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Perfect holiday plants

Do you find yourself faced with that perennial dilemma of finding a perfect holiday gift? One of the best suggestions I can provide is the gift of a decorative plant! A colorful blooming plant or a festive evergreen will bring a bit of the outdoors inside during the holidays, and most can be ...

Qualifications for homestead exemption

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I am a Canadian resident but I hope to spend a lot more time in Florida. Without homestead, I have been paying higher and higher property taxes every year on my condominium, and I don’t receive the $50,000 exemption. Am I eligible as a Canadian resident? — Gail M. ...

Cape’s October closed condo sales at record levels

The month of October finished with the all-time single month record for closed condo sales in Cape Coral, with 100 condos changing hands, as closed sales for the month were up huge versus October 2019. The average median sales prices for Cape condos over the first 10 months of 2020 were also ...

A new threat to water quality in Southwest Florida

We want to thank everyone who responded to our call-to-action to oppose federal permits for the Ocean Era Inc. aquaculture project proposed in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of our recent campaign, more than 500 emails were submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opposing the ...

One last word

To the editor: W. Edwards Deming, the world renowned management consultant, succently stated: “In God We Trust, all others must bring data.” To his point, the data are:  Electoral College totals for the 2020 Presidential Election: Joe Biden 306, Donald Trump 232.  Popular vote: ...

America’s greatest president

To the editor: Operation Warp Speed: Another spectacular accomplishment by President Trump. The development and distribution of the “covid”' destroyer, scheduled for delivery before the end of the year, ranks high on the list of President Trump’s amazing achievements. What before ...

City needs ordinance to protect canal waters

To the editor: It was very disappointing to see our city council members refuse to pass an ordinance protecting the canal waters from lawn run-off pollution at the last council meeting. This should not be a measure postponed. Councilmember Nelson, the author of the proposed ban on phosphorus ...

Deep reflection is required

To the editor: This election season has managed to bring into play some of the worst of our political actions. Having “your” side win is nice. However, what price did our election process pay to obtain the victory? We consider ourselves to be a politically safe model for the world. We are ...

Holiday dolphin lights installed on Matlacha Bridge

To the editor: Former president Marie Cahill of the Matlacha Civic Association ordered the dolphins 20 years ago from a company in North Carolina. They originally had blue lights with a white belly and a red hat, but over the years they needed to be refurbished. Mike Gordon and his committee ...

Guest Opinion: Local spending is more important than ever

While the end of 2020 is nearing, the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect the local business community for months, and perhaps even years, to come. Beyond the many changes implemented to keep employees safe and their companies operating, business owners have also had to respond to a ...