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Stephanie Fernandez

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Cape Coral, FL, United States

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Past articles by Stephanie:

City of Cape Coral could restrict when you can have hurricane shutters

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - — The City of Cape Coral could make hurricane shutters illegal unless there is a storm threat. The city wants to restrict when you can have them up. Cape Coral Fire Chief Ryan Lamb said it can pose a fire hazard adding it takes longer for fire crews to get into a home to rescue people who are trapped inside if shutters are present. It makes it harder to ventilate smoke and gas… → Read More

Bronze bust of Donny Overholser found, returned to park

The search is now over for a stolen bronze bust that was taken from Sam Fleishman Sports Complex last week. Donny Overholser who was honored with the 70 pound bronze bust said he is glad the bust is now back but he is still doesn't know why someone would do this. → Read More

Lee County has high wildfire risk heading into dry season, how to prevent fires

Brushfire season is back and Lee County has the highest wildfire risk at the moment in Florida. With the dry season just getting started, fire officials are wanting to people to keep in mind ways to prevent these fires from happening in the first place. → Read More

Comcast to bring high-speed internet to Northern portion of Cape Coral

The City of Cape Coral has entered into an agreement with Comcast to extend its cable system. Linda Stevens who lives in the Northeast area of Cape Coral said she is hopeful now with Comcast expanding its services to the Northern portions of the city. → Read More

Lee County School Board chooses superintendent, will begin contract negotiations

The Lee County School District is much closer to hiring a new superintendent. Tuesday afternoon, the panel voted to extend an offer to a man who recently worked in one of the largest school districts in Florida and the country. → Read More

Bulk and yard trash pick-up issues continue in Cape Coral

People that live in Cape Coral neighborhoods said Waste Pro hasn’t collected their bulk and yard trash in weeks. Many residents are upset and are left with more questions than answers. → Read More

Charlotte County officials hold public meetings to improve water quality

Charlotte County officials hold public meetings to improve water quality → Read More

Church returns to virtual services amid omicron surge

Church returns to virtual services amid omicron surge → Read More

Must-know changes for the 2021 tax season

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Bill Antar's fingers are busy these days as tax season cranks into gear. He owns Cape Coral Tax and Accounting Services. Like other tax preparers, he wants his clients to know the IRS is sending letters this month. The letters let them know the amount they received with their third round of stimulus checks and the amount they received with the advanced child tax credit. "They… → Read More

Cape Coral mom raises awareness on distress fireworks can cause

Cape Coral mom raises awareness on distress fireworks can cause → Read More

Horry County Police Department welcomes two new Bloodhound puppies to the team

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – In a Positively Carolina story, the Horry County Police introduced its newest and cutest members to the department. The HCPD has added K-9’s Reba and Pepper, two adorable Bloodhound puppies to their team. Just like any puppy, the sisters are full of energy and love to play. The sisters will […] → Read More

Doctors warn of possible ‘Twindemic’ of COVID-19, flu during winter months

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – Experts warn we could see what they are calling a “twindemic” of COVID-19 and flu this coming winter. Dr. Gerald Harmon with Tidelands Health is urging people not just to get a COVID vaccine but also a flu shot. According to the CDC, nearly 194-million flu shots were distributed last […] → Read More

Doctors saw drop in women getting mammogram screening due to pandemic; trend changing

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, highlighting the need for mammograms and early detection. Dr. Craig Brackett with Tidelands Health said because of the pandemic, fewer women were getting checked out. Dr. Brackett said this trend was seen in March and April of 2020. He’s seen more complex cases because […] → Read More

Doctors saw drop in women getting mammogram screening due to pandemic; trend changing

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, highlighting the need for mammograms and early detection. Dr. Craig Brackett with Tidelands Health said because of the pandemic, fewer women were getting checked out. Dr. Brackett said this trend was seen in March and April of 2020. He’s seen more complex cases because […] → Read More

Horry County leaders to discuss allocating more funds to repair roads

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – Horry County council will discuss a resolution to designate more than $30 million for road projects. Councilman Johnny Vaught said the county is splitting their attention between a number of projects – but the Ride 2 project is almost complete. Vaught said the county has $30-$35 million left over from […] → Read More

Tidelands Health administers COVID-19 booster to newly eligible groups

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – Months after being fully vaccinated, new groups of South Carolinians are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot. Tidelands Health and health officials said they’ve started administering the COVID-19 booster shot. One of those groups eligible is people 65 and older. The CDC released new guidance for people eligible to […] → Read More

Conway police see recent rise in shoplifting, fraud and car break-ins

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) – Conway police want to stop a recent increase in crimes like shoplifting, car break-ins and fraud. A program is available to help businesses learn how to recognize and report suspicious activity. Conway police now offer the Merchant Watch Program to business owners and managers. Businesses can meet and work together to […] → Read More

Mental health issues on the rise due to pandemic

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTW) – Experts say mental health issues are getting worse nationwide, including here in the Carolinas. Some groups report a 56% increase in anxiety and depression. Dr. Eva Meekins, nursing director at Robeson Community College, has experience as a psychiatric and mental health nurse. She said the increase in mental health issues […] → Read More

Rivertown Restaurant Week in Conway benefits businesses affected by the pandemic

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) – It’s a big week in Conway. It’s Rivertown Restaurant Week, a week celebrating restaurants. Coppers Restaurant in Conway is participating in Rivertown Restaurant Week. The general manager said the pandemic has brought many challenges to his business but it’s slowly recovering. “COVID has had a huge impact on our business and […] → Read More

Fun events happening along the Grand Strand this weekend

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – There are some fun events happening in our area, and chicken fans are in for a good weekend. The annual Grillers Cup starts Friday for the 7th year. It starts with a chicken wing tasting contest from 5 – 9 p.m. It’s followed by a barbeque cooking competition on Saturday […] → Read More