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How safe is it to eat locally harvested fish amid red tide?

Turkey is the classic choice on Thanksgiving but, in Southwest Florida, residents are wondering if locally harvested seafood is safe to eat. Amid red tide...
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Trust & Verify: Investigating a rumor about a Coconut Point Mall incident

WINK News is investigating a rumor about an incident at Coconut Point Mall that has been circulating on social media. The Lee County Sheriff's Office...
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Investigating Donald Trump’s 2018 Florida governor’s election fraud claims

Commissioner Nikki Fried called on the Department of Justice to investigate former President Donald Trump's actions in the 2018 Florida elections after Trump posted...
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Fact-checking Donald Trump’s claims involving DeSantis

There is a feud between Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump brewing. It began just days after the election. Trump posted a string of...
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What is and isn’t allowed at voting sites?

There are just four days left to submit your ballot for the 2022 Election. WINK News has received a lot of questions about what is...
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How one North Fort Myers community is fighting back against looters

Post-storm looting is worse than ever in Lee County, but law enforcement, and the community, are fighting back. WINK News investigative reporter Peter Fleischer uncovers...
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Ian exposed potential fire risk posed by electric vehicles

Hurricane Ian exposed many vulnerabilities, including the fire risk posed by electric cars if they are submerged in salt water. The government knew about it...
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Questions surrounding a Lee County commissioner’s whereabouts during Hurricane Ian

Sources tell WINK News a Lee County commissioner was out of the country while Southwest Florida got hit by Hurricane Ian. WINK News has learned...
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Southwest Florida real estate expert gives outlook on market

Since power, water, and cable are back on in many areas throughout Southwest Florida, you may reasonably wonder what the real estate market will...
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Will the governor’s claims of illegal voting hurt felon’s chances of rights restoration

A Florida elections chief absolves counties responsible for felons accused of voting illegally. It comes after Governor Ron DeSantis said there were at least...

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