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SCCF provides legislative update on Weeks 2 and 3

The second week of the legislative session saw advances in three more Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation priority issues: - SEA LEVEL RISE/RESILIENCY Two new proposed committee bills were passed in the House Environment, Agriculture & Flooding Subcommittee on March 8 by a vote of ...

Gratitude

To the editor: We felt it necessary to write a “thank you” note to all the residents of Sanibel and Captiva, along with the businesses, who through their generosity helped us make our Sanibel-Captiva United Way goal this year. This will help many islanders and those who work on our ...

Rotary Happenings: Rotarians learn about FGCU Academy

Florida may be teased about the average age of its population being slightly older than that of other states, however, its locals and snowbirds are still extremely active and have a true love of learning. The FGCU Academy certainly fits that need. Director John Guerra shared information about ...

Safe at Sea: Visual Distress Signals are required on all vessels

Both Sanibel and Captiva are fortunate to have excellent fire and rescue districts. What readers may not know is that these fire and rescue teams are as trained and equipped to answer emergency calls on the seas as they are on land. Surprisingly, the on-the-water team is called out quite ...

Faces on Faith: Making the most of our time

Recently we eclipsed one year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. In a year’s time, we have lost more than a half million loved ones. We have also endured job loss, reoccurring health issues, isolation, financial distress, et cetera. Most of us ...

Shell Shocked: Beware the Ides of March

Beware the ides of March. March 15 is a historic day. It was on that day in 44 BC that Julius Caesar was assassinated and died knowing that his good friend Brutus had betrayed him. And today, some two thousand years after Caesar’s murder, we subconsciously keep some distance between ...

In The Garden: Giant leopard plant has unique naming history

The giant leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum ‘Gigantea’) is a beautiful, shade garden species that adds unique foliage and color to the understory of a tropical garden. The herbaceous perennial is characterized by its broad, rounded shiny leaves that are 5 inches to 18 inches across and ...

Recipe of the Week: Wild Mushroom Risotto

My favorite comfort food of all time is definitely mushroom risotto. The classic preparation technique and use of highly starched variety of imported rice, like Arborio or Carnaroli, results in a rich lush taste and velvety creamy texture. I love using a variety of mushrooms, like baby ...

Poetic License: ‘Homebound Spring’

I was watching from my window Spring decorate a tree — And birds building houses With old fashioned carpentry — The wind nostalgic waltzes About my window sang And frail, impatient flowers From winter cellars sprang — Then kind and beckoning voices Outside my window ...

SCCF provides Legislative update on Week 1 session

Legislators met in Tallahassee the first week of March for the first full week of the 2021 Legislative Session. The Covid-19 pandemic looms large over the proceedings with budget impacts and public access restrictions. Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed both chambers on March 2, the first formal day ...