ARCADIANCATCHING UP WITH ...Antonio Washington talks DCHS sports, Arcadia officer Âalways wanted to help.ÂPAGE 15 Arcadian 75Â¢THEÂServing DeSoto County since 1887ÂŽ INSIDELike and follow us on Facebook. SOCIAL MEDIA 7,354 likesViewpoint .................4 Calendar ...................6 Police Beat ................8 Obituaries .................9 Religion ......................9 Sports .....................14 ..............20 INDEX NIGHT AMONG THE STARS Arcadian shines at indie film screeningHollywood-type premiere, stretch limos and red carpets, Âit is fun.Â PG 17 MEET LYNN WITTMEIER And her funny tiger SamsonSharing challenges and humor parenting an 800-pound kitty. PG 5 JOSHUA CREEK CEMETERY Historian Donna McPhersonÂ’s grave momentsArcadian identified 155 unmarked burial sites, Âbursting with informationÂ on historic place. PG 3 Thursday, July 5, 2018 24 pages / 75 centsThe Florida Forestry ServiceÂs Mike Porter spent a recent weekend putting the Â“nishing touches on a farmhouse and bunkhouses at the Peace River State Forest. The reason for his labors: An understanding that military veterans wounded in combat or disabled on duty often endure a daily routine of loneliness and isolation. As a counter, Porter and his colleagues at the Forestry Service and parent agency Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services initiated Operation Outdoor Freedom several years ago. The current mission is to build camps on Forestry Service lands around the state to give FloridaÂs wounded and disabled veterans a place to gather in the outdoors and escape from struggles with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. There, they can experience everything from hunting, Â“shing and canoeing to swamp buggy riding and swapping stories around a campÂ“re. The idea is for visiting veterans to serve as therapy for each other as they sit around the campÂ“re at night and talk about shared experiences or venture into the forest together by day. The Peace River camp is on land the state received as part of a land trade and lawsuit settlement with phosphate company Mosaic. While the camp has hosted events for veterans since opening this year, work has been underway on its farmhouse and two bunkhouses tucked inside the Peace River State ForestÂs 5,500 acres off County Road 769 near Arcadia, said Porter, coordinator for Operation Outdoor Freedom. ÂWeÂre Â“nishing up bathrooms and the bunkhouse,ÂŽ Porter said after taking a break from his weekend work at the Peace River camp. ÂWeÂre putting the Â“nishing touchesÂŽ on everything, he added.Peace RiverÂs recreational therapyBy TED CARTERSUN CORRESPONDENT PHOTO PROVIDEDAs part of Outdoor Operation Freedom, the Forestry Service hosts hundreds of events for veterans each year that do not involve the camps, such as paddle trips on the Peace River. FILE SUN PHOTOFlorida Forest Service honor guards at Operation Outdoor Freedom earlier this year welcoming veterans at the Peace River State Forest in DeSoto County.THERAPY | 19 WANT TO DONATE?Go to https:// www.floridastateforests.org/OOF. INSIDETaming the Peace River Â€ See page 5In less than three weeks, things will heat up in DeSoto County. A public hearing to decide whether phosphate mining moves forward in rural DeSoto happens July 24-25. Those behind MosaicÂs rezoning application will make their case, and those against it expressing strong opposition in the court-like setting. Similar circumstances happened in June before DeSoto planning and zoning commissioners. In preparing for rezoning before the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners, one group against phosphate mining on Tuesday sought a permit from Arcadia to hold an informational workshop on July 24, across from DeSoto County ofÂ“ces and including live entertainment. The group called People Protecting DeSoto was granted an event permit, with conditions that included hourly pay for Arcadia police at the McSwain Park gathering, and to concede its purpose was not to incite, City Manager Terry Stewart said. Group members agreed to the added $270 fee, and that information and music were its underlying goals. ÂWeÂre expecting more of a picnic atmosphere,ÂŽ said Sarah Hollenhorst, one of four applicants at TuesdayÂs council hearing. ÂNo picketing?ÂŽ countered Mayor Judy Wertz Strickland. ÂNo,ÂŽ Hollenhorst replied. Arcadia assessing for police services and closer scrutiny of public event permits are at the forefront in recent weeks. An African American/Hispanic music festival in Arcadia this weekend was canceled when organizers decided against thousands of dollars of city and county fee assessments. Authorities wanted the costs for 15 city and county ofÂ“cers. Those organizers took to social media to denounce the move as prohibitive. Mosaic foes plan ÂinformationalÂ workshop, no picketing July 24 rezoning By CRAIG GARRETTARCADIAN EDITOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH | FAMILY PRACTICE | PEDIATRICS PHARMACY | PODIATRY | VISIONSIX CONVENIENT LOCATIONS863-485-2030 | ARCADIA, FL adno=720341
Arcadian | Page 2 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 Job: DeSoto County 12th Circuit Court judge History : Fifth-generation Arcadian, family extensively involved agricultural industry. Cum Laude University of Florida/ Animal Sciences, minors Plant Sciences, Food and Resource Economics and International Studies in Agriculture. At UF, member Florida Blue Key; president Agricultural and Life Sciences College Council, president Sigma Alpha Agricultural Sorority; member Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team. Eight-month internship Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Los Garruchos, an Argentine cattle operation. In 2017, one of University of FloridaÂs Outstanding Young Alumni for excellence. Magna Cum Laude Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia. Inducted into The Order of Barristers and the Brainard Currie Honor Society. While in law school, received CALI Awards for Excellence for the highest grade in: Contracts, Legal Writing, Employment Law, Appellate Practice and Procedure, and Habeas Practice and Procedure, internship in Hanoi, Vietnam, assisting Foreign Agricultural Service at the United States Embassy with agricultural policy issues; memberships in Mercer Law Review, the Mercer Advocacy Council, National Appellate Advocacy Team and the Habeas Project, litigating post-conviction criminal appeals under GeorgiaÂs Third Year Practice Act before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Supreme Court of Georgia and Georgia Superior Courts. Received MercerÂs Law and Public Service Award. 2012: Swaine & Harris, P.A. associate attorney, Lake Placid, Florida. Practiced civil litigation and transactions with an emphasis on agricultural matters, litigating before First, Second, and Fifth District Courts of Appeals, and the Tenth and Twelfth Judicial Circuits. Also practicing in Highlands County, active in the Highlands County Bar Association, vice-president, president and immediate past president, in consecutive years. 2016: nominated Twelfth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Â“rst female judge in DeSoto County. Presides over misdemeanor, trafÂ“c, small claims and county civil cases. Designated to preside as an acting circuit judge, presides over Drug Court, DeSoto residential/commercial mortgage foreclosures, shares presiding duites over injunction cases. Currently expanding DeSotoÂs Drug Court and developing FloridaÂs Â“rst comprehensive case-management/treatment court, which will include a Veterans Court. Florida Bar, Georgia Bar and the Florida Conference of County Court Judges, supports DeSoto 4-H and FFA, DeSoto sports programs, member Arcadia Rotary, board of directors Jim Crews Community Playground Foundation (JimSpace) and South Florida State College Foundation. Personal : Time with husband, Andrew Smith, family and friends, hunting, Â“shing and reading. Platform : ÂSince becoming DeSoto County judge in 2016, I have presided over hundreds of cases annually in DeSoto County, and have learned new lessons and gained experience from each case I have presided over. ÂFrom experience, I can say that very few experiences will prepare a person for life as a judge more than actually serving the community as its judge. ÂDuring my time on the bench, I have broken ground on and made great strides in creating FloridaÂs Â“rst comprehensive case-management/treatment court, which will serve veterans, victims of sex trafÂ“cking, persons suffering from mental illness, and persons afÂ”icted with drug and alcohol dependency involved in the court system. These programs have been proven state and nation-wide to reduce the occurrences of re-arrests, save taxpayerÂs dollars, and reduce the strain on local jails. ÂI have instituted practices of encouraging people to re-obtain their driverÂs Brewer and Schuneman vie for DeSoto judgeÂs seatJob : Assistant state sttorney at the State AttorneyÂs OfÂ“ce, 12th Judicial Circuit History: Born and raised DeSoto County Graduate, DeSoto County High School BachelorÂs degree, Legal Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers; Cum Laude Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, awarded Best Oral Advocate graduating class Prosecuted Â“rst jury trial before graduating law school Member Florida Bar DeSoto County, assistant state attorney, Teen Court volunteer, assistant coach DeSoto County High School varsity football, Director-at-large, Rotary Club of Arcadia Member Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher Platform: ÂThe reason I am running to be your next county judge is very simple. I love this county and I want to see our residents succeed. I look forward to growing and developing programs that improve our legal system in DeSoto County and that will provide opportunities to people from all walks of life. As I have done my entire legal career, I will continue to be fair to all who come through our court system and I will uphold our constitution, without exception. ÂServing as an assistant state attorney has laid the foundation for me to be your next county judge. With trial experience in felony, misdemeanor and juvenile cases, I have developed the skills, composure and legal knowledge necessary to make effective decisions in the courtroom. My courtroom experience has given me the ability to remove myself from the emotions of a case and make sound, reasonable decisions based on the law and facts presented; a trait that is essential for any judge. ÂWith countless hours spent in court in front of more than 25 county and circuit court judges, I am prepared to take charge of a courtroom and administer justice with professionalism and efÂ“ciency. My career as a prosecutor has taught me that what happens inside the courtroom is only a small piece of the picture, and having prosecuted over a thousand criminal cases, I know that perspective is vital. ÂI have spoken with hundreds of victims and witnesses, visited crime scenes and worked closely with law enforcement, defense attorneys and other agencies across our state and county. That experience has given me this invaluable perspective. It has enabled me to see beyond the Schueneman Brewer AT A GLANCEAug. 28, 2018, Primary election Nov. 6, 2018, General election Active registered DeSoto County voters (as of June 25) Democrats: 7,309 Republicans: 5,471 Others: 3,802 Total: 16,582 Election season is here. The Arcadian is featuring those seeking office in DeSoto County. This weekÂs profile is of candidates for the judgeÂs seat in 12th Judicial Circuit Court. JOSHUA SCHUENEMAN DANIELLE BREWER BREWER | 11 SCHEUNEMAN | 11 Event date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Location: Event time: Come and enjoy this night with your family! adno=721404
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Polk Ave., Arcadia FL 34266 Craig Garrett firstname.lastname@example.org Tami Jewell email@example.com Sonya Shellhouse firstname.lastname@example.org Jackie Bierman email@example.com CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: LEGAL ADVERTISING: ONLINE www.yoursun.net Like The Arcadian on Facebook Follow The Arcadian on Twitter @ArcadianNews Follow The Arcadian on Instagram @arcadian_flnews Sonya Shellhouse Sierra Civin: 941-206-1025, firstname.lastname@example.org 863-494-2434 email@example.com It was a bright sunny morning as I walked into the Joshua Creek Cemetery. The live oaks cast harsh shadows on the hundreds of gravestones. It was much larger than I had imagined, the gravemarkers seemed to stretch on forever. In the distance I spotted a small red car. Walking closer I was greeted by Donna McPherson, a pleasant lady just bursting with information to recount about her work in the Joshua Creek Cemetery. Donna started this adventure as a volunteer for Find A Grave, which is a website for people looking for their ancestors. To date she has contributed 185,000 photos and 150,000 names to the organization from cemeteries throughout Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. The curious at this website can type in a name and it will search the database for photos of gravemarkers and names of people buried in cemeteries throughout the world. Her work in DeSoto County at Joshua Creek Cemetery, with the help of the Eagle Scouts, has resulted in the identiÂ“cation of 155 previously unidentiÂ“ed graves over the past Â“ve years. ÂWe have 52 more yet to identify,ÂŽ she said. ÂI use the ÂSouth Florida PioneerÂ books by Richard Livingston, which holds the old inventory of graves in the cemetery to Â“nd these sites.ÂŽ Once McPherson conÂ“rms the name of the person buried at a site, she has a metal marker made with the name and life dates of the individual. The markers are provided courtesy of the PongerKays-Grady Funeral Home. One day Donna got word that an Arcadia family was looking for ancestors, thinking they might be buried in the cemetery. So in true fashion, Donna got to work. She got out the old inventory and found the familyÂs name. Now for the hard work, to Â“nd out where they were buried among the hundreds of unmarked gravesites. After searching for some time she found a stonemarker with the letter ÂHÂŽ in the corner of the plot, which identiÂ“ed the site of the Higginbotham family. McPherson has completed Â“ve books containing photographs of each gravesite and plat maps in Joshua Creek, so that everything can be identiÂ“ed in the future. Over the years people have sent pictures of the ancestors she has found, and these are also included in the books. As we meandered through rows of tombstones, we came upon a name I had heard beforeÂ„Bonaparte ÂBoneÂŽ Mizelle, 1853-1921. The aging stonemarker was decorated with a Confederate Â”ag, a Union Â”ag, some dried yellow Â”owers and two small bottles of moonshine. ThereÂs a story on its own.Joshua Creek Cemetery historian Donna McPherson, grave conditionsBy JIMMY PETERSARCADIAN HOMETOWN CORRESPONDENT This resting place of Confederate soldier Stephen Boyd, 1838-1890, was identied by Donna McPherson. The marker is courtesy of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home. Small bottles and ags honor the Joshua Creek gravesite of Bonaparte ÂBoneÂŽ Mizelle. The Higginbotham family was identied by a stonemarker with the letter ÂHÂŽ in the corner of the plot. The potterÂs eld at Joshua Creek holds the remains of DeSoto CountyÂs poor. Donna McPherson has no idea how many are in this location. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JIMMY PETERSA more unique marker in Joshua Creek Cemetery belongs to Richard Pius Georges Sr., circa 1943-2002. Reportedly a slave, Emma Hicks and ve of her family members lie in rest at Joshua Creek. Donna McPherson has published ve guides on Joshua Creek, histories on those at rest in the historic grounds. DonnaÂs ancestral plot at Joshua Creek holds J.N. Parker, 1851-1896, and Rhoda Crum Parker, 18511932, daughter of her third great-grandfather. According to the plaque at the entrance to the cemetery, the area known as Joshua Creek was a testing station for the International Ocean Telegraph Co. connecting Gainesville and Punta Rassa (Fort Myers) and Havana, Cuba, in 1867. A two-story church was built on the site of the cemetery in 1870; the Â“rst Â”oor was a school. The church and school were demolished by a storm in the late 1800s ... but the Joshua Creek Cemetery remains. This has been Donna McPhersonÂs adventure for the past Â“ve years. I know very well she loves it, and gets great satisfaction from the lives, here and gone, that she has touched. adno=721456
The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.sunnewspapers.net Arcadian | Page 4Craig Garrett Â„ Arcadian EditorE-mail letters to firstname.lastname@example.org Bullets didnÂt stop the presses in AnnapolisIn a blood-splattered newsroom, with tears in their eyes and hearts heavy with grief, they published the Capital Gazette last Thursday night. Five of their colleagues and friends were dead, others woundedÂ„the work of an irate gunman who didnÂt like something written about him. Yet those who go to work every day, with a mission to report the news in their community as best they can, didnÂt miss a beat. Their deadlines were met. The newspaper hit the streets. It was, perhaps, the most Â“tting tribute to those killed that no oneÂ„not even a shotgun-wielding madmanÂ„ could stop the presses. Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters were slain in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. It was the deadliest attack on journalists in decades. Fischman and Hiaasen were editors, McNamara a reporter, Smith a sales assistant and Winters worked for special publications, according to the newspaperÂs website. Unless a person has sat down at a computerÂ„or, for some old-timers, a typewriterÂ„and gone about the daily challenge of reporting the news as fairly and accurately as they are capable of, it is difÂ“cult to understand the passion and dedication most journalists take to work every day. An occasional typographical error or misspelling might give the impression journalists donÂt take their job seriously enough. That is seldom the case. In most newsrooms hardly a day goes by that someone does not call upset about a news story. Sometimes, the caller is very angry; sometimes they get angrier as the conversation goes on. There are times someone who feels they have been portrayed inaccurately or unfairly will come to the newsroom personally to argue their case. Dealing with those peopleÂ„and correcting any mistakes, if neededÂ„is part of the job. Insults and criticism are two things journalists live with every day. A journalistÂs skin grows thicker with experience. Some just canÂt stomach the criticism or second-guessing; sooner or later they Â“nd another profession. Criticism comes with the turf. And not just for big-name celebrity TV reporters, and not just for the New York Times and Washington Post correspondents covering the White House or the Pentagon. There are thousands of reporters hustling in metros like Houston and Denver, and cities and towns like Barre, Vt.; Kennett Square, Pa.; Athens, Ohio; and Bowling Green, Kentucky. They report on local political contests, town councils, car crashes and house Â“res, criminal and civil courts; they write up the police blotter. Not everything is Â”attering to the subjects. Not everyone who sees his or her name in the paper is happy about it. Feedback is not always positive. Far from it. Dodging fireworks (and bullets) to celebrate July 4 holidayThe Fourth of July has come and gone, but some folks are still Â“nishing off the Â“reworks that they started celebrating with about a week ago. No matter that the holiday is over, theyÂre still at it, loud and proud. And the fact that they began all that noise well before July Fourth makes me assume that theyÂre a lot wealthier than folks like me, whose budget might have room for a few packs of Â“recrackers and a box of sparklers. Each year I can hear the Â“reworks launched at the Turner Center from my house, and can sometimes see them, so I stay home. The noise is the reason, and itÂs not me who is bothered by that, but my dogÂ„Woolly Willy Wilson the Wonder Whelp and Wee Wookiee. That boy just Â”ips out like he has PTSD, so we let him inside (heÂs an outside pet because of my rule: Nothing with more legs than me Would you live near phosphate mining?I once believed ÂWhat you canÂt see wonÂt hurt you.ÂŽ Dr. Gary Parker of the Creation Adventures Museum, world-recognized scientist here in Arcadia who was my bachelor of Science advisor and professor, quickly corrected me: ÂWhat you canÂt see can kill you.ÂŽ Therefore, may I also question: What will happen if more burden is placed on top of what previous phosphate mines failed to clean up or to protect us from, e.g., radiation. Mosaic alerted attendees to a concern over Âfugitive dust,ÂŽ which they mentioned at the recent meetings in DeSoto County. Question: Have you ever carefully reviewed such concern? An EPA administrator admitted there is no regulation concerning dust resulting from mining operations for lack of state standards for the EPA to followÂ„is that due to legislative inaction or lack of foresight, or because this has been concealed from being recognized in the past? In 1959-60, I worked at Cornell UniversityÂs Radiation Biology Laboratory in Ithaca, N.Y.