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Chloe Nordquist

Chloe Nordquist is a curious, creative journalist and storyteller born and raised in the desert of Phoenix, Arizona. She has a passion for telling community stories that may be overlooked and giving a voice to the voiceless. Chloe has had the opportunity to report across the world, as far as Milan and Berlin. She most recently worked in television news, covering topics in California’s Central Valley, after graduating from Arizona State University.

She has a love for adventure, travel, music, new technologies and food culture, and is excited to embrace Southwest Florida as her home.

My Recent Work

Lee County School District Selling Nine Vacant Properties
The Lee County School District is selling nine properties it currently owns. It seeks to allocate the money from the

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FDA Issues Safety Warning Over Liquid Nitrogen Treats
Be careful when consuming liquid nitrogen. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said there is a potential for serious injury

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A Look Back at the Development and Path of Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma left a path of death and destruction in Southwest Florida. “It was surreal for a lot

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Greenhouses Recovering From Hurricane Irma a Year Later
“My daddy farmed and my grandparents farmed,” Carol Howard said. “That’s what I know. I love it outside —

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Family Owned Citrus Grove Impacted by Greening
Florida and citrus. They go hand-in-hand. Oranges are displayed across our license plates while farms line our freeways and

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Burmese and Indian Pythons Breeding, Creating New Species
What do you get when you cross a Burmese python and an Indian python? A South Florida python. That

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Florida Farmers Still Recovering From Hurricane Irma Damage, Waiting on Federal Funding
“It’s basically a livelihood, I’ve been doing it since I could put boots on.” Charles Obern is the vice

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Red Tide Impacting Sea Floor, Scuba Diving Community
You’ve seen the effects of red tide from above and at the surface level. But what about in the

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Mote Marine Laboratory Holding Meeting in Collier County on Red Tide
Red tide. It’s probably not going away any time soon. Scientists from More Labs in Sarasota are coming down to

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Local Businesses Prepare for Labor Day Weekend
‘Mika McBride is a bartender at La Ola in Fort Myers Beach. And despite it being happy hour, there’s

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Vote-By-Mail Ballots Becoming Increasingly Popular For Voters
Happy Election Day! HelloSWFL went out to talk to voters. We spoke with voters from a couple of different

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Vegetable Farmers Talk Hurricane Irma Damage One Year Later
It’s been almost a year since Hurricane Irma and there’s still damage — all farmers were hit hard. “We

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“SWFL Cares Fund” to Help Struggling Local Businesses
A new donation fund has been put together to help local businesses overcome water and algae issues that have

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#SWFLChallenge Aims to Highlight Local Businesses, Attractions
Southwest Florida has been getting a lot of media attention on the state and national level for two reasons:

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Suspect, Two Victims Dead After Florida Mass Shooting in Video Game Competition
On Sunday afternoon, a man with a gun reportedly opened fire at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. The

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Where Do the Dead Fish Go? A Giant Dump
You’ve seen — and probably smelled — the dead fish. “Unfortunately it’s just really, really, strenuous this year,” Jay

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Lee County Sheriff’s Office Hiring 911 Dispatchers
When a person calls 911 — whether it be for a medical emergency, a fire or in the presence of

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What is the Role of Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner?
Election day is around the corner! It’s time to vote for the next Florida Agriculture Commissioner.  What do they

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The Importance of Wills and Trusts After Death
When Aretha Franklin died last week at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer, she didn’t have a will or

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Fort Myers Beach Businesses Prepare for Lack of Tourists, Income
“We are just kind of in survival mode and we just want it to get better,” Amy Gillette said

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Remove Blue-Green Algae With North Fort Myers Man’s Homemade Device
Sometimes the solution might be right in front of us — we just have to think a little differently.

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Loans Available for Businesses to Help With Red Tide, Algae
Hello SWFL has been hearing all about how red tide and blue-green algae are affecting businesses. For instance, many are

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Florida Department of Health: No Dogs in Breweries
Looks like your furry friend will have to sit out for this round.   The Florida Department of Health has

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Is Blue-Green Algae Edible? Local Juice Bar Selling Cyanobacteria Drink
Yes, it’s safe to drink this blue-green algae.   “It sort of tastes like lake water,” Aaron Cagle, general manager

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City of Fort Myers Issues Local State of Emergency Over Water Problems
The City of Fort Myers has issued a local state of emergency due to water problems in Southwest Florida.

