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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 ...

Faces on Faith: Expectations

I am sure many of you have seen the movie “A Christmas Story.” The lead character is a boy named Ralphie who dreams of what he wants for Christmas. Specifically, what dominates his mind is a certain BB gun. Well, Christmas morning arrives and after opening other presents, his father directs ...

Shell Shocked: New Year’s resolutions that are easy to keep in 2021

Now that we’re into 2021, isn’t it time you reviewed all the New Year’s resolutions you made during your inebriated state on New Year’s Eve? Weren’t some of them a bit too ambitious and truly out of reach? What’s the point of making New Year’s resolutions that you know you’ll ...

In The Garden: Tropical sage can provide garden diversification

Tropical sage (Salvia coccinea) is a vibrant Florida native perfect for an island butterfly garden and an interesting addition to any native landscape in South Florida. Tropical sage, also known as blood sage or scarlet sage, is a red flowering sage species that thrives in full sun and ...

Recipe of the Week: Shrimp on Rosemary Skewers

Enjoy this great recipe for the holidays. It is so easy to make and so delicious. Serves six. (Chef tip: Make sure to wash shrimp several times under cold running water to remove all impurities.) 18 pounds shrimp, shelled and de-veined 6 rosemary skewers 1/4 cup limoncello 2 tablespoons ...

Poetic License: ‘My First Tropical Christmas’ (Dec. 24-Jan. 6, 1934)

“No hableh ingléh en Viequeh,” (Do not speak English in Vieques) I still remember my mother’s words a few days before Christmas and after we had just completed a five-day steamship voyage to Puerto Rico and a long drive in a público to Fajardo where we were waiting for ...

Using solar to save money — and the environment

If you’ve looked into solar in the past, you may be surprised to learn how quickly prices have dropped. The rooftop solar I recently installed on my home will pay for itself in under eight years and save me tens of thousands of dollars over the 30 years that it’s warrantied. That will ...

Rotary Happenings: Cycling challenge raises funds for wheelchairs

Rotarian John Danner, pastor at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, created the Wheels 4 Wheels fundraiser in honor of his father, the Rev. Howard S. Danner Jr., a pastor and college professor who was struck by a drunk driver while biking and was paralyzed from the waist down, ...

Safe at Sea: Proper etiquette for VHF channels

Our VHF radio is always monitoring Channel 16; yours should be, too! That said, on several occasions, we’ve overheard strange conversations, ranging from commentary on the driving habits of a nearby boat captain to asking for on-the-water-dining establishments to unprintable remarks about ...