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EDITORIAL: Alternative transportation proposal appears ‘greener’ than ever

This week, islanders who have been following the progress of the Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands (ATPPL) study will finally receive news of what can be expected if the program's partners — including the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the City of Sanibel and ...

EDITORIAL: More beneficial to have Blind Pass open

Before the dredging work to open Blind Pass was completed in the summer of 2009, the waters east of the temporary wall erected at the site — separating the Gulf of Mexico from connecting with Roosevelt Channel — were brown and stagnant. But shortly after the pass opened, clear, blue gulf ...

EDITORIAL: Be careful what you ask for

Just weeks after a majority of the parties involved in the North Spreader Ecosystem Management Agreement process agreed water quality in Matlacha Pass and Charlotte Harbor could be better protected by replacing a barrier removed from the canal than by implementing a system-wide mitigation ...

EDITORIAL: No move may be the right move

When the City Council gathered on Tuesday to discuss the future of the Dunlop Road shared use path project, it was considered a forgone conclusion that the island's leaders would be choosing among four individual options to extend the path through the heart of the city's most active ...

EDITORIAL: Alligator policy needs to be adjusted

It has been more than five years since the City of Sanibel last made changes to its nuisance alligator policy, which was adjusted in part due to a fatal attack in the summer of 2004. On the surface, it appears that the policy is indeed working. Nobody on Sanibel has lost their life due to an ...

EDITORIAL: Fighting for fair treatment from water managers

From a very young age, we are taught how to share. The concept of fairness, equity and balance in our lives is one of the fundamental elements passed down from generation to generation. But apparently, for some of the folks sitting on the South Florida Water Management District's Board of ...

EDITORIAL: Appropriate alternative may be available for cell tower

Almost everybody is familiar with the Verizon Wireless commercial campaign where an employee, speaking on his cell phone, repeatedly asks, "Can you hear me now?" In every instance, his response to the person on the other end of the line is "Good." However, this may not be the case on Sanibel. ...

EDITORIAL: Public needs to push for hybrid buses

Since the launch of the Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands (ATPPL) Program, a partnership study between the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the City of Sanibel and Lee County Transit (LeeTran) more than two years ago, researchers are aiming at finding a ...

Gas leak serves as a reminder to demand better service from utilities

It was nearly one year ago that a massive power failure, caused by a defective insulator, dramatically impacted residents and crippled businesses on both Sanibel and Captiva on the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. So when last week's natural gas leak that forced the closure of thousands of ...

EDITORIAL: Investigation into invocations warranted

During last week's City Council meeting, councilman Jim Jennings delivered a heartfelt invocation to start the session, thanking God for sparing Sanibel during the current hurricane season. His remarks drew the attention of two members seated at MacKenzie Hall, residents Herb Rubin and ...