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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

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Red Tide Hits Sarasota, Local Scientists Find Small Scale Solution
Red tide made its way to Sarasota in early August. “You just get the whiff of it sometimes and

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Volunteers Take Water Samples to Help FWC Track Red Tide
Florida Fish and Wildlife has been using water samples to monitor red tide for 60 years. “We have four

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Charlotte County Calls For Local State of Emergency Over Red Tide
Charlotte County declared a local state of emergency due to red tide on Tuesday. Red tide has hit some

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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

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Cape Coral Neighbors Create Innovative Algae Solution
“The smell really starts to get to you after a while.” One neighborhood in Cape Coral has had enough,

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Problems Persist in Cape Coral After Blue-Green Algae Cleanup
The blue-green algae in and around Cape Coral is being sucked up by giant vacuums. Lee County received a

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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.

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Private Recordings: Is it Legal to Record a Conversation? Depends.
You may have heard a lot about Omarosa Manigault Newman recently. She was a former political aide was fired

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Rake Machines Will Clean SWFL Beaches of Dead Fish, Trash
Street sweepers clean the streets. Zambonis clean the ice. And sand rakes…well…they clean the sand. “This is what goes

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Council to Spend $1 Million on Tourism Marketing After Red Tide, Algae Problems
Blue-green algae has attacked SWFL and now SWFL is on the counterattack with plans for what to do now

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Rake Machines Will Clean Up Dead Fish From SWFL Beaches
More than 1,200 tons of fish and marine life have been cleaned up so far due to red tide

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Vacuum Being Used to Remove Blue-Green Algae From Lee County Canals
A vacuum…but for algae. Efforts to clean up the blue-green algae in Cape Coral continued Wednesday at the Cape

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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

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Four Men in Lake Boyz Trial Found Not Guilty for Gang Charges
The Lake Boyz Trial is still going on, but we have some updates for you. To refresh your memory, the

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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

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Bubble Technology Could Be a Solution for Toxic Blue-Green Algae
Bubbles. That could be the answer for killing blue-green algae. NABAS Group is the company that came up with

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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.

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U.S. Army Corps Visits Cape Coral to Talk Algae Problems
The discussion over algae, the health of the Gulf water, and Lake Okeechobee continues. The U.S. Army Corps of

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Report: What Happened to Fort Myers Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller
We understand that what happened between Fort Myers Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller and Wisner Desmaret is complicated and sad. HelloSWFL

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Fundraisers Being Held For Fallen FMPD Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller
Multiple fundraisers for fallen officer Adam Jobbers-Miller have been set up to help the family following his death Saturday.

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Lee County Making Agreement With Algae Removal Service
Lee County isn’t waiting for Mother Nature. They’re looking to start cleaning up the algae in the water ways, as

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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

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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.

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Get Rich Fast: The Mega Millions Jackpot Exceeds Half a Billion Dollars
512 million dollars. That’s the Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday night. But did you know? Floridians have won two of

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Fort Myers Police Officer in Hospital After Gas Station Shooting, Suspect Identified
A Fort Myers Police officer is recovering from serious injuries after he was shot in the line of duty Saturday

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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,

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Reservoir Project in the Works to Help Manage Lake Okeechobee Waters
There’s no quick fix to the water issues surrounding Lake Okechobee. The state has been putting away its half

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Lee County Homeowners Can Still File For Hurricane Irma Tax Breaks
If your Lee County home was damaged by Hurricane Irma, you can still get a tax break. Anyone who

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SunPass Maintenance Continues: Millions of Transactions Behind Schedule
The SunPass system is a mess. It was supposed to be fixed June 11, but it’s still down. Over

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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

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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

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It’s a Fruity and Culture-Filled Weekend in SWFL
Are you looking for things to do in Fort Myers and Southwest Florida this weekend? Here are some of

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Debate Continues On Public vs. Private Beach Access
The laws around beach access in Florida keep getting more and more confusing, so we are going to break

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Blood Donations: Red Cross Seeing a Shortage of Summer Donors
The American Red Cross is facing a shortage of blood donations this summer. On their website, they wrote that

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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

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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.

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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

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Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Warns Of Disguised Caller ID Scam
Think twice before picking up that phone call. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said there’s been an increase in

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People in Cape Coral Concerned About Safety, Health With Algae Blooms
Blue-green algae. Take a stroll through Cape Coral right now, and you’ll probably see chunks of it in the

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Governor Scott Declares State Of Emergency Over Algae Blooms
Governor Rick Scott visited Southwest Florida Monday morning to discuss the toxic algae blooms seen around Cape Coral and

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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

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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.

