Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman makes history

Amanda Gorman became the youngest person to deliver a poem at a U.S. presidential inauguration, with the 22-year-old reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb” reproduced below in case you missed it! When day comes we ask ourselves,where can we find light in this never-ending shade?The loss we carry,a sea we must wadeWe’ve braved the belly of the…

FL now leads nation in the # of cases of a troubling new COVID 19 strain; state officials aren’t alerting public

Editor’s note:  Between Sunday and Monday, the number of Florida coronavirus cases increased by 8,002 (0.5 percent), to 1,579,281; active hospitalizations went up by 29 (nearly 0.4 percent), to 7,448; deaths rose by 137 (nearly 0.6 percent), to 24,274. In Charlotte County, we have had 9,023 cases and 270 deaths attributed to coronavirus. You can…

Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Teresa Jenkins, Charlotte County Democrats Executive Chair “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” This quote is from Dr. Martin Luther King’s March 22, 1964 speech at Arizona State University. Dr. King offers us only two choices: chaos or community; friendship or discord. With all the conflicts facing…

Florida to begin statewide appointment system for vaccine

Editor’s note:  Charlotte County’s distribution effort has been stymied by a surging demand from its 65+ population and limited supply.  When vaccine is available, residents quickly overwhelm this registration site. By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press, Jan 14, 2021   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s director of emergency management said Thursday that a statewide…

‘We don’t believe it’s time to rest’: DeSantis cracks down on COVID vaccine plans; critics concerned

By Issac Morgan , Florida Phoenix, January 4, 2021 Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to ramp up COVID vaccine distribution in the state by adding community sites such as churches and other state-run facilities, while putting pressure on Florida hospitals to administer vaccines quickly. “We don’t believe it’s time to rest,” DeSantis said at press conference Monday at…

FL Attorney General Moody ‘disappointed’; defends effort to overturn election. DeSantis acknowledges Biden win (sort of). Who wants to be the Dem candidate for governor?

Extract from the politico.com newsletter, Dec 16, 2020 Slow shuffle — Florida Republicans, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, appear to be grudgingly moving closer to accepting that Joe Biden will be America’s next president. Recognition of reality — Attorney General Ashley Moody — who joined 16 other attorneys general in an unsuccessful effort to get the election results…

Punta Gorda eyes airport takeover

By Daniel Sutphin, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Dec 7, 2020  PUNTA GORDA — Despite being shot down by a Charlotte County Airport Authority majority vote in November, the idea of privatizing Punta Gorda Airport doesn’t look to be going away anytime soon. Punta Gorda officials have asked state legislators to consider actions that could dissolve the…

Florida agents raid home of ousted COVID-19 data curator

Editor’s notes: Read Nikki Fried’s Twitter post here. Watch Rebekah Jones’ CNN interview here. Story below by the Associated Press, Dec 7, 2020 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities investigating an alleged hack into the state’s emergency response system raided the home Monday of a woman fired earlier this year from her job as COVID-19…

Model homes imminent in West Port

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Nov 29, 2020  This aerial view of the planned community called West Port under development shows State Road 776/El Jobean Road at the bottom and U.S. 41 at the top. The Charlotte County Centennial Park is the green in the middle. The first model homes may go in…