Thursday, March 2, 2023

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Fort Myers Beach iconic ‘Times Square’ still without electricity

Despite it being the center of attention on the island, the area isn’t grabbing attention from its electric utility provider when it comes to restoring service after Hurricane Ian. For the last five months, Times Square has sat in complete darkness each night after the sunsets.

Restaurants and bars that are trying to bounce back from the hurricane are forced to close up at sunset as lights are just too much to run on generators. Business owners are fed up with the fumes and constant fueling up to make ends meet.

Medal of Honor recipient to sing anthem

Every so often Americans get lucky enough to include in their starting lineup a citizen like James C. “Doc” McCloughan — and not because he can sing.

But he’s flown down from his Michigan home with his wife of 33 years, Cherie, to do just that on Saturday, March 4, lending his pipes to the national anthem before a crowd watching the Boston Red Sox take on the Houston Astros in a spring training baseball game at JetBlue Park, part of Fenway South, in Fort Myers.

Bonita Springs City Council discusses problematic roundabouts and traffic

The roundabout connecting Old U.S. 41 and Terry Street can have your head spinning in circles trying to navigate it.

Environmental groups dispute delay in federal mandate to safeguard Florida’s ghost orchids

The ghost orchid petition requesting endangered species status for the orchid was filed with U.S. Fish and Wildlife more than a year ago by the Institute for Regional Conservation, the Center for Biological Diversity and the National Parks Conservation Association. The decision has been recently postponed to 2026. But why?

Strawberry Festival comes to Farmer Joe’s on March 4

This is the peak of Florida’s strawberry season. In support of Florida agriculture, Farmer Joe’s Fresh Market is set to host the Strawberry Festival on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will offer a variety of delicious food and fun activities for all ages, with a chance to learn about animal welfare.

Strawberry items made fresh in-house, such as strawberry shortcake, strawberry salsa and summer berry salad will be featured, along with products like strawberry wine or strawberry spritz goat cheese.

Today in History

  • 1974 - grand jury in Washington, D.C. concludes that President Nixon was indeed involved in the Watergate cover-up.

  • 1951 - The U.S. Navy launches the K-1, the first modern submarine designed to hunt enemy submarines.

  • 1945 - MacArthur raises the U.S. flag on Corregidor in the Philippines.

  • 1943 - The center of Berlin is bombed by the RAF. Some 900 tons of bombs are dropped in a half hour.

  • 1917 - Congress passes the Jones Act making Puerto Rico a territory of the United States and makes the inhabitants U.S. citizens.

  • 1901 - Congress passes the Platt amendment, which limits Cuban autonomy as a condition for withdrawal of U.S. troops.

  • 1853 - The Territory of Washington is organized.