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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

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Toxic Algae Concerns Cause City of Cape Coral to Issue Warning
Toxic algae. How “toxic” is it? The City of Cape Coral issued a blue-green algae advisory on Wednesday, advising

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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,

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Monopoly: Fort Myers Edition
Pass go and collect $200. You can also purchase Fort Myers Beach. Wait what? Fort Myers-Opoly features some of

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New Florida Law Could Help Those Arrested With Dropped Charges
Imagine you get arrested, your mugshot makes its way to the Internet, and charges were dropped. Yikes. Your mugshot

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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,

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Florida Releases School Grades, Lee County Earns a “B”
As a parent, you probably know your child’s grades. But do you know the grades your school is getting?

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New Laws in Florida: Beach Access, Anti-Bullying, and More
On July 1, new laws will go into effect in Florida. Here are a couple to be aware of.

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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

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FDA Approves First Marijuana-Based Drug for Epilepsy Patients
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug using CBD, a compound found in marijuana, to treat rare

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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

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14-Year-Old From Dunbar High Wins National Microsoft Excel Championship
It’s one thing to win. It’s another thing to be the champion in a national competition. 14-year-old Kevin Dimaculangan

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Southwest Florida Breaks World Record for Largest Human Seashell
Happy National Seashell Day! In celebration, Southwest Florida shattered a world record. A record for the world’s largest human

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Estero Discussing School Resource Officer Funding After Two Cities Decline
The City of Fort Myers and Cape Coral have agreed to partner with the Lee County School District to

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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?

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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

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City of Fort Myers Approves Funding for School Resource Officers
Schools in Lee County are getting a little safer just in time for the next school year. The City

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Pool Safety: Many Lee County Pools Fail Inspection
One of the easiest ways to cool off is to dive in to the pool, but is your pool

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‘Incredibles 2’: New Warnings Posted at Theaters Due to Concerns of Seizures
Before you head out to see the new Incredibles movie with your kids, check out this warning: Disney advised

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Sanibel Mayor Speaks on Polluted Water, Asks for Support
We’ve all noticed it — the brown water that invaded the Gulf of Mexico a couple weeks ago that

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Events and Activities For Father’s Day Weekend
Here are some fun things to do this weekend June 15-17, happening around Southwest Florida. SATURDAY: SWFL Space Con is Saturday and

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The Stingray Shuffle: No, It’s Not the New Dance Craze
Watch out of stingrays! They are relaxed animals and they only sting you out of self defense. So if

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Collier County to Add Sales Tax Raise Proposal on Ballot
Collier County residents will have the chance to vote on an increased county sales tax this November during the

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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

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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

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Watch Out For Your Food: Tyson Chicken Recall, Pre-Cut Fruit Dangers
Watch what you’re eating! Tyson Foods recalled over 3,000 pounds (or 260 cases) of breaded chicken tenderloins for possibly containing

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Check Your Airbags: Floridians at Risk of Takata Airbag Recall Problems
Check your vehicle airbags! The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and South Florida community leaders are urging Floridians to

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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.

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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

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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

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Direct Flights From Punta Gorda to Nashville to Bring More Tourism
Allegiant Airlines’ direct flight from Punta Gorda to Nashville will start Thursday. In March, the Punta Gorda Airport announced the

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Lake Okeechobee Water Release Discolors Sanibel Island Waters
The water along Sanibel Island is looking a little…mucky. Check out this image taken by the City from June

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Lee County Schools Offering Free Lunches For Kids This Summer
No child will go without food this summer in Lee County. The School District of Lee County’s Food and

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Bear Spotted in Fort Myers Neighborhood and Captured Using Waffles
Imagine seeing a bear hanging out near your swimming pool. Wait. That was a reality for some people in

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Volunteers Needed to Count Cape Coral Burrowing Owls
The Cape Coral community is invited to help count the burrowing owl population. The Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife are

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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

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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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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

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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

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NOAA: 2018 Hurricane Season Predicted to be Near- or Above-Normal
There is a 75 percent chance the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near- or above-normal, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center

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Summer camps for kids in Southwest Florida
Summer time is upon us! Now that the kids are out of school — what activities can they get involved

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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,

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Protect Yourself From Card Skimmers This Memorial Day Weekend
Fraud is the last thing on your mind during a holiday weekend. But, card skimmers are still at work even

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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

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Florida courts standing by “Stand Your Ground” law change
The Stand Your Ground law protects a person who acts in self-defense when they fear for their life. Last year,

