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EcoWatch: Goldilocks Syndrome and the three black bears

March 8, 2024
“The problem is that bears are smart and humans aren’t. We’ll move into a remote area and leave a bag of dog food on our front porch and then panic when we see a bear helping himself.” William …

EcoWatch: Unruly trained dog

March 8, 2024
BY HARRY KALAJIAN  As a dog owner, sooner or later you will opt for some obedience classes. Owners must realize professional dog trainers are not magicians, they just know the proper steps n…

The Island Golfer: Cap patrol prevents sandbaggers from unfair advantage

March 1, 2024
BY SCOTT COTHERMAN Hang around the first tee at any golf club and you will hear foursomes pair off for friendly games of wager. This includes the exchange of player handicaps which, thanks to a…

SW Florida Fishing: Trout Time …

February 29, 2024
BY CAPT. SANDY MELVIN Last week was a good one for big speckled trout in the backcountry. We also saw some nice redfish scattered around as well. On these warmer days, we saw some big snook …

SW Florida Fishing: It’s time for a day on the water

February 29, 2024
BY CAPT. JOE LACLAIR Spring fishing is so great, I love it. Big snook, reds, trout, and suicidal pompano on the shallow grass on windy days all makes for a great day! We don’t normally see larg…

EcoWatch: Good and bad news for Florida’s ecosystem

February 29, 2024
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist and author …

GUEST ESSAY: Memories of my first days in 1970s Boca Grande

February 22, 2024
BY K.Y. FUTCH When I first started my secretarial business, I had to use the typewriter at Capt. Charlie Wheeler’s home on Tarpon Street, where I and my husband, Mark, also lived. Charlie was q…

Open Letter: Nitrogen no fix for Charlotte County reclaimed water

February 2, 2024
BY ROBERT J. ROBBINS PhD. and PERCY ANGELO In large measure Charlotte County’s nitrogen problem results from its disposal of untreated reclaimed water on properties throughout the county. The c…

EcoWatch: Environmental damage is economic damage

January 26, 2024
This year, there are many issues that have been raised concerning the environment that will affect you and the world around you. Read them carefully before rules and regulations take effect that w…

EcoWatch: Still time to add a New Years resolution for 2024

January 19, 2024
“A Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Forest are the lungs of our lands, purifying the air of our land and giving strength to our people”. Franklin D. Roosevelt Two weeks have pa…