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Lee County Schools’ JROTC Programs Spearhead Food Drive Competition

FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 8, 2024) – In a commendable display of community, the JROTC program across the School District of Lee County has stepped up to combat hunger in our communities through a spirited food drive competition benefiting Community Cooperative, a local nonprofit organization with a mission of ending hunger and homelessness in southwest…

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Lee County Schools’ JROTC Programs Spearhead Food Drive Competition

FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 8, 2024) – In a commendable display of community, the JROTC program across the School District of Lee County has stepped up to combat hunger in our communities through a spirited food drive competition benefiting Community Cooperative, a local nonprofit organization with a mission of ending hunger and homelessness in southwest Florida. Organized by the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) programs within the School District of Lee County, this food drive addresses pressing community needs and instills civic responsibility and values in all those involved.

Community Cooperative is amazed at this initiative to not only emphasize the importance of service but also the significance of involving young individuals in philanthropy from an early age. “We are thrilled to see an increasing number of young individuals stepping up and getting involved in giving back to their communities,” said Stefanie Ink-Edwards, CEO of Community Cooperative. “We are truly grateful for their support in our mission to end hunger and homelessness in southwest Florida.”

Through their contributions of food items and donations, students are making a tangible difference in the lives of individuals and families facing food insecurity in our community. The JROTC programs in the School District of Lee County encourage students to actively participate in philanthropic activities and believe in nurturing the next generation of leaders.

“The JROTC February Food Drive has been a tradition for well over a decade, says Director of Army Instruction, Col. (RET) Rodney Robinson. “The service provided is in direct correlation with the JROTC Mission, ‘To motivate young people to become better citizens.’” The hard work Lee County Cadets put into collecting over 12,000 pounds of food and almost $9,000, is true evidence the lessons are learned, and Lee County can look forward to the continued growth and service of these young adults.”

For more information on how you can host a food drive please visit CommunityCooperative.com

About Community Cooperative

Since 1984, Community Cooperative has worked to effectively eliminate hunger and homelessness in southwest Florida while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education, and social service programs. With a dedicated team of volunteers, board of directors and staff, Community Cooperative stays committed to its core responsibility to collect and distribute resources through a strong and viable network of community partners. Community Cooperative is an exemplary steward of the resources entrusted to it and serves clients with compassion and integrity. Through collaboration and ongoing education, Community Cooperative supports and strengthens those whose lives have been affected by hunger and homelessness, ensuring that they have access to the resources necessary to transform their lives with dignity.

Autism Acceptance Month

  CMON celebrates every child and all of their abilities during Autism Acceptance Month and all year long! CMON offers events, programs, and calm-down kits all catered for children with special needs and autism. Learn More about our offerings: Autism Awareness Storytime and Pop-Up Activities   Throughout the month of April, CMON educators will offer…

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Autism Acceptance Month

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CMON celebrates every child and all of their abilities during Autism Acceptance
Month and all year long! CMON offers events, programs, and calm-down kits all
catered for children with special needs and autism.

Learn More about our offerings:


Autism Awareness Storytime and Pop-Up Activities  

Throughout the month of April, CMON educators will
offer a sensory friendly story time and a pop-up activity
on Mondays and Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.  

Pop-up activities may include fidget toys, a community
puzzle, or a “what makes me unique” page.

 
Register Now

Exceptional Night  

Exceptional Nights are created specifically for children with physical
and/or neurological disabilities, Autism, and other sensory integration
disorders. Lighting and sounds are muted, cool-down spaces are avail-
able, and participation is limited to keep crowds to a minimum. The
whole family is encouraged to attend to make the evening enjoyable
and educational for the child.  

Upcoming Exceptional Nights: April 23 and May 28

 
Register Now

Exceptional Resource Night  

Join us for a special Exceptional Night at CMON! Explore and connect
with community resources and activities, including Endless Brain Musical
Learning, LARC, Inc., Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, North Naples
Therapy & Enrichment Services, The Naples Players, and We Rock the
Spectrum Kid’s Gym. Free for CMON members and $5/person.