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Rain storms bring lower fire danger for Southwest Florida
With all the rain comes less fire danger! The storms on Sunday and Monday took the drought index from 517

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling could change gambling rules in Florida
The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday that a federal law banning sports gambling in a lot of states was

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Protestors gather around controversial Robert E. Lee bust
The Lee County NAACP gathered in Downtown Fort Myers Tuesday morning to again protest in support of the removal of

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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

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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

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Last minute Mother’s Day ideas
Mother’s Day is around the corner! And we have some sweet ideas for your mom’s special day: $10 off

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Lois Riess says she’s “not guilty” in Fort Myers Beach murder
Lois Riess filed a written “not guilty” plea to the Lee County Clerk of Courts on Thursday. She is

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2020 Census will include question on U.S. citizenship
A lot can change in 70 years. 2020 will be the first time since 1950 that the government wants

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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

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Proposed Lake Okeechobee dam to bring more water to the Everglades
A proposed dam for Lake Okeechobee could increase the flow of water to the Everglades by over 120 billion

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City plans to build new fire station in Northwest Cape Coral
Northwest Cape Coral is getting a new fire station. Based on data presented at Monday’s city council meeting, 12

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Appeals court says don’t hide letters on Florida license plates
Turns out, you can be pulled over for covering any part of your license plate. An appeals court released

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Candle Light Prayer Event To Be Held In Bonita Springs
Seven people who lost their lives at a young age will be honored at the Bonita Springs candlelight prayer.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder Cases Rising … Why?
While the cause is up for debate, experts are saying it’s due in part to environmental factors and the changing

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Parents Concerned Over Lee County’s Student Assignment Process
School choice (also called student assignment) is how Lee County School District students are assigned to schools each year. However,

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Federal Appeals Court Delays Ruling on State Ex-Felon Voting System
A federal appeals court is delaying a U.S. District Judge’s ruling that Florida’s process for ex-felon voting is unconstitutional. Say

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Killer Grandma Lois Riess Coming Back to Florida to Face Charges
The suspected double murderer will face charges in Florida. Lois Riess is heading back to Florida….this time in handcuffs.

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Time Capsules Tucked Away In Controversial Robert E. Lee Bust
The Robert E. Lee bust has been the center of a lot of controversy, but did you know two

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Suspected Murderer Lois Riess Could be Coming Back to Florida
Lois Riess could be coming back to Lee County to face charges. She faces charges of second-degree murder, ID theft,

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Local Officials, Organizations are Seeing an Increase in Baker Act use in SWFL
The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Health held a community forum Monday morning on the Baker

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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

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$6,000 Reward Being Offered for Information on Suspected Murderer Lois Riess
The U.S. Marshal Service and Florida CrimeStoppers have come together to offer a $6,000 reward to anyone with information

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The Difference Between Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion
Florida is hot in the summertime. Keep yourself safe by knowing the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke

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Hope Scholarship Program to Help Over 5,000 Bullied Florida Students Each Year
Florida wants to help bullied students. This year, the Florida House of Representatives passed House Bill 755, which includes the

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Grandmother from Minnesota allegedly murders a woman in Fort Myers Beach, steals identity
Well, other than the fact that she’s a grandmother with a reported gambling problem, she is being accused of

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Oil Stained Roads
Joern Hannecke lives in Cape Coral and began to notice strange stains on the road last week. “The garbage

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It’s Bat Mating Season From April 15 to August 15
You Can’t Remove Bats From Your Home For the Next Few Months, Here’s Why Did you know you

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Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Sections Were Taken off 2020 Census Proposal
LGBTQ Community reacts to sexual orientation, gender identity sections were taken off 2020 Census proposal An early version of

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Cape Coral Woman Does Random Acts of Kindness, Encouraging Others
Cape Coral resident Leigh Clark does random acts of kindness all the time as her hobby, and her mission

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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

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FGCU Students to Hold Public Forum on Washington D.C March For Our Lives
On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people took the streets of Washington D.C. to participate in the March For

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New Cape Coral Road Project Approved With a Cost of $8.5 Million
A new project proposal was approved by the Lee County Board of Commissioners this week. The $8.5 million project

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The Reality Behind the “Opioid Problem” in Southwest Florida and Why You Should Care
You hear it all over the media — “the opioid crisis” “the opioid epidemic” “the problem is getting worse”, “people

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Lee County Schools Show Low Participation in National School Walkout After Warning
This morning at 10 a.m. every student and teacher across the country were invited to participate in walking out of

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Lee County School District Not Allowing National Walkout Participation
Walkouts to advocate for gun safety laws have been happening all over the country since 17 students were killed at

