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Grateful to have served

As my time serving Southwest Florida in Congress comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished these last four years. One of my main reasons in running for Congress, and my most important focus, has been on developing a bipartisan commitment to ...

Safe at Sea: Rogue waves

Recently, I remembered a “rogue wave” that hit Captiva at the Castaway Cottages. A “meteotsunami” — caused by rapid atmospheric changes — struck the area swiftly and unexpectedly. While not a tsunami one typically envisions, the force and speed of a “rogue wave” experience is ...

Faces on Faith: ‘Remote’ worship

If you are taking the time to read this, there is a good chance that you are connected to a community of faith. If so, you have probably experienced “remote” or “online” worship over the past nine months, and it is also likely that you have encountered any number of technical challenges ...

Shell Shocked: An interview with an alligator

He preferred to lie on the floor rather than sit in a chair. He permitted me to interview him under the proviso that no photographs would be taken or the mask covering his face removed. He was fearful that he would be recognized and his cover blown, but I assured him anonymity and ...

In The Garden: The simplicity of succulents

Succulents are the plant to have in your home or garden and to share as gift favors for any event. Recently, succulents have become a popular choice as wedding favors. Creating center pieces or even putting them on a wreath on your front door are other trending decorating options using ...

Recipe of the Week: Polpettone alla Bolognese (Cheese Meatloaf)

Meatloaf with a twist. My students call it the Bolognese version of the common dish. Served sliced with mashed potatoes or cold as a pate. Use a variety of meats for better flavor. I like to grind my own meat, but a mixture of store ground veal, beef and pork also leads to great results. My ...

Poetic License: ‘Pantoum of the Same Difference’

It’s the same difference everywhere: No one is ever who he wants to be, Everyone thinks he is someone else And anyone can do it better than he. No one is ever who he wants to be Till someone tells him what he wants to hear: That anyone can do it better than he And teach no one ...

EPA gives state full control of permitting for wetlands

Thank you to the many members who participated with us in trying to maintain the integrity of the federal wetland dredge and fill permitting process. However, on Dec. 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted the state of Florida the sole authority to permit dredge and fill requests ...

How saltwater fishing license add-ons help improve fisheries

Snook, spiny lobster, reef fish, sharks from shore, blue crabs and stone crabs caught in traps: What do all these have in common? They each require a special add-on permit, designation or registration on your recreational fishing license. Maybe you’ve heard of these specialty designations, ...

Safe at Sea: What is a boat’s H.I.N?

The U.S. Coast Guard has requirements you — the boat captain — must meet. For example, last week’s column discussed the Maximum Capacity Plate required. Not only are these requirements in place for the safety of all passengers on your boat, some are meant to protect your vessel. One ...