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EDITORIAL: A wondrous little school, a rare opportunity for our children

June 1, 2023
This week is one I have been dreading and looking forward to all at the same time. The youngest of my five children will be graduating from The Island School and moving on to bigger things. This w…

ECOWATCH: The North Atlantic Right Whale extinction bound

February 23, 2023
“Most whales and dolphins will be subjected to 3.5 million instances of temporary and/or permanent hearing loss. For species that depend on hearing for survival, to find food, migrate an…

GUEST EDITORIAL: FWC makes several announcements after meetings

February 23, 2023
SUBMITTED BY THE FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION Commissioners with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to take bold steps to protect Fl…

GUEST EDITORIAL: It’s been … a year

January 20, 2023
BY SHERIFF BILL PRUMMELL, CHARLOTTE COUNTY It’s been a year. A year of highs and lows, leaving us with a broader appreciation for this journey we are on and those with whom we choose to surroun…

Reflecting on the recovery from Hurricane Ian

December 22, 2022
By Hector Flores, Charlotte County The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are a time of celebration and reflection. I wish you and your loved ones health, happiness and a deserving respite from …

T’was the Night Before Christmas on Don Pedro Island

December 22, 2022
T’was the night before Christmas and all around No noses were frozen, no snow fluttered down. No children in flannels were tucked into bed, They all wore their shorty pajamas instead! …


December 22, 2022

EDITORIAL: It’s Christmas: Are we allowed to feel joyful this year?

December 16, 2022
This has been a strange year. So was the year before it … and the year before it … and so on. It’s been a non-stop parade of “unprecedented” situations we’ve been experiencing, all the while t…


December 2, 2022
What started out as the slow process of returning to “normal” (were we ever normal?) after Hurricane Ian, has been speeding up over the last few weeks. When they started the construction and demol…

EDITORIAL: Gasparilla Mobile Estates residents still struggling with storm damage

August 25, 2022
It has been more than seven months since the morning of January 16, when an F1 tornado swept the bottom of Cape Haze Peninsula, damaging more than two dozen mobile homes in Gasparilla Island Estat…