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PGI canal cut-through route chosen
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City Council members are moving forward on a long-awaited project to increase Punta Gorda Isles boaters’ access to Charlotte Harbor. A cut-through, via Alligator Creek, would shorten … Find out how to read more online.
Fairgoers can expect chillier weather
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
With temperatures jumping back into the 80s this work week, it may have felt like spring to some Southwest Floridians, but temperatures will soon drop back down. Charlotte County fairgoers … Find out how to read more online.
Chamber expo ‘Super Bowl’ scores again
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
The Super Bowl came three days early Thursday for the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, halftime show and all. It was the chamber’s fifth annual Business Expo trade show and … Find out how to read more online.
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Bill would put a stop to red-light cameras
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would bring the use of red-light cameras to a screeching halt received narrow support in a Senate committee Thursday after the sponsor argued cities and counties use the traffic enforcement devices to raise cash rather … read more.

UCF hit by data breach involving Social Security numbers
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — The University of Central Florida says a hacker has gained access to 63,000 Social Security numbers belonging to former and current students and workers. UCF President John Hitt said Thursday in an online letter that school officials … read more.

Lottery winner must pay former boyfriend part of winnings
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
SANFORD (AP) — Jurors say a central Florida woman who won $1 million lottery jackpot must pay $291,000 to her former boyfriend, who had claimed he gave her the money to buy the ticket. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the … read more.

Central Florida man faces felony littering charge
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS (AP) — A central Florida man is facing felony littering charges after a contracting firm hired by Seminole County spent nine hours cleaning more than 31 tons of trash from his home. Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Alan … read more.

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Attorney presents Danielle Dreher’s side of story
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Tonight when “Dateline” airs an episode about local firefighter Sam Presley Dreher’s murder, someone not interviewed was his ex-wife Danielle Dreher, who is in prison. Sam — a Charlotte County firefighter who was gunned down in a … Find out how to read more online.

Red tide fish kill dribbling onto Manasota Key
Fri  Feb 5 2016 11:35AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dead fish continue to wash up onto Manasota Key, according to reports received by the Sun Thursday. Earlier this week, dead fish appeared along the Manasota Key shorelines at the public Manasota and Blind Pass beaches in Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.

Residents question sewer fees
Tue  Feb 2 2016 08:30AM
EL JOBEAN — Elizabeth Wong’s home sits on three lots in El Jobean. One parcel, fronting the Myakka River on River Beach Drive, is too small to even build a house. So when she was given notice that a proposed … Find out how to read more online.

Fair out to deliver bang for buck
Tue  Feb 2 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Fair never sneaks up on Doug Clark. “I pull up the schedule, look for gate-entrance fees, and try to go when the kids are free,” he said. Since 2001, Clark, a Port Charlotte resident … Find out how to read more online.

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