Â„the hottest lab in the world at that timeÂ„studying peaceful uses of atomic radiation. Their experiments on animals and resulting offspring far surpasses anything you could see in horror movies. A coworker lost twins babies to background radiation, according to then leading scientist (Dr. Cyril L. Comar)Â„to protect her job she failed to protect her babiesÂ„not realizing how harmful radiation is. Dr. Max Lombardi, radiation biology expert, would tell you that few do, even yet today. Still not recognizing the extreme hazard, I lived outside Oak Ridge, Tenn., for 14 years, and then learned of nearby dumpsites. Years later when they began fracking in my home territory of Bradford County, Penn., using radiation to track wells, for safetyÂs sake I quickly sold out. Cattle died drinking from farm ponds, Â“re came from faucets. Where church bulletins once listed old folks sick or dying, one year later it was also Â“lled with the names of sick and dying little ones, even tiny children. Representing DeSoto on the CAC of the CHNEP, in August 2013 we were alerted three wells tested along Highway 17 were tested for Radium 226 and 228. Indeed, DeSoto County Utilities veriÂ“ed unacceptable levels were reported by Benchmark EnviroAnalytical Inc. of Palmetto at Roger FenderÂs, at the Maccabee Labor Camp (Sunnybreeze area), and the day-care center for non-English speaking children. Activities at the school ceased until county water was instantly installed. The state approved a one-day ÂprotocolÂŽ for just us and results prompted us to install a $3,000 water-Â“ltering system to reduce Radium 226 levels in our well. NRCS informed us that our cattle in DeSoto County should not be harmed by the radioactive water in their lifetimeÂ„ but had no information on the effect of radiation on their offspring. Phosphate companies have not always been good land stewards. I can remember as a youngster seeing Peace River Â”owing with mud when a dam would Letters are welcome on virtually any subject, but we do have some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters must be received no later than noon on Tuesday. Letters will be edited to length as well as grammar and spelling. All letters must be signed with full name not initials. An address and telephone number must be included; they are not for publication, but must be provided so we may verify authorship if necessary. 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The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 5 | Arcadian The Arcadian is featuring pets, livestock, exotic wildlife and their keepers in this occasional series. This weekÂs guest is Lynn Wittmeier, co-founder and licensed keeper at the Lions, Tigers & Bears wildlife sanctuary in DeSoto County. She shares challenges and the humor of Samson, a male tiger in her care. Wittmeier : ÂSamson was born in 2010 and weighed 2 pounds at birth. He came from another sanctuary and needed a permanent home. At one year he weighed 100 pounds, at 2-years-old, 250 pounds. Now he weighs 800 pounds. A Siberian tiger, Samson loves to play with his large red ball in the pool. He enjoys ripping up cardboard boxes, the bigger the better. He eats 12 pounds of beef a day. ÂThe challenges of raising and housing an exotic are manyÂ„you canÂt ÂplayÂŽ with them; it teaches them to be aggressive very quickly. With tigers, we are on their food chain. Vacations are not easily taken; you need a knowledgable babysitter, not just the neighbor. Food is expensive for tigers ... and it has to be raw meat and red. You have to be licensed and bonded to own tigers. The process is not fast or easily acquired. ÂThe pluses are when that animal recognizes you and calls to you. You spend 100 hours cleaning and feeding the animal ... and receive Â“ve minutes of recognition. ÂPeople think they can tame them. They see a handler who has years of experience handle an animal, think they can do the same thing. What people do not realize is that each animal is different; you go through dozens and only one is handable. ÂWild animals have a sense of family, but they bond usually with only one person, everyone else is tolerated ... a little. ÂThey choose who they like. They take one time to learn a lesson, and you have to be careful what you teach them. They like to play hide and hunt. They hunt anything that moves, cats, birds, dogs and people. ÂTheir sense of humor is to pounce and scare you, you can almost see them smile. Samson loves to hide in his pool and jump out at you and to splash you.ÂŽ lionstigersandbears.us.comMeet Lynn Wittmeier, her funny tiger Samson ARCADIAN PHOTO PROVIDEDLynn Wittmeier and Samson. The Peace River wends its way for 106 miles to Charlotte Harbor, but one of the best places to take in the slow-moving waterway is from the town of Arcadia. Like veterans are doing as part of Operation Outdoor Freedom, anyone interested in camping and exploring the river by canoe for the July 4th holiday or beyond can stay at spots like the Arcadia Peace River Campground. Geared toward fun seekers, this down-home campground has room for RVs, campers and tents. Expect a cavalcade of ATVs roaming the roads during the day, but for those who want amenities with their camping experience, this campground has a pool, Taming the Peace RiverBy RICHARD TRIBOUORLANDO SENTINEL IF YOU GO Camp Arcadia Peace River Campground 2998 State Road 70, Arcadia 863-494-9693 www. peacerivercampground.com Top restaurants Magnolia Street Seafood and Grill: magnoliaseafood.com Mary MargaretÂs Tea and Biscuit: marymargaretsteaandbiscuit.com SlimÂs Bar-B-Q & Grill: facebook.com/pages/ Slims-Bar-B-Q-Grill Top bars Nav-A-Gator Grill: nav-a-gator.com FireÂs Open Road Bar: facebook.com/ openroadbar Rattlers Old West Saloon: facebook.com/ Rattlers-Arcadia Top attractions Brownville Park: visitdesoto.com Arcadia Opera House: facebook.com/ ArcadiaOperaHouse Source: Orlando Sentinel and visitdesoto.comRIVER | 11 adno=721457 Quick Lane Located at DeSoto Dodge Chrysler Ford, Jeep and Ram3039 S.E. Highway 70 | Arcadia, FL 34266 Monday Friday 7:30AM 6:00PM, Saturday 7:30AM 4:00PM863-494-4848 | 800-880-3099 Voted best Automotive Service Facility Shawn Barney service Manager ABBY DEPEDRO Service Advisor Scott Zimmerman Service Advisor Jimmy Eaves quick lane manager Bob Connor Service Advisor ANNOUNCINGCollision Center under new dedicated management team! No Scheduling Backlog and now have a sta ed Enterprise rent-a-car facility on site. Open during our business hours.Â€ We service all makes and models. Â€ Our technicians are factory-trained and use Motorcraft & Mopar parts. Â€ Service while you wait and no appointment necessary. Â€ Quick Lane offers Saturday hours. Where itÂs cheaper in the country.
Arcadian | Page 6 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 JULYCommunity calendar NOTE: All phone numbers are in Area Code 863 unless stated otherwise. To add, remove or change any listing in the Community Calendar, email arcadian.editor@gmail. com or call 494-0300. Listings are free for nonprofit and noncommercial organizations.TODAYÂ€ The Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Breakfast is held the first Thursday of every month. Locations are announced by the Chamber. Â€ The Family Safety Alliance meeting for DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties is held the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. at the McClure Center, 4215 Concept Court, Lakewood Ranch. For information, call 941-316-6009. Â€ DeSoto County Historical Society Research Library is open in the Ingraham Seed House, 120 W. Whidden Street: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays (except for the second Thursday of the month), and second and fourth Saturdays, and by appointment. Â€ The John Morgan Ingraham House museum, 120 W. Whidden St., is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays, except the second Thursday, and second and fourth Saturdays. Â€ The Senior Friendship Centers, 219 W. Oak St., offer daily coffee and conversation 9 a.m.-1 p.m., crafts 9:30 a.m., second and fourth Thursdays free blood pressure screenings by Desoto Memorial Home Health. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Donations appreciated but no one is turned away. Not interested in scheduled activities? We have a large assortment of games, puzzles, cards, crafts, books, movies, discussion groups and guest speakers. Â€ The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 9 a.m. to noon every Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. Mt. Zion AME Church holds its Spring Bazaar and Health Fair April 14, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 256 S. Orange Ave. Spaces are available for $10. Free refreshments. 863-244-1783 Â€ The DeSoto Public Library hosts Adult Coloring sessions every Thursday at 1 p.m. Bring your own work or see what the library has for you to color. Â€ Kiwanis meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at Beef OÂBradyÂs. Â€ The only Narcotics Anonymous now meets Tuesday and Thursday from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at St. EdmundÂs Church in Arcadia. For information, call Curtis at 244-2884. Â€Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St., daily coffee and conversation 9-10 a.m. Crafts or games in the Activity Room from 10-11 a.m. Lunch available with a 48-hr. advance notice; call 494-5965. Â€ The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Needy, 161 S. Orange St. Â€ DeSoto County Library story time is at 3 p.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. Â€ Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Â€ Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 7 p.m. at St. EdmundÂs Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Â€ Prescription Assistance is available at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256.FRIDAYÂ€ The Senior Friendship Centers, 219 W. Oak St., offer daily coffee and conversation 9 a.m.-1p.m., low-impact exercises start at 10:00 a.m., BINGO 10 a.m., 50 cents to play two cards Â„ additional cards 25 cents. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Donations appreciated but no one is turned away. Not interested in scheduled activities? We have a large assortment of games, puzzles, cards, crafts, books, movies, discussion groups and guest speakers. Â€ The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Needy, 161 S. Orange St. Â€ Arcadia Quilt Club meets from 9-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Palace Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, Arcadia. Â€ The DeSoto Public Library shows a free movie for seniors every Friday at 1 p.m. Â€ Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St. daily coffee and conversation 9-10 a.m. Low impact exercises from 9:30-10 a.m. On your own in the activity room from 10-11 a.m. Lunch available with a 48-hour advance notice. Call 494-5965. Â€ iPads and eBooks Instruction and assistance with questions about using your digital devices at 3 p.m. every Friday at the DeSoto Public Library. Â€ Walk & Talk: gentle exercise and conversation at 8 a.m. every Friday at the DeSoto Public Library. Â€ Alcoholics Anonymous Hispanic meets at 7 p.m. at 426 N. Brevard Ave., next to El Charro Rest. Â€ Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 900 W. Oak St. Â€ Alcoholics Anonymous Arcadia/Nocatee Group meets at 7 p.m. at Nocatee Methodist Church, 4502 S.W. Welles Ave. Â€ Square Dancing classes are held at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, from 7-9 p.m. every Friday. Robert at 813-601-1834 or Mary at 941-380-5336 494-2749 for information. Â€ Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted.SATURDAYÂ€ Boaters Get-Together meets at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month at Nav-A-Gator Grill, 9700 S.W. Riverview Circle (off Kings Hwy/C.R. 769). For more information, call 941-627-3474 Â€ DeSoto County Library childrenÂs movies are offered at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave. every Saturday. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 993-4851 for more information.SUNDAYÂ€ Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity Group meets at Grace Lutheran Church, 900 W. Oak St. (State Road 70) at 8 p.m. Sunday. Â€ Hispanic Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Sunday at 426 Brevard Ave. next to El Charro Restaurant.MONDAYÂ€ DeSoto County Veterans Honor Guard practices at 6 p.m. second Monday monthly at the American Legion Post. Â€ The American Legion Post K-11 meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday, 2124 N.W. American Legion Drive. Â€ The Amvets Ladies Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday each month. Â€ The American Merchant Marines Veterans, Robert J. MacAlvanah Chapter (Suncoast Chapter), meets at noon every second Monday at The Family Table Restaurant, 14132 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port. All Merchant Mariners and their spouses are welcome. For information, call 941-625-3234. Â€ The Senior Friendship Centers, 219 W. Oak St., offer daily coffee and conversation 9 a.m.-1p.m. Low-impact exercises start at 10 a.m. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Donations appreciated but no one is turned away. Not interested in scheduled activities? We have a large assortment of games, puzzles, cards, crafts, books, movies, discussion groups and guest speakers. Â€ The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Needy, 161 S. Orange St. Â€ All Faiths Food Bank and Sarasota County School District distribute free meals every Monday and Wednesday through August), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. Call 494-2543 for details. Â€ Women of Worship ÂWOWÂŽ WomenÂs ministry meets at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. All are welcome. Â€ Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St., daily coffee and conversation 9-10 a.m. Movie of the Week or games in the Activity Room 9:30-11 a.m. Lunch available with a 48-hr. advance notice; call 494-5965. Â€ Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at St. EdmundÂs Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. at 8 p.m. Monday at 327 W. Hickory St. Â€ Alcoholics Anonymous Brown Baggers Group meets at noon Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. Â€ Prescription Assistance is available at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic, 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. To make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256.TUESDAYÂ€ Trinity United Methodist Church will hold Vacation Bible School July 9 13. All children between Pre-K through Fifth Grade are welcome. This yearÂs theme is PaulÂs Underground Church at Rome. Â€ DeSoto County Commission Board meets at 9 a.m. at the County Administration building, Room 103, 201 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Â€ DeSoto County School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the School Board meeting room of the DeSoto County School District, 530 La Solona Ave., Arcadia. Â€ The Senior Friendship Centers, 219 W. Oak St., offer daily coffee and conversation 9 a.m.-1 p.m., movie day 9:30-11:30 a.m., lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Donations appreciated but no one is turned away. Not interested in scheduled activities? We have a large assortment of games, puzzles, cards, crafts, books, movies, discussion groups and guest speakers. Â€ Tuesday Night Quilters meet twice monthly at the Turner Civic/Ag Center from 5:30-7 p.m. For more info call 494-4652. Â€ The DeSoto Public Library hosts Legos for children every Tuesday at 3 p.m. Â€ The Peace River Woodcarvers meet at 8 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arcadia. For information, call Dale Weese at 941-740-4790. Â€ The only Narcotics Anonymous now meets Tuesday and Thursday from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at St. EdmundÂs Church in Arcadia. For information, call Curtis at 244-2884. Â€ The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Needy, 161 S. Orange St. Â€ The Faith Mission holds a conversational English class from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. A coloring club is available for kids during the class. Â€ Rotary Club of Arcadia meets at noon every Tuesday in the McSwain Room at DeSoto Memorial Hospital. Â€ The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. Â€ Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Â€Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St., daily coffee and conversation 9-10 a.m. Group games 10-11 a.m. Lunch available with a 48-hr. advance notice; call 494-5965. Â€ Every Tuesday night, line dance class at the Palace Dance Hall (17N). Beginners welcome. $3 donation. For more info, call Jennie Martin at 494-2749. Â€ Weight Watchers meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1509 E. Oak St. For details visit www. weightwatchers.com and Âfind a meetingÂŽ or call 800-651-6000. Â€ DeSoto County Library holds Lego time at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. Â€ Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 8 p.m. at St. EdmundÂs Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Â€ AA Hispanic Group meets at 8 pm. at La Clinica, 1901 10th Ave. Â€ Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. Â€ Suncoast Community Blood Bank is open from noon to 6 p.m. today at 710 N. Brevard Ave. (U.S. 17 North), Arcadia. For more information, call 993-9366.WEDNESDAYÂ€ The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council board of directors meeting is rescheduled to Wed., July 11, at 5:30 p.m., at South Florida State College. Â€ The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food every second Wednesday from 3-5:30 p.m. at St. Edmund Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Â€ The Senior Friendship Centers, 219 W. Oak St., offer daily coffee and conversation 9 a.m.-1 p.m., low-impact exercises start at 10 a.m., Weigh-In Healthy Eating and Recipe Sharing 10 a.m. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Donations appreciated but no one is turned away. Not interested in scheduled activities? We have a large assortment of games, puzzles, cards, crafts, books, movies, discussion groups and guest speakers. Â€ The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Needy, 161 S. Orange St. Â€ The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free meals every Wednesday 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. Â€ Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St. Low impact exercises from 9:30-10 a.m. LetÂs Talk Food share recipes, coupons, tips, research, dietary from 10-11 a.m. Lunch available with a 48-hr. advance notice; call 494-5965. Â€ Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Â€ AA ÂBrown BaggerÂŽ meetings are offered every Wednesday at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. Â€ Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity meets at 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 900 W. Oak St. (State Road 70). Â€ ÂArt for KidsÂŽ is at 3 p.m. every Wednesday in the DeSoto County LibraryÂs childrenÂs wing. This free program, sponsored by the DeSoto County Arts and Humanities Council, is for elementary school-aged children. Â€ Prescription Assistance is available at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256.THURSDAYÂ€ Dep. James Kirdy of the DeSoto County SheriffÂs Office will speak on ÂHow to Protect Yourself in Your HomeÂŽ at 10 a.m. on July 12 at the Friendship Centers, 219 W. Oak Street. Topics will include Home Protection, Fire Safety, Vehicle Safety, Personal Safety, and Financial Safety. For details, call 494-5965. Â€ Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and other Relations Raising Relations meets monthly on the second Thursday from 9-11 a.m. at the Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St. Â€ The DeSoto County Veterans Council meets the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. For details, call Ron Jones at 941-806-7108. Â€ TEAM Arcadia meets on the second Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at Mary MargaretÂs Tea & Biscuit, 10 S. Polk Avenue. The purpose of TEAM Arcadia is to unite community organizations and coordinate community improvement efforts. Â€ DeSoto County Historical Society meets at noon every second Thursday monthly at the Family Service Center annex, 310 W. Whidden St., Arcadia. Lunch is available for $6 at 11:30 a.m. Â€ Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity meets at 6 p.m. second Thursday monthly at the SunTrust Bldg., second floor, 10 S. Desoto Ave. Call 494-4118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Â€ Free blood pressure screenings administered by DeSoto Memorial Home Health at the Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St., every second and fourth Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Â€ The Friendship Centers, 219 W. Oak St., offer daily coffee and conversation 9 a.m.-1 p.m., crafts 9:30 a.m., second and fourth Thursdays free blood pressure screenings by Desoto Memorial Home Health. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Donations appreciated but no one is turned away. Not interested in scheduled activities? We have a large assortment of games, puzzles, cards, crafts, books, movies, discussion groups and guest speakers. Â€ The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 9 a.m. to noon every Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. Mt. Zion AME Church holds its Spring Bazaar and Health Fair April 14, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 256 S. Orange Ave. Spaces are available for $10. Free refreshments. 863-244-1783. Â€ The DeSoto Public Library hosts Adult Coloring sessions every Thursday at 1 p.m. Bring your own work or see what the library has for you to color. Â€ Kiwanis meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at Beef OÂBradyÂs. Â€ The only Narcotics Anonymous now meets Tuesday and Thursday from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at St. EdmundÂs Church in Arcadia. For information, call Curtis at 244-2884. Â€ The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Needy, 161 S. Orange St. Â€ DeSoto County Library story time is at 3 p.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. Â€ Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Â€ Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 7 p.m. at St. EdmundÂs Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St.
