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Bill Smith

Naples Daily News

Fort Myers, FL, United States

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Past articles by Bill:

Polling place changes, bus rides and start of early voting in Collier for Election 2022

Some precinct changes are being made in Collier County because of of problems caused by Hurricane Ian to polling places in Naples and Isles of Capri. → Read More

Hurricane Ian leaves trail of misery with its long, slow trip through Southwest Florida

Powerful Hurricane Ian, which hit Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm, caused severe damage throughout the region. → Read More

Lee County declares state of emergency as Hurricane Ian approaches

Lee County, Florida officials will have a public presentation, via Facebook Live, at 3 p.m. Monday to discuss preparations for Hurricane Ian. → Read More

Fowler Street drivers contend with emergency roadwork in Fort Myers

Traffic delays on Fowler Street could continue through the Labor Day holiday as underground repairs are being made. → Read More

'Lagoon' at new North Fort Myers community will allow public access

Lee County Commissioners endorsed more units for North Fort Myers housing complex with recreational lagoon open to the public. → Read More

Longtime Lee County Commissioner John Manning dies

John Manning served a quarter century as a Lee County commissioner. He also was a Cape Coral City Council member. → Read More

Longtime Lee County Commissioner John Manning dies

John Manning served a quarter century as a Lee County commissioner. He also was a Cape Coral City Council member. → Read More

Cecil Pendergrass, Brian Hamman facing write-in foes in Lee commission election

Commissioners face no opposition in the Aug. 23 primary from other Republicans, face write-ins in the November election. → Read More

Ward 1 Fort Myers council candidates call for more economic development

A race between Teresa Watkins Brown and Martin Byrd is a contest between Fort Myers natives. → Read More

Lee County special election set to fill former County Commissioner Frank Mann's seat

Candidates can qualify for the Aug. 23 primary from noon Monday, June 27, through 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, and by petition by 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25. → Read More

Jacquelyn McMiller to drop out of Fort Myers mayoral race, Kevin Anderson unopposed

McMiller cited health issues in her decision to not run again against Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson. → Read More

St. Francis Xavier School parents worry about morning drop-off traffic

St. Francis Xavier School administrators are asking the city to help make the school zone safer for students along Heitman Street in Fort Myers. → Read More

Confederate group gets personal in latest bid to restore Robert E. Lee bust

A new group that wants a Robert E. Lee memorial restored in Fort Myers spent much of its first day in personal attacks on a local civil rights leader. → Read More

Gov. DeSantis names Kevin Karnes clerk of court for Lee County

Backed by his predecessor, retired clerk Linda Doggett, chief operating officer of the county clerk's office Kevin Karnes has been named clerk of court. → Read More

Lee schools superintendent pick offered $255K, plus consulting deal and benefits

Bernier, who says he goes by the name 'Dr. B' on the job, could take over as superintendent in May. → Read More

Fort Myers council: Employee of the Year named, COVID victims honored, enclave annexed

Maalisa Langton's work led to murder, child abuse charges against Serge Levevre Jr. → Read More

Lee school board to consider contract for superintendent next week

Lee school board will review a proposed contract with superintendent-designate Christopher Bernier. → Read More

Charlie Green comes out of retirement as fill-in clerk of circuit court

Charlie Green, who retired and was replaced by Linda Doggett as Lee Clerk of Courts, will replace Doggett on an interim basis. → Read More

New Lehigh school's name could be Edison, baseball's Clemente or Lehigh's founder

Six names have been suggested for a new elementary school in Lehigh Acres → Read More

Lee County agrees to bail out Fort Myers water woes

Lee County has agreed to sell Fort Myers 1.5 million gallons of water each day to alleviate a shortage in some areas of the growing city. → Read More