Southwest Florida News
FGCU researchers have released results of a study that shows that people in Southwest Florida are breathing in toxins from airborne algae daily. Very low levels of a toxin called microcystin from blue-green algae in Cape Coral have been found in the air near those affected canals. According to researchers the toxins are at very low levels, and they don't appear be a threat to human health at present. Meanwhile dolphin sea turtles and other sea life continue to pile up on area beaches, close to 40 dolphin have washed ashore in the past week. Officials are waiting for the results of water testing done by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to help figure out what is killing our marine life.
A Cape Coral woman has been arrested in connection with a hit and run last month at the intersection of SW 17th Place and SW 32nd Street in which she hit two teen pedestrians. 39 year old Alicia Harrington has been charged with hit and run with injury
A new effort is underway to ban assault weapons in Florida. A Miami-based political action committee is proposing a constitutional amendment that would ban assault-style weapons, like the AR-15. In order to get the proposal on the ballot, they'll need close to 800,000 signatures.
Elton John has been forced to cancel two Florida concerts due to an ear infection, Last nights show in Orlando and his show in Tampa are both being postponed. Hold on to your tickets. Both of those shows will be rescheduled.
SpongeBob SquarePants Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dead at 57
- The man behind SpongeBob SquarePantshas died, Stephen Hillenburg passed away of ALS on Tuesday, he was diagnosed with the disease in March.
- Nickelodeon released a statement about Hillenburg’s passing, calling him a “beloved friend” and sending condolences to his family.
- In the statement, the network went on to say that, "Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere.” Hillenburg was 57.
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