The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 7 | Arcadian Steven Allen Mays, 20, was sentenced in May to serve seven years and 11 months in state prison on a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim between the ages of 12 and 16. According to records from the DeSoto County SheriffÂs Office, Clerk of Court and Department of Corrections, in August 2017, DCSO was notified by the School Resource Officer at DeSoto Middle School that a 14-yearold student had reported having a sexual encounter with Mays. The victim reported sneaking out of her house at night to meet Mays in a nearby wooded area. Mays reportedly pressed her into having sex, although she said she did not want to. The victim agreed to conduct a controlled phone call with Mays, under DCSOÂs surveillance, in which he admitted having sex with her. Although the incident took place in May, the victim did not report it until August, the day Mays was being released from jail on a charge of aggravated battery with a weapon without intent to kill (for which he was arrested on May 10, 2017). He was sentenced to four years of probation for that incident. DCSO arrested Mays while he was still in the jail. Upon being question, he initially denied having sex with the victim, saying he had been with friends that evening. But he eventually did admit having sex with the victim. Mays pleaded no contest and was sentenced to serve seven years and 11 months; in addition, his fouryear probation for the aggravated battery charge was revoked. He was transferred to the Department of Corrections on June 6. His projected release date is July 27, 2025.Mays sentenced to 7+ years for sex with minor MAYSHeather Lynn Jones, 37, of Thompson, Ga., was sentenced in May to serve a year and eight months in state prison. According to records from the DeSoto County SheriffÂs Office, Clerk of Court and Department of Corrections, in Dec. 2015, the Arcadia Police Department responded to a reported theft. A woman reported cash missing from the safe in her home, and said she suspected her daughter, Jones, may have taken it, because she had stolen from her parents before. Jones denied taking the money, saying instead her mother gave her $2,500 (including a gold bar). She said she spent the cash and pawned the gold bar. Jones admitted her mother did not give her permission to spend the money but Jones wanted to pay her back. Subsequent to her arrest, Jones admitted she had spent the cash and pawned gold and silver bars at the pawn shop. The pawn transactions were confirmed by the store. She was charged with grand theft between $300 and $5,000 and giving false ownership information to a pawn dealer for items over $300. At the time, Jones was on drug offender probation through Dec. 2018. She was sentenced on May 18 and her probation was revoked. Department of Corrections records indicate she previously served prison sentences for grand theft and grand theft auto charges out of Manatee County.Georgia woman sentenced for grand theft JONES |POLICE BEATThe information for Police Beat is gathered from police, sheriffÂs office, Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire records. Not every arrest leads to a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.Michael Shannon Bolding, 29, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, came to DeSoto County in January 2015 as a crew member for the company that provided rides and amusements for the DeSoto County Fair. While he was working, he was injured and was taken to DeSoto Memorial Hospital for treatment. On Jan. 27, the Arcadia Police Department got a call from a woman in North Carolina saying that her son Â„ who had not been out of North Carolina in several years, let alone in Florida Â„ had received bills for medical treatment from DeSoto Memorial Hospital for more than $5,200. Not only had the son not received treatment at DMS, he never authorized anyone else to use his identity to pay for treatment there. According to records from APD, the DeSoto County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce and the Clerk of Court, the mother suspected her daughterÂs ex-boyfriend, Bolding, who she said was in Arcadia for the fair. A few days later, the son received additional bills related to hospital treatment; in all, the bills totaled $6,567.70 DMH also received a call from the mother and gave its security footage to APD, who conÂ“rmed the man seen in DMHÂs video was Bolding. By the time he was identiÂ“ed, Bolding had apparently left town. He was later arrested and jailed in June 2017. He pleaded no contest. He was released from jail on March 2018 and was placed on probation. However, court records indicate he violated probation, so on June 14 his probation was revoked and he was sentenced to Â“ve years in state prison (with credit for 10 months served in DeSoto County jail). On Tuesday, he was transferred to the Department of Corrections. Court records indicate Bolding Â“led an appeal of his sentence. NC man gets 5 years for sending hospital bills to someone else BOLDINGThe DeSoto County SheriffÂs Office reported the following arrests: Â€ Dennis Joe Burris, 39, 6000 block of S.W. Wilcox St., Arcadia. Charges: neglect of child without great harm and DUI with alcohol or drugs. Bond: $1,000. Â€ Joel Gomez Hernandez, 39, 1200 block of S.E. 4th Ave., Arcadia. Charges: DUI with alcohol or drugs and driving without a valid license. Bond: $620. Â€ Mary Elizabeth Terry, 48, 200 block of N. Monroe Ave., Arcadia. Charges: battery and resisting or obstructing an officer without violence. Bond: $5,500. Â€ Perry Daniel Whatley, 44, 6500 block of S.W. Miami Ave., Arcadia. Charges: three counts of failure to appear. Bond: $15,000. Â€ Jared Matthew Wilson, 28, 2900 block of S.E. Rice St., Arcadia. Charges: two counts of battery. Bond: $2,000. Â€ Kerry Diane Horvath, 48, Myakka City, FL. Charges: DUI with alcohol or drugs, driving on a suspended license and two counts of resisting or obstructing an officer by refusing to sign citation or post bond. Bond: $860. Â€ Christina Lee Lemacks, 32, 6200 block of N.E. Ranch Road, Arcadia. Charge: battery. Released on recognizance. Â€ Juan Manuel Paniagua Zamora, 20, no address, Albert Favors, 35, of Clewiston, Florida, was transferred Wednesday morning to the Department of Corrections to begin serving a 15-year sentence for numerous burglary and theft charges. According to records from the DeSoto County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce and Clerk of Court, a rash of car burglaries occurred in late 2015 and early 2016. Several of the burglaries took place on streets off State Road 31, including Montgomery Circle, Brown Road and Townsend Road. In one of the burglaries, checks for a local DeSoto pool business were stolen. They were later cashed in the amount of Favors sentenced for 15 years for burglaries WATSON LEWIS THOMPSON FAVORS$2,400 in Immokalee. In one, a pink Michael Kors purse was reported stolen; the following month, a house was broken into and a TV, hoverboard and several video games were taken. Other missing items from these burglaries included gift cards, boots, shoes, a tool box and a saw. On Jan. 30, 2016, a home invasion robbery occurred at a residence on County Road 760. A garage door opener was used to enter the home, and several guns were stolen including a .38 Smith & Wesson. The resident was awakened; she grabbed her own Â“rearm and shot down the hallway where she heard noises. She witnessed several suspects Â”eeing on foot out the door to a vehicle parked in the driveway. Several shots were Â“red in her direction as the burglars left. On April 18, 2016, a burglary was reported at Joshua Citrus. A door had been pried open, and among the missing items were cash, a Colt .38 revolver and a 12-pack of Arizona Green Tea With Ginseng. Detectives from the DeSoto County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce were able to review video from the scene and also examined physical evidence. They were able to ascertain at least three men were involved, wearing masks to conceal their faces, but one of the suspects had been wearing a shirt with Ben FranklinÂs face on it, along with a jacket with stripes on the shoulders. They were also able to locate several shoe impressions. In 2009, representatives of the sheriffÂs ofÂ“ces in Charlotte, DeSoto, Hendry, Highlands and Lee counties formed a task force to investigate a rash of burglaries in the area along State Road 31; as a result, they developed Albert Favors as a suspect and identiÂ“ed several people known to associate with him. Favors and his associate were immediately suspected in the 2015-16 burglaries because of the similarities in methods. Two days after the Joshua Citrus burglary, Charlotte County deputies arrested Favors and one of his associates, Dewayne Thompson, on charges of loitering and prowling at a business on State Road 31 shortly after midnight. Among other things, they found a .38 revolver, a crow bar, and a 12-pack of Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng. The revolver was a Smith & Wesson, not the one taken from Joshua Citrus; but the tea was the same kind taken from there. Follow-up investigation showed the code number stamped on the package was the same code number found on the shelves of the Arcadia grocery store where the employee said she bought the tea. Investigators followed up with Thompson, who gradually related facts to them concerning several of the burglaries. They were able to learn, for instance, that another associate of FavorsÂ named Ronald Edwin Watson was pictured on his own Facebook page wearing a shirt with Benjamin FranklinÂs face. They also secured phone records showing contact between Thompson and Watson, and indicating Watson may have turned his phone off the night of the Joshua Citrus robbery. Thompson also conÂ“rmed it was Favors who took the.38 Colt revolver. Armed with a search warrant, investigators from several counties searched FavorsÂ residence. Among other things, they located a mattress in the garage, near which was paperwork with WatsonÂs name on the envelopes. They found a jacket with stripes across the shoulders, like the one seen in the video. Also discovered were shoes consistent with the footprints found at the Joshua Citrus robbery. They also found a Michael Kors purse and other items consistent with things missing in the earlier burglaries. Based on the evidence, Favors was arrested on May 22, 2016 in Hendry County. He was booked into DeSoto County jail on June 16, 2016 on multiple charges of burglary, grand theft, theft of Â“rearms, tampering in a felony proceeding, and committing a felony that could cause death. He was held without bond. On June 14, Favors pleaded no contest and was adjudicated guilty of several of the charges against him. He was sentenced to up to 15 years in state prison with approximately two years credit for time already served in the DeSoto Jail. On Tuesday, Favors was transferred to the Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence. DOC records indicate Favors had previously served a little more than a year in prison for convictions for burglary and grand theft. Watson, 27, of Winter Haven, was arrested in August 2016 on multiple charges including grand theft, theft of Â“rearms, burglary of dwellings and conveyances, and committing a felony which could result in death. He is being held in the DeSoto County jail on $142,000 bond. His case is still pending. Clarence Eddie Lewis, 23, of Clewiston, the fourth person involved in the Joshua Citrus burglary and others, was arrested in June 2016 on multiple charges of unarmed burglary, grand theft, home invasion robbery and committing a felony that could result in death. He was sentenced to up to 10 years probation. Since then he has been charged twice with violation of probation. Dewayne Deanthony Thompson, 28, of Lehigh Acres, was sentenced to probation for 10 years. ARRESTS | 7 adno=720342 118 N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia, FL New L ocation
Arcadian | Page 8 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 Family Album FAMILY ALBUM PHOTOSSend us a photo to celebrate a birth, birthday, engagement, wedding, anniversary, etc. The Arcadian will run it free. We must have it no later than noon on Monday. Bring your photo to the office or e-mail to Arcadian.email@example.comKids/teens: The Tampa Taiko Japanese Drummer returns to DeSoto County Library. Ron Collins will bring his large and very loud drums (Saturday) July 14 at 10:30 a.m. Ron last visited the library six years ago. Librarians said it would be really great if some of the childrenÂ„now teenagers or young adultsÂ„would return for a repeat performance. This special program is funded by DeSoto County Library Association.Drumming interest at DeSoto Library Drum fun returns July 14. ARCADIAN PHOTOS PROVIDEDRon CollinsThe Auxiliary of DeSoto Memorial Hospital in May held a monthly luncheon meeting, and the following members were awarded 10-year service pins: Phyllis Moore, Bob Siegel and Cindy Siegel. Other volunteers in April were awarded pins for hours worked: Margie Mullins (200 hours); Gina Boothby and Jerry Coleman (1,000 hours); Dorothy Bonifas (1,500 hours); and Bob Siegel and Barbara Miller (3,000 hours). Auxilains are the wonderful team of your friends and neighbors who donate their time, skills and talents to support our community hospital. They lend a hand wherever help is needed. They do everything from assisting the hospital departments to making stuffed Hug-A-Bears for young patients. The Auxilians operate the gift shop and are active throughout the year with fund-raising activities that benefit DeSoto Memorial patient-care programs. Volunteers have the opportunity to match their skills and interests with meaningful assignments, to broaden and diversify staff efforts to meet the hospitalÂs goal of providing comprehensive healthcare. 863-4914377, dmh.org.Congrats, DMH volunteers ARCADIAN PHOTO PROVIDEDPhyllis Moore, Bob Siegel and Cindy Siegel are awarded 10-year pins. ARCADIAN PHOTO PROVIDEDA Friday benet at the Arcadia Elks Lodge raised funds to assist DCSO Deputy Joey Santos participate in the Brotherhood Ride ÂFor Fallen HeroesÂŽ in September. The 600-mile ride assists families of 20 Florida rst-responders/ocers who have died in the line of duty. Pictured is the Santos family: Joe, Kelli, Joey and Arianna.Brotherhood Ride benefitScott Martell and the Bloomer team will be competing against some 1,200 other contestants at the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Oklahoma, July 8-13. The IFYR, also known as the Cheyenne of High School Rodeo, prepares cowboys to move up to the next level, offers 11 performances of top high school rodeo action, three arenas running simultaneously, and more than $200,000 in payoff. The best of the best compete at Shawnee and it is the coveted win in a high school rodeo career. Team members are chosen to represent Bloomer Trailers not only on their ability to win in their event, but also based on moral character, attitude, competitive spirit and leadership ability. The majority of the Bloomer team members will go on to compete at the college and pro level. Bloomer team members also work with such companies as Rock and Roll Denim, Panhandle Slim, Justin Boots and many others that look at each one as the future of pro rodeo. Martell is a June graduate of DeSoto County High School. He has had much success in his high school rodeo career, including the 2017 FHSRA Steer Wrestling state champion. Immediately following the IFYR, Scott will compete for Florida at the National High School Rodeo Finals for his second year. He is the son of Matt and Jodi Martell and plans to attend Weatherford College in Texas, where he will be on the rodeo team. www. bloomertrailers.com.Scott Martell in July 8-13 rodeo competition ARCADIAN PHOTO PROVIDEDScott Martell Manatee Community Action Agency, Inc. is proud to announce a corporate name change to Step Up Suncoast, Inc. The change reÂ”ects and celebrates the organizationÂs 50-year legacy of stepping up to move local families from poverty to independence by providing services that promote long-term economic self-suciency. 941.827.2887 6428 Parkland Dr. Sarasota, FL 34243 firstname.lastname@example.org A New Name, The Same Steadfast Commitment To Our Community.Inspiring Hope. Improving Lives. Strengthening Communities. Manatee Community Action Agency Is Now Step Up Suncoast!Serving Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties.For more information, visit StepUpSuncoast.org. adno=721407
