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Sunseeker general contractor out as Allegiant assembles financing
Wed  Aug 8 2018 05:42PM
Allegiant Air appears to have parted ways with its general contractor for the Sunseeker mega-resort. Allegiant President John Redmond said he could neither confirm nor deny that Manhattan Construction Company … Find out how to read more online.
One dead in Port Charlotte crash
Mon  Aug 6 2018 06:38PM
PORT CHARLOTTE − One person was killed in a crash at the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 776 early Monday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. At 5:14 … Find out how to read more online.
No one’s ‘getting rich’
Mon  Aug 6 2018 06:03PM
North Port Deputy Police Chief Chris Morales says officers go to work “knowing in the back of their mind they may not come home. You can’t put a price tag … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Airport Authority District 4: Non-partisan candidate closes Republican primary
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
Two types of experience are butting heads this year. Airport Authority’s District 4 has held the same representative, Republican Kathleen Coppola, for 28 years. Now, newcomer Stan Smith, who has … Find out how to read more online.
FDOT officials target troublesome intersection
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
Ever notice how long it takes to turn right on Harborview Road and U.S. 41? Thank Florida’s Department of Transportation, which added a right-turn lane, but then added a “no … Find out how to read more online.
G.I. Bill made difference in veteran’s life
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
Bob Schrock missed the war in Europe, and when he ended up in the Philippines, the war in the Pacific Theatre of Operations was over, too. Shortly after graduating from … Find out how to read more online.
17th Congressional District primary: The Republicans
Sun  Aug 5 2018 08:30AM
An unexpected friendship has formed in the Republican primary race. Two candidates, State Rep. Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice) and Bill Akins, have made it their prerogative to expose the “number of … Find out how to read more online.
Clearing the barriers to sea turtle nesting
Sat  Aug 4 2018 06:26PM
ENGLEWOOD — Sea turtles are having a hard enough time surviving the persistent red tide algae bloom. The Coastal Wildlife Club, Mote Marine Laboratory and other sea turtle patrol volunteers … Find out how to read more online.
Sexual assault victims stack up as arrests lag
Sun  Aug 5 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) served 103 sexual assault victims last year and received 179 hotline calls. Yet, sexual battery cases reported to law enforcement … Find out how to read more online.
Website ranks local school districts Sarasota 2nd best overall, Charlotte safest in state
Sun  Aug 5 2018 08:30AM
Sarasota County Schools is the second-best school district in the state, according to the latest rankings from the website niche.com. Charlotte County Public Schools came in 14th overall, and it … Find out how to read more online.
Pioneer Days committee cancels Fish-A-Thon
Sat  Aug 4 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Red tide has claimed another casualty in Englewood. The Pioneer Days Committee has canceled the ninth-annual Michael O’Donnell Memorial Fish-A-Thon. Organizers had scheduled the free kids fishing tournament … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte teachers arrive with high hopes
Sat  Aug 4 2018 08:30AM
Teaching is the best job to have if you want to feel like you’re making a difference. That’s the message from many of this year’s new batch of teachers for … Find out how to read more online.
Zoning change could usher subsidized apartments into area
Sat  Aug 4 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — New zoning to potentially allow subsidized apartments in Charlotte County near the Sarasota County line is making its way to the state for approval. But it’s without … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda hires new communications manager
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
A new Punta Gorda communications manager officially joined city staff this week. Melissa Reichert hails from central Wisconsin, where she was born and raised. She spent the last 15 years … Find out how to read more online.
Trump rally ‘emotional’
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
Joann Dillon stood in pouring rain and heat Tuesday, singing the “Star Spangled Banner” with thousands of President Trump supporters. “It was so emotional,” said Dillon, an executive assistant for … Find out how to read more online.
Rescued Lemon Bay manatee dies at SeaWorld in Orlando
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
A sick manatee that was removed from Lemon Bay has died, officials at SeaWorld in Orlando said Thursday. The manatee was lying immobile on a sandbar Wednesday when Cpl. Brad … Find out how to read more online.
Beach cleanup planned for Sunday in Englewood
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Anyone with a mask and willingness to remove cigarette butts off the beach is invited to Blind Pass on Manasota Key on Sunday morning. The Captain Planet Project … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide hangs onto coastal waters
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key may have seen a “very, very slight” reprieve from toxic red tide early Thursday morning. The operative words are “very, very slight.” “There’s no smell, no … Find out how to read more online.
Curmudgeons meet the candidates in Charlotte
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
It started with a prayer to “keep our politicians honest.” On Wednesday night at the Charlotte County Cultural Center, the Charlotte County Curmudgeon Club invited the community to a “Meet … Find out how to read more online.
