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 […]

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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 […]

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” […]

EDITORIAL: More COVID lessons learned through experience

This is an editorial piece. It does not reflect information given by medical professionals, only experiences lived by the writer. On September 11, 2020 I sat at this same desk and wrote an editorial about my family’s experiences with COVID tests and questions we all had regarding the transmission of COVID. On that day I […]

EDITORIAL: Want to know why people are against the nomination to the National Historic Register? Here’s why

The National Register of Historic Places topic has been beaten into the ground since it began last year. No one knows this better than me, trust me. We may (or may not) be coming to some sort of closure, though, as on Thursday, Aug. 5 a meeting will be held in Tallahassee to determine whether […]

EDITORIAL: Still waiting on answers regarding the Hill Tide Estates beach saga

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – I realize a lot of you have questions about who owns what land and beach down by Hill Tide Estates. Our story from last week that talked about security cameras and guards saying “none shall pass” along the beach that so many have walked for so long stirred up a lot […]

EDITORIAL: Will Charlotte Harbor be the next domino to fall?

BY AARON ADAMS – What used to be an expansive seagrass flat, is now a mix of open sand and thick algae. The cancer of too many nutrients is spreading throughout Charlotte Harbor. This does not bode well for the long-term future of its legendary fisheries. I lived on Pine Island for 12 years, starting […]

EDITORIAL: The GICIA turns 50 years old

SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA – As the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association celebrates its 50th Anniversary working to preserve island life, it is the perfect time to reflect on its beginning. In the late 60s there were fewer than 500 homes on Gasparilla Island. The zoning regulations, at that time, allowed for high rise […]

EDITORIAL: Something to be remembered by; would you be willing to leave a legacy to the people of Placida and Boca Grande?

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Just across the little bridge by the Fishery is a 91-acre piece of land that for many of us is a piece of old Florida eye candy. You’ll recognize the parcel I mean by mentioning the cows and the long driveway that leads to a little farmhouse, right on the other […]

GUEST EDITORIAL: LBC announces opening of Lemon Creek Wildflower Preserve

SUBMITTED BY THE LEMON BAY CONSERVANCY – As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, Lemon Bay Conservancy (LBC) is delighted to announce the opening of our newly restored Lemon Creek Wildflower Preserve. The preserve is located on the old Wildflower Golf Course property at 3120 Gasparilla Pines Boulevard, adjacent to Placida Road. The 80-acre property was […]