Lee County Solid Waste

When seasonal residents of Southwest Florida start getting ready to head back up north, they may leave behind non-perishable food items, which could spoil and have to be thrown away.

That’s why Lee County has come up with an initiative to not let that food go to waste.

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The Florida Legislature approved a new budget over the weekend that has disheartened arts advocates across the state, including some at a Southwest Florida arts center, who expressed their disappointment just after the news broke.

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Florida’s 2018 legislative session ended following a rare Sunday session, during which lawmakers approved an $88.7 billion budget.  Sunday’s budget approval followed Governor Rick Scott signing into law, on Friday, a new gun control and school safety law (SB 7026) crafted in response to February’s mass shooting at a Broward County high school that took the lives of 17 people.

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As we head into the final week of Florida’s 2018 lawmaking session, our legislative roundtable series continues today with a series of conversations about hot-button issues, ranging from gun control to women’s reproductive rights to animal welfare.

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As we enter the eighth week of Florida’s annual legislative session, state and federal lawmakers are under pressure to address school shootings after the Valentine’s Day mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people.  Survivors of the shooting traveled to Tallahassee last week to speak directly with state lawmakers and to participate in a rally demanding safe schools and an end to gun violence.  Days later, Florida House and Senate leaders outlined a $400 to $500 million series of proposals aimed at addressing the problem.