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Shell Shocked: Creating new crowd pleasing events on Sanibel

“Guys, we’re running out of ideas for fairs, art shows and exhibits. We’re dealing with a fickle public and visitors are forever demanding exciting new events. We’ve simply got to come up with more ideas if we’re to compete with other Florida tourist hot spots,” said the exasperated ...

In The Garden: Myrsine can serve as native natural buffer

Rapanea-Myrsine guanesis, or commonly known as myrsine, is a frequently used Florida native plant. Its leathery green leaves are its most prominent feature. The flowers are small and inconspicuous greenish-yellow. Myrsine is often grown as a bush, although it will grow taller reaching up to ...

Recipe of the Week: Basil, Tomato and Mozzarella Grilled Pizza

My family loves pizza, and with everybody's crazy schedules it is hard to get together and sit down for dinner all at the same time. I found a great way to fix the problem; I make and cook the dough ahead and then let everyone create their own pizza with a variety of toppings, and then after a ...

Poetic License: ‘Security (Seguridad)’

(From the Mama Carmen Suite) On my ninth birthday Mama Carmen used some of her money to chip in with my mother and aunt for a New York Giants baseball outfit, complete with first basemen’s lefty glove, Giants cap, National League baseball and the Louisville Junior Slugger ...

Harmful algal blooms: Cyanobacteria, dinoflagellate organisms

At this time of the year, South Florida is often threatened with either blue-green algae or red algae blooms or both, collectively known as harmful algal bloom (HAB). We have been spared the wrath of both so far this year. Although they are lumped together under HAB, the two are not ...

A strategy to rescue voting rights in Florida

The injustice inflicted on the voting rights of the people of Florida by the federal appeals court cannot be allowed to stand. The U.S. Court of Appeals (with President Donald Trump's appointees making up five of the six judges in the majority) overturned District Judge Robert Hinkle’s ...

Safe at Sea: Boating for all ages

Recently, I read an article entitled “Boating Tip for Older Adults” and mid-way through I thought, “This article might have been better titled, 'Boating Tips for the Young and the Old.'” None of the tips were eye-opening, but the one over-arching theme which we rarely consider is the ...

Faces on Faith: Truly blessed to live in such a beautiful place

“This is a beautiful place.” That was my first thought as my family and I crossed the Causeway and drove onto Sanibel Island six years ago. It was February, and we were on vacation. Our home in Duluth, Minnesota, was surrounded by a few feet of snow. The condo near the lighthouse where we ...

Shell Shocked: Radio days

When I was a kid I wanted to be a radio announcer. I got hooked when I listened to “The Shadow” and heard the announcer introduce each segment with the immortal lines, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. The Shadow knows.” I listened to radio a lot and thought announcers ...

In The Garden: Ixora ‘Nora Grant’ is known for versatility, durability

Ixora Nora Grant (Ixora coccinia), pronounced “icks-SORE-ah,” is perhaps one of the most quintessential plants of Southwest Florida presenting its colorful hot pink flowers, which bloom off and on all year long. These evergreen shrubs require minimal care and thrive in full sun or light ...