New Budget Proposal for Food Stamps

The new budget proposal has been released by the Federal Government and one of the main things on everyones mind is SNAP. SNAP is one of the largest programs funded by the…

HelloSWFL’s Parents Discuss Parkland Shooting

How do you talk to your children about what happened in Parkland? It’s never easy to understand why anyone would walk into a shopping mall, a post office, or any public place…

Cribs for Puerto Rico

It’s been months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, which completely devastated the island. The people of Puerto Rico have been struggling ever since. A few weeks after the Hurricane, we visited…

Proposed Budget for SWFL Beaches

A proposed bill is being discussed within Florida legislation that would provide $50 Million in funding for Florida beaches. If passed, the bill would go into effect on July 1, 2018. This…

Senate Bill 1612 ‘Ellie’s Law’

  Picture this. You’re taking a tour of the Everglades. Speeding in an airboat. Life’s good. Well regulations concerning airboat tours may change near the end of this year.  When Ellie Goldenberg took an airboat tour last year, she…

Lice Clinics of America

  The dreaded “L” word — Lice, can mean full-on stress for parents! With more than 12 million cases of head lice reported in the U.S. each year (according to the cdc.gov), these tiny…

No Full Moon February 2018

  This February there will be no full moon! There were two full moons in January and will be two more in March, but every 19 years, the month of February exists…

How Hard Can it be to Break a Window?

  Breaking a child or animal out of a hot car may save its life. We took to the junkyard to test out which worked better, a hammer or a window breaker. The…

Safe Awake Fire Alarm

  Cape Coral Fire Department (CCFD) has gotten some new money, and is putting it towards the hearing impaired community. Awarded at the end of last year (August 18th, 2017), with $188,572 …

The Flying Fortress: B17 Bomber

  Driving back home from the office, an unbelievable sight flew through the sky with a thundering diesel-filled roar. It was a B17 bomber plane from World War 2 and I had…

Collings Foundation WWII Planes

Imagine driving on US 41, and seeing a bomber plane from WWII flying above you. That’s what happened to Chris, one of our content creators this week. Was it ghost from the…

What’s Going Up Here?

This is our ongoing series to see what’s cropping up along the roads of the rapidly developing Southwest Florida. Fort Myers Developers, 360 Sanibel LLC and Summerlin Ridge LLC, are building a…

SWFL Businesses, It’s Time to Update Your Minimum Wage Poster

  Florida businesses will have to pay a $1,000 fine if they ‘intentionally’ break the minimum wage requirements Attention business owners and employees of Southwest Florida, the state’s minimum wage increased to…

Let’s Help This Florida Born Man Find His Sister

(The search) has gotten so large and we’ve exhausted every avenue we know. It’s hard not to have the thoughts that maybe she’s dead or maybe she doesn’t want to be found,”…

It’s National ____ Day?

  Have you ever wondered who makes up the National Day Calendar? The answer: Anyone. Anyone can submit an application to the National Day Calendar through their website. There is a form to fill…

Now You Can Text The Fort Myers Police Department

  Fort Myers Police Department (FMPD) has recently launched a new program with Tip 411. It allows you can give tips about crime to FMPD while staying anonymous. The program is used…

YEP, There is an App for That : Navionics Boating App

It’s hard to believe that we still have debris from Hurrican Irma. It’s been more than four months, and although the community has come together to work towards a clean Southwest Florida,…

Phone Scams in SWFL

  If you’re using a phone this day and age, you’ve probably gotten a scam call at least once. You know the ones. Someone calls your phone and you hear that you…

What Should You Do When the Market Dips?

