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How ‘Amazon Sidewalk’ works, and how you can opt out

FORT MYERS, Fla.– If you own certain home devices like Ring spotlight cameras or Amazon Echos, they’re automatically enrolled today in what’s called ‘Amazon Sidewalk.’ Alexa herself will explain it to you if you ask.  “Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network that helps devices like Amazon Echo devices, Ring security cams, outdoor lights and motion sensors work better at home beyond the front door,” Alexa will say, if prompted.   In short, it’s a way for neighbors to pool together part of their internet bandwidth through the devices, strengthening the...

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NBC2 Investigates: Who pays for healthcare for the homeless?

FORT MYERS, Fla. (WBBH) — Amid a national health crisis, a homeless crisis emerged in Lee County.  Over the past several months, the seemingly growing homeless population moved from Centennial Park in Fort Myers, to Lions Park, to most recently the back of a run-down plaza in North Fort Myers.  As elected leaders work on how and where to house the homeless — with millions of county and federal money designated for exactly that — there’s a sobering reminder that lingers. People aren’t just living on the streets. They’re dying on them. Two homeless men featured...

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How nature can help SWFL fight back against sea-level rise

NAPLES, Fla. (WBBH) — At Clam Pass Park in Naples, the boardwalk winds through dense trees and over clear blue water in the bay. It’s a beautiful route to the beach.  But as FGCU professor Mike Savarese explains, the landscape offers much more than just a scenic walk.  “It provides ecosystem services,” Savarese said. He’s talking specifically about the tangled mangrove forest in the park, which sits between the gulf coast and the hotel resorts in the area.  After stepping off the boardwalk, Savarese navigated through the trees, explaining how they can help protect...

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‘Dirty’ diesels: EPA warns of widespread illegal truck tampering

FORT MYERS, Fla. (WBBH) — If you don’t see them coming, you might hear them — those large, loud diesel pickup trucks that spew thick, black exhaust into the air.  People in North Fort Myers had a mix of opinions when asked about the ‘dirty’ diesels.  “I’ve been behind them and I don’t like them at all. They smell really bad,” Harriet Gault said.  “It concerns me,” Leon Smith said. “Exhaust anywhere concerns me.” “I think they’re just young guys, they’ve got a lot of money invested and they’re just having fun,” Tony...

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Can the world eradicate COVID-19?

FORT MYERS, Fla. (WBBH) — In 1980, after a massive global effort, the World Health Organization declared that Smallpox had been eradicated. The CDC says it’s often considered the biggest achievement in international public health. “Smallpox is the only (human) disease that the world has been able to completely eradicate,” Dr. Sharon Isern, a professor of Biological Sciences at FGCU, explained to NBC2. Can it be done again with COVID-19? Can the world eradicate — completely wipe out — this deadly disease?  VACCINES: A CRUCIAL TOOL IN FIGHTING DISEASES The rapid...

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