The 2021 Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday starts at the end of this month.
The tax-free week, planned for July 31 through Aug. 9 this year, is designed to help reduce the cost of school supplies for Florida residents.
During this sales tax holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax, also known as discretionary sales surtax, will be collected on purchases of clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; and personal computers and certain computer-related accessories selling for $1,000 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.
For a complete list of tax-exempt items, click here.
The Cape Coral Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit is asking for the public’s help in solving a shooting that resulted in a man’s death in April 2021.
On April 24th, 2021 at around 4:30 a.m., Cape Coral Police Patrol officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 100 block of SE 6th Street. When officers arrived, they found multiple shell casings on the roadway of SE 1st Avenue.
At 4:45 a.m., a black male, identified as Kevin Girard Palmer Jr. (DOB: 6-23-2001), arrived at Cape Coral Hospital with a gunshot wound to his head. Due to the nature of the injury, Palmer was transferred to Lee Memorial Hospital. Unfortunately, Palmer did not survive his injuries.
The investigation revealed a disturbance started after a family from Lehigh Acres rented a vacation rental house to celebrate a 17th birthday. An Instagram personality posted about the party, which resulted in multiple people arriving uninvited. A disturbance broke out a short distance away from the residence and multiple shots were fired, resulting in the death of Kevin Palmer.
This is an ongoing and active investigation, and even after extensive investigation, the Cape Coral Police Department believes there to be persons that were present at the scene but not yet identified who may have information on this case.
If you or anyone you know has any information on the identity of the suspect(s) or anyone in party attendance that evening, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department by calling (239) 574-3223.
You can submit an anonymous tip at www.capecops.com/tips; or send us a message through our social media platforms; or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.
Earlier this summer, WWCC filed an official lawsuit against the City of Naples for not providing reasonable accommodations under the Fair Housing Act to allow more than four (4) veterans to live together in a group transitional home through programming with Wounded Warriors of Collier County.
Current Collier County residential zoning regulations only allow four (4) unrelated persons, to live in one home at a time. The current Alpha House within the Warriors Home Initiative has a capacity to provide services for up to eight (8) veterans simultaneously, meaning there were unused beds and services not being used for the greater benefit of the community. Thanks to the efforts of many, more local veterans will be able to be served.
“Today the city has acknowledged and affirmed the right of these disabled veterans to housing of their choosing, particularly after having served their country with honor in the post-9/11 battlefields,” said Jeffery Lynne, ESQ, CHC at Beighley, Myrick, Udell + Lynne.
“As we approach the 20th anniversary of that fateful day, we anticipate that this recognition by the City of Naples will now allow Wounded Warriors of Collier County to continue in their mission of serving these heroes by providing them with suitable housing and support to allow them to build their own lives back, together with their military brothers.”
The courts declared that the City of Naples must provide WWCC with a reasonable accommodation under FHAA and ADA, allowing up to seven (7) unrelated persons to reside within the Alpha House. The Alpha House will now be classified as a single-family residence under the City’s applicable codes.
“We are thrilled that we can now move forward with providing additional much-needed housing and resources to our local veterans,” stated WWCC President, Dale Mullin.
“Our goal is to make sure that no veteran is left behind and increasing our capacity at the Alpha House is one great step in that direction.”
For more information about the WWCC’s capital campaign for veteran housing, please visit here to learn about the Warrior Homes Initiative.
The vision of Wounded Warriors of Collier County is to see that “No Veteran is Left Behind”. What began as simply a vision to support the Veterans of Collier County through facilitating communication and assisting in partnering local Veterans with needed resources, Wounded Warriors of Collier County has thrived.
Through collaboration with our local partners, we have now served over 70 local Veterans this year as we celebrate our 10-year anniversary. Wounded Warriors of Collier County is a 100% volunteer-run organization led by the founder and CEO, Dale Mullin, who is a Veteran. A gift of any size to Wounded Warriors of Collier County’s operating budget will help them achieve their mission of supporting local Veterans.
Cristian Edwin Dilan, 23, of Cape Coral, was found guilty as charged for the murder of a woman in Bonita Springs.
The jury returned the guilty verdict following a five-day trial in Lee County. Dilan was found guilty of Second-Degree Murder, Robbery, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Burglary, and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle.
On October 29, 2017, a woman was found dead inside a Bonita Springs home that was on fire. The 34-year-old victim was found by firefighters, under a mattress, with numerous stab wounds.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded and began an investigation that led to the arrest of Dilan and a co-defendant, Raymond Gomez, who is awaiting trial.
Sentencing for Dilan is scheduled for August 23rd.
The 3H Exchange (High Schools Helping the Homeless) is a program committed to providing goods to students in need throughout the Lee County School District.
Starting Monday, July 19th and running through Monday, August 2nd, 2021, the Cape Coral Police Department will have a donation bin in the lobby of the Cape Coral Police Department headquarters (1100 Cultural Park Boulevard) where people can drop off donations for the 3H Exchange. This donation drive is for schoolsupplies as we head back into the school year starting August 10th, 2021.
These donations are all kept local and handed out through the help of social workers and counselors for the students in the Lee County School District. By donating in this bin, you are making a difference in the lives of Lee County children and helping better your own community.
The 3H Exchange is asking for donations of the following: