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Developer withdraws PGI application
Wed  Sep 24 2014 12:20AM
PUNTA GORDA — In an anticlimactic about-face, the developer of a proposed three-story condo community in Punta Gorda Isles withdrew its application for a height variance that would have doubled … Find out how to read more online.
Gatorz in Port Charlotte closes after four decades
Wed  Sep 24 2014 12:20AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Gatorz Bar & Grill, a landmark local dining and drinking establishment that spanned four decades, closed Tuesday. “I’ve been turning people away all day long,” said Dave … Find out how to read more online.
County launches utilities audit
Wed  Sep 24 2014 12:20AM
MURDOCK — Commissioners on Tuesday ordered an audit of Charlotte County Utilities, to ensure the department operates in an efficient and timely manner. The County Commission at its regular meeting … Find out how to read more online.
County launches utilities audit
Tue  Sep 23 2014 06:57PM
MURDOCK — Commissioners on Tuesday ordered an audit of Charlotte County Utilities, to ensure the department operates in an efficient and timely manner. The County Commission at its regular meeting … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Airstrikes hit Syria, Iraq
Tue  Sep 23 2014 11:54PM
WASHINGTON — The one-two-three punch of American and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq was just the beginning, President Barack Obama and other leaders declared Tuesday. They promised a sustained campaign showcasing a rare U.S.-Arab partnership … read more.

Airstrikes alone may not be enough
Tue  Sep 23 2014 11:54PM
BAGHDAD — In their Syrian strongholds, extremists from the Islamic State group had been moving into civilian apartment buildings for cover days before the U.S. and its allies began pounding them before dawn Tuesday, activists say. It’s just one sign … read more.

Indian spacecraft to enter Mars orbit
Tue  Sep 23 2014 11:52PM
NEW DELHI (AP) — India will soon know if its first interplanetary mission will achieve its goal, when a spacecraft built with homegrown technology for a remarkably low price tag of $75 million begins its final maneuvers into orbit around … read more.


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Officials: Teens caused $20K in fire damage at venue
Wed  Sep 24 2014 12:20AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Three teens are accused of sneaking into the Redneck Yacht Club and burning down a merchandise trailer, causing about $20,000 in damage. “There was about $8,000 in merchandise, and the trailer itself was about $12,000,” … Find out how to read more online.

Impact-fee moratorium extended
Wed  Sep 24 2014 12:20AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the impact-fee moratorium in effect at least until April 27, 2015. Since 2008, due to the recession’s impact on the new construction industry, Charlotte County suspended its impact fees, with … Find out how to read more online.

Housing continues momentum
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
Real estate across Southwest Florida continues to boom. According to the latest local housing reports, prices and closed sales for existing single-family homes in Charlotte and Sarasota counties continue to show year-over-year gains. In Charlotte, single-family home sales jumped by … Find out how to read more online.

Dick Trott worked with ‘Navajo code talkers’ during Battle of Iwo Jima
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
Dick Trott, who lives at Jacaranda Trace in Venice, came ashore on Feb. 19, 1945, in the second wave with the 5th Marine Division during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was a corporal operating a radio working with Navajo … Find out how to read more online.

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