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Balancing the needs of South Florida through new Lake O schedule

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of developing a new Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule that will provide new guidance on how the Army Corps will manage water in Lake Okeechobee for the different parts of South Florida’s complex water management system. The new schedule is ...

SCCF provides legislative update on Week 6

Both the House and the Senate passed their respective budgets last week with few changes to the amounts previously proposed for Everglades Restoration and the Florida Forever Land Acquisition program. There were some adjustments in the amounts used from the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust ...

Important updates and a critical call to action

As described in this column, the threats to our water resources continue to grow, while some of the opportunities to improve those resources are within our grasp. In addition to discussing some of the threats and opportunities, this column begins with a call to action on a topic that is ...

Safe at Sea: Engine cut-off switch requirement

From 2018 through 2020, Congress passed two laws requiring, first, that manufacturers install engine cut-off switches on recreational vessels and, second, that recreational vessel operators use those engine cut-off switches. Today’s column will address the second of those two ...

Faces on Faith: Small things

I have found inspiration in this piece entitled “When This is Over” by Laura Kelly Fanucci: When this is over, may we never again take for granted A handshake with a stranger Full shelves at the store Conversations with neighbors A crowded theater Friday night out The taste of ...

Shell Shocked: What’s in a word?

The editor of the Islander reached out to me the other day. She told me that I needed to have a colonoscopy. I couldn’t believe she said that. “Is this a joke?” I asked. “Hasn’t April Fools Day already come and gone?” “No,” she said. I’m serious. You need to look into ...

In The Garden: Yucca rostrata makes striking focal point

Yucca rostrata, sometimes known as beaked yucca, is one of the most interesting varieties in the yucca family of Cactus-Succulents. It is a very ornamental, slow-growing evergreen in tree form. The long, pale bluish-green leaves grow in a perfectly symmetrical round shape — not as rigid as ...

Recipe of the Week: Strawberry Crepes

Delicate and so delicious, I love to make crepes with my grandchildren. They have become experts at flipping the crepes and catching them with cheering from the whole family. Crepes can be made ahead and kept frozen up to three months. Alternate parchment paper in between the layers before ...

Poetic License: ‘Poet-In-Waiting’

I wait impatiently in the doctor’s office with other patients waiting patiently, wondering why a three o’clock appointment means never before four thirty, wondering why this doctor plays with my time so loosely, wondering if this imprecision extends to his surgical ...

SCCF provides legislative update on Week 5

With four weeks left to the 2021 legislative session both the House and Senate discussed their preliminary budgets in their respective Appropriations Committees last week. The House has proposed a $97 billion budget to the Senate’s $95 billion. The governor’s budget is in the middle at ...