The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 9 | Arcadian | OBITUARIESHorace Alfred KingHorace Alfred King, 83, passed away at his home on June 27, 2018, surrounded by family. He was born on May 6, 1935, in Coffee County, Alabama, to his late parents, Roscoe and Elsie King. Mr. King is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 60 years, Harriet, as well as sons Bill (Sharon) King, Robert (Kay) King, Chuck (Donna) Christ; daughters Dianne (Brian) Fenske and Libby (Kevin) Howard; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters. Horace loved to hunt and Â“sh, but his favorite pastime was being with his family and friends, making memories. Services were at Union Baptist Church, Ona, Fla. In lieu of Â”owers, please make donations to the Lily Cemetery Association, Ona, Fla., or Reality Ranch, Zolfo Springs, Fla. Online condolences can be made at pongerkaysgrady.com. Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.Mary P. JenningsMary P. Jennings, a longtime resident of Archer, Florida, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on June 25, 2018, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Born in 1953 in Nashville, Tenn., to Patricia and Horace Pursell (Arcadia), Ms. Jennings was a retired legal assistant and bookkeeper who truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and family, gardening, Â“shing, being outdoors and cake decorating. She always had a positive outlook on life and a smile that brightened any room. MaryÂs courage and strength were astounding, and she was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. Mary is survived by her loving husband, Foster; her three children, Heidi Hill, TJ Hill and Heather Hill; her two stepchildren, Josh Jennings and Brandi Sapp; eight grandchildren who were her pride and joy: Taylor, Lilly, Thomas IV, Rowan, James, Madison, JJ and Hudson; her five brothers and sisters, Terry Simmons, Joseph Pursell, Greg Pursell, Jenny Lunsford and William Pursell; and many nieces and nephews. Family, friends and others whose lives Mary touched are invited to the Archer Church of the Nazarene for the memorial service at 1 p.m. July 7. Shirley Y. WierichsShirley Y. Wierichs, 82, passed away at Tidewell Hospice in Arcadia, Florida, on June 29, 2018, surrounded by her family. Shirley was born on Dec. 27, 1935, in Arcadia. She worked for many years as a receptionist in the medical Â“eld. She enjoyed cooking shows and spending time with her loving family. Ms. Wierichs is survived by one son; Rick (Rhonda) Wierichs of Myakka City, Fla.; two daughters, Lori Eskew of Sarasota, Fla., and Missie (Dave) Chupp of Myakka City, Fla. She is survived by nine grandchildren; Kristi (Bubba) Browning of Sarasota, Fla.; Cory (Danielle) Eskew of Orlando, Fla.; Kyle Chupp of Myakka City, Fla.; Casey (Tayler) Eskew of Sarasota, Fla.; Leah (Shane) Knight of Houston, Texas; Kurt (Laney) Chupp of Myakka City, Fla.; Justin (Diane) Eskew of Bradenton, Fla.; Lacee Wierichs of Myakka City, Fla., and Colton Chupp of Myakka City, Fla. She is also survived by Â“ve great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, James R. Wierichs, and her parents, Robert L. and Myrtle Summerall. A visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. July 8 at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 North Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. July 9. Interment to follow at Oakridge Cemetery, Arcadia, Fla. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.com. Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.Jack BeckelhimerJack Beckelhimer, 92, of Arcadia, Florida, died on June 7, 2018. Mr. Beckelhimer was born June 23, 1925, in Higginsport, Ohio. A celebration of life will be held after cremation in Florida at Peach River. King SolomonÂs call for moral and spiritual integrity by citizens for the beneÂ“t of their nation may seem out of date, but his principle of practicing patriotism by doing right needs to be stressed and heeded: ÂRighteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.ÂŽ (Proverbs 14:34) The history of both the United States and Canada prove the importance of spiritual awakenings to turn the tide of moral and spiritual decay and usher in good times. In 1727, 24-year-old Jonathan Edwards, a recent graduate of Yale, was called to assist his grandfather, the pastor of the Congregational Church of Northampton, Massachusetts. Two years after his move to Northampton, his grandfather died and young Edwards became the pastor of one of the largest, wealthiest and most cultured churches in New England. It isnÂt likely this congregation expected their young pastor to be the key personality in what historians call AmericaÂs Â“rst Great Awakening, but that is exactly what happened. Jonathan Edwards and others prayed earnestly for a great moral and spiritual change in their communityÂ„and in 1735 their prayers were answered. Edwards wrote that scarcely a person in the town, old or young, was left unchanged. This awakening spread from town to town and from county to county. By 1740 the moral tone of New England was lifted and an estimated 50,000 people had been added to the churches. In his book, ÂThe Narrative,ÂŽ James A. Stewart made a signiÂ“cant observation about this great spiritual awakening, writing that it was not the outcome of a highly organized effort, but the answer to the prayers of a faithful pastor and his church. The next and perhaps the greatest spiritual awakening affecting the United States and Canada took place in 1858. There were three important ingredients in its development: the Dutch Reformed Church appointed Jeremiah Lanphier, a businessman, to do missionary work in Lower Manhattan; a physician, Dr. Walter Palmer and his wife, Phoebe, began holding evangelistic meetings in Hamilton, Ontario, and a ship loaded with gold being brought to New York from California went down in a storm, causing the closing of many banks and a Â“nancial panic. Jeremiah Lanphier often became weary in his work among discouraged people, but found he could draw strength to go on through prayer. Thinking others might be helped through prayer during those difÂ“cult times, he invited others to join him and soon thousands were meeting to pray. In his book, ÂThe Fervent Prayer,ÂŽ J. Edwin Orr wrote: ÂIt is impossible not to connect the three events. From tiny springs of prayer in New York and preaching in Hamilton came a Â”ood soon to envelop the world.ÂŽ During these tough times SolomonÂs call should apply to us all. The way we live affects our country, so why not choose right and reject wrong? ItÂs another way to practice patriotism. More importantly, itÂs the right thing to do! Roger Campbell was an author, a broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. A new book containing over one hundred of his best columns, ÂEverywhere You Go ThereÂs a Zacchaeus Up a Tree,ÂŽ is now available at your local or online bookseller. Contact us at email@example.com.Practicing patriotism, ÂitÂs the right thing to do!Â Roger Campbell Ministries Most journalists, however, never imagine that a person would become so upset they would pick up a gun, storm into a newsroom and open Â“re. It is a danger journalists live with every dayÂ„the background reality of a daily news reporter. Not front and center, as it is with foreign correspondents who put their lives in jeopardy in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Africa. But the possibility is always present. On that Thursday the danger hit home. In a newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland. So today we mourn our colleagues. Even though we did not know all of them personally, we thank them for the good work they did. And we laud their co-workers who labored through their anguish to publish a paper Friday morning. Because itÂs what we do.OUR VIEWFROM PAGE 4 comes in the house, be it beast or bug) and turn the TV up a bit. So itÂs twice a year that this happens, including New YearÂs Eve, and Willy kicks back and watches whatever we have recorded on the DVR with us. Those of you who have inside pets may think me cruel, but thatÂs just how I was raised. HeÂs supposed to be outside, guarding the yard, while IÂm inside, guarding the house. OlÂ Slick Willy is pretty smart, and if I let him reside inside, itÂd be no time before heÂd have my DVR Â“lled with Animal Planet shows and would likely have his own Facebook page up and running. Getting back to the celebration of the Fourth, I have a sneaky suspicion that some of what I hear isnÂt actually Â“reworks, but Â“rearms. Some of it sure sounds like shotguns, riÂ”es, and pistols to me, so I stay inside, lest a stray bullet Â“nds its way to wherever I happen to be. ItÂll go on and on, and once in awhile it gets quiet. I Â“gure itÂs either a ceaseÂ“re for a bathroom break, or somebodyÂs making an ammo run to Walmart. Growing up, nobody I knew had a lot of money to spend on Â“reworks, so it was just the Â“recrackers and sparklers that I mentioned, plus bottlerockets. Once in awhile somebody had a Roman candle, and looking back, I now wonder why more property wasnÂt burned by those or somebody wasnÂt accidentally set on Â“re. A few had those super-sized Â“recrackers called M-80s that somehow found their way into mailboxes and toilets, and occasionally were used to Â“sh with. At least thatÂs what I heard was done with some of them, of course. There was always talk by this one or that one back then that they knew so-and-so who worked for the railroad who could get us some dynamite sticks. They say the Good Lord looks out for fools, and I believe He was looking out for us, as we never did pursue that adventure. Had we done that, IÂm sure some of us might not have lived this long, but the survivors sure wouldÂve had some wild stories to tell! About the craziest experience I was involved with concerning Â“reworks was riding around with some friends whose names IÂll keep to myself. And it was decided that we would stop in front of somebodyÂs property and throw lit Â“recrackers out the window to surprise them. Surprises are all well and good ... if they go as planned, but I can assure you that nobody ever got a bigger surprise than we did when it was discovered that the window was rolled up, after the fuse was lit. We not only freaked, we shrieked like a carload of BeeGees. Two words summed up that little adventure: loud and scary. Wait, make that threeÂ„stupid! And that pretty much ended my aspirations of becoming a demolitions expert, if I ever even had any to begin with. I hope your Fourth was fun and memorable, and that weÂll have a ceaseÂ“re by the weekend.GRITS & PIECESFROM PAGE 4 PETSAREGOODFORYOURMENTALANDPHYSICALWELLBEING.Find that special companion in the Classifieds today!
Arcadian | Page 10 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 This column will present the answers to historical research questions posed to the DeSoto County Historical Society. If you have a question, please contact Carol Mahler. 863-445-0789, firstname.lastname@example.org. The homeowner at 325 W. Oak St. wondered about its history The Sanborn Fire Insurance Co. drew maps of cities showing structures with notes identifying use and construction. These details helped agents Â“gure the cost to insure the buildings. The maps completed in 1923 show the house on lots 1 and 2 of R. E. WhiddenÂs Subdivision of Block 43 ÂBÂŽ of the town of ArcadiaÂs Âoriginal survey.ÂŽ On July 3, 1920, Dr. D. L. McSwain (1870-1933) and his wife Eugenia E. Henry McSwain (1874-1938) sold for $1 lots 1, 2, and 3 in R. E. WhiddenÂs Resubdivision of Block 43 ÂBÂŽ to W. F. Britt. The deed was Â“led on Jan. 3, 1921, Deed Book 170, p. 100. Born in Knoxville, Georgia, contractor William Franklin Britt (1852-1940) moved to Florida around 1890. He lived in Bartow and Nocatee before taking up residence in Arcadia, where he served on the city council 1933-1935. In 1914, he had purchased the land to the south along Manatee AvenueÂ„ lots 11, 12, 13, and 14. On Feb. 25, 1916, he sold to his wife Ella Lee Britt (1872-1948) for Âthe sum of $1.00 and love affection to him in hand paidÂŽ lots 13 and 14, plus Âall personal property of every nature and kind whatsoever in the building located on said lots described above.ÂŽ This deed was not Â“led until Dec. 7, about two weeks after her death in 1948. Subsequently, the spacious Britt home at 17 S. Manatee was divided into four apartments. On June 1, 1925, the Britts sold lots 1 and 2Â„and the home that William probably built on itÂ„to Geraldine Hill Pelot for Â$1.00 and other valuable consideration;ÂŽ however, they reserved the south 33 feet of lots 1, 2, and 3 for themselves, according to the deed recorded June 11, 1925, in Deed Book 163, p. 616. John William Pelot (1886-1953) and his wife Geraldine Hill Pelot (1889-1985) are listed in the 1926 Arcadia city directory as living at 325 W. Oak St. John was the son of Carrie Lanzetta Williams Pelot (1857-1934) of Marion County and William Abram Pelot (1853-1920) of Lake City. Married in 1883, they moved to an orange grove in Owens in 1906, as reported in his obituary published in the April 9, 1920, DeSoto County News. The Aug. 24, 1914, Arcadia Daily News reported that W. A. Pelot, the general manager of the Owens Packing Co., had traveled to Tampa to purchase new machinery for the business. William Pelot was the brother of Dr. John Crews Pelot (1831-1917) of Manatee County, who served as an assistant surgeon for the Confederate States of America Florida Cavalry. Their father, Col. John Cooper Pelot (18091879), Âpresided over the body which decided in favor of Florida seceding from the Union,ÂŽ as reported in the April 16, 1920, DeSoto County News. JohnÂs wife Sarah Ann Crews (18101853) died the same year that William was born. John William Pelot was born in Ocala and graduated from the University of Florida. He Â“rst worked with S. A. Rawls, a naval stores operator. ÂAfter experience in the brokerage business in Jacksonville, [John] came to Arcadia to visit his father [in 1913], saw the possibilities of the section, and engaged in the real estate business,ÂŽ as reported in the April 16, 1920, DeSoto County News. John and Geraldine Hill married in 1914. According to the July 2, 1914, DeSoto County News, they Âwill begin housekeeping in a few days in one of Mrs. RoyalÂs cottagesÂŽ where their daughters Joy Hill (1915-2009) and Iris (1919-2001) may have been born. JohnÂs sister Evelyn Pelot, a teacher, was married to William C. Cooper, a construction engineer and native of New York, according to his obituary published in the Arcadia Daily News on May 3, 1915. ÂHis ability is attested by the existence of the new ice and electric plant of this city, which construction Mr. Cooper superintended. He also was connected with the construction of the large phosphate plants in Florida.ÂŽ He is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery. John and EvelynÂs sisterÂ„ÂŽMiss Dora [May] Pelot of OwensÂŽ (1893-1986)Â„ visited relatives in Ocala, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine, according to the June 25, 1915, Enterprise newspaper. She married Glenn Robert Ebersole (1895-1956), editor of the Arcadian. Two other sistersÂ„Sallie E., age 26, who taught in a public school, and Carrie, age 19Â„also lived in Owens with their parents, as listed in the 1910 U.S. Census. The Sept. 3, 1920, DeSoto County News reported that ÂMarion E. Pelot Has Announced for [City] Clerk.ÂŽ JohnÂs brother Marion (1888-1943) worked with him in the Âreal estate businessÂŽ after serving as a second lieutenant in the aviation corps during World War I. To join the U.S. Army, he had resigned his position at the Commissioner of AgricultureÂs ofÂ“ce in Tallahassee, where he had Âreceived a compliment from the legislatureÂŽ for his work on the 14th biennial report that saved the state Âseveral thousands of dollars.ÂŽ In the 1920 U.S. Census and the 1921 Arcadia city directory, the John W. Pelot family rented the home at 703 E. Oak St., probably where their daughter Jeanne Marie (1921-2004) was born. In the 1930 U.S. Census, the family lived in their home at 325 W. Oak St. The next year, they moved to Miami, where Joy Hill Pelot graduated in 1932 from high school, according to her daughter, Robin Sellers, a professor retired from Florida State University. She remembered that her grandmother Geraldine played the organ at Trinity United Methodist Church.DeSoto County history mystery: 325 W. Oak St.By CAROL MAHLERARCADIAN HISTORICAL CORRESPONDENT Next week: who owned 325 W. Oak St. after the Pelots? ARCADIAN PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE DESOTO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETYPelot home on West Oak in Arcadia as it appears today. Dr. John Crews Pelot (1831-1917) CITY OF ARCADIA, FLORIDA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGCITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018, 6:00 PM NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE CITY OF ARCADIA, FLORIDA, CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018, AT 6:00 PM IN THE MARGARET WAY BUILDING IN THE ARCADIA CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 23 NORTH POLK AVENUE, ARCADIA, FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: ORDINANCE 1043 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ARCADIA, FLORIDA; ADOPTING THE 2018 EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE RELATING TO UNSAFE BUILDINGS AND MINIMUM HOUSING REGULATIONS; PROVIDING FOR TITLE AND CITATION; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTION; PROVIDING SPECIFIC REVISIONS TO THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, SEVERABILITY, CODIFICATION, SCRIVENERÂS ERRORS, INCLUSION IN CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE ANY INTERESTED PERSONS WHO FEEL THEY ARE AFFECTED BY THESE CHANGES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE PUBLIC HEARINGS AND BE HEARD. ANY PERSON(S) WISHING TO VIEW RELEVANT INFORMATION IN ADVANCE OF THE PUBLIC HEARINGS MAY VIEW SAID DOCUMENTS AT THE CITY OF ARCADIA ADMINISTRATION OFFICE AT 23 NORTH POLK AVENUE, ARCADIA, FLORIDA BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8 AM AND 5 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. ANYONE WISHING TO APPEAL ANY DECISIONS MADE AT THESE HEARINGS WILL NEED A RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE THEY MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE, WHICH RECORD INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS MADE. ANY PERSON WITH DISABILITIES REQUIRING ACCOMMODATIONS IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE SHOULD CONTACT THE CITY CLERK PRIOR TO THE MEETING AT 863-494-4114. adno=720334
The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 11 | Arcadian walls of the courthouse and develop a much better understanding of the needs of our community, as well as the role of a judge in our legal system. ÂEvery citizen of DeSoto County should have unwavering conÂ“dence that when they step into the courtroom they will be treated with the same dignity and respect as the person who came before them and the person who will come after. I realize the impact that a judgeÂs decision can have on our community and I take that very seriously. ÂI am conÂ“dent that I have the experience, perspective and judicial temperament to ensure that justice is served fairly and impartially to every person regardless of who you are, where you come from or what you believe.ÂŽSCHUENEMANFROM PAGE 2licenses, requiring payment of pastdue court costs, child support and trafÂ“c Â“nes. These practices not only ensure that past due costs to our county are paid, but also result in persons obtaining their driverÂs licenses, which increases employment opportunities and ensures that these drivers are properly insured. ÂI have continued the practice of encouraging mediated settlement agreements within small-claims cases, providing plaintiffs a better opportunity to collect debt, while giving defendants the opportunity to pay that debt in convenient monthly installments. ÂSince taking the bench, I have also led the effort in obtaining pre-trial release services for DeSoto County, which, when implemented by the circuit, will allow for additional options for increased pre-trial supervision. I have also led the effort in instituting new procedures for DeSoto CountyÂs Offender Work Program. This newly revitalized program launched July 2 and will create additional options for defendants placed on probation, while providing much needed support services to several county agencies, all at no added cost to DeSoto County taxpayers. ÂMost importantly, throughout my time on the bench, I have remained unapologetically loyal to the constitutions of our great nation and state and to the laws that the (Florida) legislature has provided me. We, as a nation, are living in an era of activist judgesÂ„judges that legislate from the bench and push their own personal beliefs and agendas over those words provided to us by our founding fathers and elected legislature. ÂTo be sure, there are those that believe we should abolish, or do not understand the necessity and importance of, our three separate branches of government. We must have a checks and balances system within our system. Without it, the freedoms we have been bestowed as Americans will quickly erode away. ÂAs a judge, I cannot promise legal changeÂ„that is the legislatureÂs job. I cannot promise you safer streets or ridding our community of those that commit crimesÂ„that is law enforcementÂs job. ÂBut as your county judge, I can promise to continue to fairly and impartially uphold the laws that are given to me through our constitution and our legislature. I promise that, while upholding the law, I will continue to seek innovative ways to permit the DeSoto County court to run more efÂ“ciently and effectively. I promise that I will continue to be courteous and compassionate toward the litigants in front of me. I promise that I will continue to be prepared, educated, and diligent in performing the great duties that have been entrusted to me. And, I promise that I will not be the reason for the erosion of our rights and will stand Â“rm in upholding our three-branch system. ÂAs your county judge, I have made tough decisionsÂ„decisions that may not be popular, but that square with the (U.S.) Constitution and FloridaÂs BREWERFROM PAGE 2 statutes. I do not have the luxury of being paid to take a side regardless of the meritsÂ„I have to make decisions based on the law and only the law. ÂI am happy and honored to do this for DeSoto County, my home. DeSoto County deserves a judge who understands that every day she must uphold the integrity of the system she represents, both in and out of the courtroom. I hope that I can continue to do that for many years to come.