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Area boaters urged to use ‘turtle spotters,’ obey no-wake zones

April 13, 2016 To the editor: A knock at my front door last Thursday afternoon by my Cape Coral neighbor and Minnesota resident Laura Bruestle changed the way I think about the Caloosahatchee River, Cape Coral’s... more »»

Guest Commentary: Threats to manatees and habitat on the rise: Help protect their future

April 6, 2016 Throughout my 40 years as a professional aquatic biologist and most of my years as a student to become one, I have appreciated just how important manatees are to the health and welfare of our aquati... more »»

Legal action for polluted water?

March 30, 2016 To the editor: Sanibel City Council, Rather than reciting the statements of US Sugar and SWFWMD, will you please answer our following question: “What legal action will our City take to prohibit the... more »»

Guest Commentary: Setting the record straight on Caloosahatchee flows

March 23, 2016 In the March 16, 2016 News-Press, U.S. Sugar paid for an ad titled “It’s Time to Set the Record Straight on the Lake Okeechobee Discharges”. In that ad, they quoted my Feb. more »»

Guest Commentary: SFWMD responds to 'back pumping' tactics

March 23, 2016 Pumping water into the lake from the south, known as “back pumping,” is used only in extreme emergency flooding situations by the South Florida Water Management District. more »»

Sugar industry's ties to Florida politicians

March 23, 2016 To the editor: Rae Ann Wessel, Natural Resource Policy Director, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, has stated that 25 years of scientific studies repeatedly cite the one solution that would... more »»

Jazz on the Island

March 16, 2016 To the editor: How much would you be willing to pay for a concert ticket to see and hear a jazz band of experienced mostly white-haired professional musicians play New Orleans and Chicago jazz, Big... more »»

Card of thanks

March 9, 2016 To the editor: We were blown away! This year’s  Sanibel Captiva Heart Walk was our best ever!  Together,  we raised more than twice as much as in 2015—almost $37,000— thanks to you. more »»

Rubio and Big Sugar get along well

March 9, 2016 To the editor: In April, 2015 the Cuban Fanjul brothers, principal owners of the sugar industry in SW Florida, launched Marco Rubio’s Presidential campaign with a $2700 a plate fundraiser. more »»

A big helping hand from SPD and SFD

March 9, 2016 To the editor: Our 22-month old granddaughter Michele Schubert was visiting her grandparents, Bruce & Nancy Mann, when she locked herself into her bedroom at 8:30 pm that evenin. more »»

Guest Commentary: Judah column completely inaccurate

March 9, 2016 A recent column by Ray Judah entitled “Taxpayers continue to pick up the clean-up tab” is littered with factual inaccuracies and completely misrepresents portions of the comprehensive water bill... more »»

Redevelopment of resorts and multifamily buildings issue

March 2, 2016 To the editor: Larry Schopp, Board member, Committee of the Islands, Guest Commentary in the Feb. more »»

Guest Commentary: Dirty water, Amendment 1, voting

March 2, 2016 The Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment Ballot Title: Water and Land Conservation - Dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands Ballot Summary: Funds... more »»

Guest Commentary: Water quality fate in the hands of the state

March 2, 2016 There has been a great deal of press recently concerning several of our local mayors traveling to Washington D.C. more »»

Help Save SW Florida’s water, beaches and wildlife

February 24, 2016 To the editor: This is Your Call to Action! The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum encourages all of our supporters, members and friends to join us in responding to Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane’s... more »»

Ignorance is deadly for native manatees

February 24, 2016 To the editor: When it comes to manatees, there are myths that exist which need clarification. Chuck Presser’s recent letter, “Manatees are not native” is an example of one of those damaging myths. more »»

History repeats itself with Lake ‘O’ runoff

February 17, 2016 To the editor: A decade ago Sanibel and the other islands and coastal communities faced the same problems from Lake Okeechobee runoff that they do today. more »»

Pitiful pink pill for public problems

February 17, 2016 To the editor: Placebos often make people feel better, but no physician would prescribe sugar pills to treat cancer. more »»

Manatees are native

February 17, 2016 To the editor: Based on my age and experience I thought I had heard or read about all I ever would have to know about the nonhuman vertebrates living in Southwest Florida. more »»

Say thanks to the traffic officers

February 17, 2016 To the editor: I think we owe a lot of gratitude to the Officers standing out there at Casa Ybel (Jerry’s) and The Causeway. It’s not a job I would like. more »»

 
 

 

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