Lee Physician’s Group, an arm of Lee Memorial Health System partnered with United Way to open a medical office in the Fort Myers Community of Dunbar last week.
The clinic is focused on managing chronic diseases like diabetes and providing primary care. Medical supervisor Dr. Aldith Lewis said the Dunbar community needs quality, affordable health services. READ MORE
Florida’s 25th annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference wraps up Friday in Ft. Lauderdale. READ MORE
The center serves about 130 male and female juvenile offenders, with moderate to serious mental health disorders.
Republican Paige Kreegal represents DeSoto county in the state house. He opposes closing the facility has urged Governor Rick Scott to use his line item veto to strike the measure from the state budget. Kreegel said in addition to lost jobs, children would suffer. READ MORE
"Certainly the Medicaid reform that hasn't been reformed since 1964," Williams said. "The teacher tenure bill I think is great. I mean finally you're going to be able to reward good teachers for good works. There was a lot of really good legislation that passed out." READ MORE
Governor Rick Scott signed the Officer Andrew Widman Act into law this morning at a candlelight vigil at the Fort Myers Police Department honoring fallen police officers. It’s the first law signed out of this year’s legislative session. If the law had been in effect 2008 it may have prevented Widman from being killed in the line of duty.
The bill clarifies for the courts that people who have committed a crime, and violate the terms of their probation or house arrest can be kept in jail for up to ten days until their probation violation hearing. (Read More...)
Merwin was FGCU’s second president, selected by the Board of Regents in 1999, and retiring in 2007.
During the years of Dr. Merwin's presidency, Florida Gulf Coast University saw growth in enrollment from 3,284 to 8,309 students; the percentage of students attending full time from 46% to 73%; the annual operating budget from $52 million to $110 million, and the number of campus buildings from 24 to 71. While he was president of FGCU, $175 million in private gifts and donations was raised for support of every University aspect from academics to students to athletics to campus buildings. President Merwin also is credited with growing student housing on campus, taking the intercollegiate athletics program from its infancy to NCAA Division I, and adding many new degree programs including engineering and music. (Read More...)