ÂŽ general store and even a resident-run RV restaurant that serves free coffee for breakfast. Kids will love the resident goats and large playground and cats roaming the property. But the real fun is exploring the Peace River, which is rife with shark teeth and other Ice Age fossils. Sifting through the sands along the shores of the 165-acre campground often lead to fossil Â“nds. Cruising by canoe from the campground, which has limited rentals, gives explorers options since the river runs with ease most of the time. So those who donÂt mind the return trip can paddle their way with the current down to the bridge of State Road 70 before heading back. Heading upriver from camp is even more calm, and can get paddlers deep into the middle of nowhere. Daylong rentals are $60 while two-hour rentals are $30 or four-hour rentals for $40. But others may prefer to take advantage of one of the most popular canoe rental outÂ“ts in the state: Canoe Outpost Peace River, next to the campground. This outÂ“t will bus people up to day-long or overnight river trips that means complete downriver paddlings. Options include 5-, 8or 12-mile runs for $45 in either two-person canoes or single or tandem kayaks. And there are exclusive picnic stops along the way. Overnight trips have reserved campsites and cost $80. Heading north of Arcadia will mean actually Â“nding peace on the Peace River as motorboats tend to Â“nd the water too shallow heading upriver. Paddlers will get in touch with the real Florida. Alligators may lounge on the shoreline and dozens of birds pass by from kingfishers to osprey. If itÂs quiet, paddlers might catch a glimpse of deer, fox, otters, turkeys and even llamas, which arenÂt native to the area.RIVERFROM PAGE 5With the July 4 travel holiday approaching, fuel prices in the last week jumped a few pennies. And gas from last season is up more than 55 cents per gallon, averaging $2.72 in Florida this week. Gas was $2.15 per gallon in 2017. After trading around $65 per barrel two weeks ago, oil rocketed to $74.15 on Friday. That is the highest daily settlement since November 2014. Motorists on Wednesday found the most expensive Independence Day gas prices in four years. However, prices will remain well below the $3.60 average from July 2014. The most expensive averages in Florida are in West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.84), Crestview-Fort Walton Beach ($2.83) and Miami ($2.81). The least expensive price averages in Florida are in Punta Gorda ($2.67), Melbourne-Titusville ($2.67) and Jacksonville ($2.67). Â„The Auto Club Group is the second largest AAA club in North AmericaFuel prices up for Fourth of July travel Find it in the CLASSIFIEDS! LOOKING FOR SOMETHING? PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE CITY OF ARCADIA PLANNING & ZONING BOARDPlease take notice that the City of Arcadia Planning & Zoning Board will hold public hearings on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. in the Margaret Way Building in the City of Arcadia Council Chambers, 23 North Polk Avenue, Arcadia, Florida to hear the following:1) A n applicant-initiated request to amend the Future Land Use map of the City of Arcadia, Florida, amending two (2) parcels of land (Parcel Numbers 30-37-25-0000-0080-0000 and 30-37-25-0000-00940000) totaling 69.5 acres, located on Fiveash Street between US 17 and North 17th Avenue (NE Turner Avenue), from County Urban Center Mixed Use to City Medium Density Residential. And2) An applicant-initiated request to amend the OfÂ“ cial zoning map of the City of Arcadia, Florida, amending two (2) parcels of land (Parcel Numbers 30-37-250000-0080-0000 and 30-37-25-0000-0094-0000) totaling 69.5 acres, located on Fiveash Street between US 17 and North 17th Avenue (NE Turner Avenue), from County Residential Multi-Family (RMF-12) and Residential-OfÂ“ ce-Institutional (ROI) to City Planned Unit Development (PUD). Any person who might wish to appeal any decision made by the City of Arcadia Planning and Zoning Board, DeSoto County, Florida, in public hearing or meeting is hereby advised that he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made which will include the testimony and evidence upon which such appeal is to be based. Any person with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate should contact the City Clerk (863) 494-4114 at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting. adno=720335
Arcadian | Page 12 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 Arc-DeSoto Special Olympians had a great day at the Arcadia Municipal Golf Course, piling up practice time and awards on July 27 in County Games competition, which leads to Special Olympics Area Games in Naples this Aug. 4. Players in six events putted, chipped and drove the ball at the courseÂs newly opened driving range and on practice surfaces. They were assisted by a number of volunteers that included Arcadia City Manager Terry Stewart, Code Enforcement OfÂ“cer Carl McQuay, Arcadia MunicipalÂs director of golf Jeff Gibson and his crew (J.R. Lou, Patty and Ann). Event organizers thanked sponsors Burger King, Tim and Pam Vowels and Laura Sheppard of McDonaldÂs for their donations of refreshments and ice. Great job, athletes!Drive, chip and putt, Special O Golfers and their friends for a memorable group photograph. Congratulating Kim Holder are Carl McQuay (left), Terry Stewart and city Marshal Matthew Anderson. Vanessa Byrd is a blue-ribbon golfer. Casey Collins is pleased with his showing on the range. Golfers and volunteers pose for a group portrait. Terry Stewart tracks the play of Vanessa Byrd, Kim Holder and Jonathan Franco. Practice is the key in golf. Carl McQuay with a few pointers in putting. Jerome Rayner (putting) and Dennis Carter are Special Olympians heading to Naples in August.The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 13 | Arcadian O lympians enjoy morning tee Jonathan FrancoÂs day of golf ends on a high note. Carl Schudel and friends. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY PRISCILLA MCDANIELGoing over the rules before morning play begins. Terry Stewart explains golf rules to Vanessa Bryd and Kim Holder. Looks as if Jerome RaynerÂs got chipping gured out. Je TomlinsonÂs reward for learning the game of golf.
SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.sunnewspapers.net Arcadian | Page 14 Friday Night Lights is a Â”ag football summer program that is a safe, fun and educational activity for children 5-14, and who have the desire to learn the fundamentals of football. DeSoto Youth Football has created as inexpensive program introducing football in a safe and productive way, where kids can play while interacting with their peers. The idea is to encourage kids to dump game consoles and get physically active in an encouraging, safe environment. It is a great conditioning and constructive program for any child preparing for the regular football season in August. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., and games Friday evenings, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Game dates are July 6 and July 13 at the Richard Bowers Jr. Stadium. Adult admission is $2, $1 for children. A full concession stand is available. A free cheerleading camp runs July 9-13 Monday-Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Introduction to flag football, July 9-13 cheerleading campBy SIRENA WILEYARCADIAN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT ARCADIAN PHOTOS COURTESY BILL WIGHTThe idea is to encourage kids to dump game consoles and get physically active. Last Friday local basketball players got the opportunity to show what they can do on the hardwood court. The inaugural ÂSo you think you can shootÂŽ fundraiser was held at the high school gym. It was the brainchild of girls middle school basketball coach Ardine Primus. Proceeds from entry fees and concessions, along with the admissions, all went to the DeSoto County Middle School girls basketball program. Contestants had the chance to shoot from the corners all around the key, with a running clock. They shot from three-point land to mid-range shots. The competition was close in all divisions and several tie-breakers were needed to determine the winners in each age group.So you think you can shoot?By STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS EDITOR ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPPJordan Morales concentrates on the net preparing to shoot. Caleb Gonzalez, 8th grader at DMS, nished rst in the free throw and 3-point portions of the shootout. Chartiyana Randolph, Jatariyana Stroman and Symphany Hillard wait for their chance to play. Ellis Hodges went 9-10 from the 3-point line to win that portion of the contest. Yahri Tyler, 5th-grader at Memorial Elementary, Mariah Valladares, Malachi Algar, 9 years old, and Robert Primus nished as the top four in their age group. Nazir Gilchrist of the BulldogsÂs basketball team eyes his shot from the corner. Contest promoter Ardine Primus stands with winners in the 15-17 age group: Shawn Campbell, Ellis Hodges, Jaheiam Hillard and Nazir Gilchrist. Gia Golloman, 17 months old, is too young for the competition so she played her own game with everybody who was interested. Robert Primus takes aim as the rst contestant in his age group. FOOTBALL | 15 108 S. Polk Ave. ArcadiaLooking for that perfect gift idea for that hard-to-buy-for person.A gift subscription to the newspaper.It always Â“ ts perfectly.Sunday & ThursdayThursday Only Give the gift thatÂs recived 52 times a year!ItÂs loaded with community events, local high school sports, city council news, school board news, great bargains at businesses and more! To subscribe call 863-494-2434adno=721420
The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 15 | Arcadian Antonio Washington is a 2011 graduate of DeSoto County High School and starred on the football Â“eld, basketball court and baseball diamond. Those who know him best call Washington by his nickname, ÂYo-Yo.ÂŽ It came from his grandmother when he was very young and it has stuck through the years. WashingtonÂs biggest memory of his high school athletic career came in his freshman year in baseball. He hit a walk-off homer to beat Hardee 3-2. ÂWe were down by a run and we had a man on and I hit it out to win the game.ÂŽ After high school, Washington, who is single, went to Florida Atlantic University to study criminal justice. ÂIt was quite a change in life coming from a small town like Arcadia and going to a bigger city like Boca Raton,ÂŽ said Washington. After graduation from FAU, Washington got a job with the Arcadia Police Department and is planning on making it his career. ÂIÂve always wanted to help people, so I was thinking about becoming an RN ... but this is my career now.ÂŽ WashingtonÂs college career didnÂt mirror his success in high school, due to another knee injury that ended his football career. When asked what he would do differently if he were starting high school all over again, Washington answered: ÂIÂd hit the weights hard as a freshman and not wait until my junior year, like I did.ÂŽ Catching up with ... Antonio WashingtonBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS EDITOR ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPPAntonio Washington watches his Five-0 teammates in the DeSoto Mens Basketball League. ARCADIAN PHOTO COURTESY BILL WIGHTDeSoto Youth Football has created as inexpensive program introducing football in a safe and productive way.Fontella Luther, 863-990-5439. DeSoto Youth Football also hosts an adult co-ed Â”ag football eventÂ„the Hunger GamesÂ„to raise funds for the organization. Those 18 and older can join with their team of 12 players for $250 to play against other adult co-ed teams for the bragging rights and possession of the Hunger Games trophy. Adult-team sponsorships are welcomed. DeSoto Youth Football Pop Warner Commissioner Bruce Blanden Jr., 863-231-4692 Regular football and cheerleading practice begins Aug. 1 They are still taking sign-ups for the 2018 regular season. Football registration is $145, $100 for cheerleading. The Â“rst game will be a Jamboree on Aug. 18 They need volunteers, coaches, sponsors and donations for the 2018 regular football season. Those interested in helping can contact either phone number listed above. Cheerleading will be offered for Â“rst time since 2014. Donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible, as they are an afÂ“liated nonproÂ“t through Pop Warner Little Scholars.FOOTBALLFROM PAGE 14 Find The Perfect Companion... ...in the CLASSIFIEDS! PLEASE GIVE BLOOD HELP SAVE LIVES CROWNS Â€ BRIDGES Â€ EXTRACTIONS Â€ IM PLANTSYou deserve dental treatment at a reasonable price! 941.822.0048 FREE CONSULTATION IMPLANT DENTURE STABILIZATIONDeluxe DentureComplete SetNew Patient Exam, X-Rays & ConsultationReg. $1,500($100 Value Offer good for 30 days)(Partials not Included) 5643 Clark Road Â€Sarasota, FL 34233Next to Dunkin Donuts @ I-75, exit 205 FREE 2nd Opinion!!*CROWNS* $475FREE!*$750*May change based on complexity of case. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination, or treatment, that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to advertisement f or the free, discounted fee, or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. General Dentist Lic#14423. *Only Â“rst time consultation is at no charge. *Extractions not included.*D2751 *D5110, D5210 *D0150, D0330adno=54537440
Arcadian | Page 16 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018TrumpÂs USDA streamliningPresident Trump wants to consolidate federal food safety under a single agency housed in the USDA, not the FDA, which would be renamed the Federal Drug Administration and continue with its focus on drugs, medical devices, biologics, tobacco, dietary supplements and cosmetics. According to a story in Food Safety News, ÂUSDA is well poised to house the Federal Food Safety Agency,ÂŽ TrumpÂs new proposal, released last week, says. ÂUSDA is a strong leader in food safety; has a thorough understanding of food safety risks and issues all along the farm to fork continuum, and many agencies with USDA focus on food safety.ÂŽ The FDA along with USDAÂs Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are the two top federal food safety agencies now. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assists with foodborne outbreak investigations, but does not have responsibility for food safety rules or enforcement of them. The report notes that USDAÂs ARS spends $112 million Âon in-house food safety research, and ARS scientists work with both FSIS and FDA to help develop research priorities and food safety practices.ÂŽ Other USDA food safety programs involve managing wildlife on farms, monitoring animal health, collecting pesticide residue data on fruits and vegetables and working with the states. Â„ David Eddy, editor American Fruit Grower and Western Fruit Grower, senior editor American Vegetable GrowerA Âfunny thing shopping for produceÂCommunication. ItÂs such a vital element to what you and I do for a living. And nowhere is it more important for you than being transparent with consumers as to where and when the fruit you grow will be available. It hit home with me a week or so ago when I went shopping at a local grocer for some berries. As I write this, berries in Ohio arenÂt ready yet. But, since I love fresh berries in the spring and summerÂ„well any time, to be honestÂ„I seek out stores that may cast a wider net of availability early in the season. ItÂs a funny thing shopping for produce as an ag writer. I know my off-season fruits tend to be imported. And I know that in the early spring, the fruits I crave have to travel a lot of miles to get to my shopping cart. But, every now and then IÂm still surprised when Mother Nature plays a hand in the availability we produce buyers have come to depend upon. And sure enough, during this trip the racks of berries in this store were empty. There was only a sign that said: ÂDue to inclement weather, our supply of berries may be interrupted.ÂŽ And while I was disappointed not to bring home some more fresh fruit to enjoy, I realized how important communication such as that sign was to consumers. Shoppers who, unlike me, just expect that produce shelves will constantly be replenished with a never-ending supply of on-demand fruits and vegetables. Those of us in agriculture know thatÂs an impossibility. Fresh fruits are seasonal, weather is temperamental, and somehow, youÂre expected to deliver perfect, pristine fruit constantly. Yes, consumers might be a little bit more educated these days about how, where, and when food is grown. But just like I did, we all need a reminder that fresh produce is seasonal, and that weÂre all at the mercy of Mother Nature. WeÂre lucky to live in a world where endless choices of fruits and vegetables are available, but sometimes we could use a sign to remind us that nothingÂ„ including berriesÂ„should be taken for granted. Â„Christina Herrick, growingproduce. comEnd of the day, ag needs H-2AIn May, the Trump administration announced plans to undertake a rule-making process to help streamline the admission of H-2A workers into the U.S. and ease the administrative and cost burdens on growers using the program. In a joint statement from the secretaries of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue; Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen; Labor, Alexander Acosta; and State; Mike Pompeo, the administration vowed to make improvements to the program. In part, the statement read: ÂThe Trump administration is committed to modernizing the H-2A visa program rules in a way that is responsive to stakeholder concerns and that deepens our conÂ“dence in the program as a source of legal and veriÂ“ed labor for agricultureÂ„while also reinforcing the programÂs strong employment and wage protections for the American workforce. In addition, by improving the H-2A visa program and substantially reducing its complexity, the administration also plans to incentivize farmersÂ use of the E-Verify program to ensure their workforce is authorized to work in the U.S. As the agencies tasked with administering or facilitating the H-2A visa program, and thus closest to farmer and labor stakeholders, the Departments of State, Agriculture, Labor, and Homeland Security are embarking on a process to modernize the H-2A visa program by clarifying and improving the regulations governing the program. We look forward to delivering a more responsive program soon.