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Finding money for beach sand
Wed  Jul 18 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key, Knight and Don Pedro islands will learn how much money it will take to keep their beaches sandy. The Charlotte County Commission has set a public … Find out how to read more online.
Campaign coffers swell in race for Rooney’s seat
Wed  Jul 18 2018 08:30AM
On paper, the House of Representatives District 17 election seems like a two-man race. Local Republicans Rep. Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice) and State Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) are hoping to trade … Find out how to read more online.
New hotel opening along Charlotte Harbor
Wed  Jul 18 2018 03:27PM
A new hotel is scheduled to open this week in Punta Gorda. SpringHill Suites by Marriott will start renting out its 104 suites at 101 Harborside Ave. on Thursday, according … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda is now a prize from Allegiant
Wed  Jul 18 2018 03:27PM
A prize in Allegiant Travel Company’s Coast to Coast summer giveaway is now Punta Gorda. The airline’s summer giveaway includes destinations it flies to spanning other states as well, such … Find out how to read more online.
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Who owns the beach?
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Good deal, bad deal. Take your pick on a new Florida beach access law that caused so much confusion that Gov. Rick Scott issued a moratorium late Thursday affecting the very legislation he had previously backed and signed. The statute, … Find out how to read more online.

County: Flooding minimal despite rains
Wed  Jul 18 2018 08:30AM
Rains have been heavy, but reports of home flooding have been limited to a few driveways and a garage, according to Charlotte County officials. Specifically, the county received reports about two properties over the weekend on Winding River Road. Public … Find out how to read more online.

Local dogs found dead in animal traps
Wed  Jul 18 2018 04:08PM
They were meant to catch something much larger, and much more dangerous. Two dogs in the Cleveland area of Punta Gorda were found dead in a privately owned snare, Charlotte County Animal Control announced Friday. The snare was meant to … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda meeting to further master plan process
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:37PM
The Punta Gorda City Council had a special meeting Wednesday to potentially move forward with the development of the Citywide Master Plan. The master plan is a revamp of the Citizens Master Plan developed in 2005 after Hurricane Charley wiped … Find out how to read more online.

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Florida woman left out of will is accused of killing mom
Wed  Jul 18 2018 04:08PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman is accused of beating her 85-year-old mother to death after learning she wouldn’t be receiving an inheritance from her. After Luisa Perero died from her injuries, police charged her daughter Gabriela Perero, … read more.

Lawmakers warn Trump tariffs threaten local newspapers
Wed  Jul 18 2018 04:06PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress warned Tuesday that newspapers in their home states are in danger of reducing news coverage, laying off workers or going out of business if the United States maintains recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint. … read more.

’Come on, grandpa,’ deputy says while following tortoise
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
DUNNELLON, Fla. (AP) — The tortoise walking down the middle of a Florida road was racking up numerous traffic infractions. “Come on, grandpa” Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Bowman says on his video of the tortoise takedown Sunday. He explains … read more.

Dog bites Florida girl while her family was pet-sitting
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old Florida girl was severely bitten by a dog her family was watching while its owners were on vacation. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that the child was unresponsive when first … read more.

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