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When Susan Bennett, born and raised in Fort Myers, stared into the Caloosahatchee River seven stories below the balcony of her downtown home one recent morning, the potentially dangerous blue-green algae that characterized a disastrous 2018 event was staring back at her. But in late 2017 and 2018 when toxic forms of cyanobacteria invaded community waterways for months, killing fish and... READ MORE >

Has tipping gotten out of control?

It’s a small screen asking a small but often controversial question. Add a tip? Yes or no? The screen is on an iPad handed to you, or on a point-of-sale device turned toward you when paying for an item or a service. They seem to be pervasive, appearing more and more, often at places where tips had not been requested... READ MORE >


When I learned that Tuesday this week was Purple Heart Day, celebrating and remembering more than 1.9 million Americans who hold the decoration for wounds received in combat, I fell into a funk. When we gonna lay down our sword and shield, when we gonna study war no more, as Pete Seeger once sang? The disturbing answer may be, never.... READ MORE >

1963 march left a legacy of which we can be proud

America’s grandest demonstration for racial justice, the 1963 March on Washington, occurred 60 years ago this month. It culminated a summer of civil rights activism and undoubtedly inspired millions to recognize the urgent need for deep change. The seminal event featured Martin Luther King Jr., one of our country’s greatest people giving one of our country’s greatest speeches. Toward the... READ MORE >

Suggestions on where to travel with your pet

Some of my favorite trips have been with my dogs. We’ve been to cities, resort towns, national parks, wineries and beaches galore. Summer is almost over, but it’s not too late to plan a last-minute dog-friendly trip or a future vacation. Drawing on my own experiences and recommendations from dog-loving friends, here are some places to check out. Camp is... READ MORE >

Pets of the WEEK

• Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is at 3100/3200 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. For adoptable pets and other information, visit www.PeggyAdams.org or call 561-686-3663.... READ MORE >

191 animals find homes during Countdown 2 Zero

It was a day of saving lives. During the 10th annual Countdown 2 Zero Mega Pet Adoption Event, which took place Saturday, July 22, 191 animals found permanent homes. Organized by Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, the Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event is a collaborative effort of a dozen local animal rescue... READ MORE >

Loggerhead breaks sea turtle nesting record

On Wednesday, July 26, Loggerhead Marinelife Center broke its all-time sea turtle nesting season record after counting more than 20,998 nests along a 9.5- mile stretch of beach. This milestone achievement comes with three more months remaining in turtle nesting season. Three different species of sea turtles commonly nest along the beaches in Florida, all of which are threatened or... READ MORE >

Florida Python Challenge begins with 840 hunters

The 2023 Florida Python Challenge began Aug. 4 in the Everglades with 840 (and counting) registered participants. The challenge continues through Aug. 13; those interested in competing can register through the final day of the competition. The person who removes the most pythons as part of the competition will be awarded the Ultimate Grand Prize of $10,000 followed by the... READ MORE >