ÂŽ I am not sure how the agriculture industry would feel about the E-Verify part, but delivering a more streamlined and responsive program surely would be welcomed. With all its Â”aws, the program has continued to grow in popularity. Nearly all citrus in the state is harvested by H-2A workers, and strawberry and blueberry growers are moving to it in a big way. Florida ranks as the No. 1 user of the program in the country. Why? Because it is the only game in town that will deliver legal workers that growers can count on to come motivated to work and stay on their farms for the allotted amount of time speciÂ“ed by the visa. I canÂt tell you how many conversations I have had in recent years where growers tell me they hate this or that about H-2A. But at the end of the day, they need the program. ThatÂs why demand is growing among growers here in Florida and beyond. LetÂs hope these announced improvements ensure a large enough cap on visas to accommodate the growing need for the program. Data recently released by the Department of Labor indicate that U.S. farmers and ranchers continue to demand an increasingly large number of foreign workers via the H-2A program. In the second quarter of Â“scal 2018, DOL certiÂ“ed 80,348 H-2A positions nationally, up more than 16 percent from the second quarter of Â“scal 2017 when DOL certiÂ“ed 68,999 positions. Even more impressive, 2018 position certiÂ“cations for this quarter are more than 150 percent higher than the same period just Â“ve years ago. Beyond obtaining reliable labor, it is easy to understand why growers are gravitating to the program. Enforcement actions by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency are up, putting growers on edge. Construction, especially in Florida, is booming and drawing people away from ag jobs. Fewer workers from Mexico are crossing the border seeking work. It all adds up to the need for a better and more accessible H-2A program. LetÂs hope the Trump administration delivers on its promise. Â„Frank Giles, editor Florida GrowerSpecialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance applauseThe Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, representing over 120 specialty crop organizations across the United States, has released the following statement AGRICULTUREAreaUpdates,alerts,reportsandotherlocalagriculturalinformation. AGRICULTURE BRIEFSBRIEFS | 17adno=720337DESOTO COUNTY NOTICE OF FIRST PUBLIC HEARING Desoto County is considering applying to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for FFY 2017 of up to $750,000. These funds must be used for one of the following purposes: 1. To beneÂ“ t low and moderate income persons; or 2. To aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or 3. To meet the urgent needs and alleviate existing conditions which pose a serious and immediate threat to those living in the area and are 18 months or less in origin. The activity categories for which these funds may be used are in the areas of housing, neighborhood and commercial revitalization, or economic development (new jobs). Eligible uses of funds include such physical improvement activities as housing and commercial building rehabilitation, clearance, water and sewer improvements, street improvements, drainage, housing site development, parking, and loans to businesses. Additional information regarding the range of activities that may be undertaken will be provided at the public hearing.For each activity that is proposed, it is required that no less than 51% of the residents who beneÂ“ t from these activities be low to moderate income. In developing an application for submission to DEO, the County must plan to minimize displacement of persons as a result of planned CDBG activities. In addition, the County is required to develop a plan to assist displaced persons. The public hearing to receive citizen views concerning the communityÂs housing, economic and other community development needs will be held on July 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, during the County Commission Meeting, at 201 East Oak St. Suite 103, Arcadia, Florida 34266. This is a handicapped accessible facility. Non English speaking, deaf, or visually impaired persons needing an interpreter or any handicapped person requiring special accommodation should contact, Lauri Benson, Social Services Director at (863) 993-4858 at least Â“ ve calendar days prior to the meeting.A FAIR HOUSING/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/HANDICAP ACCESS JURISDICTION adno=721388
The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 17 | Arcadian For a few starry hours, Miles Christian-Hart enjoyed what we only imagine. The Arcadian businessman was in Bonita Springs on Friday for the premiere of a film in which he appeared. The movie, ÂHanging Millstone,ÂŽ is a fictional story of child abduction, with an odd twist. It is written and directed by Curtis Collins, a Southwest Florida filmmaker. Much of the movie was staged in Fort Myers and Naples. Christian-Hart, who is 68 and owns real estate in Arcadia and a custom vehicle shop in Sarasota, has a role in the film and several scenes. Cast and crew gathered for the insider-only premiere, lots of Hollywood excitement for the private screening. ÂMiles did a great job,ÂŽ Curtis Collins said before the showing. ÂYouÂll see.ÂŽ Viewing ÂHanging MillstoneÂŽ was fun and interesting, especially when one of the players is sometimes strolling downtown Arcadia streets. Christian-Hart owns residential and commercial parcels in town. Along with the Arcadia Main Street Program, heÂs also working to introduce the first-ever Arcadia Bike Fest, which would replace the Heritage Festival in November. So a Hollywood-type premiere places him far out of context, like watching a grandparent shoplift store candy. Until you learn that Christian-Hart has performed in other films, other stage productions, including a movie in development about Ponce de Leon, another called ÂBig Top Evil,ÂŽ in which he plays the role of Shredder. The film shown in Bonita is not yet sold and may never get public viewing. But for one night, that didnÂt matter. ÂIt is fun,ÂŽ Christian-Hart said of film performances, in what seemed an understatement. Christian-Hart, his wife, Barbara, and two others rolled in for the private showing in Bonita about an hour before a full house was seated in the hushed theater. He is a wiry man with dark, watchful eyes. They heard Collins later plead to not secretly record the movie, which posted on the internet destroys its value at film festivals, he told them. And thatÂs where a filmmakerÂs hopes lie, the guests learn. Those exciting minutes ahead of the screening are for socializing, to meet the stars. Christian-Hart seemed to know most everyone, all of them months after the filmÂs completion pleased to see him. Over there is a person inside a circle of admirers, thinking maybe you recognize her, and in another place is a tall, willowy girl whoÂs in the film. So high up there she seemed to move with the light evening breeze. Her mother watched circling men like a hawk. You learn later the girlÂs role is a flash moment. But we all start somewhere, you decide. ThereÂs a woman on a red sofa disbursing complimentary show tickets, a sequined woman positioning the actors with her camera before a ÂHanging MillstoneÂŽ poster, clusters of loud and happy people gliding from pod to pod, a person or two outside the filmÂs circle, off to the side. Others arriving for Friday movies blinked, their look a confused anticipation. And away from the crowd you spy one of the filmÂs stars, a younger girl with a movie starÂs face, pulling on a cigarette. IsnÂt that out of fashion, you wondered. Turns out the woman at the center of the social circle was Deborah Smith Ford, a Florida actor, kidsÂ book writer and tribute artist, the profession of impersonating famous people. She is a near dead-ringer for Carrie-Ann Moss, star of the film ÂMatrixÂŽ and who Smith Ford impersonates for pay. Smith Ford is tall-ish and powder white. And ChristianHartÂs friend. And then a stretch limo more like a black bus slides to the curb at the theater. A red carpet gets unfurled and the chief performers and producers disgorge from the luxury ride. You meet Quincy Johnson, the actor playing Shawn, the filmÂs lead character. JohnsonÂs friend, Britton Thorn, shared that he had recently met the actor and was invited to the private showing. And that he hoped to someday share the same limelight, only as a writer/director, not as a movie theater manager, the job he held. ÂI meet him and it turns out [Quincy] is the star,ÂŽ Thorn said. ÂVery cool.ÂŽArcadian co-stars in film, night among the starsBy CRAIG GARRETTARCADIAN EDITOR ARCADIAN PHOTO PROVIDEDMiles Christian-Hart and Deborah Smith Ford at the lm premiere of ÂHanging MillstoneÂŽ in Bonita Springs. after the passage of the farm bill in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 86 to 11: The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance applauds the bipartisan efforts of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, and members of the Senate in passing the Agriculture Improvement Act. The Alliance strongly supports the inclusion of a new research program for citrus producers, increased funds for nutrition programs and the extension of many of the specialty crop provisions that were included in the 2014 Farm Bill, such as: Specialty Crop Block Grants ($85 million/year) Specialty Crop Research Initiative ($80 million/year) Trade Programs including Market Access Program ($200 million/year) and Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops ($9 million/year) Pest and Disease Programs ($75 million/year) and National Clean Plant Network ($5 million/year) Food Insecurity and Nutrition Incentive Program (Increased to $250 million over Â“ve years) Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Development Trust Fund ($125 million over Â“ve years) ÂChairman Roberts and Ranking Member StabenowÂs work over the past year produced a Farm Bill that is clearly committed to investing in specialty crop agriculture. Our coalition appreciates the value of these programs in supporting our industry and delivering nutritious specialty crops to consumers. Looking forward, we encourage leadership in both chambers to convene a conference committee in an expeditious manner. For agriculture and the jobs it creates, itÂs critical that Congress completes its work before the current farm bill expires on Sept. 30. Our industry stands ready to work with members of the conference committee to ensure a bill that will help specialty crop agriculture stay strong and competitive.ÂŽ The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance is a national coalition of more than 120 organizations representing growers of fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, nursery plants and other products. http://www.farmbillalliance.org.BRIEFSFROM PAGE 16 adno=720345 Last Name First Name Fund Alday David $0.02 Alfonso Oscar $1.00 Baltazar Miguel $106.41 Banda Juan $38.00 Boothe Michael $20.00 Brown Sally $4.01 Chambers David $0.33 Cisneros Eliberto $0.74 Connell Nancy $11.00 Delgado Abelardo $2.05 Flores Armando $0.19 Fuhlman Jesse $0.91 Gatewood Marquice $0.43 Gomez Marc $0.42 Gooden Kevin $21.51 Govea Ramon $24.04 Hawkins Jermaine $7.37 Hearns Christopher $14.30 Hernandez Jose $19.68 Hernandez Saul $8.00 Hilario Augustine $1.00 Holder Colby $0.50 Hunter Amanda $61.68 Hurst Alice $2.90 Jenkins Nicholas $75.55 Lanier Robert $0.06 Lipani James $1.05 Lopez Mishell $1.74 Lopez Raymundo $7.65 Luis Pedro $7.00 Macina Domenic $1.81 Maki John $0.54 Maldonado Grasiela $0.24 Mans eld Damion $0.04 Matias Martin $1.08 McClelland Daniel $0.38 Mckenzie Shaylin $0.74 McLeod Calvin $2.05 Mendez Luis $4.00 Mendoza Miguel $8.76 Merlo Michael $0.70 Merlo Michael $0.22 Moran Christian $75.50 Palomares Ramiro $63.25 Ramirez Manuel $94.00 Redden Eugene $19.65 Redding Ronnie $16.39 Reyes David $37.64 Reyes Isabel $1.70 Ruiz Jose $1.34 Salcedo Alfredo $11.85 Sanborn Clyde $8.92 Sanchez Jose $86.00 Shaver Cody $6.40 Simes Charles $6.75 Simons Adia $8.58 Small Kelley $29.98 Torres Ismael $35.00 Vasquez Arturo $7,866.42Washington Terell $1.41 Wesley Antonio $12.65 Wilhite Justin $4.58 Wolford Michael $0.38 Wyatt Justin $14.66 Zuniga omas $20.47 Person or Persons having or claiming any interest in such funds or any portion of them shall Â“ le their claim with the Sheri Unless such monies are claimed on or before September 1, 2018 the monies will be forfeited to County Fine and Forfeiture Fund. 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Arcadian | Page 18 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Secretary of State Ken Detzner has announced that Arcadia is accepted to the CertiÂ“ed Local Government program, following certiÂ“cation by the National Park Service. ÂAs a CertiÂ“ed Local Government, Arcadia will now have access to training, technical support and special matching grants to support local historic preservation efforts,ÂŽ Detzner said. Arcadia joins a national network of nearly 2,000 CertiÂ“ed Local Governments. In order to become eligible, Arcadia passed a local historic preservation ordinance in 2016 and assembled a qualiÂ“ed historic preservation commission with seven members. The Arcadia Historic District, covering 58 blocks, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Arcadia is also an active Florida Main Street community. The CertiÂ“ed Local Government program was established in 1980 by the National Park Service and is administered in Florida by the Florida Department of StateÂs Division of Historical Resources. Â”heritage.com/preservation/clg.SOS Detzner makes it official ARCADIAN PHOTO PROVIDEDThe Hon. Gilbert Smith Jr ., judge for the12th Judicial Circuit and author of ÂLawyers and Legends of Manatee County: The History of Lawyers in Manatee County from 1855 to 2012,ÂŽ will speak to the DeSoto County Historical Society at their monthly meeting on July 12 Free and open to the public, the event is at the Family Service Center Annex (old West Elementary School cafeteria) at the corner of N. Orange Avenue and W. Effie Street. Lunch is available for $6 at 11:30 a.m. At noon, President Norma Banas will conduct a short business meeting and then introduce Smith. Smith is the son of Alpha Katherine Shuler Smith and Judge Gilbert A. Smith Sr., (1923-2017) who also served with the 12th Judicial Circuit. Gilbert Jr. is the grandson of Grace Gilbert Smith (1896-1980)Â„Society editor of the Arcadian for 30 yearsÂ„and Cook Hall Smith (1893-1958), a school teacher who served as superintendent of DeSoto County Schools from 1924-1929 and in the Florida House of Representatives from 1935-1936. Gilbert Jr. remembered attending many Smith family reunions hosted by the George Smith family in Arcadia. www.historicdesoto.org, 863-266-5774.Judge Smith ThursdayÂs guest speaker ARCADIAN PHOTO PROVIDEDGilbert Smith Jr. (right) is ThursdayÂs guest speaker at the DeSoto County Historical Society luncheon. His father, Gilbert A. Smith Sr., (1923-2017) also served the 12th Judicial Circuit Court. ARCADIAN PHOTO PROVIDEDDeSotoÂs chamber of commerce welcomed Sweet TÂs Subs with a formal ribbon-cutting on June 27. Owner Christina Yates and her team opened the diner, 301 N. Brevard/Unit A, in May. Sweet TÂs Subs, chamber ribbon-cutting When a restaurant, deli or grocery-store owner gets fresh with his/her customers, that can be a good thing. Fresh is the Â“rst sensation in entering MartinÂs Country Market in Arcadia. The other is a smart look. The shop that opened in June is about quality products, serious placement and foot trafÂ“c considerations, a pristine interior and an amazingly happy staff, owners you sense understand and know what theyÂre doing. There are places in Sarasota like MartinÂs, but theyÂre miles away. Owner Durrell Martin shared his vision for coming from New York to Arcadia, purchasing a working farm with wife Julia and opening a business. Martin : ÂWhy Arcadia ... we like the country setting of Arcadia. Far enough away from the busy cities but close enough to have people drive out to enjoy our Dutch, country-style store. Also we have family that lives in Arcadia. Church is important to us, as well, and we attend Peace River Mennonite Church in Arcadia. Our store is closed on Sundays and you are welcome to come and join us for worship at 9:30 every Sunday morning. ÂWhat has been the reaction? We are blessed with the positive feedback we have heard. Most people say this store is just like a store (we) went to in Ohio, or Indiana or Pennsylvania. Our goal is to provide our customers with quality products, including pies, cookies, Whoopi pies and breads, which are baked from our scratch recipes. Our pies are 100 percent hand-made from scratch in our own bakery. My wife enjoys making pies and she is using many recipes that were handed down from her mother and grandmother. ÂRecently, we made cheesecakes for the Â“rst time. We invite (you) to stop in for a chocolate peanut-butter cheesecake or try our favorite raspberry with white chocolate chips cheesecake. YouÂll be back for more! ÂA big thank you to all our customers! You helped make our grand opening a success and we look forward to seeing you back weekly or better yet ... daily! When you stop in for your signature deli sandwich, donÂt forget to try some of our small-batch premium ice cream. Even a root-beer Â”oot would hit the spot.ÂŽ Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-7 p.m., 1999 Highway 70, 863-494-9006MartinÂs Country Market, getting fresh with customers Ice cream products are creamy smooth. ARCADIAN PHOTOS PROVIDEDDurrell Martin and wife, Julia, opened MartinÂs Country Store in June. adno=720338THE DESOTO COUNTY CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE COMMITTEE PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETINGDeSoto County will conduct a Citizen Advisory Task Force Committee meeting on Wednesday July 11, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the DeSoto County Administration Building located at 201 East Oak Street, Suite 202, Arcadia Florida. For further information contact Lauri Benson, Social Services Director at (863)993-4858. A FAIR HOUSING/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/ HANDICAP ACCESS JURISDICTION
