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Much to be grateful for

For some of us, the whole "pumpkin spice" thing is as old as childhood.A can or two of Libby's pumpkin, evaporated milk, a couple of eggs, sugar and the magic combination of cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves and oh, my, the mouthwatering scent of Thanksgiving eve!Whether we still make those ...

On the water front

Not all of the news was new but all of the news was good last week when Gov. Ron DeSantis and Congressman Francis Rooney each made announcements related to water quality issues that impact Southwest Florida.Gov. DeSantis reiterated his commitment to funding for Everglades restoration and then ...

Hurricane relief: Give, but give wisely

As a weakened but still powerful Hurricane Dorian made its sixth landfall, in Nova Scotia this weekend, those on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands are dealing with a rising death toll and property damage estimated in the billions.The then-Category 5 storm made landfall over the islands last ...

Fake threat … real consequences: Yes, they mean it

Fed up with the continued waste of money and manpower, lost classroom time and the emotional impact on students, teachers and school personnel, Lee County law enforcement agencies and the school district issued a warning a few weeks ago: School threats are serious and will not be treated as a ...

Sea change on the water-quality front?

Those who predicted post-election politics-as-usual on the water quality front have been largely silent since Gov. Ron DeSantis was sworn into office last month.The newly elected Republican whose election victory had drawn gasps from the ...

Battle won, fight goes on

Southwest Floridians horrified by this summer's unprecedented environmental disaster received some good news on the water quality front recently.Gulf waters off the beaches of Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach saw an abatement of the red tide blooms that resulted in not only massive fish kills, but ...

Water pact is win-win for all of Lee County, including islands

Lee County residents who have demanded action on water quality issues got some action on the local front on Sept. 17.After more than six years of effort and negotiations that included the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the cities of Cape Coral and Fort Myers have reached an ...

Environmental hurricane

It's a storm that blew no winds.No torrential rains poured down.But the death and devastation that has rolled up upon our beaches, bays and waterways and drifted its way up the coast to Tampa Bay makes the Environmental Hurricane of 2018 one for the record books.Due to the worst bloom of red ...

Vote-by-mail ballots best way to go this year

With the Primary and General Election ballot races firmed up as of the end of qualifying on June 22, the 2018 election season is now sliding toward home.And very quickly.The Primary is Aug. 28 with early voting set for Aug. 18 through Aug. 25.Voters are going to want to take particular note as ...

What we learned from Hurricane Irma

Due to the possibility of pre-season tropical storm formation in the Gulf this year, our annual be-prepared editorial is a little ahead of the official start of hurricane season.But what we learned from Hurricane Irma, whose projected path drifted hither and yon across the state before making ...