Thousands of acres of seagrass lost in Lemon Bay and Charlotte Harbor

By Phyllis Wojcik, Charlotte County Environmental Caucus, June 14, 2021 Betty Staugler, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Harmful Algae Bloom liaison, Florida Sea Grant University of Florida and Nicole Iadevaia, Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP) presented “Seagrass Trends in Charlotte Harbor: Current Findings and Ongoing Efforts” to the Charlotte County Commissioners at…

June is National Caribbean American Heritage Month

Caribbean American Cultural Connections (CACC, Inc) invites local residents to join the celebration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month/Father’s Day,  co-sponsored by Charlotte County Community Services.  Since 2006, June has been designated as National Caribbean American Heritage Month by Presidential Proclamation. We are pleased to showcase our music, food, culture, achievements, and heritage as Caribbean…

Attacking the voting rights of soldiers, seniors and working parents

Editor’s Note:  Read an excellent OpEd on this topic by Carl Hiaasen, Miami Herald columnist,  here.  On February 19th,  Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson had  issued the following joint statement on Governor DeSantis’ election integrity proposal:  “We join the Governor in his efforts to continue to make Florida the national…

DWC Program Focuses on Homeless Children in Charlotte County

Right now there are 320 K-12 identified homeless children in Charlotte County spread over 21 schools. Renee Rebhan, the Homeless Education and Foster Care Liaison to the Charlotte County Public Schools, shared her program’s efforts and challenges in ensuring every child’s right to an education at the February 10 meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club.…

Deceptive Republican Campaign Mailings Arrive in Charlotte County

Official-looking forms mimic Census Questionnaire   The Republican Party is mailing campaign literature that looks like US census forms to voters across the country including here in Charlotte County. The mailings are titled “2020 Congressional District Census” and instruct the recipients to “answer all questions to the best of your ability.” The mailing asks respondents…

“Living The Dream On A Planet That’s Green” theme for Englewood Dem Club parade float

by Karn Cummingham, Englewood Democratic Club The Englewood Democratic Club had planned to march in the Englewood Pioneer Days Parade, originally scheduled for last Labor Day. Those plans and the parade were blown away when Hurricane Dorian threatened our area. Pioneer Day organizers vowed to continue the 63-year-old tradition and have rescheduled festivities and the…

Invitation to Charlotte County’s Comprehensive Plan Workshops

The Charlotte County Community Development Department will host visioning workshops to solicit citizen’s input on the update of Charlotte County’s Comprehensive Plan, Charlotte 2050.  Dates and locations of upcoming workshops are listed below. All workshops are held from 6-8pm. October 16.  East Port Environmental Campus. 25550 Harborview Road, Punta Gorda October 23. Cultural Center. 2280…

Democrats Values

A vigorous debate over a resolution urging Congress to conduct an impeachment inquiry, a resolution demanding the closure of immigrant children camps, and a visit by a Republican Charlotte County commissioner highlighted the July Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee (CCDEC) business meeting that was anything but business as usual. The local Democrats’ meeting began with…

Englewood Watch Party Engages and Entertains

Despite the torrential rainstorms, more than twenty local Democrats huddled at Englewood’s End Zone Sports Grille to watch Night 1 of the Democratic Presidential Debates. Thursday’s Night 2 debate will be held there also. Click here to register. https://www.mobilize.us/charlottecountydec/event/96530/ Organized by Precinct 47 Co-Captain Karen Fisk, the first of the two-night debate series was a…