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Two flowering trees: plumeria and frangipani

April 11, 2014 A classic white bloomer, plumeria pudica, with a yellow center, is many times mistaken as a frangipani; they are both trees. more »»

Can condo association reserve funds be invested?

April 4, 2014 QUESTION: I'm on our condo board and the question about how to deal with the diminishing value of our reserve funds has come up. more »»

Earth Hour has passed but Earth Day is coming

April 4, 2014 I was so engrossed in the preparations for the Trafalgar Middle School’s First Annual Taste of the Gardens last Saturday, I totally missed observing Earth Hour, and it means a lot to me. more »»

Blossoms not always needed with out tropical plants

March 21, 2014 We all enjoy the many tropical flowering plants and vines that grow so easily in our sunny climate. more »»

For estate planning, what are digital assets?

March 21, 2014 QUESTION: My nephew is very involved in technology and when I mentioned that I was working on planning my estate he said not to forget my digital assets. more »»

Cape Coral Mayor’s Scholarship Committee — helping to create a brighter future for our community

March 14, 2014 Many of you know me and also know of the many years that I have coached, worked in private business and participated in local, regional and state boards and committees as well as local government. more »»

Spring is almost here ... start planning and preparing

March 14, 2014 One more week and it will really be spring. I hope that means no more 49-degree early mornings. I know new residents and tourist think that temperature is just fine. more »»

Qualified Mortgage safer for the lender

March 14, 2014 QUESTION: I have been reading about “Qualified Mortgages” and the related rules that assure the lenders that borrowers can repay their loans. more »»

New mortgage lending rules in effect

March 7, 2014 QUESTION: My daughter and son-in-law are talking about buying a very expensive house. more »»

Condo association board does have emergency powers

February 28, 2014 QUESTION: My husband and I are very private people and we live in a quiet development that has a condominium association. more »»

Earth Day contest for kids, fun St. Patrick’s tales for adults

February 28, 2014 One of the most important children’s programs the Friends of the Cape Coral Library sponsors each year is the Earth Day contest, “Coloring the Eart. more »»

Huckleberries and blueberries — there is a difference

February 28, 2014 Blueberries are a passion of mine. I have loved them for a long time, only when I was young my father would take my available brothers and me huckleberry picking. I knew them as huckleberrie. more »»

A short sale will affect your credit report

February 21, 2014 QUESTION: My daughter and her husband both lost their jobs and had to sell their house in a short sale a couple of years ago. more »»

A cold, dry spring is serious for gardeners

February 21, 2014 By H.I. JEAN SHIELDS news@breezenewspapers. more »»

HOA board members’ ethics and adhering to Florida statutes

February 14, 2014 QUESTION: Several of my friends have volunteered to run for their condo and HOA boards this season. more »»

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow ...

February 14, 2014 By H.I. JEAN SHIELDS news@breezenewspapers. more »»

All HOAs in Florida must be registered with state

February 7, 2014 QUESTION: We live in a very small community that has a homeowners’ association. We don’t even have a management company because we are so small. more »»

February Florida gardening in paradise

February 7, 2014 Last Tuesday was Groundhog’s Day and on Facebook I saw Punxsutawney Phil, a supposedly groundhog prognosticator, with a sign saying, ”Dammit, Jim, I’m just a rodent, not a meteorologist!” I suppos... more »»

What happens to past-due assessments when condo owner declares bankruptcy?

January 31, 2014 QUESTION: One of the unit owners in our condo association is upside down in her mortgage and has not paid association fees in a yea. more »»

Rosary pea and other deadly alerts in Southwest Florida

January 31, 2014 On Jan. 18, 2014, a LaBelle, Fla., man was arrested for selling the deadly toxin abrin through an underground Internet based marketplace. more »»



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