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Volunteers are needed

Volunteers are needed immediately to assist hurricane stricken neighbors with food distribution, clean up, clerical work and other critical tasks. Sign up in person from 7-11am at the Charlotte Community Foundation courtyard, 227 Sullivan Street in downtown Punta Gorda. Assistance for affected Charlotte County citizens is coordinated by COAD Charlotte County Volunteer Hotline: 910-973-3916

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Biden's Vision

The Biden Administration’s preparation for Hurricane Ian

In unity and harmony, we pray for the safety and well-being of all Floridians from this horrific hurricane! But just imagine the Federal response if this was a BLUE state and we had a MAGA Republican as president? Thank God, Joe Biden is our president!  As Hurricane Ian approached Florida, President Biden directed the heads

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Environment

Airborne exposure to red tide could have neurological effect, Florida study suggests

By Stefania Lugli, Sarasota Herald-Tribune,  Aug 17, 2022. Researchers from the Roskamp Institute found new evidence suggesting that airborne exposure to red tide could have neurological impacts — especially for those with a previous history of migraine or chronic fatigue syndrome. While respiratory symptoms are well-documented during red tide blooms, neurological symptoms haven’t been examined in large

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Think Green Vote Blue
Environment

Delicate balance needed to protect our ecosystem

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Aug 10, 2022. OUR POSITION: Growth and invasive species are a huge challenge that all Floridians, and especially our lawmakers, must address in a proactive manner to protect our water and our ecosystems. The annual hunt for invasive Burmese pythons, dead gopher tortoises found near

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Environment

Climate change is not negotiable

By the  Editorial Board, The New York Times      , July 23, 2022. The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom. The American West has gone bone dry, the Great Salt Lake is vanishing and water levels in Lake Mead

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Call to Action

Tell Rubio & Scott: support climate solutions

Submitted by Karen Fisk Action Alert:  copy this letter and email it to our Florida Senators (contact info below). Dear Senator Rubio and Senator Scott: As your constituent, I urge you to support necessary investments in clean energy and climate solutions. Florida continues to experience worsening hurricanes, storms, floods and wildfires — all of which

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Environment

DeSoto Commissioners need more details from Mosaic

By Daniel Sutphin, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, June 1, 2022. ARCADIA — DeSoto County commissioners and residents want more details from Mosaic Fertilizer Co. regarding reagents in phosphate mining. “What is the list of reagents and can we get a disclosure of reagents used in the process?” Commissioner Jerod Gross asked during a county

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Environment

Mosaic, DeSoto County to host phosphate workshop on May 31 at 9 am

By DANIEL SUTPHIN, The Daily Sun Staff Writer ARCADIA — DeSoto County Commissioners will hold a public workshop at 9 a.m., Tuesday at the Turner Center, 2250 NE Roan St, Arcadia, FL 34266, regarding Mosaic and the potential of phosphate mining. For more info, visit https://desotobocc.com/calendar/event/2319. Mosaic owns around 23,000 acres of farmland in DeSoto

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Environment

Trying everything, even lettuce, to save Florida’s beloved manatees

By Patricia Mazzei, The New York Times, April 9, 2022. INDIAN RIVER LAGOON, Fla. — At first, the manatees stayed away from the romaine lettuce. It was an extraordinary experiment in dire times: humans dumping pallets of leafy greens to feed Florida’s beloved manatees in the warm waters of the Indian River Lagoon, where decades of pollution have

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Environment

How to defeat Putin and save the planet

Credit…Felipe Trueba/EPA, via Shutterstock By Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times, Opinion Columnist, March 29, 2022 It is impossible to predict how the war in Ukraine will end. I fervently hope it’s with a free, secure and independent Ukraine. But here is what I know for sure: America must not waste this crisis. This is

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Environment

Charlotte County commissioners are ignoring our environment

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Mar 13, 2022. Our county commissioners voted unanimously to rezone preserved and environmentally sensitive lands along Bayshore Road for commercial and planned development so Harpoon Harry’s, owned by Smugglers, Inc., can develop waterfront shopping and dining down the street from Sunseeker Resort.

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Environment

Sea level rise grants coming to Charlotte County

By Betsy Calvert, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Feb 7, 2022. As part of the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact, Charlotte County has been selected for two grants to assess the vulnerability of the region to sea level rise. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is awarding the two grants, $152,819 and $270,064. Charlotte County

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Call to Action

FPL-backed bill imperils rooftop solar in our Sunshine State

The following letter to the editor was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 21, 2022. Florida Power and Light, with the help of state legislators, seems determined to kill solar power for  homeowners. Two years ago I installed solar on my roof. Now, I pay nine dollars a month to FP&L. My panels generate

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Environment

An opportunity to discuss water quality

The following Editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on January 10, 2021. There may not be a topic that gets people’s attention in Southwest Florida easier than the condition of our water resources. Be it concerns about phosphate mining, red tide, sewer malfunctions or the question of supply and demand, everyone has a stake in

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Environment

Manatees, facing a crisis, will get a bit of help: extra feeding

By Catrin Einhorn, New York Times, Dec. 7, 2021. The starving manatees are easy enough to spot. You can see their ribs through their skin. They surface to breathe more than normal. Those most in need appear off balance, listing to one side. As manatee deaths spike and Florida rescue centers fill up with malnourished animals,

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Environment

Study on impact of algae toxins appreciated

The following Editorial was published in The Daily Sun on December 1, 2021. We think it’s a great idea to know to what degree harmful algae blooms can hurt humans. It was good to learn in a Miami Herald article that Florida Atlantic University is beginning a study on the effects of human exposure to

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Environment

Too much nitrogen is flowing into Charlotte Harbor

By Betsy Calvert, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Nov 1, 2021. Charlotte Harbor is environmentally impaired, and the state has deferred an action plan to local officials. Charlotte County’s new Water Quality Manager Brendan Moody shared the status of the county’s waterways with commissioners recently and said he will be advocating in early 2022 for

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