    Your heart might have skipped a beat when the Dow dipped 1600 points Monday. And if you called your financial advisor, you probably got the same message: there’s no need…

Governor Rick Scott Proposes New Hurricane Strategy

Here in Southwest Florida, we will never forget the evacuation chaos that happened during last year’s hurricane season. More than 6 million people were asked to evacuate the state a week before…

Student Assignment has Begun in Lee County

This year Kindergarten Student Open Enrollment for the 2018/2019 school year runs from January 22 – March 23, 2018 in Lee County. Parents, as if you weren’t already nervous about your child…

Social Media Users Share Child Pornography

This past weekend a video went viral on Facebook. It was footage of an Alabama minor performing sexual acts on a older male. Yes, we’ve entered into the age where child pornography…

Cape Coral High School Graduate Wins Super Bowl

He’s on top of the world right now, but Philadelphia Eagles defensive back and Cape Coral High School graduate, Jaylen Watkins worked hard to get there. A Cape Coral High School graduate…

What is An Emotional Support Animal?

Cats, dogs, birds and a snake.

Dr. April Brown, has certified all of those critters to become emotional support animals, but the Fort Myers Counselor says she’s never certified a peacock.

Greyhound racing potentially coming to an end

We recently covered a story about Greyhound racing potentially coming to an end. People on both sides of the issue were commenting and generated a lot of good questions. One comment said:…

Fort Myers Fire Department Matters of First Aid

Next time you see a complete stranger in need of help and you pass by, think about this. If stopping meant you were able to help that person before the first responders…

Tattoo Spike During Tax Season

It’s tax season, meaning we all have some extra cash. Some use their spare money to pay off bills or save for vacation. Others head to the tattoo studio to get a…

Florida Sign Language Bill

  Can you believe this happens? People have posed as sign interpreters during important televised city briefings. It’s hard to believe, but there have been a few occasions that it has happened…

Toyota Airbag Recall Notice

  Toyota recently issued recalls for over 600,000 vehicles due to concerns about the airbag not inflating. The recall covers many makes and models including Toyota, Lexus, and Scion models. Florida and…

Dunbar South Street Unanswered Questions

HelloSWFL is looking for solid answers to property value surrounding Dunbar’s toxic sludge site. Dunbar residents have been a topic of conversation in our newsroom for several weeks now. Specifically families living…

Should Cape Coral Bars Stay Open Till 4am?

People have complained about bars staying open later for similar reasons in the conversation now. Cape Coral is considering extending bar hours to from 2am to 4am. Yes, 4am! They’ve tried this…

Dog Racing Could be Nearing an End in Florida

    Some commissioners have proposed a revision to the state constitution to ban betting dog races. This revision would end dog racing by Dec 31, 2019. We compiled a list of…

Slumber Safe

  Fort Myers Beach Fire Department is rolling out a new program called Slumber Safe. It piggybacks off of Ordinance 2016-001 which requires vacation and transient rental properties as well as non-owner…

Pacific Tomato Growers Housing Complex

The city of LaBelle near Cowboy Way was looking at having 466 new neighbors.They were going to be migrant workers working for Pacific Tomato Growers. They weren’t feeling it. Citizens took their…

SOLD! Where should we meet-up?

  Have you ever bought or sold something on craigslist? It seems like online shopping has revolutionized commerce and is now part of everyone’s lives. Even though for the most part, the…

Florida is the Worst State

Well, we finally did it. Florida is the worst state in America! A list has been running around the mighty interwebs on the best and worst states in our fine union. All…

Food Stamps And Dog Food

  There is a viral Petition on Care2 petition to have Pet food included in SNAP benefits, and it has over 100,000 supporters! SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and is…

First of the First for State of the Union Address’

Tonight, January 30, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will stand before a joint session of Congress to deliver his first State of the Union address. We expect the President to talk about…

Headless Goat Found in Cape Coral

    Whether it was done by a human or animal is, “impossible to say for sure.” “If this was done by humans, maybe they think a canal is the most discreet/efficient…

Moon Facts

  “If this was done by humans, maybe they think a canal is the most discreet/efficient way to get rid of a carcass? Impossible to say without being able to speak to…

Daylight Saving Time

Back in November, Senator Steube filled a bill to cut daylight saving time. He proposed that the state of Florida stay on Standard time all year round and end daylight savings. The…