Sensory Kits  

CMON offers Calm Down kits at the front desk upon request for children with 
autism and sensory needs. These kits include weighted blankets, weighted seek-
and-find game, child-sized noise-cancelling headphones, and a timer.  

These are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the front desk all year long.

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Bat maternity season starts April 16

(Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.) April 8, 2024 Photos available  Suggested Tweet: Bat maternity season starts April 16! Got #bats roosting in buildings? April 15 is the last day to legally exclude bats from your home without a permit: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/3950f7f @MyFWC #Florida #Conservation Bat maternity season starts April 16…

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Bat maternity season starts April 16

Florida’s 13 bat species typically roost in trees, caves or other natural spaces, but are sometimes
attracted to human-made structures, including buildings undergoing construction. If you have
bats roosting in buildings, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is
sharing the reminder that April 15 is the last day to legally exclude bats from buildings without
a permit.

Florida’s bat maternity season, the time when most of our state’s native and beneficial bats give
birth and raise their young, starts on April 16 and lasts until Aug. 14 each year. During bat maternity
season, it is illegal to block bats from their roosts; this prevents flightless young from being trapped
inside structures, which isn’t good for people or bats.

If you have bats roosting in your house or building, the most effective and only legal method to
remove roosting bats from structures is the use of exclusion devices, which allow bats to safely
exit a structure but block them from returning to their roosts. It is only legal to use exclusion
devices from Aug.15 until April 15, outside of the maternity season. Permits are required to use
exclusion devices outside of those dates.

It is illegal in Florida to kill or harm bats, so exclusion guidelines were developed to ensure bats are
removed safely and effectively from buildings outside of maternity season. Bat exclusion is a multi-
step process that begins by identifying all potential bat entry and exit points in a building. To legally
exclude bats, exclusion devices must be installed on key exit points, left up for a minimum of four
nights and the exclusion must be conducted when the overnight temperature is forecast to be 50ºF
or above.

Bats are highly beneficial, both ecologically and economically. Florida’s bats are insectivores,
with a single bat eating up to hundreds of insects a night, including mosquitoes and other garden
and agricultural pests. Worldwide, bats serve critical functions due to their roles in insect pest
control, and as pollinators and seed dispersers, and their guano can be a valuable fertilizer.

Florida’s native bat populations include endangered species including the Florida bonneted bat.
Want to help our bats? There are several ways that Florida residents and visitors can support bat
conservation:
-Preserve natural roost sites, including trees with cavities or peeling bark.
-Leave dead fronds on palm trees to provide roosting spots for bats.
-Install a bat house on your property.
-Report unusual bat behavior, as well as sick or dead bats: MyFWC.com/BatMortality.

For more information about how to properly exclude bats as well as other tips to bat-proof your home,
visit MyFWC.com/Bats and click “Bats in Buildings.”  If you have questions or need more assistance,
contact your closest FWC Regional Office to speak with a wildlife assistance biologist. Learn more
about bats in Florida and ways you can help them thrive by visiting MyFWC.com/Bats.

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Upcoming SFWMD Public Meetings

  Meeting Notice Join the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for upcoming public meetings and events in the next three weeks. For a list of all upcoming meetings, check out our Meeting Calendar. Meeting agendas are available at least seven days in advance. Meeting format varies for each meeting, and some meetings may be in-person only, virtual…

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Meeting Notice Join the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for upcoming
public meetings and events in the next three weeks. For a list of all upcoming meetings, check
out our Meeting Calendar. Meeting agendas are available at least seven days in advance. 

