2021-04-01

2021-04-01 E-Edition

TIPPING POINT

Spike in manatee mortalities a symptom of an ecosystem on the brink of collapse


WHETHER YOU LOVE OR HATE MANATEES, the sudden spike in manatee deaths this winter should cause concern for all Florida residents and visitors. While the images of dead manatees are shocking, their deaths are actually a symptom of a much larger ecosystem problem that imperils multiple facets of Florida’s economy. The manatee mortality numbers this winter are largely driven by […]

Impact of Collier’s Paradise Coast Sports Complex has already begun



Another Florida magic kingdom is sprouting just off I-75’s Exit 101 in Collier County. This one has nothing to do with an anthropomorphic mouse or castles or make-believe of any kind. The Paradise Coast Sports Complex is a very real $100 million, multi-purpose venue for not only sports but cultural events as well. It is a joint venture between Collier […]

Slow turnin’



I’ve always believed in divorce, a fact I feel compelled to mention here as I reach my 20th wedding anniversary this week. Twenty years married on the last day of March, and I didn’t start — this time — until I was 47. It was a breezy afternoon on a dock stretched into a bay behind an art gallery in […]

Facts ignored in attacks on Asian Americans



At least it’s permissible to question the conclusions of federal law enforcement again. During the Russia investigation and afterward, officials like FBI Director Christopher Wray were put on a pedestal by Democrats and the media. Now, Wray has occasioned sharp Democratic dissent by stating that the horrifying murder spree at Atlanta-area spas that killed six Asian American women wasn’t racially […]

Is there a secret hidden beneath Sunseeker Resort?



Every beachcomber has dreams of finding a stash of gold coins and jewels poking up out of the sand as they walk the beaches of Southwest Florida (or anywhere else, for that matter). Such discoveries are not so farfetched as you might think. In fact, there are many stories of waterfront construction projects that have uncovered vast amounts of buried […]

Timing is important when medicating your pet



Pets’ lives can be measured in a number of different ways. There’s the crazy entertaining stage of puppies and kittens, the active prime of life, the calmer stage of the middle-aged pet, and the medication stage that is most often seen in senior and geriatric animals. I’m currently in the latter stage with my two cavalier King Charles spaniels, and […]

Pets of the WEEK

These animals are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. All animals are microchipped, neutered and current with their shots. We are open by appointments only. All of our adoptable pets are on the AWL website (www.awlshelter.org). If you see a pet that you would like to meet, call to make an appointment. We […]

Sneeze much? It’s allergy season in Southwest Florida



It’s that time of year again — the sniffling, sneezing and suffering of allergy season caused by the telltale yellow dust that blankets Southwest Florida for months. With longer and warmer seasons each year, the spring and fall pollen is literally and figuratively growing worse. Right now, the biggest offenders like tree pollen, grass pollen and ragweed pollen, are blowing […]

Single dose compared to other COVID vaccines



In late February, Johnson & Johnson received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for its single-dose, easier-to-store COVID-19 vaccine. As communities across the country prepare for the new single-dose option, some may wonder how this one compares to the other two vaccines. First, you should know that Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine efficacy rate in U.S. clinical […]