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Not long after an investigative story appeared in the Fort Myers News Press, a “no trespassing” sign appeared on what was once considered public land in the heart of the Fort Myers’ Dunbar neighborhood.

That newspaper report found that the city dumped toxic sludge there 50 years ago, didn’t tell any of the neighbors, and haven’t cordoned off the area or cleaned it up.

A Miami-area beach has been shut down by Florida officials after levels of bacteria from animal intestines were too high.

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The ACLU of Florida has wrapped up a months-long investigation into how the state handled last year’s toxic algal blooms; the result of discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. The nonprofit civil liberties organization alleges the state failed its residents in how it responded to those discharges.

Florida is the second worst state in the nation at providing home- and community-based health care options for seniors and the disabled, a new report says.

The health department is investigating another Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Central Florida – including a fatal case.


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