Meeting format varies for each meeting, and some meetings may be in-person only, virtual only,
or a hybrid of both formats. Take note of upcoming SFWMD public meetings

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What: C-7 Basin Flood Protection Level of Service Adaptation
and Mitigation Planning Projects Study Workshop
When: April 9 at 9:30 a.m. Meeting Information

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What: 2024 Open House for the South Florida Environmental Report
When: April 10 & 11 at 1:00 p.m. Meeting Information

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What: Governing Board Meeting
When: April 11 at 9:00 a.m.

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This meeting will be immediately followed by the SFWMD Leasing Corp. Annual Meeting.

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What: Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) Flood Resiliency Study Meeting
When: April 12 at 11:00 a.m.

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What: Lake Belt Mitigation Committee Meeting
When: April 18 at 10:00 a.m.

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What: East Coast Surficial Model (ECSM) Calibration Update Peer Review Meeting
When: April 23 at 8:30 a.m.

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What: Big Cypress Basin Board Meeting
When: April 26 at 11:00 a.m.

Meeting Information      


Many SFWMD meetings are conducted via Zoom, a free online meeting tool.
You can learn more about attending a Zoom meeting and even run a test on
your computer, tablet or smart phone. Please note, you must have the latest
version of Zoom to attend SFWMD meetings conducted on Zoom.

The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental
agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state.
It is the oldest and largest of the state’s five water management districts. 
Our mission is to safeguard and restore South Florida’s water resources
and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the
region’s water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL SPRING FLING EVENT

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL SPRING FLING EVENTNAPLES, Florida (April 8, 2024) – The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (CMON) is celebrating all things spring with its third annual family-friendly Spring Fling event on Saturday, April 27, 2024. This event will open to CMON members only from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and open…

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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL SPRING FLING EVENT

NAPLES, Florida
(April 8, 2024) – The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (CMON) is celebrating all things spring with its third annual family-friendly Spring Fling event on Saturday, April 27, 2024. This event will open to CMON members only from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and open to all museum guests from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

In addition to the museum’s regular exhibits and programming, Spring Fling will feature springtime-themed STEAM activities, face painting, a miniature petting zoo, a bubble dance party, Teddy Bear Mobile stuffed animal making (at additional cost), and more. The CMON Education team will be hosting science demonstrations in the backyard, and guests will have the opportunity to play spring-themed games, compete in STEAM challenges, and add their creativity to a community art project.

Local coffee cart The Bean will be onsite to provide pick-me-ups throughout the morning, and Cajun Gringos food truck will be at the museum from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch for patrons to purchase.

With a focus on animals, plants, produce, and the environment, Spring Fling will be an unforgettable and fun day at the museum. There are no tickets or registration needed to attend. To access early admission and many more benefits, become a member at https://www.cmon.org/membership/.

Programs this week at FGCU Academy

Hundreds of lectures. Knowledgeable instructors.  Join us in-person at one of our 19 locations or participate online.           JANUARY - MAY 2024 PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE OR VIA PHONE     Keep your mind active and engaged in the new year! Register for a lecture with FGCU Academy!  …

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Programs this week at FGCU Academy

Hundreds of lectures. Knowledgeable instructors. 
Join us in-person at one of our 19 locations
or participate online.

         
JANUARY – MAY 2024 PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS
NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE OR VIA PHONE  
 
Keep your mind active and engaged in the new year!
Register for a lecture with FGCU Academy!    

Dear John, Easter may have ended but things are still hopping at FGCU Academy. Check
out the upcoming week below! Lots of excitement going on.  

Call our office for assistance with your registrations at 239.434.4737.

 
Week of April 8 – April 12

Click on any topic below to learn more.

 
General “Black Jack” Pershing  

April 8 | 10 – 11:30am, Monday

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

John J. Pershing, who led U.S. forces in World War I, is one of the most respected
and honored military leaders in history. An 1886 graduate of West Point, he had a
distinguished military career spanning over four decades. Among his career high-
lights: commanding Black troops during the Indian wars and at the Battle of San
Juan Hill; promotion from Captain to Brigadier General by President Teddy
Roosevelt, with whom he fought in Cuba; combatting terrorism in the Philippines
and Mexico; commanding AEF; and promotion to General of the Armies. Join this
fascinating look at the life and career of a military icon.

