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Shop the new Cape Coral Animal Shelter online store 🛒

Shop the new Cape Coral Animal Shelter online store 🛒

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Lee County plans County Commission redistricting process

Lee County plans County Commission redistricting process

Lee County plans County Commission redistricting process

The Lee Board of County Commissioners announced the schedule for public meetings at which the community can provide input on the redistricting process and launched a website landing page to provide data, maps, information and transparency throughout the process.

Florida law requires each county to examine the need to redistrict every 10 years following the U.S. Census. Members of the Lee BoCC are elected by voters countywide, but are seated according to five districts in which they reside.

Lee County plans County Commission redistricting process

Four public meetings, including three public hearings, are planned as part of the redistricting process as part of regularly scheduled meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. Meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Old Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers, FL 33922:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5 – Public hearing to review preliminary map options
  • Tuesday, Nov. 2 – Public hearing to review map options
  • Tuesday, Nov. 16 – Public hearing to adopt new map
  • Tuesday, Dec. 7 – Item on the Lee Board of County Commissioners agenda to certify for transmission to the Florida Secretary of State

The new landing page can be found at www.leegov.com/countymanager/redistricting. Residents also are encouraged to sign up for Lee County’s newsletter by visiting www.leegov.com and clicking on the envelope icon. Recipients receive meeting notices with agenda links and other information. Following Lee County Government on Facebook also provides updates.

Lee County plans County Commission redistricting process

The goal of redistricting is to readjust the population between commission districts so that no commission district includes substantially more individual residents than the others. If commission district boundary adjustments are needed, Lee County can make such changes during an odd-numbered year. Given the late release of U.S. Census data this year, the normal 10-month process will be condensed to about four months.

SWFL AMONG BEST PLACES TO GET A MORTGAGE IN STATE

SWFL AMONG BEST PLACES TO GET A MORTGAGE IN STATE

SWFL AMONG BEST PLACES TO GET A MORTGAGE IN STATE

Southwest Florida is among the “Best Places to Get a Mortgage” in the state, according to a new study from SmartAsset.

The financial technology company included factors like borrowing costs and property taxes to determine results.

  • Lee County ranked No. 7 on the list, with a 63.49% loan-funding rate.
  • Collier County followed at No. 8, with a 63.25% loan-funding rate.

For the full results and methodology, click here.  

Racing Results in Serious Injury

Racing Results in Serious Injury

Two vehicles racing on NE Pine Island Road caused a single-vehicle crash this weekend that resulted in the driver losing his arm. Major Crash Investigators responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. 

Racing Results in Serious Injury
Not actual vehicle, for visual purposes only

The synopsis of the crash:

DATE: September 11, 2021 at approximately 7:20 pm at 1100 NE Pine Island Road.

VEHICLE 1: 2016 blue Ford Mustang, Florida tag, driven by Ariel Gonzalez Rodon, H/M, 5-6-75, of Cape Coral. Rodon suffered life-threatening injuries, including one arm amputation.

PASSENGER: Rafael Perez Martinez, H/M, 9-16-88, of Cape Coral. Martinez suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.

VEHICLE 2: Unknown year dark-colored Ford Mustang.

According to witnesses, Vehicle 1 was in the right lane of Pine Island Road, facing West, at the intersection of Del Prado Boulevard. Vehicle 2 was in the left lane directly next to Vehicle 1. Both vehicles were traveling West on NE Pine Island Road racing each other. Witnesses report that both vehicles were going in excess of 100 mph.

Racing Results in Serious Injury

At the intersection of NE 10th Place, a vehicle traveled South across the intersection and Vehicle 1 swerved left to avoid it. While doing so at the high rate of speed, Vehicle 1 lost control, veered back right, and traveled off the North edge of the roadway. Vehicle 1 traveled 170 feet through the ditch and then exited out the other side where it became airborne. Vehicle 1 traveled 37 feet airborne and then began to roll violently for 185 feet before coming to rest on all four wheels.

Racing Results in Serious Injury

A witness and an off-duty CCPD officer applied a tourniquet to one arm of the driver of Vehicle 1. Both occupants were trauma alerted by ambulance to Lee Memorial Hospital due to injuries.

At Lee Memorial Hospital, the driver of Vehicle 1 was rushed into emergency surgery where one arm was amputated. The driver of Vehicle 1 is listed in critical but stable condition. The driver of Vehicle 2 suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.

It is unknown if alcohol/drugs are involved in this traffic crash. The next of kin has been notified.

This case is pending further investigation and potential criminal charges.

Racing Results in Serious Injury

ER, URGENT CARE CLINIC COMING TO CAPE CORAL

ER, URGENT CARE CLINIC COMING TO CAPE CORAL

ER, URGENT CARE CLINIC COMING TO CAPE CORAL

A new emergency room/urgent care clinic is being built at the southwest corner of Pine Island Road and SW Third Place in Cape Coral. 

The same group that owns Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Punta Gorda is developing it. 

Hal Arkin, a commercial real estate broker with RE/MAX, needed more than a decade to acquire the different parcels. He sold the 12.7 acres for $7.3 million in December 2019. 

There will be a 10,850 square-foot freestanding emergency room with 11 examining rooms, Arkin said. The clinic will have about 40 employees, and PHM Group is managing construction, he said. 

For the full story, click here.

Scammers are Targeting Owners of Vacant Unimproved Lots

Scammers are Targeting Owners of Vacant Unimproved Lots

Realtors, title companies and lot owners should be keenly aware of a current common scam involving illegally and fraudulently selling lots away from unknowing owners.

Scammers are Targeting Owners of Vacant Unimproved Lots

The Cape Coral Police Department has received numerous complaints of title fraud occurring or being attempted. The scam has shown that suspects are compromising the identities of the legitimate landowners and attempting to sell real property in Cape Coral.  These reports have primarily affected victims living out of the country, but have also affected landowners living domestically. These scammers are providing fraudulent documents as identification to impersonate legitimate owners.

Scammers are Targeting Owners of Vacant Unimproved Lots

Many of the complaints have been related to vacant, unimproved lots located in various sections of the City.  

Throughout the numerous investigations, our detectives have been able to develop similar trends in each of the listings and subsequent closing transactions.

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Here are some things Cape Coral Police Detectives recommend realtors and title companies look out for when being contacted to sell properties:

  • The scammers want a valuation of the property and express a desire for a quick sale and closing
  • The scammers are asking realtors to list the property below market value
  • The scammers are only communicating via text messaging or email, and are typically “unavailable” by telephone
  • The scammers are usually unable to answer questions related to the property, such as assessments paid, seawall, or other improvements.
  • Scammers may say they live in one country and have documents “notarized” from another country; the scammers may give wire instructions to an account in a third country different from the previous two
  • Check the documents the seller provides for authenticity 
  • Foreign-based notarization should include Apostle to help verify legitimacy of identification
  • Try to contact the real owners utilizing information from the previous purchase
  • Verify IP addresses used to electronically sign documents (examples:  DocuSign, DotLoop, or other similar products) and see if the IP address matches the location of the seller
Scammers are Targeting Owners of Vacant Unimproved Lots

If you have any questions or believe that you may have been scammed, please email our Financial Crimes Unit at ccpdfraud@capecoral.gov.

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