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Marine Task Force Committee recommends ban on artificial chemical herbicide

The Marine Resource Task Force advisory board has proposed a prohibition on the use of glyphosate in the town’s environmentally critical (EC) zone in order to prevent the “degradation of the beach environment, the pollution of our waterways and remove any health risks to the beachgoing public.” Marine Resources Task Force Chair Steve Johnson recently communicated to the town the board's desire and also noted that it was stated as part of a letter to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) regarding the Carlos Beach Temporary Refuge Stewarship Plan. In a letter sent to the FWC, the committee also opposed a Carlos Beach Temporary Refuge Stewardship Plan over the use of artificial chemical herbicide treatments (glyphosate) for vegetation management on the Carlos Beach Temporary Refuge. “As an advisory board, we attempted to pursue the elimination of ...

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Pediatric Baker Act numbers up

The past eight months have shown a steady increase in pediatric Baker Act admissions at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Although Golisano Children’s Hospital is not a Baker Act receiving facility, they do receive pediatric patients who may require medical care. Many of ...

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Collateral damage from county’s reopening

As officials at the state and local level look toward a soft reopening of some public places, health officials are warning of a new normal."While we work together to determine the next steps, one thing we know is that reopening will not be a return to life as we knew it before COVID-19," Lee ...