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The need to push back against the Army Corps

The Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) will have a major impact on the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge when the manual is completed because it will govern how water is released out of the lake for the foreseeable future. As described below, at this moment, there is ...

Sometimes, cash is king

Count us among those who believe that good, and affordable, insurance is the path to better health. Count us, too, among those who sometimes find sorting though the benefits provided confusing. Case in point: One of our team members, whose insurance package includes Medicare, supplemental ...

Safe at Sea: Electric Shock Drowning and how to avoid it

Last year mid-summer, national news covered the story of an Arizona drowning that should be required reading for every boater. This was one of those “but that would never happen to me” type of boating disasters. The headlines read: “1 Missing, 4 Injured in Arizona Marina.” What had ...

Faces on Faith: The power of hospitality

Since arriving back in Ohio in early May, my wife and I have attempted to regain that “at home feeling.” For the past two years we have lived for six months on Captiva Island, serving all who connect with Chapel by the Sea. What a blessing it has been to develop new friends who welcomed us ...

Shell Shocked: A hurricane named Arthur

It finally happened. I got a hurricane named after me. And boy are my friends sore at me. “Do you realize all the damage you can do? You can destroy homes, create floods and generate mass terror and hysteria. You should be very proud of yourself,” one Sanibel City Councilman yelled at me ...

In The Garden: Blue-eyed grass is little but cute

Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) is a herbaceous perennial grass native to South Florida and the eastern United States, all the way up to Quebec and as far west as Texas. The native grows naturally in meadows, damp fields, open woods, moist pinelands, swamp edges and grassy ...

Recipe of the Week: Potato Crusted Grouper Fillet with Herb Oil

When you ride your bike on Sanibel these days to go to the grocery store you can’t help but notice how busy the island is. You keep thinking to yourself that the “season” is over and that all the snowbirds should have gone north, but then you realize that the local restaurants are packed ...

Poetic License: ‘Janus: The Two Faces of Poetry’

"ARS POETICA I" Don’t blow it, poet, Don’t abuse your muse, If you want to rhyme Then take the time To pay your dues. Don’t grow it, poet Don’t add like mad, Leave most of it out, The pain and doubt, The good and bad, Don’t show it, poet, Don’t call it ...

Protecting the natural beauty of Cayo Costa

Cayo Costa State Park is considered to be one of the best shelling beaches in the world. With nine miles of beach, acres of pine forests and more than six miles of trails, visitors can enjoy shelling, fishing, birdwatching and snorkeling on this beautiful barrier island. For many, Cayo Costa ...