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Cape Coral Police Annual Report Shows Decrease in Pursuits, Use of Force
The Cape Coral Police Department released their annual professional standards report — and a lot of numbers seemed to have

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How Three Elementary Schools in Fort Myers are Working to Achieve Academic Success
Three elementary schools sit within a few miles of each other. One with a “B” grade by state standards,

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Dick’s Sporting Goods to Stop Selling “Assault-Style” Weapons — What Does That Mean?
Dick’s Sporting Goods, a major gun retailer, announced they will stop selling ” assault-style” rifles Wednesday. But what exactly does

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Swamp Cabbage Festival Brings Heritage to LaBelle
Every year, thousands gather in LaBelle for the Swamp Cabbage Festival. But what exactly is swamp cabbage? We asked vendors

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“F” grade to a “B” The Greatest One-Year Turnaround in Lee County History
James Stephens International Academy — a school with a questionable reputation — has taken a complete 180 degree turn.

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Deals Around SWFL for National Margarita Day
February 22nd is National Margarita Day! Some local restaurants around Southwest Florida are having specials and deals to celebrate.

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Ways to Give Back in Florida, After the Tough Week We’ve Had
It’s been a tough week in Florida. But, here are some things you can do to make the world

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Wetlands in Freedom Park Helps Naples Bay Water Keep Clean
Visit Freedom Park in Naples and you’ll no doubt get a dose of Southern Florida beauty. But there’s more

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22 Year-Old Arrested on 23 Charges After Hitting Car, People at Gulf Coast Town Center
A 22-year-old woman from Lehigh Acres is out of jail on bail as of Monday afternoon after allegedly hitting

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Gas Station Skimmers? Cape Coral wants to Tighten Rules on Gas Stations
Credit card information stolen by gas pump skimmers has been an increasing crime in Florida. In 2017, Cape Coral

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Crime in Fort Myers Drops Almost Five Percent in 2017
Crime in the city of Fort Myers has dropped 4.6 percent from 2016 to 2017. According to data from the

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Goodno, Florida: Once a Bustling Cattle Community, Now Nothing but an Empty Building
Drive down any Florida road and you can see what is — but not what was. Welcome to the town

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Stock Market Dip Causes Panic, Analysts Looking Into Why
On Monday, the Dow fell almost 1600 points during the day and closed 1175 points down from where it started

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Federal Judge Rules Florida Ex-Felon Voting Rights Process Unconstitutional
Should ex-felons have the right to vote? The Sunshine State has one of the biggest ex-felon populations in the United

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Bungee Workout Class Makes Its Way To Bonita Springs
Hip-hop yoga, aerial yoga, bungee classes…these are all examples of how today’s society is working to make fitness more fun.

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Publix Offering Low Price Prescription Drug Program for 29 Common Prescriptions
Publix has launched a new low price prescription drug program. They are offering a 90-day supply of 29 of the

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President Trump’s 2018 Address was the Second Longest Recorded, Here’s a Full Breakdown
President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address Tuesday — and it just so happened to

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Naples Nonprofit Receives State Grant in Battle against Opioid Addiction
The David Lawrence Center in Collier County has provided behavioral health solutions in Southwest Florida for 50 years —

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Big Cypress National Preserve at 80 Percent Recovery From Hurricane Damage
Swamp walks, kayak tours, and visitors facilities — all back in full swing at Big Cypress National Preserve. “Right now

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State Lawmakers Want “IN GOD WE TRUST” Displayed on Public Schools
BUT WHAT ABOUT OTHER EDUCATION LEGISLATION? On Tuesday, the PreK-12 Innovation Committee backed House Bill 839, which would require

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Everglades National Park To Build a New Gulf Coast Visitor Center
The Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades National Park has been closed since Hurricane Irma swept through Southwest Florida.

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Florida Highway Patrol Troopers To Carry Opioid Overdose Treatment
Florida Highway Patrol is joining the fight against opioid overdoses — state troopers will now be equipped with Narcan. Narcan

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Dunbar High School Student Going to National Microsoft Competition
Dunbar High School has been turning out champions for years — Microsoft champions, that is. “We’ve been doing the Microsoft

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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are on Hold in Fort Myers
On Tuesday, the city council voted to enable a 6-month ban on any medical marijuana dispensaries starting a business within

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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

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Free bus takes you to Vanderbilt Beach in Naples
More info on the Collier Area Transit Beach Bus: FREE!! Hours 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – 7:10

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