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SCCF provides legislative update on Week 8

The 2021 Legislative Session adjourned on April 30 after approving a record $101.5 billion budget. The $9.3 billion increase over last year’s $92.2 billion budget is attributed to COVID-19 related impacts. Of the anticipated $10.2 billion Federal American Rescue Plan funds expected to come to ...

Targeting Florida’s colleges and universities

Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to sign HB 233. The bill requires the State Board of Education and each of Florida’s colleges and universities to conduct an annual assessment “related to intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity.” The Board of Education must “select or create an ...

Safe at Sea: 2020: How to re-board when alone?

Recently, I read an article about boat standards, and I learned a great deal — more than I need, quite honestly — about ABYC standards and how ABYC is the U.S. representative of the ISO. The following stemmed from an article I had read entitled, “How To Re-Board When Alone,” a subject I ...

Faces on Faith: Anger management

As a young boy, I often struggled with what is called “flying off the handle.” Too many times my anger got the best of me. When my temper flared, I sometimes acted out in harmful ways. Recently, we have witnessed an extraordinary number of mass shootings. Some reports say there have been ...

Shell Shocked: Six degrees of separation

A friend whom I’ve known since college moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, about 15 years ago. About two years ago his tennis group invited a new member into its doubles game. As is routine when you meet somebody new, you begin asking a new acquaintance questions about his background to get to ...

In The Garden: Buccaneer palm brings unusual, unique to garden

To bring the unusual and unique to an island native garden, the addition of a silvery-blue buccaneer palm (Pseudophoenix Sargentii) is a great choice. This specimen palm has lots to recommend it for island living. It is very salt tolerant, slow growing and wind tolerant. No two buccaneer palms ...

Recipe of the Week: Little White Pizza with Pesto and Seafood

This is my mother's special, pizza dough recipe. It is easy to prepare and can be placed in the freezer for up to three months. Use fresh yeast only if you can buy it directly from a bakery; most of the supermarket yeast is already past its prime. The starter can be kept in the refrigerator in ...

Poetic License: ‘What’s Not In A Name’

(For José R. Pacheco) They thought the name would do it. “Let’s call him Joseph, not José, the first Americano in the family, he will speak and read and write in English, he will be one of them.” So after my home delivery, as my father stood at my mother’s ...