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Report: Florida lags behind nation in preventing and reducing tobacco use


Florida is listed as one of the states with the worst policies to prevent and reduce tobacco use, according to the American Lung Association’s 21st annual “State of Tobacco Control” report, which was released recently. The state earned mostly failing grades on this year’s report. The “State of Tobacco Control” report evaluates state and federal policies on actions taken to […]

DEP protects nearly 12,000 acres within the Peace River watershed


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has finalized the purchase of an 11,958-acre conservation easement in DeSoto and Hardee counties within the Horse Creek Ranch Florida Forever project. Previously approved for acquisition by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet, this property provides a buffer for Horse Creek, a tributary of the Peace River, and will ensure the continued protection […]

FARMERS MARKETS

Farmers market season is in full swing in Southwest Florida. The seasonal markets offer a wide selection of produce, seafood, plants, crafts, jewelry, tasty fare and more. FRIDAY Happy Hour Marketplace 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 361 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. (Bailey Brothers Park) in Punta Gorda. Live music, crafts, art, fresh produce and fruits, soul food, ice treats, […]

COMMUNITY IN THE KNOW

An open letter of thanks from Samaritan’s Purse From Casey Goodwin, marketing relations specialist for Operation Christmas Child: I am writing to thank Punta Gorda-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Generosity throughout contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation […]

Hoffmann Media Group Names Four New Executives

Hoffmann Media Group, the parent company of Florida Weekly, Florida Health Care News, and IFoundMyDoctor.com, has announced four new executive appointments. Angela Schvinski, Cindy Giles, and Alisa Bowman have been promoted to senior management roles. Also announced, Fort Myers native Melissa Vogt has joined the media group as market director for Lee County, Florida. “We’re pleased to have promoted Ms. […]

Thin Mints! It’s Girl Scout Cookie time


OK, everyone. Time to get out your trousers with the elastic waistbands. You may put on a few pounds during one of the year’s great culinary seasons. No, it’s not Thanksgiving or Christmas or Valentine’s Day we’re talking about. But this one may be nearly as important: It’s almost Girl Scout Cookie season. You know, it’s that time of year […]

LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS

Farmers market season is in full swing in Southwest Florida. The seasonal markets offer a wide selection of produce, seafood, plants, crafts, jewelry, tasty fare and more. FRIDAY Happy Hour Marketplace 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 361 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. (Bailey Brothers Park) in Punta Gorda. Live music, crafts, art, fresh produce and fruits, soul food, ice treats, […]

Court rules Florida can punish local officials for restricting guns



In a case stemming from the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Florida Supreme Court last week rejected a challenge to a state law that threatens stiff penalties if local officials pass gun-related regulations. The 5-1 ruling was a blow to 33 cities and counties and dozens of local officials who contended that penalties in the […]

COMMUNITY IN THE KNOW

Family event to benefit Imagination Library HorsePower for Healing and Gilstad Literacy Foundation are collaborating on “Horses, Kids & Books — Oh My!”, an event for families to benefit Charlotte County Imagination Library on Feb. 11. Lizzie the Literacy Bus will be on site so the kids can go home with a free book, and preschool age children living in […]

Hoffmann named member of Horatio Alger Association

David Hoffmann, founder and chairman of the Hoffmann Family of Companies, has been named a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. Hoffmann, which has extensive interests in Southwest Florida, is the parent company of Florida Weekly […]


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