Government

Quincy J Walters / WGCU News

This summer, an outgoing City of Fort Myers employee revealed that the city used land near downtown as a dumpsite for decades during the 20th century.  In time, Dunbar--a predominately black neighborhood--grew around that dumping area. Since June, the city has tried to address the problem with tests and community input. This week, additional groundwater tests were done and the city retained legal council to contend with potential lawsuits.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced in November that the Temporary Protected Status designation of nearly 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. would expire in 18 months.  TPS was extended to Haitians following a devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed hundreds of thousands of people.  An estimated 10,000 Haitians with TPS are living in Southwest Florida. In September, the Trump administration announced an end to the Obama-era DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) which has protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation who were brought to the U.S. as children. 

Quincy J Walters

Hurricane season ended Thursday. Hurricane Irma hit Florida back in September. Six weeks ago, Lee County commissioners sent a letter to the White House, asking for more help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. County officials seem pleased with the emergency agency’s response.

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Candice Villarreal / U.S. Navy

The Trump Administration announced its decision Monday night to end Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for the nearly 50 thousand Haitian nationals who have been living in the U.S. since the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200 thousand people.

Quincy J Walters / WGCU News

This week, Governor Rick Scott announced tax cuts he'd like to have in place for next year. But he also recently said he wants to spend almost $2 billion dollars on environmental projects. 


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