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Blue-green algae bloom detected in Orange River & two Lee County boat ramps

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – – Health officials have issued a health alert after detecting blue-green algae blooms at Alva and Davis boat ramps and Orange River at Manatee Park. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins at all three locations Tuesday. All residents and visitors are being asked not to drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where visible blooms exist. Local health officials said anyone who has come in contact with algae or discolored smelly water, should wash their...

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Thieves steal convertor off Lee County United Way truck

LEE COUNTY, Fla.– Hannah Pelle, the Vice President for United Way in Lee County, does everything she can to help families in need.  “Everyday we are making a difference. It makes you feel good,” Pelle said. “Our organizations provides funding to over 100 nonprofits throughout the community.” Thieves stole the organizations Catalytic converter of their only truck, stopping them from transporting supplies to struggling families. “We’re in a real tight spot, Wednesday morning our staff went to start up the truck and realized there was a huge problem.”...

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Lee County vaccinations starting back up at Edison Mall

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Vaccinations are starting back up in Lee County today, June 3. People who made an appointment to get their first or second doses of the coronavirus vaccine will get their shot at Edison Mall. Vaccinations will be administered at the Edison Mall location through Friday, June 18. Local health officials said the vaccine is working and don’t expect to see a spike in cases like last year. Half of the United States have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with about 40 percent of Americans being fully vaccinated. Health care providers are administering more...

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Blue-green algae toxins detected in Orange River at Manatee Park

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Blue-green algae toxins have been detected in the Orange River at Manatee Park. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in the Orange River at Manatee Park. All residents and visitors are being asked not to drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where visible blooms exist. Local health officials said anyone who has come in contact with algae or discolored smelly water, should wash their skin and clothing with soap and water. Pets should be kept away from...

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Lee County commissioners enact 30-day burn ban

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Lee County Board of Commissioners voted on Tuesday to issue a burn ban. The ban will be in effect for 30 days and begins on June 1, according to Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District. With the ban in place, no open burning [campfires, bonfires, trash burning, or fireworks] of any kind is authorized, officials said. The ban comes as the region combats an extended dry season, which leaves the area more vulnerable to wildfires. The post Lee County commissioners enact 30-day burn ban appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Cape Coral

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Lee County to ban fertilizer in an effort to reduce algae blooms

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Water experts say we need to ditch lawn fertilizers this summer.  For years, Lee County and Sanibel leaders have asked people to stop fertilizing their yards during the wet season. Most fertilizers contain phosphorus and nitrogen. Those two elements can fuel algae to grow, and turn into a bloom. Sanibel Environmental Biologist, Dana Dettmar, said fertilizers can runoff into the water during the summer months. She says if everyone keeps fertilizer off their lawn, it can would make a big difference. “It’s more important to prevent it from getting in the...

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Fort Myers man suffered severe burns on his feet from hot asphalt

FORT MYERS, FLA.– A Fort Myers man got an unfortunate reminder of how hot asphalt can get around Florida in the summer when he suffered severe burns on his feet. Rob Whyte was preparing to step in the water to dock his boat at the Punta Rassa Boat Ramp in Lee County earlier this month after a fishing tournament. To keep everything dry, he removed his shoes and socks then left them on the boat. He said his grave mistake came when he forgot where he parked his truck. He found himself standing in the middle of the parking lot with nowhere to go while his toes toasted. “I...

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Neighbor caught watching Lee County mother & daughter shower

LEE COUNTY, Fla – A Fort Myers man is accused of using a phone to spy on his neighbor as she showered with her young daughter. The woman spotted a red phone propped up in her master shower window in their home off McGregor Boulevard, according to deputies. She screamed for her husband, who ran out of the house looking for the suspect, with the help of other neighbors. Lee County deputies arrived and found footprints leading from near the bathroom window. A short time later, they found Anthony Cardinale. Cardinale confessed he was watching the woman and her daughter, and told deputies he...

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Convicted Lee County sex offender sentenced for possessing child sex abuse images

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – A Lehigh Acres man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for possessing child sex abuse images and videos, according to the Department of Justice. Steven Thomas Baryla, 39, accessed the material on the internet and social media, the DOJ reported. Homeland Security Investigations conducted a search warrant of his home on June 20, 2019 and found more than 106 images and 10 videos. Baryla’s search history included questions like “best state for sex offenders to live 2017” and “registered sex offender name change,”  according to the DOJ. He pleaded guilty...

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Lee County Mosquito Control crews kill off pests in the area while educating residents

LEE COUNTY, Fla.– If the Mosquito Control District did not work year round to control the mosquito population, Southwest Florida could have more mosquitoes than anywhere else on the planet. Lee County Mosquito Control crews are out in the community every day killing off the disease-carrying insects. They also have one of the largest education programs in the country. “One of our goals is to reach even our youngest citizens and start to teach them science and make sure they have that science literacy and that they understand what we do, why we do it and why it’s so important,”...

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