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Why prices are rising – and when they could go back down

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Lately, it seems like just about everything we buy is costing us more. For starters, gas prices have hit nearly $3 per gallon in Fort Myers. “I like to shop around, but at the same time you have to accept that if you need the gas, you gotta get the gas,” Daniel Bevarly said while at the pump.  The price of a vehicle itself is also on the rise. Analysts say used car prices in particular are up about 20% over the past year.   Price hikes have also hit grocery stores — specifically the meal coolers. The USDA says beef prices are up 10%...

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How ‘Amazon Sidewalk’ works, and how you can opt out

FORT MYERS, Fla.– If you own certain home devices like Ring spotlight cameras or Amazon Echos, they’re automatically enrolled today in what’s called ‘Amazon Sidewalk.’ Alexa herself will explain it to you if you ask.  “Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network that helps devices like Amazon Echo devices, Ring security cams, outdoor lights and motion sensors work better at home beyond the front door,” Alexa will say, if prompted.   In short, it’s a way for neighbors to pool together part of their internet bandwidth through the devices, strengthening the reliability...

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NBC2 Investigates: Who pays for healthcare for the homeless?

FORT MYERS, Fla. (WBBH) — Amid a national health crisis, a homeless crisis emerged in Lee County.  Over the past several months, the seemingly growing homeless population moved from Centennial Park in Fort Myers, to Lions Park, to most recently the back of a run-down plaza in North Fort Myers.  As elected leaders work on how and where to house the homeless — with millions of county and federal money designated for exactly that — there’s a sobering reminder that lingers. People aren’t just living on the streets. They’re dying on them. Two homeless men featured...

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How nature can help SWFL fight back against sea-level rise

NAPLES, Fla. (WBBH) — At Clam Pass Park in Naples, the boardwalk winds through dense trees and over clear blue water in the bay. It’s a beautiful route to the beach.  But as FGCU professor Mike Savarese explains, the landscape offers much more than just a scenic walk.  “It provides ecosystem services,” Savarese said. He’s talking specifically about the tangled mangrove forest in the park, which sits between the gulf coast and the hotel resorts in the area.  After stepping off the boardwalk, Savarese navigated through the trees, explaining how they can help protect coastal...

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