Boom time returns
Sun  Jul 29 2018 08:30AM
Having seen its population double in each decade of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, Charlotte County isn’t new to exponential growth. This time, however, a combination of political, economic and … Find out how to read more online.
Crossroads director: Grad’s arrest highlights need for transitional services
Wed  Aug 8 2018 05:40PM
A Port Charlotte teenager charged with burglary of a church came under spotlight last week after the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office posted surveillance footage on Facebook. Felix Valdez Jr., 19, … Find out how to read more online.
State Attorney candidate charged with violating election laws
Mon  Aug 6 2018 06:38PM
State Attorney Candidate Chris Crowley was arrested Monday on two felony charges for violating election laws, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office reported. In June, State Attorney Stephen Russell asked the … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Airport Authority District 2: Experience vs. growth
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
Will business or aviation prevail? Newcomer Julie Price is running against incumbent Robert Hancik. It’s a race between the business community and an experienced candidate in aviation. Both candidates are … Find out how to read more online.
More Charlotte schools to offer free meals
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
Eighteen of the 20 eligible Charlotte County Public Schools K-12 campuses now offer free breakfast and lunch. As part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Program, every … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte School Board faces negligence lawsuit
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
The mother of a 5-year-old who fell off a bouncy toy at the Baker Center in 2015 is suing the Charlotte County School Board for negligence. Koleton Secker, a special … Find out how to read more online.
Steady showers, storms forecast for SW Florida all week
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
Southwest Florida weather is nothing if not consistent lately. According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms are expected on a daily basis this week with temperatures reaching as … Find out how to read more online.
17th Congressional District primary: The Democrats
Sun  Aug 5 2018 08:30AM
In an election where Democrats are hoping to flip the majority on Capitol Hill, two hopefuls aspire to turn District 17 blue. The district hasn’t had a Democratic representative since … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide on their radar
Sat  Aug 4 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Rotonda resident Hanna Territ and Grove City resident Emily Mozzicato enjoyed an early morning Loving Light Yoga class at Englewood Beach on Friday. “I didn’t smell any red … Find out how to read more online.
Cardboard Boat Race moves to pool
Sun  Aug 5 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pioneer Days organizers aren’t waiting to find out which way the wind will be blowing on Labor Day Weekend. Chris Phelps, chairperson of the Pioneer Days Committee, said … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Harbor going against the tide
Sat  Aug 4 2018 08:30AM
One local area wants to stand out for what it doesn’t have, instead of for what it does. With some areas in Southwest Florida — such as Fort Myers Beach, … Find out how to read more online.
Collision of old & new values
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
When Mike Haymans moved to Punta Gorda as a first- grader with his family in 1960, only 12,000 people lived in all of Charlotte County and less than 200 in … Find out how to read more online.
Local unemployment rate increases slightly
Sat  Aug 4 2018 08:30AM
Seasonal layoffs of service workers is the likely reason behind a slight increase in Charlotte County’s unemployment rate from May to June. Compared to June last year, however, unemployment continues … Find out how to read more online.
Prevent medication flushing, health group says
Fri  Aug 3 2018 11:17AM
ENGLEWOOD — Move over red tide. Pain killers and estrogen are also hurting sea creatures. Understanding that flushing or dumping prescribed and over-the-counter medication end up in waterways, members of … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood’s Back to School Bash needs hair-cutters
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At the last minute, a group of hair dressers canceled. Now Kids Needs of Englewood needs replacement hair cutters for Saturday’s Back-to-School fair so students can get haircuts. … Find out how to read more online.
Curmudgeons meet the candidates in Charlotte
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
It started with a prayer to “keep our politicians honest.” On Wednesday night at the Charlotte County Cultural Center, the Charlotte County Curmudgeon Club invited the community to a “Meet … Find out how to read more online.
Rescued Lemon Bay manatee dies at SeaWorld in Orlando
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
A sick manatee that was removed from Lemon Bay has died, officials at SeaWorld in Orlando said Thursday. The manatee was lying immobile on a sandbar Wednesday when Cpl. Brad … Find out how to read more online.
Beach cleanup planned for Sunday in Englewood
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Anyone with a mask and willingness to remove cigarette butts off the beach is invited to Blind Pass on Manasota Key on Sunday morning. The Captain Planet Project … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide hangs onto coastal waters
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key may have seen a “very, very slight” reprieve from toxic red tide early Thursday morning. The operative words are “very, very slight.” “There’s no smell, no … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte mall starts school supply drive today
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:04PM
The Port Charlotte Town Center mall will hold its inaugural “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive today through Sunday. Supplies will be distributed to Charlotte County Public Schools so that … Find out how to read more online.
Area Realtor boards to merge
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
The feedback has been positive since the Englewood Board of Realtors announced its intended merger with the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port board. Once it’s formally approved among the Englewood Area … Find out how to read more online.


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