The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 19 | Arcadian Private contributions of money and materials covered the campÂs approximately $300,000 cost, according to David Hunt, the Forestry ServiceÂs statewide coordinator for the program. ÂThere were limited utilities out there to begin with,ÂŽ he said, and added volunteers also built a training room at the camp in addition to Â“xing up the existing structures. Peace River is the Forestry ServiceÂs second veteransÂ camp. The Â“rst opened three years ago on Forestry land on the south side of Lake Kissimmee about 20 miles east of Lake Wales in Polk County. Volunteers and private donations are the heart of Operation Outdoor Freedom, Hunt stressed. Every activity at the camp is guided by Forestry personnel or volunteers. A typical event at one of the camps carries a cost of $1,500 to $2,000, he added. ÂItÂs gone great,ÂŽ Hunt said of the handful of events so far at Peace River and the public support received for them. ÂAll of the vets enjoy their time there.ÂŽ This is their time, he said, Âa time for them to get away and relax.ÂŽ Operation Outdoor Freedom, Hunt said, Âis probably the premier program of its kind in the country.ÂŽ Camp stays are Â“rst-come, Â“rst-served and are limited to combat wounded veterans, Purple Heart recipients or vets with a service-connected disability. ÂThere are usually a half-dozen vets for each event,ÂŽ he said. ÂWhen you add in your volunteers and logistical support, you are at 20.ÂŽ Twenty is also the capacity of the bunkhouses, Hunt noted. Typically, the veteran is responsible for getting to the event. But once there, every effort is made to make their stays pleasurable, Hunt said. ÂIf they have any kind of disability, we do anything in our power to accommodateÂŽ them, including the ensuring of participation by vets who are paraplegic, conÂ“ned to wheelchairs or even blind, he added. Events usually cover three days. Some are held outside the camps on private ranch properties or land controlled by the stateÂs water management districts. The Forestry Service also hosts hundreds of events for veterans each year that do not involve the camps. These, Hunt said, include off-shore Â“shing and scalloping trips and lobster dives. Most of these are based out of hotels or marinas, he noted. Dale Ingham, who suffered severe injuries from a chemical missile during the Persian Gulf War, participated in a Peace River canoe trip. ÂIt gets you away from thinking about yourself,ÂŽ Ingham told the Tampa Bay Times. ÂYou can let your guard down. YouÂre kind of more at ease.ÂŽ The Bartow-based Hunt said the Forestry Service has about one million acres of land Âand is trying to utilize as much of that as we can for our wounded veterans.ÂŽ A camp is in the works at the 53,587acre Goethe State Forest near Dunnellon and another one is planned for Forestry land near Tallahassee. Most of the lands on which the camps are built are designated either for open public use or limited public use, according to Hunt. ÂWe Â“nd a workable combinationÂŽ for the various uses, he said. The camp events are promoted at Department of Veterans Affairs centers and through organizations such as Purple Heart associations and Disabled American VeteransÂ chapters, Hunt said. A link to the calendar of events is available at the Department of Agriculture and Consumer ServicesÂ Operation Outdoor Freedom web page. Just Google Operation Outdoor Freedom and it should be the Â“rst result on the search list. Further details are also available by calling Hunt at 863-578-1894 or Randy L. Ross, assistant state coordinator, at 863-578-1893.THERAPYFROM PAGE 1 UPCOMING EVENTSÂ€ July 20: Participation in harvesting of gator eggs in Alachua County that includes lunch and drinks; register through July 9. Â€ Aug. 7: Scalloping/fishing event near Steinhatchee that includes meals and a hotel stay; register through July 20. Register at http://tlhfor013.doacs.state.fl.us/oof or search Outdoor Operation Freedom Registration on Google. FOR MORE INFORMATIONOperation Outdoor Freedom Florida Forest Service Florida Department of Agriculture 170 Century Blvd. Bartow, FL 33830 David C. Hunt State Program Coordinator (863) 578-1894 Office Randy L. Ross Assistant State Coordinator (863) 578-1893 Office (863) 224-7013 Cell OperationOutdoorFreedom@FreshFromFlorida. com CAMPSCurrent Â€ Camp Peace River in Arcadia Â€ Camp Prairie in Lake Wales In the works or planned Â€ Camp at 53,587acre Goethe State Forest near Dunnellon Â€ Another one for forestry land near Tallahassee Source: State of Florida ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSHonorably discharged military veterans with either: Â€ A service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or greater from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs Â€ Or Purple Heart recipient Source: State of Florida PHOTO PROVIDEDVeterans and others gather at the campÂs opening earlier this year. DeSoto Church Directory ... And Make Your Choice from our Church Directory May the Lord Â“ ll your heart with love. Grace Lutheran Church, LCMS 1004 W. Oak Street Rev. Anthony Arias Pastor Adult Sunday School 11:00 AM Sunday Worship 11:00 AM All Welcome! First Church of the NazareneA LIGHTHOUSE IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR 85 YEARS132 W Gibson Street Arcadia FL 34266863-491-1422 Rev. Steve JohnsonSunday Worship 10:45 am Sunday School 9:30 am The VOICE of God will never contradict the WORD of God See your Church in this spotContact Tami494-5201for more information See your Church in this spotContact Tami494-5201for more information 5104 NW Oak Hill Ave.863-494-6224REV. JERRY WATERSSunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship 10:45 am and 6:00 pm Wednesday 6:30 pm for Prayer Group, Youth & ChildrenCelebrative Worship Challenging Bible Study Connection With PeopleSunday School/Life Groups9:30 AM 10:30 AM Family Contemporary Worship 10:45 AM Noon863-494-4345 www.cbcarcadia.org St. Edmund Episcopal Church125th Anniversary CelebrationNovember 17th327 W. Hickory St., Arcadia863-494-0485Sundays 8am & 10amMisa en espanol Dom 6:00 pmwww.EpiscopalArcadiaFl.comadno=720339
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Hangers $8-10 a board, Finishers $10-15 a board depending on height and finish level. 941-639-4440 HELP WANTED Experienced roofers and crews needed! 941-426-8946 NEEDCASH? 3112 FICTITIOUS NAME N ot i ce U n d er Fictitious Name Law Pursuant to Section 865.09, Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to en gage in business under the fic titious name of LeoÂs Lawn Service located at 4914 N.E. Locust St. in the County of DeSoto in the City of Arcadia, Florida 34266 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Arcadia Florida this 5th day of July 2018 Publish 07/05/18 110833 3591600 Notice Under Fictitious Name Law Pursuant to Section 865.09, Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of Philip Yoder Construction located at 5346 SW Dees Ave. in the County of DeSoto in the City of Arcadia, Florida 34266 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tal lahassee, Florida. Dated at Arcadia Florida this 5th day of July 2018 Philip Yoder Publish 07/05/18 110833 3591653 3114 INVITATION TO BID INVITATION TO BID The DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners is seeking Formal Bids for Custodial Services as described within the c ontext of this bid. A MANDA T ORY Pre-Bid Meeting will be h eld on the 19th of July, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in the DeSoto County Administration Building 1st Floor Board Room, Arcadia, Florida 34266. This is a MANDATORY Pre-Bid. Bids are to be submitted no later than 2:00p.m. on August 2, 2018, a t the DeSoto County Purchasing Department. For more information concerning this Bid please e-mail c.talamantez@desoto bocc.com or call 863-993 4816. Cindy Talamantez, CPPB, Purchasing Director. Publish: 07/05/18 101305 3592405 F i n d i t i n t h e C l a s s i f i e d s 3118 NOTICE OF ADMIN. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 142018CP000017 IN RE: ESTATE OF PAULINE F. BARFIELD Deceased, PROBATE DIVISION NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Inestate) The administration of the estate of PAULINE F. BARFIELD, de ceased, whose date of death was June 28, 2017, File Num ber 142018CP000017, is pend ing in the Circuit Court, for DeSoto Coun ty, Florida, Probate Division, this address of which is 115 E. Oak St, Arcadia FL 34266. The names and addresses of the personal representatives and the personl representativeÂs attorney are set f orth below. A ll creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedentÂs estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with the court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the dece dent and other persons having claim or demands against dece dentÂs estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERI ODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication is June 28, 2018. Personal Representative: RALBERT WILLIAM BARFIELD 2779 SW BEARD STREET ARCADIA, FL 34266 ZACHARY RIBEL Florida Bar No. 0098093 FRANK RIBEL, JR. Florida Bar No. 0290981 Counsel for Defendant 25 East Oak Street A rcadia, FL 34266 (863) 494-7139 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Publish: 06/28/18, 07/05/18 285371 3589739 3120 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number: 2018-CP-000058 IN RE: ESTATE OF CELIA B. SORRELLS, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of CELIA B. SORRELLS deceased, whose date of death was January 7, 2018 ; is pending i n the Circuit Court for Desoto County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 115 East Oak Street Arcadia, Florida 34266 The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representativeÂs attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂs estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF T HE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS A FTER TH E DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂs estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 M ONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AF TER THE DECEDENTÂ S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is: July 5, 2018 H. Greg Lee Attorney for Personal Representative EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org Secondary EMail: email@example.com Florida Bar No. 351301 H. GREG LEE, P.A. 2014 Fourth Street Sarasota, FL 34237 Telephone: (941) 954-0067 Facsimile: (941) 365-1492 A DRIAN H. CLINE Personal Representative Post Office Box 1882 A rcadia, FL 34265 Publish: July 5, 12, 2018 108768 3591805 3128 NOTICE OF PERMIT NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF A PPLICATION FOR A WATER USE PERMIT BY THE SOUTHWEST FLORID A W ATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT Notice is hereby given that the S outhwest Florida Water Management District (District) has received an application for a new water use permit for water w ithdrawal on the Peace Creek from Polk Regional Water Cooperative (PRWC), 330 W. Church Street, Drawer AT01, Bartow, FL. A pplication number: 20762 A pplication received: June 15 2018 Predominant use type(s): Public Supply The proposed Peace Creek Integrated Water Supply Project includes the diversion of an annual average of 12 MGD (50 MGD maximum day) of excess surface water from the Peace Creek system during periods of high flow to provide an alternative water supply to PRWC members. The Project is located in Section 31, Township 29 South, Range 26 East in Polk County. The application is available for public inspection Monday through Friday at the DistrictÂs Tampa Service Office located at 7601 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33637 or through the ÂApplication & Permit Search ToolsÂŽ function on the DistrictÂs bi 3128 NOTICE OF PERMIT website at www.watermatters.org/per mits/. Interested persons may inspect a copy of the application and submit written comments concerning the application Comments must include the per mit application number and be received within 14 days from the date of this notice. If you wish to be notified of agency action or an opportunity to request an administrative hearing regarding the application, you must send a written request referencing the permit application number to the Southwest Florida Water Man agement District, Regulation Performance Management Department, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899 or submit your request through the DistrictÂs website at www.water matters.org. The District does not discriminate based on dis ability. Anyone requiring accom modation under the ADA should contact the Regulation Bureau at (813)985-7481 or 1(800)8360797: TDD only 1(800)2316103. Publish: 07/05/2018 402830 3590587 3130 NOTICE OF SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION JPMorgan Chase Bank, National A ssociation Plaintiff, -vs.Christopher N. Grimes; Shasta Mott Grimes a/k/a Shasta M. Grimes a/k/a Shasta Grimes; Unknown Parties in Possession #1, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are no t known to be dead or alive whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants; Unknown Parties in Possession #2, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are no t known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants Defendant(s). Case #: 2016-CA-000535 NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur suant to order rescheduling fore closure sale or Final Judgment, entered in Civil Case No. 2016 C A-000535 of the Circuit Court o f the 12th Judicial Circuit in and for DeSoto County, Florida, wherein JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Plaintif f and Christopher N. Grimes are defendant(s), I, Clerk of Court, Nadia K. Daughtrey, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash AT THE SOUTH ENTRANCE OF THE DESOTO COUNT Y COURTHOUSE, AT 11:00 A.M. on August 21, 2018 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, towit: BEGIN AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE INTERSECTION OF ORANGE AVENUE AND HICKORY STREET AND RUN EASTERLY ALONG HICKORY STREET 130.00 FEET TO THEPOINTOFBEGINNING 3130 NOTICE OF SALE THE P O INT O F BE G INNIN G ; THENCE NORTHERLY PARALLEL TO ORANGE AVENUE, 130.00 FEET; THENCE EASTERLY PARAELLE TO HICKORY STREET, 93.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTHERLY PARALLEL TO ORANGE AVENUE, 130.00 FEET; THENCE WESTERLY PARAELLE TO HICKORY STREET, 93.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ALL LYING AND BEING IN SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 24 EAST, DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA A NY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS F ROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF TH E DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinat or; 2002 Ringling Boulev ard, 8th Floor, Sarasota, Florida 34237 (941) 8617811 at least 7 days before y our scheduled court ap pearance, or immediately u pon receiving this notificat ion of the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Nadia K. Daughtrey CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT DeSoto County, Florida _________________________ DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT A TTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACH, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 Publish: 06/28/18, 07/05/18 118683 3589288 3132 TAX DEEDS NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that EDWARD O ADAMS & DELT A B ADAMS the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 990 Issuance Date: MAY 27, 2011 Tax Deed File Number 18-17-TD Description of Property: TOWN OF NOCATEE RAILROA D SURVEY Â… THE WEST OF THE NORTHWEST OF THE SOUTHEAST LESS 3 ACRES OFF THE NORTH END, BEING FRACTIONAL BLOCKS 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 38, 39 AND 40 OF R.R. SURVEY AND LESS ACRE OUT OF WEST SIDE AND LESS 1.06 ACRE TO DESOTO COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, LYING AND SITUATE IN SECTION 23, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 24 EAST, DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA. Names in which assessed: HORN VI, LLC 18305 BISCAYNE BLVD STE 400 AVENTURAFL33160 3132 TAX DEEDS AVENTURA, FL 33 1 60 All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State o f Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on AUGUST 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 22ND DAY OF J UNE, 2018. NADIA K. DAUGHTREY CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By: RHONA BRANTLEY Deput y Clerk Publish: 07/05/18, 07/12/18, 07/19/18, 07/26/18 112132 3589971 Getthe Getthe WordoutWordoutAdvertise Advertise inthe inthe Classifieds! Classifieds! N O TI C E O F APPLI C ATI O N FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given tha t FLORIDA TAX LIEN ASSETS IV, LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to b e issued thereon. The certificate number and year o f issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 1761 Issuance Date: MAY 27, 2011 Tax Deed File Number 18-18-TD Description of Property: LOT 18, LESS THE EAST 5 FEET, BLOCK 3, ROBERTSONÂS SOUTH SIDE ADDITION, A SUBDIVISION ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 109, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, INCLUDING ANY REVERSIONARY INTEREST IN THE ALLEYWAY ADJOINING THERETO BY VACATION OF SAID ALLEYWAY IN O.R. BOOK 115, PAGE 212, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA. SAID INTEREST IN ALLEYWAY ABOVE DESCRIBED BEING: TO CENTERLINE OF ALLEYWAY ADJACENT TO THE REAR OF LOT 18. TOGETHER WITH A 1981 LIBERTY SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOME. IDENTIFICATION #10L13330 AND TITLE #21492861. RP #036694. Names in which assessed: VICKIE L DUKES ESTATE 7847 SW HWY 72 ARCADIA, FL 34266 All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State o f Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates w ill be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on AUGUST 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 22ND DAY OF J UNE, 2018. NADIA K. DAUGHTREY CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By: RHONA BRANTLEY Deput y Clerk Publish: 07/05/18, 07/12/18, 07/19/18, 07/26/18 112132 3590032
