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Mangroves: The first line of defense

Those of us who live on islands realize the threat of sea level rise (SLR) to our homes. We also know that a healthy mangrove ecosystem is the first line of defense as they protect coasts against erosion and protect coastal inhabitants against storm surges, high winds, and high tides. For ...

New SCCF policy advocate reflects on swampland system

My first week at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation has been very wet as you can see in this photo of the view from my new office window, and that's fitting since we live in one of the world's great swampland systems. Water came from the sky, from the Gulf of Mexico, and from the ...

Safe at Sea: Summer 2020 boat sales soar

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has released its statistics regarding the new boat sales through June. Not surprisingly, boating has emerged as a safe form of outdoor recreation and an ideal social distancing activity for families, and boat sales have taken off. Back in March, ...

Faces on Faith: God carried me

There is a well-known story about a man privileged to see the course of his life as “Footprints in the Sand.” Most of the time there were two sets of prints but occasionally there was only one. God explained, “Where you see two sets, that is where I walked with you.” “But why,” the ...

Shell Shocked: Famous movie lines

Great movies often contain memorable lines that are remembered long after those movies are. Everyone knows where the great line, “frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” comes from. It came, of course, from “Gone with the Wind.” It’s in the very final scene where a frustrated and ...

In The Garden: Dwarf clusia ‘Nana’ is a miniature version

Most everyone is familiar with the clusia that is commonly used as a hedge or buffer. It is easily recognized by its dense semi-succulent pear shaped leaves, which has made it a desirable choice in many landscape applications. However, most people are not as familiar with the dwarf clusia ...

Recipe of the Week: Green Beans in Padella

This two-cooking method will keep your beans tasting delicious and help them retain their bright green color. A light and flavorful recipe from Rome that can be made with broccoli, cauliflowers or Brussels sprout, as well. Serves eight. (Chef tip: To blanch green beans, cook in lightly salted ...

Poetic License: ‘E-mail from Emily Em —’

Please don’t forward this E-mail Or click reply to me — The screens are blank as zero Out here in Eternity — The bits and words of what We always thought we were Unsaved forever In Nobody’s processor — Though parts of us might lurk To fill a final hour The World ...

COVID-19 Announcements

(Editor's note: To have an announcement added to the list, call 239-472-1587 or email Editor Tiffany Repecki at trepecki@breezenewspapers.com.) In light of COVID-19, the following announcements have been reported on Sanibel and Captiva to date: Bat Yam Temple of the Islands The Bat Yam ...