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Finding money for beach sand
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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
Tue  Jul 17 2018 08:30AM
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
Tue  Jul 17 2018 08:30AM
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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’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.

2 officers injured in melee at teen detention center
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two detention officers were injured after a fight broke out between teens at a facility in Florida. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Laura Williams says deputies responded to a “riot situation” at the Volusia Regional Juvenile … read more.

Man behind bars for failing to unlock cell phones for police
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is behind bars for failing to unlock his phones following a traffic stop. Fox 13 News reports that William Montanez was pulled over in June for improper yielding in Tampa. He wouldn’t allow … read more.

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