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Tourism picture in Southwest Florida brightens in June, but dark clouds loom with rise in coronavirus cases

Collier County’s tourism industry brightened a bit in June.

Dark clouds still loomed, however, amid the coronavirus pandemic — and those clouds darkened in July, with signs of a pullback in demand after a rise in COVID-19 cases statewide.

“I have been watching occupancy on a weekly basis, and it has come down some from where we were. I’m sure that has something to do with the additional cases being recorded here in Florida,” said Jack Wert, Collier County’s tourism director.

Lee County’s tourism industry has also been hard hit by the pandemic. Its next report will be available in about two weeks.

In June, most of the metrics used to track the local tourism industry’s performance fell by double digits from where they sto...

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Will Isaias ruin your weekend plans? Forecasters weigh in

It doesn’t look like Hurricane Isaias will be crashing any Southwest Florida weekend parties – that is, if there are any to crash.

Instead, residents are heaving a sigh of relief now that forecasters are predicting the storm will track toward the state’s east coast, rather than a trek up the middle as appeared might happen earlier.

Latest updates: Hurricane Isaias getting better organized; Florida’s east coast under hurricane watch

“Mostly we’re monitoring how far west it might go – if there’s any little wobbles, that might bring wind gusts,” said Brian Lamarre, a National Weather Service forecaster in Ruskin, which monitors the area from Tampa to Lee County, but he’s not expecting any extraordinary rain...

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Brutal July presents Florida leaders with big coronavirus questions heading into August

July is coming to a close in Florida with nearly three times more coronavirus cases than when the month began and nearly twice as many COVID-19 deaths, marking an alarming escalation in the state’s outbreak.

It was a month that transformed Florida into one of the worst virus hotspots on the globe, putting the state at the center of the debate over how to balance economic and public health.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has been among the least restrictive leaders of a major state or country, eschewing a mask requirement and allowing every business except bars to remain open. His approach largely has been to try to ride out the pandemic with minimal public health mandates.

“I think what we’ve seen is that the virus is i...

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27 restaurants that have closed around Fort Myers, Cape Coral since the pandemic

The following Southwest Florida restaurants have permanently shuttered since the novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic March 11. 

Know of more closures? Email details to [email protected] with #closed in the subject line. Closures we can verify will be added to the roundup. 

Fort Myers-area closed restaurants

Applebee’s: The chain’s location on U.S. 41 at the intersection of Cypress Lake Drive in south Fort Myers closed in late April. The California-based chain did not respond to requests for comment. The Applebee’s on Dani Drive in Fort Myers and in North Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples remain open. Find more at applebees.com. 

Aurelio’s Pizza: The chain’s location at Gulf Coast Town Center closed...

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No daily temperature checks at Lee County schools, parents should keep home students with fevers

The Lee County School District announced Friday that it will not be checking students’ temperatures when they arrive at school.

In a letter to parents, the district cited guidance from the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) which does not recommend temperature checks because they are “expensive, time-consuming and not sensitive for early infection.” 

The guidance was part of a white paper the FCAAP released on July 29 to help inform the state’s superintendents as they reopen schools this fall.

The district’s policy change comes just hours after Thursday night’s 8 p.m...

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COVID-19 in Lee County: State reports nine new coronavirus deaths, 279 more cases

The Florida Department of Health reported an additional nine COVID-19 related deaths and 279 additional cases for Lee County Friday.

The state released the following details on the nine Lee resident deaths:

  • A 60-year-old man whose positive case was counted by the state on June 28.
  • A 92-year-old man (Counted July 5).
  • A 59-year-old man (Counted July 7).
  • A 63-year-old man (Counted July 8).
  • An 89-year-old man who had contact with a known case (Counted July 19).
  • A 98-year-old woman who had contact with a known case (Counted July 20).
  • A 90-year-old woman (Counted July 21).
  • A 79-year-old woman (Counted July 21).
  • An 86-year-old woman (Counted July 24).

Lee County’s total number of deaths associated with COVID-19 is now 295 ...

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Coronavirus in Florida, July 31: State reports fourth straight daily death record with 257

For the fourth consecutive day, the Florida Department of Health reported a new daily record for COVID-19 deaths, verifying 257 Friday. 

Wednesday marked the first time deaths have surpassed 200 in the state since the pandemic began. The death toll among Florida residents now stands at 6,843. 

In July, the state verified 3,338 deaths of residents related to COVID-19. That’s an average of nearly 108 per day or 4.5 per hour for the month. Entering July, Florida had reported a total of 3,550 COVID-19 deaths from March through June.

The state’s seven-day average for reported deaths increased to a record-high of 170 Friday, more than four times the average on June 30 (38.1).

The number of new COVID-19 cases increased by 9,...

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In the Know: Reilly Brothers, historic train depot, set for demolition in Fort Myers

The almost century-old building that housed Reilly Brothers hardware store and had been a Fort Myers train station between 1927 and 1952, is being demolished this coming week.

Those who want to catch a last glimpse had better hurry and stay behind the fence near 3026 E. Riverside Drive, north of Palm Beach Boulevard, just east of downtown Fort Myers.

Reilly Brothers moved there in 1968 and closed in 2007 at what had been the abandoned Seaboard Air Line Railroad Station. The late Jim Reilly often said Henry Ford used this station when he wanted to arrive in secrecy. From there, he would walk to his vacation home off McGregor Boulevard.

The late ‘60s saw the arrival of the hardware store after the closure of the rai...

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In the Know: Air Force says widely viewed fireball in Southwest and Central Florida was not space junk

Southwest Florida’s fireball this month was not “decaying space” junk, according to the U.S. Air Force.

The July 14 event is among the most documented within Southwest and Central Florida and Tampa Bay. That’s based on data from the Belgium-based International Meteor Organization, which has records dating to 1980 and became more aggressive in tracking in 2004.

The reports that evening about 9 p.m. largely covered a triangle from Naples through Sanibel and Sarasota to Tampa Bay and across the I-4 corridor through Polk County to Leesburg, Sanford and DeLand.

More: In the Know: What was that exceptionally bright fireball darting across the sky? (with video)

And: In the Know: Naples Airport, the $440 million driveway of the...

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دومینیک Fike مصاحبه: افزایش ستاره پاپ ایران آلبوم جدید, فشار, شهرت, چه آینده

او کار می کرد با ستاره پاپ Halsey و اندرسون .Paak. او را در انجام Jimmy Fallon.

در حال حاضر اولین آلبوم خود را بیرون می آید جمعه در کمپانی کلمبیا.

این یک بازی سرگرم کننده, دیوانه, هیجان انگیز سال می گوید singer/rapper Dominic Fike.

و آن را فقط گرفتن آغاز شده است.

او عصبی در مورد آلبوم جدید و رسانه های گردباد می آید که با آن ؟ نه به عنوان بسیار به عنوان او استفاده می شود به او می گوید.

“که بخشی تبدیل شده است کمتر از یک فشار بر روی من فشار جانبی...

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