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Tamika Cody

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– Gatekeeper of Mergers & Acquisitions of 2007 – 2012
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– Lady of Style & Fashion
– Traveller of the Earth; and
– Breaker of Eggs

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Cape Coral Police to Conduct Selective Traffic Enforcement Wave
Labor Day weekend is considered one of the deadliest holidays for drunk driving. In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety

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Remember These Tips When Traveling During Hurricane Season
Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. Families are wrapping up their vacations while others are setting up

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Ins and Outs of Hurricane Shelters
The one year anniversary of when Hurricane Irma made landfall in Southwest Florida, is less than two weeks away.

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STDs on the Rise in Southwest Florida
A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control found that a record number of people are contracting chlamydia,

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Vape Pens: How to Keep Your Battery From Exploding
Mohamad Zayid Abdihdy, 24, was shopping at an electronics store, where he was measuring a television he was planning

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Comforting Your Kids After Mass Shootings
Lives were ended too soon on Sunday, Aug. 26. Another mass shooting took place, this time it was at an

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College Students Recruited to eSports Program
Most adults have fond memories of childhood, where they played their favorite video game for hours on end with

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Citrus Farmers Struggle to Bounce Back One Year After Hurricane Irma
It’s coming up on the one year anniversary since Hurricane Irma swept through SWFL. The Florida Commissioner of Agriculture estimated

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Florida Primary Election: When and Where You Can Cast Your Vote
On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, Florida residents will head out to their nearest precinct to vote in the Primary

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FMPD Plans to Tackle Juvenile Crime, Delinquency, Child Hunger
The Fort Myers Police Department is stepping up to the plate to end child hunger in Southwest Florida. On

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Hurricane Lane: How Southwest Florida Can Help the People of Hawaii
The people of Hawaii are starting recovery efforts after Hurricane Lane swept through the island. By mid-day Aug. 24, 2018, EST the

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MMR Vaccine: Are You Vaccinated?
During the week of August 12-18, Florida Health confirmed three cases of measles in Pinellas County.     Measles is

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Tariffs 101
A word that’s come up frequently in recent headlines: tariffs. But what are tariffs? The best way to describe tariffs,

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Alternatives to the EpiPen Shortage
In May, the Food and Drug Administration reported a shortage of EpiPens because of manufacturing and delivery problems. People with

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Where Are the Resources for Autistic Children in Southwest Florida?
When it comes to finding a support group or information about how to deal with a loved one who has

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Parents Behaving Badly Strikeout with Umpires
The National Association of Sports Officials found that 57 percent of officials surveyed believe sportsmanship is getting worse nationwide. The

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Math Homework Resources for You and Your Kids
If you noticed the math homework your child is being assigned is more complex than when you were in grade

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You Can Hide From Google
The Associated Press published an in-depth report about how “Google tracks your movements” on your mobile devices. Depending on your

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Is Infant Formula Better Than Toddler Formula?
When you compare the nutritional value of infant formula with toddler formula, you will see a slight difference on the

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SunPass: Overdraft Reimbursement Instructions
The Florida Turnpike Enterprise launched a system that will help SunPass customers recoup overdraft charges. Customers who accrued fees when

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How to Protect Your Home Security Camera From Being Hacked
Whether you rent or own your home, protecting your property and family is usually top of mind. However, only 17%

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SunPass Upgrade is Finally Complete
After nearly two months of online maintenance, Florida’s toll-way system, SunPass, is back to normal.     SunPass users will

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Three Solutions to the Dunbar Lime Sludge
Members of the Dunbar community are starting to feel hopeful now that their toxic sludge case is finally being heard.

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Greyhound-Racing Ban in the Hands of the Florida Supreme Court
In the spring, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission tweaked the state’s greyhound racing rules. It sent the proposed changes, Amendment

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Social Media Façade: How we Present Ourselves Online
For some, social media is the connection to almost every aspect of our lives. Social media is a way for

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Refresher: School Bus Basics
School is back in session, which means school buses are back on the roads and everyday drivers need to pay

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One More Way to Protect Your Kids From Bullies
Hendry County School District is offering a confidential tool for parents and students to report bullying or threats.     For the

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Bus Ride: How Dependable is Lee Tran
Lee Tran is the only public transportation system in Southwest Florida that caters to the people in Lee County. Lee

