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Safe at Sea: The pandemic paradox

During the pandemic, life has taken several interesting turns, both on land and on the sea. For example, boaters have headed to marinas and bait shops only to discover that bait shops are running low — very low — on merchandise. While some of this is due to the slower supply chains having ...

Faces on Faith: See evidences of God’s kindness, mercy

Our family has now been on Sanibel for four months. In that time we weathered several storms and saw the damage that high winds, heavy rains and waves cause. But those weather events bring something else as well: new shells! We’ve found ourselves combing the beach a few days after major ...

Shell Shocked: Pet peeves, other musings

Today is all about pet peeves. I plan to rant and rave. I plan to complain, whine and bitch. My first pet peeve is watching movies and TV shows about zombies. There is nothing I find more abhorrent than watching an actor portray a zombie. Is this the highlight of an actor’s career? To be ...

In The Garden: Coontie plant is home sweet home for butteries

A plant originating deep within the history of Florida, the coontie plant — sometimes referred to as a palm — is actually not a palm at all, but an ancient cycad, or what we think of as a “living fossil.” The bright green shrubs can add a great pop of fresh color and foliage to a ...

Center Stage: ‘Holiday Inn The Broadway Musical’ covers holidays year-round

Now hear this! “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn The Broadway Musical” playing on the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater’s main stage is not a Christmas show! This 2017 Broadway show is a live theater remake of the original 1942 Hollywood movie starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. The production ...

Recipe of the Week: Crab Ravioli with Herb Cream Sauce

I love making homemade pasta especially on a rainy day. With Andrea Boccelli music in the background, I wrap myself in a big apron pour myself a glass of wine and I start making the dough. Simple ingredients are all it requires: flour, eggs, salt and my special secret for a flavorful elastic ...

Poetic License: ‘Stopping by the Dunes on a Rainy Evening’

(Poem left by the Sanibel Tooth Fairy) Whose tooth this was I think I know, His house is in the Dunes, although He may not mind my stopping here Before his new tooth starts to grow. My flying horse must think it queer I found a front tooth lying near The golf course and the hazard ...

New threat to water quality in Southwest Florida

We want to thank everyone who responded to our call-to-action to oppose federal permits for the Ocean Era Inc. aquaculture project proposed in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of our recent campaign, more than 500 emails were submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opposing the ...

More than 600 advocates take action for wetlands

Thanks to all of you who joined us a few weeks ago in opposing the state of Florida’s plan to take over wetland permitting authority from the federal government. Because of you, more than 600 emails were submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of our campaign. We were ...

Safe at Sea: Tips for the boating angler

Fishing and boating are synonymous for many recreational boaters. So, this week’s column will present a few random “tips” I’ve acquired over the years from well-seasoned Florida anglers. SEND A WIRE When fishing, to calculate the depth to which solid wire line sinks while trolling, ...