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Cape teen uses 3-D printer to raise money for Friends of Wildlife

An already sharp mind of the next generation found a way to tie his school project into protecting Cape Coral's official bird via new technology.Alex Brown, a 13-year-old Pennsylvania native whose family owns a home in the Cape created miniature burrowing owls using his 3D printer to raise $150 ...

First flight

It was only a matter of time before E16 took its first flight, especially since the young eaglet was laggingly more than two weeks behind its older sibling.Last Wednesday morning at 9:18 a.m., nearly 13 weeks after it was born, E16 finally fledged from its nest on Bayshore Road, with the ...

Lover’s Key State Park now fully reopened

After being shut down in March during the COVID-19 pandemic and undergoing a partial reopening in May, all aspects of Lover's Key State Park are now opened and accessible.All of the trails are now open, kayak rentals are available and TRAM service has been restored. Access to Fort Myers Beach ...

ECHO conducting tours; but it’s still not business as usual

It took nearly three-and-a-half months for things to return to normal, but on Wednesday, things finally did in the areas most important to ECHO's farm campus.The bookstore had opened, people could buy trees again, and as of today, people are able to take tours again.ECHO, the farm dedicated to ...

Florida see another near 10,000-case jump in COVID-19

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there are 223,783 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 9,989 since FDOH's last update Tuesday morning.More than 75,800 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Tuesday, July 7. Of those reported tests, 14.15 percent tested ...

Cape rejects mandatory mask mandate

The city of Cape Coral will not require face coverings in public places.Cape Coral City Council on Monday rejected an ordinance that would have required the wearing of masks in most public interactions, with the majority weighing in on the side of education and urging voluntary compliance with ...