ECOWATCH: It’s never too late to be charitable

                                                                                                                    ‘’The hope of the future lies not in curbing the influence of human occupancy – it is already too late for that –but in creating a better understanding of the intent of that influence and the new ethic for its governance.”                                                                       – Aldo Leopold,                 author, philosopher, naturalist, scientist  Recent news reports on November 27 […]

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EDITORIAL: Lake O update – We made a difference!

Over the past several months many of you joined me in voicing our displeasure with the future management plan for Lake Okeechobee, known as LOSOM. Last spring, the Army Corps of Engineers offered a plan that would have increased damaging discharges to the Caloosahatchee River, which would have had detrimental effects to our water quality […]

EDITORIAL: We say goodbye, and thank you, to Jungle Joe

They say that everyone is expendable, when it comes to a job. No matter how well you do it, how long you’ve been there, whether there’s no one else there who even remotely has a clue as to how to do your job … everyone’s position is fluid. Whoever “they” are never watched “Jungle” Joe […]

Let’s savor lasting memories of a Thanksgiving Day

EcoWatch                                                                   “I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and without, and be happy and thankful.”          – Anne Frank, author and victim of […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lee County operations adjust schedules for Thanksgiving

To the Editor: Most Lee County administrative operations will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Other schedules will be adjusted.  The adjustments include: Solid Waste • Thursday, Nov. 25: All county facilities are closed and no garbage, yard waste or recycling will be collected. Collections will […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fences don’t always make good neighbors

To the Editor: The article entitled, “… and now there’s a fence …” in the Boca Beacon dated October 22 caught my interest, if not my ire.  Fences do not make good neighbors. Fences, without permits in this case, are an issue. Fences that extend into the water, regardless of the arbitrary high water line, […]

‘Where is Sophie?’ Island couple’s dog goes overboard in a storm, swims to shore

Where is Sophie? That was the question Michelle Wolfe asked right before she had one of the worst moments of her life … when she realized her standard poodle, Sophie, was no longer on their boat. Michelle and her husband, Rick, were about three miles offshore on the morning of Monday, Oct. 25 when the […]

Florida manatees struggle for survival due to water quality issues, FWF urges congress to act swiftly

To the Editor: Four years ago, manatees were declared no longer endangered. Now they are dying at a record pace. Between January and June 2021, 833 West Indian manatees died of starvation, the highest number ever recorded in the state during a six-month period.  Ongoing water quality problems in Florida’s estuaries, one of the most […]

Lit Forum is back with ‘Circe’ November 4

To the Editor: The Literature Forum is back and looking forward to inaugurating its 2021-22 season on Thursday, November 4th, with a presentation of “Circe” by Madeline Miller.  This follow-up to Miller’s best-selling first novel, “The Song of Achilles”, is told from the perspective of Circe, the sorceress nymph whose brief appearance in Homer’s “Odyssey” […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Let’s Talk About Florida’ series at History Center begins with Groff book

To the Editor: Join us for the first book discussion of the season in the “Let’s Talk About Florida” series on Monday, Oct. 18 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. You can attend live in the Boca Grande Community Center Woman’s Club Room or via Zoom. Thanks to the Fergeson Skipper Law Firm of Sarasota for […]