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Two months from now, the Atlantic hurricane season ends, just as Florida’s tourism season begins.

Gov. Rick Scott announced last month that Florida had the highest number of visitors in a six-month period in its history. Nearly 61 million people visited the state in the first half of 2017.

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Last week, the Lee County Commission voted unanimously to acquire a 3,922-acre parcel in South Lee County. The $42.4 million acquisition, known as Edison Farms, came days after Hurricane Irma directly hit the west coast of Florida.

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In a state of 20 million people, an almost a quarter of eligible Floridians aren't registered to vote.  That’s an estimated 4.6 million people not voting, roughly equal to the entire population of Louisiana.

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Record rainfall led to a soggy week for much of Southwest Florida. Portions of Collier, Hendry, and Lee Counties went from drought to deluge in just hours. Flooding shut down Marco Island and Everglades City, and flood watch advisories were in effect for much of the week elsewhere. In the wake of the rain, we'll review what homeowners need to know. 

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For the past several months, staff have been working to update Lee County’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy.  A local activist who got an early look at the proposal says it still leaves LGBT employees vulnerable to discrimination. 

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