Two golfers, two once-in-a-lifetime shots

Two golfers, two once-in-a-lifetime shots

Two golfers, two once-in-a-lifetime shots, resulting in back-to-back holes-in-one on a recent remarkable day at Palmetto-Pine Country Club in Cape Coral. 

For Keith Polsinelli and Dave Breitner – both of Cape Coral – their shots on the par-3, 154-yard sixth hole at Palmetto-Pine were their first aces and believed to be the first “ones” on back-to-back shots in the 52-year history of the golf course.

The February day played out like this:

Keith stepped to the tee, hit his 8-iron, and watched the ball roll into the cup. After a celebration, he turned to Dave and said, “now, beat that.”

Considering the odds of any hole in one are 12,500 to 1, Dave didn’t back off the unthinkable as he watched his 8-iron shot roll into the hole as well. And if you thought the odds of making a hole-in-one were out of sight, consider the chances of making back-to-back aces were 17 million to 1.

The rest of the day was filled with plenty of celebration and buzz around the two golfers and their unbelievable accomplishments as drinks, handshakes and pats on the back were shared.

“One Pill Can Kill”: Raising Awareness of the Dangers of Fake Prescription Pills

“One Pill Can Kill”: Raising Awareness of the Dangers of Fake Prescription Pills

The Cape Coral Police Department is committed to doing everything possible to keep our community safe from various threats, including those posed by dangerous drugs that take lives every day.

As U.S. overdose deaths have reached devastating new heights – claiming a new victim every five minutes – the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) issued its first Public Safety Alert in nearly 7 years in September 2021 to warn the American public about the alarming increase in the availability of counterfeit “prescription” pills. 

Counterfeit pills are illegally manufactured by criminal drug networks and are made to look identical to real prescription medications such as oxycodone (Oxycontin®, Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), and alprazolam (Xanax®), as well as amphetamines like Adderall®. These fake prescription pills are widely accessible and often sold on social media and e-commerce platforms – making them available to anyone with a smartphone, including minors. 

Laboratory analysis has identified that nearly 4 out of every 10 seized counterfeit pill contains a lethal amount of fentanyl or methamphetamine. To put it into perspective, a lethal dose of fentanyl is only 2 mg, which is the equivalent of only 10 grains of table salt, and can fit on the tip of a pencil.  All it takes is 2 mg of fentanyl in one of these counterfeit pills to end a life.

The CCPD is committed to bringing awareness to the public and warning them of the dangers of these counterfeit/fake prescription pills. The link posted below will take you to the DEA’s “One Pill Can Kill” website with a wealth of information.

Past efforts from the Cape Coral Police Department include the HOPE/HELP program (also linked below) as well as partnerships with SalusCare and the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida. If you or anyone you love requires assistance or help with a drug problem, please reach out to us or one of the many community resources available.

One Pill Can Kill (Drug Enforcement Agency)

CCPD HOPE/HELP Programs

Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida

LEE HEALTH BEGINS MAKING HOUSE CALLS

LEE HEALTH BEGINS MAKING HOUSE CALLS

As hospitals continue to fill up and walk-in clinics experience long wait times, some wonder what to do if they need care. Lee Health is providing another option to get what you need. 

Lee Health sent a passionate plea urging people to think before coming into its locations as COVID-19 begins to near capacity again with more demand meaning longer wait times. To lighten the load, Lee Health is now making house calls, dispatching teams to conveniently assess patients at home. 

The prices for these house calls are the same as they would be for an urgent care visit. Appointments can be scheduled from any of Lee Health’s online platforms. 

Lee Health also offers free telehealth visits

Lee County to expand community outreach efforts to veterans at Cape Coral location

Lee County to expand community outreach efforts to veterans at Cape Coral location

A representative of Lee County Human & Veteran Services will offer monthly outreach services to veterans and their families at the Brotherhood of Heroes Resource Center & Museum, 4522 Del Prado Boulevard South, Cape Coral.

The outreach services will be available to veterans by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month starting Jan. 19. Services will be available to assist veterans, their families and their survivors make an application to the Veterans Administration for assistance.

To make an appointment, call 239-533-8381.

The Lee County Department of Human & Veteran Services serves as a hub for government, private and nonprofit resources designated to aid individuals and families. Specific program areas are: Family Self-Sufficiency, Housing Services, Neighborhood Building, Contract Management, and Veteran Services.  For more information, call 239-533-7930 or visit www.leegov.com/dhs.

Community can help individuals experiencing homelessness by donating cold-weather supplies

Community can help individuals experiencing homelessness by donating cold-weather supplies

Lee County Government and its partners are asking the community to donate cold-weather supplies for Severe Weather Outreach Teams to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Blankets, gloves, socks, hand-warmers, and hats can be dropped off at the following locations between Jan. 24 and Jan. 28:

Lee County Parks and Recreation Locations.

For operating hours, visit www.leegov.com/parks/centers.

  • Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
  • North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 N. Recreation Park Way
  • Veterans Park Recreation Center in Lehigh Acres, 55 Homestead Road
  • Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center in south Fort Myers, 16760 Bass Road

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Outreach Center.

For hours, visit https://www.sheriffleefl.org/community-outreach-centers-2/

  • Cape Coral, 4522 Del Prado Blvd S.
  • Edison Mall, 4125 Cleveland Ave., Suite 1930
  • Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Unit 190
  • Bell Tower, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 151
  • Downtown Fort Myers, 2125 First St., Suite 100

Fort Myers Police Department,

2210 Widman Way, Fort Myers, accepting items 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Severe Weather Outreach Teams are mobilized to specific locations when inland temperatures are projected to drop to 40 degrees or lower for an extended period of time. Teams include Human and Veteran Services staff and members of the HOT Team (Housing, Outreach and Treatment), including Law Enforcement and Centerstone Behavioral Health. Teams provide cold-weather items, coffee and access to transportation to enter into one of the participating shelters.

When activated, the Department of Human & Veteran Services’ coordinated entry phone line will be updated with a cold-weather announcement that promotes outreach locations, transportation assistance, sheltering and supplies. The number is 239-533-7996.

The county has identified several designated outreach locations on or near LeeTran routes where volunteers and staff will distribute blankets, hand-warmers, socks, hot coffee and a one-way LeeTran pass if a person experiencing homelessness accepts a sheltering offer.

FDOH-LEE COVID SITES SWITCH TO TESTING ONLY BY APPOINTMENT

FDOH-LEE COVID SITES SWITCH TO TESTING ONLY BY APPOINTMENT

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County announced that its COVID-19 testing sites will provide tests only by appointment now. 

To meet the soaring demand for COVID-19 tests, both of Lee County’s testing sites will now only accept appointments. No walk-ins will be tested. 

The health department hopes its change will cut down on long wait times. 

Hours for the COVID-19 testing site at CenturyLink Sports complex are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The testing site at FDOH-Lee along Michigan Avenue will operate its appointment-only operations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

To book an appointment at either COVID-19 testing site, go to Nomi Health’s website, nomihealth.com/fl

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