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Booster Shots: Adults, Are You Up to Date?
Every year when you send your kids back to school, it seems like they need another immunization. School districts throughout

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McGregor Blvd: Roundabout on the Boulevard of Palms
The City of Fort Myers recently filed an appeal to add a roundabout on Virginia Ave. and McGregor Blvd. Members

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Kids Are Learning All About Red Tide, Water Quality
Fort Myers Shores Fishing Club is teaching children the ins and outs of fishing, and how to keep the water

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Saw Palmetto Berries, What Are They?
Saw palmetto berry picking season is back again in Southwest Florida. But if you have plans to harvest with the

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Babcock Ranch New School Solely Focuses on Project-Based Learning
As the 2018-2019 school year gets back into full swing, Babcock Ranch Neighborhood School is opening its doors to a

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Harry Chapin Food Bank Fighting Hunger One Open House at a Time
The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is taking its mobile pantry to several schools throughout the area to

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Dunbar High School Student Wins World Championship for Microsoft Excel
Kevin Dimaculangan is officially the Microsoft Office Specialist World Champion for 2018.     Kevin, who is a student at

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Hurricane Irma Recovery: United Arab Emirates Donates $2.7M to Collier County
It’s been 11 months since Hurricane Irma hit the state of Florida. Many homes, businesses, and communities are still trying

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Tweaking Back to School Bedtime
Going back to school means new teachers, new classrooms and a new sleep schedule. After spending the whole summer staying up late

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Give Breastfeeding Another Try
Now that mothers can nurse their babies in public in all 50 states, maybe more moms will be encouraged to

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How Much Are You Really Saving on Tax-Free Holiday
Florida is one of the few states that participate in Back-To-School Tax-free weekend.     Clothing, footwear and certain accessories

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Dentists to Provide Free Dental Care to SWFL Families in Need
As parents prepare their children to head back-to-school, three local dentists are getting ready to offer free dental care to

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Motivating the Disabled
At times, adults with disabilities require a little extra help to help them in their everyday life. In Southwest

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Cape Coral Homeowners Making Moves
In Cape Coral, there is a cluster of at least 15 homes for sale within the vicinity of

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Focus on Fitness: Mommy Style
Three workout spots where moms can get in shape with their kids.     Whether you’re a stay-at-home or a

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Six Mile Cypress Opens New Hiking Trail
For the first time in years, Southwest nature lovers will have access to eight miles of hiking trails at Six

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History Lesson: GE’s Connection with Fort Myers
General Electric, one of the last original companies of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, has been dropped. GE has

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Juneteenth: What exactly is it?
You may have seen ‘Juneteenth’ pop on your phone while checking your calendars this morning. As it turns out,

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Is Your Car Insured for Hurricane Damage?
It’s officially hurricane season. Are you ready? Is your home? What about your car? Hurricane Irma caused almost $8

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Autism Screening in SWFL
Tabitha Keller, a Cape Coral mother of three children, noticed that her oldest child was different from other children

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Flag Etiquette Exists, Here Are Some Tips
National Flag Day is celebrated every year on June 14. It’s the perfect time of year to remind people

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The Story of the 13 Point Fold
Do you know the whole story about each fold of the American flag? Every time honor guards fold

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SIM Swap Scam
There is a new scam evolving, and it involves your smartphone. If your smartphone has been on the fritz,

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Suicide: A Story of Recovery
Roughly 10 years ago, Erica Smalls made an attempt to take her own life. Luckily, Erica’s aunt found her

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Three Apps to Help Parents Remember Babies in the Car
As temperatures soar into the 90s, now more than ever parents should take the extra time to check their

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Lee County School Board Boosts Superintendent’s Salary
The School District of Lee County gave its superintendent, Dr. Gregory Adkins, a 13 percent raise and extended his

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Lee County Encourages Families to Enroll into Special Needs Program
With hurricane season in full swing, now is the time to make sure you’re prepared for a big storm.

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Do You Have Your Tax-Free Hurricane Supplies? There’s Still Time.
This year’s, ‘Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax-Free Week,’ will end on Thursday, June 4. So, now would be the perfect

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Hurricane Kit: Social Media Alerts
Hurricane season is officially upon us, and it’s time to stock up on food, water, and supplies just in case

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USACE Preps Lake Okeechobee for Hurricane Season
It’s June, and it’s the start of hurricane season. State and local officials are in prep mode. As part of

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Birth Control Recall: TAYTULLA Sample Pack in Wrong Order
Pharmaceutical maker Allergan warns consumers that four placebo capsules were placed out of order.

