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Eden Oak: Conservation 20/20 nomination update

In the midst of the request by the owner to change the zoning to build 55 units in the mangroves near the Shell Point Retirement Community, the Eden Oak property was also nominated earlier this year to Lee County's Conservation 20/20 land acquisition program.It's the second time this property ...

Rotary Happenings: Rotarians hear from WGCU Public Media GM, CEO

At the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club's recent Zoom meeting, WGCU Public Media (PBS/NPR) General Manager Rick Johnson was the guest speaker. As chief executive officer, he is responsible for the overall operations of full-power public television and radio services licensed to the Florida Gulf ...

Safe at Sea: 2019 proves safer for boaters

The U.S. Coast Guard has been delegated the responsibility to collect, analyze and annually publish statistical information regarding recreational boating. The year 2019 marked the 61st annual statistical reporting on recreational boating accidents and state vessel registration.While the ...

Faces on Faith: So what happens next?

A few weeks ago I quoted the late Rodney King, who after enduring a brutal beating at the hands of police said "Can't we all just get along?" Given the events of the past few weeks, it seems obvious that we are still struggling. This time it was a man named George Floyd. By this time most of us ...

Shell Shocked: Applying for a position on the planning commission

The Sanibel Planning Commission announced recently that it was seeking new members for its board. The experience and background that's required is somewhat murky but it's clear that in order to join the planning commission you need to know how to plan.Let's look in on a recent interview the ...

In The Garden: Dwarf poinciana tree is a small wonder

Native to South Florida, cocoplum is a common plant species found throughout Sanibel. The cocoplum is an outstanding texture plant with a "beachy" look. Also known as the paradise plum, the plant species can be found near the coastal beaches and inland throughout tropical Africa, tropical ...

Poetic License: ‘What’s Not In A Name’

(For Jos R. Pacheco)They thought the name would do it."Let's call him Joseph, not Jos,the first Americano in the family,he will speak and read and write in English,he will be one of them."So after my home delivery,as my father stood at my mother's bedsideholding me in his arms,they both said ...

Expanding the SWOT analysis

In our last column, we presented a formal SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of several efforts intended to improve the quality and quantity of our water resources. This column will present an expanded, but less formal, analysis of some of those efforts.ACQUISITION ...

Rotary Happenings: Division chief shares details about fire district

Many Sanibelians have, at one time or another, interacted with members of the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District. It could have been during a medical emergency, a training offered at their station or your place of business, or at an event that they allowed to be hosted at their station. But one ...