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Waste Pro to update Cape Coral on trash pickup efficiency

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Waste Pro will be updating Cape Coral officials on its trash pickup efforts on Wednesday. The company missed nearly 1,200 pickups last month, but the city said that calls for missed pickups have since subsided. Trash pick up numbers for May are still in the works. Waste Pro blamed their bout of missed pick-ups on a lack of employees, so now they’re trying to hire more drivers to fix the mess that clogged curbs across the city. They hired subcontractors to help catch up on bulk item pick-up. Division Manager Bill Jones said that hiring drivers, helpers, and technicians...

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Cape Coral enforces two-day per week watering schedule

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – The City of Cape Coral is stepping up its efforts to enforce the two-day-a-week watering schedule. Residents are allowed to water two days a week, the dates and times assigned by your address. A City spokesperson said Code Compliance steps up enforcement each dry season to make sure residents are conserving water to ensure there is enough pressure in the system for the hydrants connected to the reuse system and for city residents to water their lawns.  Additionally, following the watering schedule helps to maintain the canal levels in the freshwater canal...

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Health Matters: Lee Community Healthcare

From Cape Coral to Fort Myers, to LaBelle—Lee Community Healthcare facilities can be spotted throughout Lee County. “It’s a program developed for adults who primarily don’t have insurance and it’s based off income,” said Amy Frantz, a nurse practitioner with Lee Health. The program is funded by Lee Health and its designed to keep patients out of the hospital by addressing their medical needs. “We don’t turn patients away based on their inability to pay. We also offer many things in house. We have a dietitian that comes once a week; we have behavioral health that comes, and other resources...

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Cape Coral woman accused of crashing car into home

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A Cape Coral woman is accused of crashing into a Cape Coral home Saturday morning. Cara Gritten, 29, is facing several charges including DUI with property damage.  Gritten is accused of driving off the roadway on SE 20th Court and smashing into a victim’s home.  The victim, Lauri Langone, said this is the third incident in which a car has collided into her residence. “You can’t even believe what it looks like inside. It’s like a bomb went off! I am still finding glass on the opposite end of the house,” explained Langone. “And to think, my God...

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Cape Coral pumping water from reservoir to rehydrate canals

CAPE CORAL, Fla.– The City of Cape Coral is pumping roughly 15-million-gallons of water a day from a Charlotte County reservoir to rehydrate the City’s freshwater canals.  “We only do it when we have to and this year has been very dry,” said Cape Coral utilities director, Jeff Pearson.  “The water provides irrigation water, it provides fire protection for the city’s reclaimed water hydrants, and it also protects citizens’ seawalls,” he added.  Two pipelines are pumping the water out. The water then goes into a ditch along US 41, where it...

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Cape Coral company creates device to kill COVID-19 germs

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Inside a lab at Florida Gulf Coast University, scientists take a petri dish tainted with bacteria, slide it under a light, and within one second the pathogens had vanished. To get the answer on how that happened, we went to a nondescript building in Cape Coral. “This is where the magic happens,” said Peter Lehrer, Vice President of Project Development at Energy Harness Corporation. They specialize in commercial lighting, but at the start of the pandemic, as they were working remotely like most of us, they had an idea. “We thought what can...

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CDC researchers study blue-green algae in SWFL waterways

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The CDC and National Center for Environmental Health are conducting a research study about blue-green algae toxins in Southwest Florida waterways.  The study is researching whether breathing in the toxins can make people sick.  Researchers are looking for people who live or work on Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie River, the Caloosahatchee River, or along Cape Coral canals to participate.  To participate, individuals must be 18 years or older, live or work near a canal or river and spend at least two hours outside most days.  If you are interested in participating in the study,...

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Firework starts blaze in Cape Coral neighborhood

CAPE CORAL, Fla.– A lit firework was thrown from a vehicle driving in a Cape Coral neighborhood. A Ring video doorbell camera captured the moment on Monday night just after 10 p.m.  After the vehicle drove off an explosion rocked the neighborhood and started a small brush fire. The boom caught Ashley Nason’s attention, who was inside her home across the street. “I heard like a firework and I saw it through the window back there.” She ran outside to find a fire burning. “I realized it was a fire and it was just picking up and getting bigger and bigger,” she said.  Immediately,...

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Cape Coral officials prepare for blue-green algae in waterways

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – With blue-green algae appearing in some Southwest Florida waterways, the City of Cape Coral is preparing with a plan.  “Our hope is to get ahead of this prior to it coming into our canals,” said Cape Coral City Councilor Jennifer Nelson.  The plan has several parts. First, the city will be working with state and county agencies.  The bubble curtain at the Mandolin canal will be reactivated. City staff will also look into developing and procuring additional bubble curtains for high-impact canals. Additionally, they will even look into producing...

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Cape Coal toddler dies after drowning in family pool

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — A 2-year-old died four days after he was found floating facedown in his family’s swimming pool in Cape Coral on May 7, officials said. An investigation report from the Cape Coral Police Department recounts the day where the toddler got out of the house and drowned in the pool. His parent told investigators that the 2-year-old was eating a hot dog and grapes and asked to go swimming on Friday night. They told the boy no and said that he needed to finish eating his dinner. The boy’s parents went into different rooms and left the boy unattended at the dinner...

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