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Fake threat…real consequences: Yes, they mean it

Fed up with the continued waste of money and manpower, lost classroom time and the emotional impact on students, teachers and school personnel, Lee County law enforcement agencies and the school district issued a warning a few weeks ago: School threats are serious and will not be treated as a ...

Sea change on the water-quality front?

Those who predicted post-election politics-as-usual on the water quality front have been largely silent since Gov. Ron DeSantis was sworn into office last month.The newly elected Republican whose election victory had drawn gasps from the ...

Conservation 20/20 remains focused

Taxpayers who support Lee County's 20/20 Conservation program - and that, literally, is most of us- may see another 660 acres or so of environmentally fragile land added to the nearly 30,000 purchased thus far for preservation.The Lee County Board of County Commissioners agreed last Tuesday to ...

Didn’t get a flu shot? Get one now.

Last year, we opened 2018 urging those who had not yet received a flu shot to get one.This year, for much the same reason, we are repeating that advice.Lee County has again experienced a sharp increase in flu cases in December with Lee Health reporting a jump from fewer than 90 cases during the ...

Weigh in on water quality policies

Saying they are tired of the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers being treated as Florida's latrine, three environmental groups on Wednesday announced they will sue multiple federal agencies for their failure to recognize the effects pollutant-laden water discharges from Lake Okeechobee have on ...

Our ailing system

We are strong free market proponents. Competition between and among private businesses is the bedrock of a sound demand-and-supply economy.We endorse that predicate.Note our emphasis, however, on the reference to "private businesses." That is key.Because when one's business model brings the ...

Have a happy Thanksgiving

For some of us, the whole "pumpkin spice" thing is as old as childhood.A can or two of Libby's pumpkin, evaporated milk, a couple of eggs, sugar and the magic combination of cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves and oh, my, the mouthwatering scent of Thanksgiving eve!Whether we still make those ...

Optimism at the polls

Southwest Floridians are notably frugal when it comes to taxes.That's not a bad thing.Whether one is retired and living on Social Security, a pension and/or investments, or whether one pays the bills by bringing home a paycheck, it's money that's been hard-earned and people are entitled to ...

Battle won, fight goes on

Southwest Floridians horrified by this summer's unprecedented environmental disaster received some good news on the water quality front recently.Gulf waters off the beaches of Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach saw an abatement of the red tide blooms that resulted in not only massive fish kills, but ...

Give – but give wisely in the wake of Hurricane Michael

The Fort Myers Beach community, as it is always does, pulled together this past weekend for a three-day Hurricane Michael Supply Drive.An estimated $20,000 worth of good and supplies were quickly collected for the Port St. Joe community, thanks Beach businesses and residents, including ...