 
Apollo Program Review: 50th Anniversary  

April 8 | 2 – 3:30pm, Monday  

Bonita Bay Community Center

Our speaker reviews the Apollo space program from his unique perspective as
an engineer who helped design the Inertial Navigation System used by both the
Apollo Command and Lunar Modules. He was awarded the Presidential Medal
of Freedom for his work on the Apollo 13 mission. We review the details of the
Apollo 11 Mission – First Manned Landing on the Moon; Apollo 13 – Houston
We Have A Problem Mission; and Apollo 17 – Last man On the Moon Mission.

 
The Constitution and the New “Imperial Presidency”  

April 9 | 10:30 – 12pm, Tuesday  

Naples Center / Online via Zoom

The Founders gave the president significant powers but also provided
for checks and balances on those powers. Over time, those checks and
balances eroded, leading to the evolution of an Imperial Presidency that
exceeds the constitutional boundaries. The lecture examines the history
of this process, leading up to the present, and how balance can be
restored.

 
Don’t Miss Out!
LAST CHANCE TO
REGISTER!  


Slam Bidding
April 10 | 10 – 11:30am,
Wednesday

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

How many slams do you miss at the bridge table? Join us as we tackle the
most important systems and conventions you should know in order to find
and make every biddable slam. Topics will include Italian Cue Bids, Kick-
back, 1430, Queen Ask, Exclusion Blackwood and more. Bring your partner
so you can both hone your skills on all these powerful bridge conventions
and start bidding more slams!

 
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)  

April 10 | 10 – 11:30am,
Wednesday  

FGCU Main Campus – Ft. Myers
BLDG AB9 (room 106)

UAP is the new name given to what we previously knew as UFO’s – Unidentified Flying Objects.
In this lecture, we review major historical UAP/UFO events starting with the July 1947 Roswell,
NM incident which has become a cultural phenomenon. Portrayals of the Roswell incident are a
prominent and enduring topic in popular culture and mass media commonly associated with “grey
aliens” and “flying saucers.” Our Speaker was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his
work on the Apollo 13 mission which safely returned the three astronauts to earth after an explosion
occurred in their Service Module 200,000 miles from earth on its way to the moon.

 
Catherine the Great  

April 11 | 1:30 – 3pm,
Thursday
 

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Bright, ambitious and imbued with ideas of the Enlightenment, Catherine rose from a German
princess to Empress of Russia through her wits and wiles, not to mention intrigue and the
convenient elimination of her husband. Her correspondence with the greatest minds of the day
is legendary. She had grand plans for Russia, and encouraged by her lover Potemkin, set about
the expansion, modernization and education of the country. Although her reign also saw the
violently dangerous Pugachev rebellion, Catherine’s accomplishments and devotion to Russia
have earned her a place among history’s most Enlightened Despots.    

The Week Ahead  

Monday April 8
The Berlin Airlift and the Berlin Wall
The Problem of Mass Incarceration in the U.S.
Diana: Death of a Princess
The Art of Venice: The Imaginative Artistry of La Serenissima  

Tuesday April 9
Defund the Police? The Current State of American PolicingThe Making of Modern China  

Wednesday April 10
iPhone/iPad for Intermediates: All the Things You Never Knew
China Under Xi Jinping
The Free State of Florida: Really? What About Responsibility?  

