Collier County will continue to hold off for now on reimbursing local government entities and its own arms of county government with federal coronavirus funds.
Instead, commissioners on Tuesday unanimously voted to send more aid toward a community still reeling from an ongoing pandemic.
“Let’s get as much of this money as possible into the hands of the people that need it,” Commission Chairman Burt Saunders said.
Saunders said any federal aid money left after community needs are filled could be pro-rated to individual government entities, such as cities and fire districts, on the basis of how much they have asked for and how much aid money is still available.
Commissioners are expected to revisit the issue in November...Read More
A new tool will soon be deployed in Florida in an attempt to eliminate blue-green algae in freshwater systems.
Florida Gulf Coast University’s Everglades Wetland Research Park in Naples received a $1 million grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to introduce buoys equipped with sonic technology meant to kill harmful cyanobacteria.
“An ultrasonic wave goes through the water and disturbs algal cells, especially some of the blue-green algae,” said Bill Mitsch, director of the research park. “(The algae) thereby loses its ability to stay in the water column and drops to bottom of the lake.”
Mitsch and his team at the research park will set out nine buoys in lakes throughout the Treviso B...Read More
And then there were none.
With the transition of Teddy and Paulette to non-tropical cyclones, a blessed silence has descended on the Tropical Atlantic.
The remnants of Beta continue to rain out across the Deep South, but as of Sept. 23, there are no active storms for the first time since the 7th. Nor are there probable candidates to develop over the next week.
With upper-level winds generally unfavorable for organization for the remainder of the month, more than likely the record-breaking ten named systems that have developed thus far in September will be it.
This rare breathing room brings an opportunity to take stock of the wild ride that has been the 2020 hurricane season...Read More
Nonprofits in Southwest Florida are now raising funds as a part of A Community Thrives, USA TODAY Network’s crowdfunding and grant program. Your donations can help them qualify for tens of thousands of dollars in additional grant funding for their ideas to improve your neighborhood.
A Community Thrives heard from 944 organizations across 45 states, the District of Columbia and Guam with projects designed to positively impact the community around them. Now, these organizations are raising funds on the Mighty Cause crowdfunding platform.
The organizations will get to keep the money they raise, but top projects will also qualify for additional grants to support their change-making ideas.
‘Game changer’ for community nonprof...Read More
Gov. Ron DeSantis did not grant Michael Edwards’ request for freedom Wednesday.
Nor did he deny it.
DeSantis said the executive clemency board would take the Fort Myers man’s request to reduce his de-facto life sentence for non-violent drug offenses “under advisement” in the board’s first meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Edwards, now 57, was sentenced in 1994 as a habitual offender to 60 years for selling less than an ounce of cocaine to a former girlfriend turned informant.
His release date is 2040.
Previous coverage: Clemency board could free Fort Myers man facing lengthy sentence for ounce of cocaine
For more than a decade, Edwards and his family have been lobbying for release from a sentence th...Read More
The state added 2,590 new COVID-19 cases and 202 additional resident deaths Wednesday, according to data from the state Department of Health.
The reported death toll for Florida residents since the pandemic began is now at 13,618.
There are now 690,499 confirmed cases in the state.
The number of Florida residents hospitalized with COVID-19 is 42,941 since the pandemic began. The Department of Health notes the total figure is cumulative and does not reflect the number of COVID-19 patients currently in hospitals.
Here’s a breakdown of the latest numbers in Florida:
- Total cases: 690,499
- Deaths of Florida residents: 13,618
- Hospitalizations: 42,941
- Total tests: 5,163,125
- Total positive tests...