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On the Water: It was a windy start to the month

Like much of April, the first week of May continued with more windy days and a mild late season cool front. Overall, the days were nice, with the exception of the wind and slow tides that hampered anglers. Tarpon are around in good numbers as many anglers report hook-ups. On the windy days, ...

We need to protect our Southwest Florida wetlands

To the editor: Our wetlands in Southwest Florida are being decimated by builders of housing and commercial projects that have taken the advantage of the state taking over wetlands permitting from the Federal DEP, which handed over its longstanding authority. More than 1,000 permits to develop ...

Safe foster homes are needed now more than ever

To the editor: Our world has been turned upside down for the past year by the pandemic. As our community continues to adjust to our “new normal” what remains the same? Child abuse and child neglect continue to turn children’s lives upside down every day. National Youth Advocate ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc #19-2021 The Edna Valley is pretty much in the middle of California, about five miles inland from the coast, where the days are warm and the nights are cool. Its a good place to ...

Solution is in our hands

Spring in Southwest Florida is glorious but the pre-summer lull brings more than great weather and less crowded beaches. May heralds in what local animal shelters call “kitten season,” and no, all love for the fuzzy, furry little hairballs packed with cuteness aside, it’s not a welcome ...

On the Water: May brings great weather and great fishing

The month of May kicks off our slow season as neighbors and visitors head north for the summer. While tourist season may be slowing down with less boats on the water, fishing may be at its peak. This is the height of tarpon season and likely the best time to hook into a "Silver King." They ...

First line of defense

To the editor: As a retired member of the U.S. Foreign Service, I was proud to represent America in seven countries over my 29 years of service. I write this in advance of Foreign Service Day on May 7, a day designated by Congress to honor our active-duty and retired members of the Foreign ...