Rough Traffic Day in SWFL

In a heavy traffic season, it’s important to remember the basics when driving past scenes of traffic accidents. Monday (January 29th) was a rough day for traffic fatalities in Southwest Florida. There…

FPL To Not Add Planned Bill Surcharge

FPL recently announced they will not add a planned surcharge to their customer’s bills to cover the cost to repair the damage from Hurricane Irma. Last November, FPL discussed how they were…

Erica the Eagle: A True Survivor

  Erica the Eagle has survived a gun-shot, adapted to living with an amputated wing, and has now recovered from a mosquito-infestation. Erica the Eagle has recovered yet again. “A couple months…

Fort Myers Fire Department To End Safer Grant

Fort Myers Fire Department (FMFD) isn’t receiving the SAFER grant any longer. That’s about 3 million dollars they will be missing out on starting February 7th, 2018. That also means about 4-5…

Laws For Bikers and Motorists in Florida

  Everyday, bikes and cars share the road, many involving motorists and bikers. There are laws that both the driver and the biker need to be aware of before hitting the road.…

What the heck is an epidemic?

  The flu has been a favorite topic in the news; lately, we decided to break it down and talk about what the heck an epidemic actually is. We used a tool…

Being Alerted to Tornadoes in an Area Lacking Sirens

    Much of Florida does not have sirens or alert systems in place for tornadoes, so how can you be prepared? The Florida Division of Emergency Management held a statewide tornado…

Tax Tip Tuesday: Who Should File Taxes?

  Tax season 2018 is officially in full swing and most American taxpayers are excited to file in hopes they will receive a refund this year. In 2017, the Internal Revenue Service…

Lee County School District Sales Tax Increase

  With about 1,800 new students each year, the Lee County School District is in need of more schools. More schools mean more money. Their solution? Increase the sale tax from 6%…

House Bill 33: Texting While Driving

  Florida legislation is working to pass a bill that would change the rules for texting while driving in Florida. Under the proposed legislation, officers would be able to pull over drivers…

Federal Government is Reopen: For now …

The federal government is back in business. The federal government partially shut down late Friday night, after lawmakers failed to agree on a budget for government agencies and operations. But after 2…

Government shutdown: Be prepared, not scared! 

  There’s no need to panic if the Federal Government shuts down for a few days. Washington lawmakers are trying to agree on a budget that will fund government operations and agencies. The Associated Press hashes out…

Rabies-Infested Bat Found Outside Gulf Gate Plaza

What you should do if you come across high-risk wildlife. This week, a bat that tested positive for rabies was found outside a store at the Gulf Gate Plaza. The Florida Department…

Sick? Need medicine? Have no one to Help?

A Cape Coral woman has offered to pick up medicine for people battling the flu that can’t get out of their homes to do so on their own. A local woman is…

Tide Pod Social Media Challenge

  The internet’s latest trend has taken the nation by surprise. People have been eating laundry detergent pods for a new social media challenge. What started as a serious warning, has transformed into…

Shell Trees?

  Seashells hang from the trees at many SWFL beaches and the reason why is not certain. Locals say the shells hanging from the branches are there to remember a loved one or…

Dead Turtles on Alligator Alley

The shoulders of Interstate-75 near Snake Road are lined with dead turtles. You might have noticed an unfortunate scene driving through Interstate-75, otherwise known as Alligator Alley: Turtles dead on the side…

What’s Going Up Near You: Construction in SWFL

  Welcome to a new series where we find out what’s being built all around Southwest Florida. Our first entry is this grey building going up next to Lakes Park in Fort…

Traffic Accidents Rise in Lee County in 2017

  Traffic accident deaths have been increasing overall in Lee County since 2012. It’s a problem Florida Highway Patrol has noticed and continues to try and combat in Southwest Florida. “A mom…

SWFL Video Game Developer, Angel Molina

  The response to the Southwest Florida Comic Con shocked all of us. The organizers were expecting only hundreds of attendees but ended up with an attendance of thousands. It was an…

