ECOWATCH: Let’s reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day

Many forget that Memorial Day is a day to remember, honor and mourn for all the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in our armed forces, to keep our country safe for all and to protect the freedoms we often take for granted. Since the end of the Revolutionary War, 646,596 troops have died in battle. Sadly, many deaths do not occur on the battlefield. Some 30,177 U,S, servicemen and veterans died by suicide between September 11, 2001 and the end of 2019. Currently 9 million veterans are enrolled in the Veterans Administration’s treatment centers for post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Make sure to check your choices in August, and vote

VOTE 411 provides information on registering to vote and the deadlines for doing so. It can tell you your personal registration status. It can tell you where your polling place is. (Well, we all know where to vote in person on the island.) It can look up your own ballot, and it also lists all the candidates for all the offices this year.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Punta Gorda/ Englewood Beach welcomes largest family-friendly fishing competition

“Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is excited to once again partner with CCA Florida as a destination sponsor of the STAR fishing competition,” said Tourism Director Sean Doherty of the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau. “Showcasing Charlotte Harbor, the second largest estuary in the state, is a natural fit for this event. In addition, we applaud and embrace the conservation efforts of the Coastal Conservation Association as we rely so heavily on the quality and health of our waters from both a residential and tourism standpoint. We appreciate the opportunity to promote our area to responsible anglers throughout the state who have been educated on sustainable practices through their affiliation with CCA Florida.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: GIMM thanks all for a great Ladies’ Howl

More than 100 ladies  — screams of excitement could be heard from every boat and, we were told, from the beach too. The mighty Silver King made their presence known immediately and throughout the evening dancing in their silver glory all over the Pass to the delight of us all.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: BIPS thanks many for another great season

As our season comes to a close and summer begins, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and our BIPS Board to thank all our friends and visitors who utilized our four parks, lighthouses and gift shops and participated in our numerous programs and activities.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Come to History Center and find out more about Boca Grande’s ties to World War I and World War II in honor of this Memorial Day

In order to not forget the many sacrifices of Boca Grande and Florida residents, the History Center has completed a multivolume collection of many articles pertaining to Florida, Boca Grande and World Wars I and II. The History Center has also compiled a list of over 260 names with relevant data on those who served in the military during WWII and had lived at a specific time in Boca Grande.  

EDITORIAL: The degradation of Sarasota Bay

 The water bodies of Sarasota Bay are designated as an Outstanding Florida Waters (OFW’s). This designation is intended to provide additional protection to special waters recognized for their ecological significance, by providing the highest degree of protection under the State of Florida’s permitting policies. An OFW designation requires that water quality must not be degraded below the level that existed at the time of the OFW designation. However, significant degradation of Sarasota Bay has occurred since its original designation, as documented through water quality data, red tide blooms, areas of seagrass die-off and manatee mortalities.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Oceans of Possibilities’  theme of Lee County 2022 reading program

To the Editor: The 2022 summer reading program, “Oceans of Possibilities,” is free and for all ages. Sign up at your favorite branch location, online at or through the READsquared app.  The summer reading program is designed to nurture and grow a lifelong love of reading and learning. The program is divided into four […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gated communities need to update forms with County in advance of hurricane season

To the Editor: Professional property managers and residential homeowners’ association presidents can take steps now to protect their community in the event of a hurricane or other declared major disaster in Lee County. FEMA regulations require that private or gated communities have a current Right of Entry and Indemnification form on file with Lee County […]

ECOWATCH: Mothers must become Mother Nature’s teachers

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a necropsy found that the dolphin had been impaled in the head with a spear-like object while alive. The agency suspects that by the shape and size of the wound, the dolphin was likely being fed illegally.