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Trip to Charlotte beach to become more complicated in August
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Sometimes it’s not easy to get to the beach if you live in Port Charlotte or Punta Gorda. If you go toward Fort Myers Beach, you never really know if … Find out how to read more online.
Sports bar entrepreneurs
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The old Sportsman’s Lounge sat on the outskirts, low slung, set back from the road. In those days, the sportsmen in question were more likely hunters and fishermen than football and hockey fans. The memorabilia on the walls were rods, … Find out how to read more online.

The advantages of verbal negotiations
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Q: I’ve sold quite a few homes, but none in Florida. In my experience, the offers and counteroffers were always in writing. The Realtor who listed my Florida home a … Find out how to read more online.
Tensions rise at seven-hour sewer hearing
Fri  Jul 22 2016 05:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — At a protracted public hearing that started Wednesday and extended into Thursday morning, residents and business owners continued to push back against planned sewer expansions across Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida’s jobs agency gives checks to departing employees
Sat  Jul 23 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Amid a major shakeup pushed by Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida agency responsible for luring jobs to the state is paying nearly a half-million dollars to departing employees. Florida taxpayers are picking up the majority of … read more.

County worker accused of threatening Florida AG Pam Bondi
Fri  Jul 22 2016 10:19PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi got a death threat from a county worker in central Florida who accused her of hating gays and taking bribes from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. A Florida Department … read more.

Authorities: $1B Medicare fraud nursing home scam, 3 charged
Sat  Jul 23 2016 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been charged in an unprecedented $1 billion health care fraud scam, accused of using dozens of Miami nursing homes to bilk the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to an indictment unsealed … read more.

Historic home destroyed by fire
Fri  Jul 22 2016 10:19PM
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say one of Melbourne’s oldest surviving houses has been destroyed by a fire. Florida Today reports that firefighters responded to the Elizabeth Eaton home early Thursday afternoon. The flames were knocked down about an hour … read more.

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Attention caregivers
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Consulate Health Care of Port Charlotte is teaming with Tidewell Hospice to present a free “self-care” seminar for professional caregivers Wednesday at Consulate, 18480 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte. The hour-long seminar, “Keeping Pace with the Contemporary Boundaries in Health care,” … Find out how to read more online.

Sexual predator charged with lewd battery on teen
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 25-year-old registered sexual predator found himself Friday at the Charlotte County Jail on $1 million bond after sheriff’s office investigators charged him with lewd and lascivious battery on a minor. On July 5, a sheriff’s deputy … Find out how to read more online.

Survey seeks victims of freshwater releases
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University has partnered with the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center to conduct a survey of small businesses which may have suffered losses during … Find out how to read more online.

The Fabric of Our Faith: Outrunning the rain
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The recent rains reminded me of Elijah’s 1 Kings 17 and 18 prophesy to King Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except … Find out how to read more online.

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