Thursday April 11
A Conversation with Florida Gulf Coast University President Aysegul Timur
Great Discussions of Current Events and More (2-part series)  

Friday April 12
Becoming More News Literate      

TAKE A LECTURE AT ONE OF OUR 19 LOCATIONS  
The Arlington, Naples (AR)
Aston Gardens, North Naples (AG)
Bentley Village, North Naples (BV)
Bonita Bay Community Assoc., Bonita (BB)
Brooks Enrichment Center, Bonita (BR)
The Collaboratory, Ft. Myers (CO)
Cypress Cove, Ft. Myers (CC)
FGCU Main Campus, Ft. Myers (FG)
Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples (GR)
Hideaway Beach Club, Marco island (HB)
The Island Country Club, Marco island (IC)
Moorings Park Grande Lake, Naples (GL)
Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, Naples (GO)
Moorings Park Original Campus, Naples (MP)
Naples Center, Naples (NC)
Siena Lakes, North Naples (SL)
The TwinEagles Club, North Naples (TE)
United Church of Marco Island, Marco (UC)
Wyndemere Country Club, Naples (WC)  

(see page 4 of the Winter-Spring 2024 Program Guide for location addresses)    

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August 15-25, 2024  
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The FSW Theatre Program presents “Tartuffe”

April 5, 2024 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Step into the world of Molière's timeless masterpiece, "Tartuffe," as the FSW Theatre Program presents a dazzling theatrical experience filled with wit, satire, and uproarious comedy. This classic French comedy, first performed in the 17th century, continues to captivate audiences with its relevance and entertainment value. Prepare…

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The FSW Theatre Program presents “Tartuffe”

April 5, 2024 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Step into the world of Molière’s timeless masterpiece, “Tartuffe,” as the FSW Theatre Program presents a dazzling theatrical experience filled with wit, satire, and uproarious comedy. This classic French comedy, first performed in the 17th century, continues to captivate audiences with its relevance and entertainment value.

Prepare for an evening of deception, hypocrisy, and laugh-out-loud moments as the talented cast and crew from the FSW Theatre Program breathe life into this iconic play. With impeccable performances and a deep appreciation for Molière’s comedic brilliance, our production promises to immerse you in the hilariously absurd world of “Tartuffe.”

Join us for an unforgettable theatrical experience from April 11th to April 13th at the FSW Black Box Theater, located at 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919

For ticket information, please visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/6267829

Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and most affordable institution of higher education. Annually serving nearly 20,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- [GU1] and four-year degrees and professional certifications, several with 100 percent licensure pass and job placement rates. Study and travel abroad opportunities are available for students through FSW’s Center for International Education. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests[GU2] . Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.


FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Cypress

(Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.) April 5, 2024 Suggested Tweet: The week of April, @MyFWC will conduct aquatic plant control on #LAKECYPRESS in #OSCEOLACOUNTY. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/394a148 #Florida #InvasivePlants  FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Cypress The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control in…

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FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Cypress

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control
in portions of Lake Cypress the week of April 15, weather permitting. The FWC will treat invasive
hydrilla in the Osceola County lake in areas where it is encroaching on beneficial native submersed
aquatic plants and could impact access to navigation and flood protection.

The FWC manages hydrilla on a lake-by-lake basis using a collaborative approach. The FWC makes
management decisions based on the impact this invasive plant can have on native plant communities,
access and navigation, flood control, and management costs.

For general waterbody information, fishing forecasts, virtual tours, annual workplans, boat ramp information,
and more, visit the “What’s Happening on My Lake” website at MyFWC.com/Lakes. For more information
about the treatment, contact Ed Harris, FWC invasive plant management biologist, at 407-204-3310.

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Mighty Mussels host Open House to celebrate start of 2024 baseball season

Just days after the Minnesota Twins left their spring training home, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels kicked off the 2024 baseball season with an Open House for fans, season ticket holders and sponsors. Held April 2 at Hammond Stadium at the Lee Health Sports Complex, more than 300 guests attended a meet-and-greet with players, coaches…

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Mighty Mussels host Open House to celebrate start of 2024 baseball season

Just days after the Minnesota Twins left their spring training home, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels kicked off the 2024 baseball season with an Open House for fans, season ticket holders and sponsors.

