News Stories

Charlie Edward

Not originally from Florida or the south for that matter; but he’s trying, okay? Charlie Edward is a young journalist with a passion for telling your stories. Fighting alongside his fellow coworkers, he works to be a part of the local news revolution at Hello SWFL.

My Recent Work

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

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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

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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

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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

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The Clock Keeps Ticking on Florida’s Daylight Saving Time Change
Daylight Saving Time. All the time. It was supposed to take effect July 1. Governor Rick Scott signed that

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Woman Makes Remarkable Recovery From Car Accident, Brain Surgeries, And Loose Screws
There is a private dock in Fort Myers. For those who visit this dock, it’s a peaceful place. And

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Florida Moving Forward With the Idea of Smokable Medical Marijuana
There is a lot of “frustration,” laughed Jodi Hahn, a patient at the Iona Cannabis Clinic. That frustration is within

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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

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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

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High School Junior Working To Solve Florida’s Retention Pond Problems
A high school junior in Naples said retention ponds are a problem thanks to runoff from parking lots, cars,

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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

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Locally Made ‘Mini-Reefs’ Helping Replenish Fish Population And Water Quality
Ocean Habitats’ new water-filtering mini-reefs are bringing fish back to local waters in droves. The reefs, priced at $250 a

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Cyber Security A Focus-Point As Collier County Begins Election Prep
“So we’re really focused on getting the message out to our voters that our voting system is secure,” said Trish

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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

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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.

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New App Will Help Lee County Parents Track Child’s Bus
Starting this fall, keeping track of your kids while they are en route to school will get much easier. “If

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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.

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Why Vape Pens Explode And How Not To Be The Next Victim
Fire investigators reportedly believe a vape pen explosion could have been the cause of a recent death in St. Petersburg,

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Veterans’ Flag Pole Wiped Out By Irma Reinstalled In City Cemetery
There was a time where the American flag did not fly over more than 30 veterans’ graves in the Oak

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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

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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.

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FGCU Competes With School Living Its Own ‘Dunk City’
On the baseball diamond, FGCU faced another school enjoying a time similar to what it experienced during ‘Dunk City’ five

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Former Daycare Worker: “I Quit Taking My Kids To Daycare”
After Cape Coral police arrested Felipe Cruz Hernandez, a daycare worker who allegedly showed sexual videos to the kids, Cape

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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

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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

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An Inside Look At FGCU Women’s Basketball Before The Big Game
The Florida Gulf Coast University Women’s basketball team is headed to the big dance this weekend. The Florida Gulf

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Local Painters Fixing Some Cape Coral Graffiti For Free
Greenwell Painting is helping repaint over the graffiti problems in Cape Coral, and they’re doing it for free. “To see

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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

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A Local Alternative To Dog Kennels
If you feel guilty leaving your dog at the kennel, there is another option. “The dogs are not in cages;

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Those Struggling To Find Work May Have Opportunity Amidst Cooling Boom
According to Penguin Air and Heating, the air conditioning business in Southwest Florida is booming. And that means more

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Escaping An Abduction
An instructor in Cape Coral teaches zip-tie, rope, and duct-tape escapes to young and old alike. “You always go for

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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

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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

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We Know The Risks Of Living In Our Climate, But Are There Health Benefits?
A news release says common climate hazards in the state of Florida, in many cases, have greater frequency, magnitude, and

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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

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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

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Why Is Air Conditioning Not A Requirement In Florida Apartments?
The owner of a unit at Lely Pines Condos in Naples says its been without air conditioning for three

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Is MoviePass A Good Deal For Southwest Floridians?
Is MoviePass a good deal for you and me? Right now, its website says that for a limited time, you

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Are CDs Becoming A Novelty Item? They Might Be At One Local Store
“Last year, maybe about 98-99% of my sales were vinyl. And now it’s 90-10% (CDs),” said Marty Bourgeois, the owner

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Naples Basket Brigade Behind on Goals
People dug deep donating to food-based charities during Hurricane Irma. As a result, charities like Naples Basket Brigade are now

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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

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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

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Man Builds Paddle Board From Scratch, Riding 150 Miles To Benefit Special Olympics
Local artist and Special Olympics Florida – Collier County paddle board coach, Steve Nagy built a paddle board from

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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

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Headless Goat Found in Cape Coral
Whether it was done by a human or animal is, “impossible to say for sure.” “If this was

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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

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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

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Beloved Italian Restaurant Returns to Cape Coral
After 41 years in business, the popular Italian restaurant closed in 2017 – but now it’s back. To the

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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

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Schools, Hospitals, even Churches are Working to Prevent Flu Spreading
Lee Health reported 475 cases of positive influenza test results for the week of January 15th, 2018. This as

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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

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A Local Storm Chaser’s Stunning Photography
Quinn Sedam chases storms throughout south Florida; going through dangerous obstacles to capture them. A man’s south Florida storm

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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

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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.

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How FBI Academy Helps Cape Coral Deputy Chief on The Job
Cape Coral deputy chief, Lisa Barnes recently graduated from the FBI Academy. Now, she’s putting the new things she

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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

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Inside A SWFL Humanely Raised Livestock Farm
The cows at Circle C Farm are noticeably happy. They are free to roam, to be inquisitive and curious,

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Sobriety Story Impacts Thousands
Cape Coral woman’s sobriety story inspires thousands. From the party life to a life of sobriety and a story

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