ECHO Farms Receives $25,000 Grant

  ECHO Global Farm was presented with a $25,000 grant from the Cape Coral Community Foundation Global Center for Generosity (CCCF) and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation on Monday. The foundation recognized…

First City Council Meeting of 2018

City council meetings are a place where the community can get together and address any concerns they have about their city. It can be a little intimidating – trust us, we know,…

Lee Health Prepares for flu in Southwest Florida

How Lee Health is handling the local flu outbreak and the plans in place if it were to get worse. Lee Health is dealing with, “slightly over 330 cases (of the flu)…

Pay It Forward: The Story of Natasha Paterson

My afternoon was supposed to be spent doing a story on the beautiful sunsets in SWFL. However, the universe had a different plan for me that day. I attempted to go to…

Is Your Phone Listening?

  Have you ever felt like your phone is listening on private conversations because of the oddly specific ads that pop up? We have. The experiment was simple, talk about a place…

Tax Tips Tuesday

Dear Taxpayers, According to IRS.gov, you have two extra days to file your tax returns this year. Your employer will have until the end of January to mail out your W-2 forms.…

Radio remote controlled boats on Six Mile Cypress

I can’t be the only one that has seen the RC – or radio controlled – boats racing on a lake on Six Mile Cypress. I remember seeing them while passing by…

Bitcoiners of SWFL

Bitcoin is officially a household name and Southwest Florida is not staying behind. There have been numerous stories of people earning thousands, and even millions of dollars investing in cryptocurrencies. It’s a…

Goodwill Opens on Six Mile Cypress

  If you drove down Six Mile Cypress on January 4th, you would have seen hundreds of people gathering around a Goodwill. What was so special about this particular thrift store? Lots…

Impact of Bomb Cyclone on us

  Why so dramatic calling it a “bomb” cyclone and how is it affecting us in Florida? The blizzard like conditions in the northeast are thanks to a (possibly dramatically named, depending…

Debate Rages Over Parking Boats In Driveways

A common argument in Cape Coral peaks its head again. There’s a debate stirring among Cape Coral residents over whether or not people should be allowed to park boats in their driveways.…

This service helps seniors feel less alone

This time of year can be hard for seniors. Check on your neighbors. Take care of one another. Christmas is over but it’s not too late to make someone feel loved.  

Sign up for the 3rd Annual Facial Hair for Cancer 10K/5K

Hello SWFL is partnering with other sponsors to host a 10k-5k run and two-mile walk in support of cancer awareness, education, and financial assistance. All proceeds will support SWFL non-profits. The run…

Response to Jerusalem Protest in Downtown Fort Myers

  We covered a protest in Fort Myers in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, but what is the full story behind it? We did…

News Year In Review

  As 2017 comes to a close we take a look back at some of the highs and lows this year brought to us. Throughout the entire year we covered stories that we…

The reason behind Publix Scales

  Why do most Publix locations in Florida have scales? Turns out it’s a tradition that started with their founder, George Jenkins. Back in the 30s, home scales weren’t a thing. You…

The Southwest Florida Eagle Cam

Get up close and personal with your local bald eagles through the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam. These cameras show three different angles of the birds’ nest. They also feature a 360 camera…

FMPD improving community involvement

  The Fort Myers Police Department (FMPD) is taking steps in improving community relations. The department participated in a week long program in October in an effort to improve community involvement. The…

2017 HelloSWFL Year-End Recap

  We’ve shared tables, laughs, tears and countless stories. The best part? It’s all thanks to you, SWFL! As our gift to you, we’ve shared some of our favorite (and most embarrassing)…

The End of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in SWFL

  For 10,000 Haitians in the SWFL community, July 2019 could be the last summer they spend on U.S. soil. This past May, the Trump Administration announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS)…

