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No Place Like Home

By Staff | February 02, 2023

Some Floridians have already received the news in their mailboxes. Many others will see it arrive in the coming months. None will welcome it. “Our homeowner’s insurance went from $2,150 to $6,250,” said Shelly Salzman of Lee County. “How’s that for an increase?” Ms. Salzman had been with her insurance company, Kin Interinsurance Network, since she had moved to Southwest […]

Report: Florida lags behind nation in preventing and reducing tobacco use

By Staff | February 02, 2023

Florida is listed as one of the states with the worst policies to prevent and reduce tobacco use, according to the American Lung Association’s 21st annual “State of Tobacco Control” report, which was released recently. The state earned mostly failing grades on this year’s report. The “State of Tobacco Control” report evaluates state and federal policies on actions taken to […]

Land of nuance

By Staff | February 02, 2023

Development in Florida is not the enemy, it’s the inevitability. Cops in the United States are not the enemy, they’re the necessity. But they need to be firmly regulated — by us. Recent events in the country and the state make that starkly clear. Therefore, how we think about them — how we want developers and cops or anybody else […]

DEP protects nearly 12,000 acres within the Peace River watershed

By Staff | February 02, 2023

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has finalized the purchase of an 11,958-acre conservation easement in DeSoto and Hardee counties within the Horse Creek Ranch Florida Forever project. Previously approved for acquisition by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet, this property provides a buffer for Horse Creek, a tributary of the Peace River, and will ensure the continued protection […]

Close encounter with a creature (but not from the Black Lagoon)

By Staff | February 02, 2023

Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from our archives. I was frequently asked if I could guarantee sightings of manatees, alligators eagles — you name it — aboard my Peace River boat tours. My response was always: This is not a ranch, farm or other controlled environment, though […]

FARMERS MARKETS

By Staff | February 02, 2023

Farmers market season is in full swing in Southwest Florida. The seasonal markets offer a wide selection of produce, seafood, plants, crafts, jewelry, tasty fare and more. FRIDAY Happy Hour Marketplace 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 361 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. (Bailey Brothers Park) in Punta Gorda. Live music, crafts, art, fresh produce and fruits, soul food, ice treats, […]

We spill the tea on VMX conference pet care lectures

By Staff | February 02, 2023

Caring for aging pets, recognizing pain and the perennial topic of feline house soiling: These were just a few of the hundreds of sessions presented at the Veterinary Meeting and Expo last month in Orlando. Dr. Marty Becker attended in person, and I attended virtually. We go to veterinary conferences to learn about advances in veterinary medicine and find news […]

Pets of the WEEK

By Staff | February 02, 2023

EARS is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at 500 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood. Visit www.earsanimalrescue.com, or call 941-681- 3877 for the shelter or 941-460-6757 for the thrift store. All donations go to help the EARS animals. Volunteers and donations are always needed. These pets are available for adoption at the Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood. All […]

Menopause symptoms: Expert outlines hormone and therapies

By Staff | February 02, 2023

Menopause, the end of menstrual cycles, can produce symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and mood changes. Women do not need to suffer in silence: Many treatment options are available. Jewel Kling, M.D., chair of the Division of Women’s Health at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, describes hormonal and nonhormonal therapies. “We sometimes hear the question, ‘Do I […]

February is American Heart Month

By Staff | February 02, 2023

Across America, heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women and people of most racial and ethnic groups. Heart disease is a bucket term that refers to several types of heart conditions, but in the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease. With coronary artery disease, plaque (deposits of […]