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EDITORIAL: A little flashing just what the island needs

Flashers coming to Sanibel? We certainly hope so, although the city's Department of Public Works seems to be against them. During Tuesday's City Council meeting, a discussion involving improving crosswalk safety along Periwinkle Way — specifically, in front of the Sanibel Community House ...

EDITORIAL: Fight against ‘green’ dumping on refuge property

Last week, when it was revealed that not only are some local landscaping companies being accused of illegally dumping vegetative waste within the confines of the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, but also some island residents may be dropping off their unwanted "green" debris there ...

EDITORIAL: Fly it high, fly it proud above Sanibel

Like the American flag itself, flagpoles have undergone several changes in style and structure through the years. From the wooden varieties of the 19th century to the state-of-the-art mechanized poles of today, these devices still retain the same primary purpose: allowing people throughout the ...

EDITORIAL: Credible journalism

We have to confess, we've never been invited to join that amalgamated society dubbed "the media." We don't know the secret handshake. We don't get the encrypted e-mails where "the media" gets its lock step marching orders. We've never even gotten a Christmas card. Breeze Newspapers, like ...

EDITORIAL: Lack of municipal election ‘a gigantic disappointment’

When the City Council moved swiftly through its consent agenda docket on Tuesday morning, a resolution to officially cancel this year's municipal election drew only modest attention from the audience. The council would have had two seats up for election on March 1, with councilmen Jim ...

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 ...