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Katiuska Carrillo

  • Dozens of people who live at the Fort Myers Yacht Basin showed up to express their concerns and have questions answered by Fort Myers City Council member Liston Bochette and City Manager Marty Lawing. They did so at a recent meeting at the basin. This follows the City of Fort Myers' request for proposal for developers to manage, lease and/or redevelop the basin. The city has had contact from five developers offering changes to the marina that include, but are not limited to, demolishing the current yacht basin and building a new marina with stores, restaurants and other buildings.
  • The Edison Awards and Latimer Fellows have made their way to Fort Myers. The awards were presented Thursday evening, and on Friday, attendees will hold the first-ever event at the new Caloosa Sound Amphitheater along the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers.
  • The Collier Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved adding 12 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions to the county’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division.The hiring of 12 people is supposed to ensure the county’s EMS operations has sufficient staffing to support ambulance services, reduce overtime for paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and to provide plans for EMS expansion throughout the next two years.
  • One grocery store in a community of roughly 25,000 people. This community has a poverty rate of 32%. The majority of the population is either Black or Latino. The median household income is roughly $33,000 a year, just $7,000 above Florida’s federal poverty line.About 50 miles away in the same county, an affluent city bursts with life and luxury. The City of Naples has an average household income of $118,141 with a poverty rate of 8%.Social determinants of health are a major reason why people born in one part of Collier County are expected to live 15 years longer than those in other parts of the county, according to life expectancy estimates from the U.S. Census Tract and the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Cleared land and construction sites are commonplace in Southwest Florida. According to U.S. Census data, Lee County is the second fastest-growing county in the state. The increase in population leads to the need for more development, which raises the question of how to preserve the wildlife that makes this region so unique.
  • Acres of trees, pasture and a few storefronts surround JetBlue Park, the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox located on Daniels Parkway in Lee County. The stadium opened in 2012 and some predicted it would create a trendy, highly-developed area east of I-75. However a building boom of hotels, restaurants and retail outlets has not happened around JetBlue in the past 10 years.
  • The Lee Board of County Commissioners approved $1.7 million for the expansion of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Narcotics Unit.Sheriff Carmine Marceno requested an increase in funding for his Narcotics Enforcement Unit to combat crimes related to drug and gang activity. He also hopes to see a decrease in narcotic deaths in the county.
  • The City of Fort Myers has been trying to link Midtown to Downtown since 2018.Matthew Leger presented the Hendry Street Pedestrian Mall as a possible way to bring together the two communities. He did so at a recent Fort Myers City Council meeting.
  • A shuttered Tex-Mex, Spanish and American food store and rows of run-down trailers sit across the street from a construction site in Immokalee. This site at the corner of Lake Trafford Road and North 19th Street is the future home of the Immokalee Affordable Housing Project, started by the Immokalee Fair Housing Alliance.The alliance formed after Hurricane Irma in 2017 when several disaster relief organizations, faith-based organizations, non-profits and caring people came together to provide disaster assistance.
  • There are 1.5 million veterans in the state of Florida, with veterans in Lee County making up 10% of the county’s population.“One veteran's experience in homelessness is one too many,” Michael Raposa, CEO of St. Vincent DePaul CARES, said.