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AAA Urges New Teen-Drivers to Practice Safety on the Roads This Summer
With summer officially in full swing more drivers will be heading out for family vacations, road trips and festive

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Consumer Alert! Beware of Counterfeit Coupons
Apparently, fake coupons are roaming around Southwest Florida. “We do have quite a few issues in Florida, including Southwest Florida,”

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The FBI Wants You to Reboot Your Internet Router ASAP
If you depend on the Internet for your small office, or if you need it to work from home,

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“New Beginnings” for Young Mothers
There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need a fresh start. The non-profit organization, The New Beginnings of

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How to Stay Up to Speed With Car Recalls
In Central Florida, a woman was flagged down on I-4 because her car was on fire. Shortly after she pulled

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Don’t Forget to Update Your Flood Insurance
It’s rainy season in Southwest Florida, and June 1st officially marks the start of hurricane season. Florida officials are reminding

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Organ Donation Myths Debunked
Deciding to become an organ donor is easy. You usually make that personal decision when you update your driver license.

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Memorial Day: It’s Not About the Start of Summer
Memorial Day is a time to remember military men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed

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Fort Myers SRO Funding Solution in the Works
The City of Fort Myers and Lee County School District are working together to make sure School Resource Officers, or

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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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Explosive Vape Pen Responsible for Man’s Death
An autopsy report found that the 38-year-old St. Petersburg man was accidentally killed by an exploding vape pen. The Medical

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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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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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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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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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Jamaican Chef Thrives in Fort Myers
To escape the busy life of Philadelphia, Colin Gregg, who is originally from Jamaica, decided it was time to move his

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Naples Development: Community Water Park
Aquatic yoga and underwater spin-cycle classes will be offered Collier County Parks & Recreation is wrapping up construction on

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Hoffmann’s Appetite for Downtown Naples
For the last couple of years, Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate has been on a shopping spree throughout downtown Naples. The Hoffmanns recently purchased

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Why No Romaine Recall?
Hopefully, by now you’re all up to date about E.Coli contaminated romaine lettuce. The federal government sent out an

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Consumer Alert: Toss the Romaine Lettuce
You have a better chance of picking up clean, fresh-cut romaine lettuce from local farmers. The Centers for Disease Control

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SWFL Entrepreneurs to Watch
The masterminds behind Stabilized Steps, Envision, and Swimmie Caps are taking their inventions to the next level. Fort Myers

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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

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The Shaved Ice Bar is Coming to Fort Myers
If you have a sweet taste for authentic Hawaiian style shaved ice, your craving will soon be satisfied. The

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TechStars StartUp Weekend has Returned to Fort Myers
This would be the second time StartUp Weekend has come to Fort Myers and both times Endeavors Workspaces hosted

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SON Studios is Ready to Hire
If you’ve been thinking about a career in media production but not sure where or how to start, SON

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Thrift Store Find: Frank Doerner Lounge Chair
One of the best things about living in Southwest Florida is the variety of thrift stores located throughout the

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New Traffic Light Alert: El Jobean Road and Riverwood Drive in Port Charlotte
There is a new set of traffic lights at the intersection of El Jobean Road and Riverwood Drive in

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Lucky’s Market Heading to Cape Coral
It looks like Lucky’s Market is on a roll in Southwest Florida. The natural and organic food store will

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SWFL Businesses: Social Media Will Keep you in the Know for Fire Road Closures
The dry season is upon us, which means wildfire season is in full swing. According to the Florida Department

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Perfect Combination: Brew Pubs and Food Tucks
In Southwest Florida, mobile food vendors have tight restrictions on when and where they can park their food truck.

