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Editorial: Is there a better place to watch fireworks?

Last year, Sharon Michie made headlines when she helped collect more than $17,000 in donations to save the City of Sanibel's annual Independence Day fireworks display. This year, she trying to arrange for a more accessible location for residents and visitors to watching the patriotic ...

Editorial: Preserve Conservation 20/20

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners last week said no to a proposal to tap tax dollars intended for the purchase of environmentally sensitive lands. Despite the continuing challenge related to revenues, the rejection of any bid to reallocate Conservation 20/20 funds was sound- the ...

Editorial: Keep public notices public

Like a bad penny, a proposal to "save money" at the expense of government transparency has turned up again in Tallahassee. House Bill HB 89 concerns Public Notices requirements and proposes yet again to allow government entities to "use its publicly accessible website for legally required ...

Changing habits to comply with water restrictions

Earlier this week, a thunderstorm rolled across the skies of Sanibel, dousing the island with 1.93 inches of much-needed precipitation. However, when you consider the rainfall total during the entire month of March is just over two and a quarter inches, you might call Monday's shower not quite ...

Editorial: Fingers crossed for ‘honor system’ ordinance

Last month, a request by a property owner on Sanibel who wanted to acquire a parking permit for a vehicle registered to an owner at an off-island address came before the City Council. The resident did not own a car, but used a vehicle which was owned by a close friend who was staying with ...

Let individual communities control their own fertilizer regulations

Earlier this week, the Senate Agriculture Committee postponed action on a bill introduced by a Northwest Florida lawmaker that would prohibit local governments from restricting the use of lawn fertilizers. If passed, a single statewide fertilizer-management model, enforced by the Department ...

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 ...