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A Necessary Step: FWC to close Apalachicola Bay

To the editor:Apalachicola Bay in the Panhandle was once a thriving oyster producer, providing 90 percent of the wild oysters produced in Florida. Sadly, this Bay has drastically declined in productivity in the last ten years. Water withdrawals by Georgia from tributaries of the Apalachicola ...

Guest Opinion: Yes, it’s safe to vote-by-mail in Lee County

As the Lee County Supervisor of Elections, I want to reassure voters that voting by mail is a safe and secure method of voting. Florida has strict laws that provide checks and balances we must adhere to when processing Vote-by-Mail (VBM) ballots.Voting by mail, or absentee voting as it was ...

Guest Opinion: Governor’s $9B budget includes wins, losses for environment

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivered a $92.2 billion budget and a $1 billion veto list two weeks ago, one day before the beginning of the fiscal year which started on July 1. The veto list was a reaction, in part, due to the financial uncertainty the state will navigate as COVID-19 impacts state ...

Two water revolutions

To the editor:The impetus for this letter was inspired by the "Guest Opinion Letter" written on July 10 by Jen Lombeck, Matanzas Waterkeeper. Her letter stated, and I paraphrase: "Strong, enforceable, science-based regulations that protect our waters are not contained in USB 712." (Governor Ron ...

School reopenings the proper course

To the editor:Why is there sharp division over opening schools this fall? Is it the teachers' unions, the media and government using fear-mongering tactics to maintain control? This is a scary virus. But we must use science and logic to guide us, not fear. There is no such thing as a risk-free ...

Guest Opinion: Clean Waterways Act falls far short of what’s needed

Gov. DeSantis recently signed into law SB 712 -- the self-proclaimed "Clean Waterways Act". However, the bill falls far short of resolving Florida's mounting water quality problems.Supporters praise the bill as one of the most environmentally progressive pieces of legislation in over a decade. ...

Fair comparison

To the Editor:A recent contributor suggested that our governor, Ron DeSantis, failed to reopen the state in a "safe manner." Unfortunately, much of the criticism we see today is based on partisan adventurism and when one digs a little deeper, we often find omitted information or data meant to ...

Face Mask Crew thanks all who helped make give-way a success

To the Editor:Thanks to the Pine Island community for making our recent Southwest Florida Face Mask Crew event so successful! We distributed 220 adult and child-sized masks to Pine Islanders on Friday, July 3, and received over $500 in contributions despite the masks being free of charge. Your ...

Wear a mask. Because you don’t know.

To the editor:No one can know at a given moment in time whether or not he/she has C-19 and is actively spreading it -- One MAY have tested negative yesterday, but that is irrelevant to today!!!Therefore, anyone without a face mask who approaches another person within 6 feet is guilty of ...