2023-01-19 E-Edition

Cleaning Up the Market

Car wash owners bet on underserved South Florida communities.

Florida may be known for its oranges, but car washes are emerging as the state’s new bumper crop. They seem to be popping up on practically every corner. Some industry experts estimate that as many as 100 new car washes are being added in the United States each month. A host of circumstances have come together to fuel the rapid […]

Hoffmann Media Group acquires Florida Health Care News

Hoffmann Media Group, parent company of Florida Weekly newspapers, has purchased Florida Health Care News, a group of health care newspapers in Florida. The Hoffmann Family of Companies owns the media group. Founded in 1987, “Florida Health Care News is the oldest and largest family of health care information publications in the state,” said Barry Levine, founder and executive publisher. […]

Book it!

My old man was a reader, so for years he hauled me and my sister to a little public library in a tiny old wood-frame house with a couple of holes in the wall — they were said to be bullet holes posited during the late disagreement with redskins in my home state, Colorado, where the house had once been […]

Florida Sea Grant and partners issue Coral Tissue Loss Disease report

Since 2014, Florida’s Coral Reef has been fighting an outbreak of a communicable, waterborne disease called stony coral tissue loss disease. Just released, the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease & Response on Florida’s Coral Reef: Winter 2023 Overview details the status of the reefs, the state of the disease and activities for research, response and reef recovery conducted to date. […]

New property insurance law leaves little recourse for consumers


Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Dec. 16 that he stated is designed to stabilize Florida’s property insurance market, increase competition and strengthen consumer protections, with a goal of reducing the cost of property insurance for consumers. While there is no doubt that the property insurance industry needs help, my experience indicates this law will primarily hurt — not benefit — […]

Some watercraft we use today date back thousands of years

[Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2011.] I have written frequently about canoes and kayaks, which have been a mode of transportation and travel since the beginning of time. Canoes and kayaks are simple, inexpensive and reliable for fun or work. Historic records maintain that the use […]

Volunteers rallied to clean up CHEC after the storm


Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center’s park in Punta Gorda sets on 46,000 acres of preserve — and hurricane Ian went right over the top of us. Everyone wants to know what happened. Where do birds go during the storm? How are the animals affected? Why did everything bloom and green right after the storm? Hurricanes are a natural event and Florida […]

Feline diabetes: Signs to watch for and advances in treatment

Your cat is eating ravenously but losing weight, and she seems to be drinking a lot more water than normal — and peeing it all out into the litter box. What’s wrong with her? All of those signs may be pointing to a particular disease that’s not uncommon in cats: diabetes mellitus. But if you’re not in the habit of […]

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 […]