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Food Truck Park Rolling into Naples
Food truck operators will soon have one more option to set up shop to sell their tasty treats. In

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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

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SWFL Food Truck Culture
If you’re looking for a food truck during your lunch break in Southwest Florida, you won’t find any lined

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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

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Electric Bike Shop Rolls into Fort Myers
It’s official! The first electric bike shop has opened in Fort Myers. In 2017, Lisa and Skip Badolato decided it

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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

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Goat Yoga stretches its way into Southwest Florida
If you’re interested in getting into the business of goat yoga, you’ll need more than just goats. The latest exercise

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Craft Beer Continues to Thrive in SWFL
Florida ranks No.5 nationwide in the craft brewing and pulls in $3.1 billion. Southwest Florida has been thriving with craft

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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

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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

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Lee County, Goodwill Industries of SWFL Wants Your Used Items
Lee County and Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida are teaming up for its donation drive. So, if you have

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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

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Economic Growth: Grand Central to Bring Jobs, Rental Apartments and Krispy Kreme to Fort Myers
If you’ve driven past US 41 between Colonial Blvd and Boy Scout Drive over the last several months, you

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HelloSWFL’s Parents Discuss Parkland Florida Mass Shooting
How do you talk to your children about what happened in Parkland? It’s never easy to understand why anyone would

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SWFL Economic Growth: Babcock Ranch Officially Up and Running
The very first solar-powered town in the United States of America is officially up and running, and it’s located

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Mobile Fashion Trucks
We all know that familiar sound of an ice cream truck, the aroma of our favorite food truck. But what

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Big Boi’s BBQ Plans to Bring Jobs to Fort Myers
Southwest Florida native and entrepreneur Curt Sheard is the face behind Big Boi’s BBQ. Curt took his BBQ sauces to

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Bell Tower Revival
If you’ve walked through Bell Tower Shops lately, you may have noticed that the open-air promenade is pretty empty. Shopping

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Big Momma’s Bicycles Takes Bike Repairs to the Next Level
If you’re an avid bicyclist living in Southwest Florida, you’ve probably gone through the struggle of getting your bike into

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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

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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

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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

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Big Dawgs is Finally Open for Business
Big Dawgs Naples is finally up and running after a four-month hiatus. The red stationary food cart, which sells

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Military History Nestled in the Cape
There is a hand full of museums in Southwest Florida solely dedicated to the history of United States Armed Forces

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Hold the Romaine Lettuce
This leafy green is on the radar for possible E.coli food poisoning You may want to put your love for

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Tax Tips Tuesday
Dear Taxpayers, According to IRS.gov, you have two extra days to file your tax returns this year. Your employer will

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Captain John Arens: Dressed to the Nines
Once a week, John Arens heads over to the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library in Cape Coral, Fla. to

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Serenity Awaits in Punta Gorda at the Peace River Botanical Garden
If you’re looking for a serene place to unwind in Southwest Florida, take a short trip over to the

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Erika Donalds ready to revive Florida childhood education
Erika Donalds is the vice chairwoman of Collier County School Board and she’s on a mission to make improvements to

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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

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SWFL Graphic Novel Authors Sharing Stories That Hits Home
James Haick and Chadwin Taylor are taking readers on a journey through the pages of their graphic novels    These

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Fort Myers City Council Silence Citizens
Be careful what you say when you’re addressing City Council, you might get shut down or arrested. Attention residents

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Wildfire Season Preparation Tips
Residents and visitors of Southwest Florida, are you prepared for wildfire season? You may think wildfires occur right after hurricane

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Bonita Spring’s CPA Gives Back by Helping Families Affected by Hurricane Irma
by Tamika Cody After Hurricane Irma swept through Southwest Florida on Sept. 10, 2017, Bonita Springs resident and accountant John

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Women, You Can Fish Too
Most people may consider fishing to be dominated by men. However, there’s a high percentage of women and

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Women of SWFL, Jennifer Huber Wants you to Travel Solo
Jennifer Huber is on a mission to encourage more women to build up their courage to travel alone. For Jennifer

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Karen Watson Plans to Diversify Lee County’s School Board
When you take a look at who has a seat at the table on Lee County’s School Board you’ll find six

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SON Studios Wants To Bring Movies Back to Naples
The CEO of Spirit of Naples Studios (SON Studios), Rebeca Seitz, is on a quest to bring the movie industry

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Rachel at the Well
Ever heard of Rachel at the well? Tamika hadn’t, and now she has answers Most Recent

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American Red Cross Is Helping Find a Safe Place to Live
American Red Cross has partnered with many nonprofits to help residents find a safe place to live. Some SWFL residents

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