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Finding money for beach sand
Tue  Jul 17 2018 08:08PM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key, Knight and Don Pedro islands will learn how much money it will take to keep their beaches sandy. The Charlotte County Commission has set a public … Find out how to read more online.
Campaign coffers swell in race for Rooney’s seat
Tue  Jul 17 2018 08:02PM
On paper, the House of Representatives District 17 election seems like a two-man race. Local Republicans Rep. Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice) and State Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) are hoping to trade … Find out how to read more online.
Who owns the beach?
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Good deal, bad deal. Take your pick on a new Florida beach access law that caused so much confusion that Gov. Rick Scott issued a moratorium late Thursday affecting the … Find out how to read more online.
Woman, 75, dies from June crash injuries
Tue  Jul 17 2018 08:30AM
A 75-year-old Englewood woman succumbed to injuries after being struck by a car on June 22, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Monday. Louise Hoffman was walking east across Ceres Street … Find out how to read more online.
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Forecast: More rain, more thunder, more heat
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Not to any surprise, another hot and rainy week is in the weather forecast. According to the National Weather Service, Southwest Floridians should expect more showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon throughout the week, as well as in the evening. … Find out how to read more online.

Local marijuana arrests on the rise
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Despite growing acceptance of marijuana use across the country, Southwest Florida law enforcement are still cracking down on the drug. In fact, local agencies have reported growing numbers of misdemeanor marijuana arrests over the last few years. The Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.

Fear of AIDS drove family from schools, town
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
In 1986, three young Arcadia brothers with hemophilia since birth tested positive for HIV. An ugly battle, complete with international headlines, ensued with the school system and many townsfolk who didn’t want them going to class alongside other kids. But … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte Harbor estuary program gets money from Mosaic
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, an organization formed to protect waterways, is getting some funding through the Mosaic Company. That matters especially right now, as federal funding for CHNEP — a program that began in 1995 — is threatened in … Find out how to read more online.

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’Come on, grandpa,’ deputy says while following tortoise
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
DUNNELLON, Fla. (AP) — The tortoise walking down the middle of a Florida road was racking up numerous traffic infractions. “Come on, grandpa” Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Bowman says on his video of the tortoise takedown Sunday. He explains … read more.

Dog bites Florida girl while her family was pet-sitting
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old Florida girl was severely bitten by a dog her family was watching while its owners were on vacation. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that the child was unresponsive when first … read more.

2 officers injured in melee at teen detention center
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two detention officers were injured after a fight broke out between teens at a facility in Florida. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Laura Williams says deputies responded to a “riot situation” at the Volusia Regional Juvenile … read more.

Man behind bars for failing to unlock cell phones for police
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is behind bars for failing to unlock his phones following a traffic stop. Fox 13 News reports that William Montanez was pulled over in June for improper yielding in Tampa. He wouldn’t allow … read more.

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