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Guest Commentary: Upping the ante to protect Southwest Florida

Last year's toxic algae crisis has been rightly crowned a historic turning point for our region. Many community leaders, residents, environmental groups and news organizations have come together to propose critical solutions for saving our waters, uniting to play an influential role in urging ...

Restrict only some micro-mobility devices

To the editor:I have been a full-time resident on Sanibel for 15 years and like most residents have enjoyed the many attractions of our great city island. I am also a safety and health professional with over 40 years of experience and an avid cyclist who frequently rides on our Shared Use Path ...

Possible solution to empty storefronts

To the editor:Increasingly Sanibel has a problem with a lot of empty storefronts all over the island. There are many reasons for this, including high rents and consumer demands not being met by the retail landscape.The solution is the concept of pop up shop, which are being used all over the ...

More than mental illness needs addressing

To the editor:I agree that mental illness is a huge factor in the gun violence in our country, but on the other hand you have to have a mental problem to want to kill or cause bodily harm to another human being.If an individual with a mental illness did not have access to an assault rife, he ...

Our Faustian bargain

To the editor:If there is one unforgettable lesson all of us took away from the horrific red tide event on Sanibel last summer and fall it is that paradise is vulnerable. I remember the morning, July 22, 2018, when I went to the beach to witness a 21-foot whale shark flopping lifelessly in the ...

Nation without borders is no longer a nation

To the editor:After reading her letter published in the July 24, 2019, edition of the Island Reporter, I am saddened by Leah Blery's inability to comprehend the magnitude of the problem this immigration is becoming.I urge all of my very well-meaning and somewhat liberal friends to take five or ...

Speak up but with compassion, consideration

To the editor:I am writing in response to a comment shared in the Word on the Island published in the July 17, 2019, edition of the Island Reporter. The question was "Should the government close its migrant camps for children?"I was saddened to read Mr. Bruce Eddy's statement that "they all ...

No E-bikes on Sanibel

To the editor:As a longtime visitor and current year-round resident of Sanibel, I support 100 percent the views of Jane Holder in her letter to the editor ("Sanibel should not be mecca for e-bikes") published in the June 26, 2019, edition of the Island Reporter.One of the things that first ...

Sanibel should not be mecca for e-bikes

To the editor:For two weeks now there have been letters regarding the use of e-bikes on our shared use path with requests to write to our council members to allow their use. I have put "our" in italics for a reason. The two letters are from non-residents of Sanibel. One couple spend time here ...

E-bikes would spoil original idea of SUP

To the editor:I visited Sanibel in 1956 as a teen with my parents and later my husband and I purchased a house. My husband is an avid biker, having ridden across the United States, and we went every where on our bikes.When the snowbirds arrived, we kept to the back roads for self preservation! ...