Held April 2 at Hammond Stadium at the Lee Health Sports Complex, more than 300 guests attended a meet-and-greet with players, coaches and front office staff, as well as an opportunity to watch a team practice. Season ticket holders and corporate sponsors enjoyed an exclusive opportunity to sample culinary items from the ballpark’s upgraded catering menu, including pulled pork, chicken fingers, pretzels and a variety of desserts.

Mighty Mussels Manager Brian Meyer addressed Open House guests and expressed his excitement about the talent on this year’s team, including Walker Jenkins, the unanimous top prospect in the Twins organization and No. 10 prospect in baseball.

“Over the past decade, the Twins organization has done a tremendous job evaluating and building talent, and the Mighty Mussels have been the beneficiary of that success,” said John Martin, managing partner of the Mighty Mussels. “We have tried to create an equally outstanding product off the field. The gameday atmosphere – from fireworks shows and swag giveaways to mascot races and postgame concerts – has made Hammond Stadium THE place for affordable family fun in Southwest Florida.”

The Mighty Mussels will play 132 games during the 2024 regular season. Tickets start at $10 and are available at MightyMussels.com.

ABOUT THE MIGHTY MUSSELS

The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels are the Single-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins and have played home games at Hammond Stadium since 1992. The franchise, which offers affordable family fun for all ages, plays in the Florida State League’s highly competitive West Division. The Mighty Mussels are led off the field by Majority Partner John Martin and President Chris Peters, and on the field by Manager Brian Meyer. Notable alumni include MLB All-Stars Joe Mauer, David Ortiz, Jose Berrios, Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Torii Hunter. For more information or to purchase individual, group or season tickets, please visit MightyMussels.com or call 239-768-4210. Follow the Mighty Mussels on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

U.S. 41 Caloosahatchee River Bridge Construction Begins April 7

For best viewing, please click here ALERT U.S. 41 Caloosahatchee River Bridge Construction Begins April 7 The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is implementing pedestrian improvements to U.S. 41 over the Caloosahatchee River Bridge from First Street to North Key Drive. This project is intended to improve pedestrian safety by modifying the existing…

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U.S. 41 Caloosahatchee River
Bridge Construction Begins

April 7

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is implementing pedestrian improvements to U.S. 41 over the Caloosahatchee River Bridge from First Street to North Key Drive. This project is intended to improve pedestrian safety by modifying the existing bridge to accommodate an eight-foot sidewalk on the west side of the southbound bridge. The sidewalk will connect to existing sidewalks north and south of the bridge structure to create safe access for pedestrians to cross.

For the safety of the traveling motorists and the construction crews, the bridge will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Sunday, April 7 through Thursday, April 11, 2024. These nighttime closures are necessary for crews to perform bridge work associated with pedestrian improvements.

On Monday, April 8, as part of the Phase I construction plan, the bridge will be reduced to one lane in both northbound and southbound directions for crews to complete this phase of the project. Phase I construction activities are expected to be completed in December 2024.

Electronic message boards will be used to make motorists aware of lane closures and alternate routes that can be used.

Please note that the work schedule is subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Stay informed and sign up for construction alerts and view improvement plans by visiting https://www.swflroads.com/project/449015-1 or
by calling the project hotline at 239-387-0115.

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The Florida Department of Transportation’s mission is to provide a safe transportation system that ensures the mobility of people and goods, enhances economic prosperity, and preserves the quality of the state’s environment and communities. The department is committed to building a transportation system that not only fits the current needs of Florida’s residents and visitors, but also enhances mobility throughout the state to accommodate its consistent and rapid growth. The unique nature of the Sunshine State and its year-round warm climate provides numerous opportunities to achieve the department’s mission through multiple transportation modes including highways/streets, air, rail, sea, spaceports, transit, and the ever-expanding deployment of bicycle & pedestrian facilities.

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