Contractor Claims No Companies Provide Estimates Upfront

  by Charlie Edward As if the catastrophe of losing your home or having damage to your home after Hurricane Irma wasn’t enough, imagine a contractor taking advantage of your situation just…

Vegans Protest in Downtown Fort Myers
Vegans Protest In Fort Myers

“I actually love meat,” said one passerby. “And I’ll always eat meat. (But) what I do see is very upsetting.” by Charlie Edward On the Patio De Leon in downtown Fort Myers,…

LeeWay Entrance
LeeWay Transponders Gets You Through Tolls With Ease

  If you ride through Lee County you have the option use the LeeWay Transponder instead of the SunPass to get through the tolls. If you’re a newcomer to Southwest Florida, the…

Downtown Fort Myers Protest
Downtown Fort Myers Protest For Israel

  A crowd of protestors gathered in downtown Fort Myers to express their frustration with President Trump’s recent decision to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The…

SWFL Autism Screening
Mobile Autism Screenings for Young Children

  It is estimated that one in every 68 children is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.…

Cryptocurrencies

  It seems like every decade or so, a new technology is developed that creates some revolution that moves us forward. The assembly line and the creation of mass productions formulated the…

No More Daylight Savings in Florida?

  Can you imagine never having to deal with changing your clocks or losing an hour of sleep each year? Senator Greg Stuebe is hoping to make this possible for the state…

SWFL Business
How Hard is it to Bring a Company to SWFL?

  So, why does it take so long for businesses to come to southwest Florida? Any deal starts with a buyer (mostly an established company), eyeing a piece of land they want.…

Ride Nature
Ride Nature: Spreading Fun Across The World

  Ride Nature is a local action sports organization dedicated to outreach, evangelism and giving generously, making sure people across the world are having fun. They spread the word and the fun…

Topgolf Location in Fort Myers
Where Oh Where Will Topgolf Go?

  When I was growing up, there were a number of news stories about Six Flags building a park in my hometown. And the stories were constant over the course of twenty…

Wildfire Prevention SWFL
Wildfire Season Preparation Tips

Residents and visitors of Southwest Florida, are you prepared for wildfire season? You may think wildfires occur right after hurricane season, or what many locals refer to as, the dry season, but…

Naples Florida Beach Parking

  The city of Naples Florida is no longer selling non-resident beach parking passes, but all Collier county property taxpayers and full-time residents are still eligible to get the annual parking permit.…

Marco Patriots
The Impact of the Marco Patriots

The Marco Patriots began as a small group of volunteers looking to help their community through Hurricane Irma. Now, they are still committing acts of service and have made a lasting impact on…

The Notorious Edgar J. Watson

A community united in murder, deep in the heart of the Everglades, left a lasting legacy that tells the story of a mysterious visitor. It was 1910 and one man, Edgar Watson,…

The Misconceptions Surrounding The Ronald McDonald House

    The Ronald McDonald House Charities® are many things; and while the charity is a household name, misconceptions about the organization run abound. RMHC of Southwest Florida wants to set the record…

When Fido Goes Missing

  You’re tidying up your apartment. Setting the dishes in place, wiping down the counters, and you reach down to pick up the trash. You head out the front door, but don’t…

Dr. Green Signs Explained
Dr. Green Relief Signs Explained By Real Doctor

Driving down any major street in Fort Myers, I’m sure you have seen a number of cheaply made plastic signs that read, “Dr. Green Relief Cannabis Cards.” What caught my producer’s eye…

Asking Veterans How They Want To Be Celebrated

  I don’t care much for parades. It’s very much like watching traffic but all cars are bright, colorful, and going as fast as a TV reality star trying to comprehend Latin.…

The $23,000 Foot Cream

Meet Al Noto. Al is a 72-year-old retired educator from New Jersey. When he visited his podiatrist for a routine foot examination. Al found himself caught up in the world big pharma,…

Meet the Candidates

Cape Coral Mayoral Candidate interview with Joe Coviello Cape Coral Mayoral Candidate Mike Hollow