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Stop placing blame, find a solution

August 29, 2018 To the editor: Respectfully Sen. Nelson, I’d like to address your guest commentary in the Aug. 8, 2018, issue of Fort Myers Beach Observer (which also ran in the Aug. more »»

Do not waste vote on Rick Scott

August 29, 2018 To the editor: Send a message to Gov. Rick Scott: No senate seat for you, Florida's environment says you haven't earned it. more »»

Spills: Oil and toxic water

August 22, 2018 In 2018 tourists paid to visit Lee County beaches that were littered with dead fish and endangered sea turtles and whale sharks, all killed by a marine red tide bloom. more »»

Federal representatives mute on red tide

August 22, 2018 To the editor: When will our new neighbor, Vice President Mike Pence, step up to help create a permanent solution to the red tide plague that’s ruining the island and will continue to do so until... more »»

It is time for drastic action

August 15, 2018 To the editor: When Jeb Bush was governor years ago, there were howls of outrage about green algae in our water. more »»

Do more than talk — act

August 15, 2018 To the editor: I totally agree with the most recent letter by Sally J. Cooper (published in the Aug. 1, 2018, issue of the Island Reporter)! Her comments are spot on. more »»

Worry for long-time island visitors

August 15, 2018 To the editor: My family has been visiting Sanibel almost every year for 45 years. more »»

Vote for candidates who prioritize our environment

August 1, 2018 To the editor: I first came to Sanibel in 1978 — 40 years ago. I vacationed here nearly every year after and purchased a home on the island in 2015. I now live here permanently. more »»

Easy fix to Shell Love Bug saga

August 1, 2018 To the editor: Pam Rambo has been struggling to reclaim the Shell Love Bug from Lee County for the past two years and has had to resort to hiring attorneys to reclaim her creation. more »»

Demand instant federal action

July 18, 2018 To the editor: Some years ago, to create more agricultural land, the U.S. Congress authorized the U.S. more »»

Open rec center on holidays

July 11, 2018 To the editor: President Trump cannot truly “Make America Great Again” until he gets the Sanibel Recreation Center to stay open on the holidays. Go for it, Mr. President. more »»

Support petition to reopen Lee County Extension building

June 27, 2018 To the editor: I am a former (20-year) Sanibel resident and a current Master Gardener with Lee County Cooperative Extension. more »»

It is time for new blood

June 20, 2018 To the editor: My wife and I have owned three different homes on Sanibel since the 1980s. We moved full-time to our current home on Sanibel in 2013. more »»

Help save the Everglades, coastal estuaries

June 20, 2018 To the editor: The Everglades and coastal estuaries need our help. “Send it south” has been the slogan for countless NGOs and $1,000 a plate fundraisers. more »»

Vote yes on half-penny sales tax

June 6, 2018 To the editor: If these were ordinary times, I would be opposed to an increase in the sales tax as regressive tax policy. These times, however, as Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “are not ordinary times. more »»

Sanibel’s new Heritage Trail

May 30, 2018 To the editor: If you looked through the materials that came with the city’s utility bill last week, you may have noticed a flyer on Sanibel’s new Heritage Trail. more »»

Bailey Tract facts

May 23, 2018 To the editor: Although I have not followed the issues closely, and I have had no input into refuge planning for over 28 years, I did catch the letters to the editor in the May 9, 2018, edition of... more »»


May 16, 2018 To the editor: For the past few weeks, I’ve been reading articles and letters concerning the work in progress at the Bailey tract, and it got me to thinking about sustainability in general. more »»

Sales tax increase bad alternative

May 16, 2018 To the editor: The proposed half-cent sales tax increase, to aid Lee County schools, discussed in the May 8 edition, is a bad alternative. A sales tax is a retrogressive tax. more »»

Opposed to rezoning near Shell Point

May 9, 2018 To the editor: I am writing to let you know about a potential real estate development in the South Fort Myers area. more »»



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