2022-12-29 E-Edition


BOTTOMS UP — from the U.S. military to Prohibition, a brief history of how an hour got happy

As you lift a libation in celebration of another day’s hard work done or another setting of the sun, we invite you to take a moment to reflect upon what’s behind the customs involved in imbibing. How did happy hour come into being? Why did it become customary to drink before dining? When did mixing alcohol as cocktails, rather than […]

Heroine in autism community to share her story Jan. 7

At age 75, Dr. Temple Grandin has a very direct message for parents of children and teens with autism: “Stop overprotecting your kids. Take the thing they are good at and build on it. In order to figure out what they are good at, you must encourage them to try new things.” That’s exactly what her own parents did, and […]

Wha’chu gonna do?

I wrote a front-page story in these pages last week called “Hope” — no more, no less. A woman, Jen, responded in the comments section within minutes of that story’s appearance both in print and online. Here’s what she wrote at 5:48 in the morning, probably before she had coffee: “That is the most depressing article I’ve read in a […]

Economic impact of bustling airport climbs to $1.7 billion

The economic impact of Punta Gorda Airport is $1.7 billion, up from $1.25 billion in 2019, according to a new study by the Florida Department of Transportation. The FDOT’s Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study was recently released; a previous study was done in 2019. “Punta Gorda Airport is an economic success story that our entire community can take pride in,” […]

State sets stage for more marijuana licenses, increases fees

State health regulators set in motion a process to issue up to 22 more medical marijuana licenses, in a highly anticipated move that could double the size of Florida’s medical-cannabis industry. The state Department of Health also published an emergency rule that would make it far more expensive for marijuana operators to renew their licenses every two years, increasing the […]

Florida fastest growing state, U.S. Census report shows

Florida was the fastest-growing state from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2022, with its population increasing by 1.9%, according to a report issued last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. Florida had an estimated 22,244,823 residents as of July 1, up from 21,828,069 a year earlier. “While Florida has often been among the largest-gaining states, this was the first […]

Be aware when sharing the beach with shorebirds this winter

This winter season, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reminds beachgoers how to help protect vulnerable resident and migratory shorebirds and seabirds while enjoying Florida’s coastal habitats. Each winter, Florida’s resident shorebirds and seabirds are joined by both human and avian snowbirds coming to the state’s shorelines from colder climates. Both resident and migratory shorebirds rely on Florida’s sandy […]

Christmas is over, so take this time to relax

Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2015. Taking time to relax will be the priority as the Christmas season winds down. Each year we are bombarded with media telling us to buy this for our loved ones. We need to have this gadget or that. “But wait […]

Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association installs 2023 officers

A new president, board of directors and executive officers for 2023 were installed on Dec. 6 by the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association. Adam Riley, president of LTD Contracting, was installed by Florida Home Builders Association immediate past president TJ Thornberry, owner and president of Thornberry Custom Builders. Mr. Riley started in the building industry at 8 years old, riding alongside […]