The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 21 | Arcadian 3132 TAX DEEDS N O TI C E O F APPLI C ATI O N FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that GT SWF LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in w hich it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 140 Issuance Date: JUNE 1, 2016 Tax Deed File Number 18-21-TD Description of Property: BEGIN AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE SE OF THE SW OF THE NE OF SECTION 28, TOWNSHIP 39 SOUTH, RANGE 23 EAST, DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING: THENCE S 00 DEGREES 41Â22ÂŽ W ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID TRACT, 167.99 FEET; THENCE N 88 DEGREES 19Â55ÂŽ W, 331.50 FEET; THENCE N 00 DEGREES 38Â53ÂŽ E, 106.01 FEET TO CENTERLINE OF CREEK; THENCE S 74 DEGREES 09Â11ÂŽ E ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, 99.41 FEET; THENCE N 54 DEGREES 39Â09ÂŽ E ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, 143.48 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTH LINE OF SAID TRACT; THENCE S 88 DEGREES 18Â11ÂŽ E ALONG SAID NORTH LINE, 119.57 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. SUBJECT TO A TWENTY-FIVE (25) FOOT EASEMENT ALONG THE WEST SIDE FOR ROAD, DRAINAGE AND UTILITIES. Names in which assessed: TARPON IV, LLC C/O GULF GROUP HOLDINGS, INC 18305 BISCAYNE BLVD STE 400 A VENTURA, FL 33160 A ll of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on AUGUST 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 22ND DAY OF J UNE, 2018. NADIA K. DAUGHTREY CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By: RHONA BRANTLEY Deputy Clerk Publish: 07/05/18, 07/12/18, 07/19/18, 07/26/18 112132 3590071 3138 OTHER NOTICES S UMM O N S C ase No.: 2018 SC 001711 STATE OF WISCONSIN Â… CIRCUIT COURT Â… SMALL CLAIMS Â… ROCK COUNTY A LCO Capital Group, LLC, 225 S. Executive Drive, Suite #201, Brookfield, WI 53005, Plaintiff, vs. Daniel Mastrodonato d/b/a Toyarcheology, 2090 NE Clems Dairy Street, Arcadia, FL 34266, Defendant. To the person(s) named above as Defendant(s): Y ou are being sued by the person(s) named above as Plaint iff(s). A copy of the claim has been sent to you at your address as stated in the caption above. The lawsuit will be heard in the following Small Claims Court: Rock County Courthouse, Tele phone Number of Clerk of Court: (608) 743-2210, 51 S. Main Street, Janesville, WI 53545hfllid 3138 OTHER NOTICES 53545 on t h e f o ll ow i ng d ate and time: July 27, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. If you do not attend the hearing, t he court may enter a judgment against you in favor of the person(s) suing you. A copy of the claim has been sent to you at y our address as stated in the caption above. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Y ou may have the option to Answer without appearing in court on the court date by filing a written Answer with the clerk of court before the court date. Y ou must send a copy of your A nswer to the Plaintiff(s) named above at their address. You may contact the clerk of court at the telephone number above to determine if there are other methods to answer a Small Claims complaint in that county. If you need help in this matter because of a disability, please call (608) 743-2210. Dated: June 27, 2018 DOBBERSTEIN LAW FIRM, LLC A ttorneys for the plaintiff MEGHAN P. MACKELLY State Bar No. 1037746 MAILING ADDRESS: 225 S. 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During dry months Peace River in the northern counties drys up because the sink holes that were once springs now allow the river to Â”ow directly into the Florida aquifer. This is perhaps partially, if not totally, the result of phosphate mining. Recommended considerations for the state of Florida and the EPA: 1) That all wells be tested at the phosphate companyÂs expense, including wells watering orange groves, cattle, organic farms, etc., to determine current radiation exposure before approving the additional 5 (ppm) the state now approves phosphate companies to add to what is existing. Also consider health and cost effect on the county water system, that it not be borne by consumers alone, but the offending company be held liable for resultant impacts. 2) Establish Â“xed standards for measuring air quality and Âfugitive dustÂŽ before and after mining contamination begins. Take into account all possible considerations, including radioactivity, distance from residential, commercial, and/or leisure or entertainment sites (as was once done with smokestacks in Tennessee, including alerts to residents). 3) Investigate cancer clusters such as exist even now in DeSoto County before adding more burden to residents, current and potential offspring, resulting from damage of previous phosphate mining. A MoÂ“tt Cancer Institute doctor asked his patient: ÂWhatÂs going on in DeSoto County? We have more patients from there than any of the surrounding areas.ÂŽ (However, this Institute declared it cannot verify this statement unless compelled to by proper authorities). The individual who could verify this also should not be held liable but relates the high levels of illness and cancer in the immediate area of the few tested, contaminated wells, as being unquestionably from the polluted aquifer. What other cancer clusters are there? 4) Consider the impact on natureÂ„pollinators and birds stripped of vegetation needed for migration whose populations are severely dwindling from lack of concern and data on the part of those whose major interest is in making moneyÂ„even if the product is sold almost entirely outside of this country, as one would expect from a Third World nation. Finally, federal, state and county decisions will have immediate and eternal consequences. How much more burden can we bearÂ„does anyone still care? Do you remember the Golden Rule: ÂDo unto others as you would have them do unto you.ÂŽ Would you like to live next to phosphate mining operations with your children and, if not, would you please intervene and make a difference towards saving all that you can of GodÂs creation.Forest Reynolds Arcadia(this is in response to the discovery of unidentiÂ“ed human remains on July 26)Skeletal RemainsWho was the man who quietly decomposed below the street called Carlstrom Field? He silently lay in the green ravine by the gentle stream feeding hungry passersby. Cars and bikes Â”ashed past and walkers with their bags never thought to look below to see the vanishing man. A man that no one missed, A man of unknown face, A man whose mother once joyfully welcomed him Into the human race. Week by week, less and less until a hired maintenance man noticed something odd in the Eden Â“eld below. Policemen came and an ambulance, and photographers took fotos And still they let him lie Papers were passed and signed, discussions held, the public kept away, ÂOngoing investigation, maÂam; Please step to the other side.ÂŽ Finally they packed their things, and went their ways, no trace was left behind except some Â”attened grass. And a bag they took away contained just skeletal remains.Chelsea Stone ArcadiaCelebrating freedom in wild FloridaJuly 4th is a holiday that signiÂ“es many things for AmericansÂ„family, food and fun, but mostly importantly, freedom. I recently spent an afternoon exploring a portion of the Osceola National Forest and learning about Civil War history at the Olustee BattleÂ“eld Historic State Park. Walking peacefully amongst towering longleaf pines, watching red-bellied and pileated woodpeckers foraging, I thought about what the young soldiers were thinking on February 20, 1864, as they traversed the same lands, vigilant to the dangers that lay ahead. 2,807 would lose their lives that day. The site was memorialized as our stateÂs Â“rst historic site. I canÂt think of a more Â“tting honor than its permanent protection so that I and future generations can learn about its signiÂ“cance. Days earlier, I was inspired not by past events, but by the next generation of conservationists. I was honored to lead a day-long session for ÂYoung Leaders for Wild Florida.ÂŽ The two-week program, organized by the intrepid young conservationist, Oscar Psychas, immersed teens in outdoor experiences, performing sweat equity (removing invasive plants in the summer heat!) and learning from conservation professionals. Using the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expeditions as a model, the teens created their own expeditions to demonstrate how the freedom of exploration is an integral part of being a conservation advocate. I feel more secure knowing that our state will be in their capable hands and hope to see them on a future trek. Permanently connecting and protecting the Florida Wildlife Corridor represents freedom for the hundreds of wildlife species that rely upon connected landscapes. It also recognizes the signiÂ“cance of public places for people to recreate and connect with nature, and of working lands for our food security, freshwater resources, and the support of rural economies. Nothing can compare to the many freedoms that we, as Americans, enjoy because of the sacriÂ“ce of those that came before us. Today, we have the privilege and responsibility of ensuring those same freedoms for future generations. Protecting special places, like the Osceola National Forest, is a part of it. We hope youÂll be part of this legacy by supporting our conservation advocacy efforts today.Lindsay Cross, executive director Florida Wildlife CorridorLETTERSFROM PAGE 4 2 0 1 8 0 7 0 5 a s 2 1 p d f 1 0 4 J u l 1 8 1 6 : 0 9 : 1 6
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Â€ Brandon Robert Barbour, 22, Port Charlotte. Charge: DUI or boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Bond: $500. Â€ Billie Harold Mardis Jr., 48, 1400 block of N.W. Magnolia Terrace, Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $500. Â€ Delshaun Sentil Williams, 34, 1400 block of N.E. Hickory St., Arcadia. Charges: felony battery, three counts of felony battery on an officer, firefighter or EMT, and violation of probation. Bond: none. Â€ Aimee Sue Hines, 39, no address, Arcadia. Charge: aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Bond: $7,500. Â€ Rindi Dawn Layport, 42, 6500 block of S.W. Miami Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Â€ Felix Trinidad, 29, 7400 block of S.E. Prairie Creek Road, Arcadia. Charge: possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana. Bond: $500. Â€ Harriet Anne Osgood, 63, 1400 block off N.W. Magnolia Terrace, Arcadia. Charge: petty theft. Bond: $120. Â€ Cecil Brian Brown Sr., 43, 1200 block of N.W. Pine Woods Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of parole. Bond: none. Â€ Randal Craig Brendel, 61, North Port, FL. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Â€ Craig Michael Ward, 44, Tampa. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Â€ Arthur Harry Kleis, 45, 1100 block of S.W. 3rd Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: none. Â€ Dustin Chad Puckett, 28, no address, Arcadia. Charge: unarmed burglary of an occupied dwelling. Bond: $7,500. The Charlotte County SheriffÂs Office reported the following arrest: Â€ Casey Thomas Dierks, 27, 1700 block of S.E. Ford Terrace, Arcadia. Charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $2,500. The Sarasota County SheriffÂs Office reported the following arrest: Â€ Kenneth James Myers, 28, 2000 block of N.E. County Ranches Road, Arcadia. Charges: Pinellas County charges for failure to appear on underlying charge of dealing in stolen property. Bond: $55,013. Â„ Compiled by Susan E. 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Arcadian | Page 24 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 Luke Wilson introduced the Facebook/social media group WhatÂs RIGHT with DeSoto County! He was asked to describe the mission and the reaction. (Note: Luke Wilson is a member of the Arcadian family) Question : Tell us about WhatÂs Right with DeSoto County! Wilson : ÂAmong our countyÂs population are descendants of the pioneers that forged a community from amid the palmettos and pines. Most are hard working and care about not only the history and heritage of DeSoto, but about its future as well. Granted, we are a poor county, but one inhabited by good folks and good neighbors who are quick to respond in times of need. Help shows up whenever a family is faced with a tragedy, such as the loss of a home to fire, for illnesses, and even death. ÂWeÂve banded together and endured flooding and hurricanes over the years, and have always come back from such tragedies. As in other small towns, it is possible to create a personal network of friends that even allows you to be on first name basis with our county commissioners, city council, school board, as well as the sheriffÂs department and police department. ItÂs a safer place to raise your family in comparison with any large city. Face it, if you lived in Tampa and your teenager was missing on a Saturday night, where would you even begin to look for them? ÂIn a rural setting such as DeSoto County, I would be able to get in my truck and locate them, I am quite sure. Also, DeSoto County is positioned like a wheel hub, surrounded in all directions by larger cities that offer anything desirable, and our citizens can enjoy that while living the quite, country life and driving quiet, country roads here at home. Question : Have social media commentary/FB groups gone too far? WhatÂs wrong with us venting or voicing our opinions, even rage? Wilson: ÂFacebook has many sides to it, but is primarily a source of communication and personal promotion. It reminds me of an ever-changing, scrolling billboard that is hard to look away from. Plus, you have endless threads with comments that invite conversation from readers, both positive and negative. And you never know who will pop up and add their two cents worth. ÂIt can be a very positive experience, one that inspires members of groups to help and encourage others, and it can be a negative experience, wherein people, businesses, and community endeavors are judged and lambasted, as we see so often. My page ÂWhatÂs RIGHT with DeSoto County! was created with the former in mind, where folks can recognize the good and share it. ItÂs been dormant for a couple of years, but I recently began reviving it by adding some key people and encouraging them to give a Âshout outÂŽ to the positive aspects of anything to do with our county. This has worked well so far, and I hope it continues. ÂThere are a number of other Facebook pages about DeSoto County that boast several thousand members, and while many subjects appear on them, too often they take a turn for the negative. I choose to stay positive with mine, but make no mistake, I am not in denial that there are a vast number of problems in our city and county that need fixing. I just want to provide a page where members can relax, share good news, and be complimentary to one another. ItÂs not Shangri La or even Mayberry, but just an alternative to other pages. It is a closed page, but all are welcome to request membership and may be part of it, so long as the intentions of the page are maintained. Those with harsh, negative feelings are welcome to express them on other pages. ÂTo answer your question completely, venting and voicing our opinion is an important freedom we enjoy and employ as Americans. As moderator, I choose to focus on the positive, and feel it can be a welcome respite from some conversations posted elsewhere. ÂHas social media gone too far? IÂd say that it has not only served to alienate people from personal, face-to-face contact and reduced people skills, but with the current upheaval in politics, it has polarized our nationÂs population, giving rise to some who have basically become keyboard assassins. IÂm as supportive as anyone when it comes to discussions and even debates, but when the attitudes and language become toxic, that only serves to alienate and vilify. ÂThe topics range from local to nationwide, fueled not only by the media, but in the form of sarcastic and often hateful memes that are shared cruelly and with contempt. Civil unrest is on the rise, and I prefer a setting where cooler heads prevail.ÂŽ Question : YouÂre a folksy writer, whimsical. Are you stepping outside that circle? Wilson: Good question, and thanks for that compliment. For 36 years IÂve written columns here in DeSoto County, and IÂve done my best to find ways to make people smile at themselves, ponder this or that, and reflect on simpler times. IÂve done cartoons for our newspaper for over 30 years as well, trying to find the lighter side of most issues, and granted, not everybody appreciated what IÂve shared. I get that, and respect it as well. Bottom line is, I love our county, its people, and heritage. ItÂs not Fantasy Island, but itÂs where five generations of my family are buried, and where theyÂll be laying me to rest as well. ÂI decided many years ago that in addition to love, folks need encouraging. So I try to be a good listener and to compliment others on a daily basis. IÂm comfortable in my little circle that also serves as my comfort zone, but IÂm willing to step outside of it now and then to make a point, or to be helpful. Being administrator of a Facebook page is an example of that, and requires me to promote what is good and fend off what is bad, and to offer another option when it comes to many other groups that are on Facebook. I have hopes that the experience will help build a network of friends for all, and that it will help me grow and learn more about our county and about myself.ÂŽ Question: WhatÂs the feedback, so far? Wilson: ÂAs mentioned earlier, the page has been dormant for some time. But with its revival, it seems to have ignited a spark in some that has inspired them to respond to threads and even start some of their own. Like anything else, itÂs open for criticism, and as long as itÂs constructive and fair, it will be welcomed and appreciated.ÂŽ Question : What else is up your sleeve? Wilson : ÂWell, if I had a dollar for every time somebody asked me when I was going to write a book, I could afford to have it printed in hardback form! Truth is, IÂve made several starts on a book of many of the columns IÂve written, and need to get serious about that soon. Also, I have ideas and notes for one on local history, as well as a novel. I love music and have written a few songs, and may see about recording them some day. Meanwhile, IÂll keep my sleeves rolled up with intentions of helping out where and when I can. All of us make up what is DeSoto County today, and what all of us do will now have an impact on what DeSoto County will be in the future. ÂMay we move forward with the best intentions for our children and theirs, that future generations will benefit and prosper in love and peace.ÂŽLuke Wilson: tells us ÂWhatÂs RIGHT with DeSoto County!Â Luke Wilson ARCADIAN PHOTO PROVIDEDWhatÂs RIGHT with DeSoto County!
The News Wire Thursday, July 5, 2018 STATE Â€ NATIONAL Â€ WORLD Â€ BUSINESS Â€ WEATHER NO STOCKSThere are no stock listings in todayÂs paper due to the July 4 holiday. NEW YORK (AP) Â„ With backyard barbecues and Â“reworks, Americans are celebrating Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that express pride in their countryÂs 242nd birthday. But this quintessential American holiday will also be marked with a sense of a United States divided for some Â„ evidenced by competing televised events in the nationÂs capital. From New York to California, July Fourth festivities will be at times lively and lighthearted, with MacyÂs July Fourth Â“reworks and NathanÂs Famous hot dog eating contest. The dayÂs events will also be stately and traditional, with parades lining streets across the country and the worldÂs oldest commissioned warship Â“ring a 21-gun salute to mark the 242 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. For some Western states, however, the holiday will be a bit more muted as high wildÂ“re danger forces communities to cancel Â“reworks displays. Here are some highlights of WednesdayÂs festivities:OLDEST WARSHIPThe USS Constitution has sailed in Boston Harbor and Â“red its guns again to mark Independence Day. The worldÂs oldest commissioned warship still aÂ”oat left its berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard on Wednesday morning. It glided through the harbor to mark 242 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The ship, nicknamed Old Ironsides, traveled to Fort Independence on Castle Island to Â“re a 21-gun salute. The shipÂs commander saluted the crowds gathered there. A Navy sailor on board recited the Declaration of Independence during the cruise. A HISTORIC PARADECrowds lined the streets in a Rhode Island town to see whatÂs billed as the nationÂs oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration. Begun in 1785, the Bristol parade typically attracts about 100,000 people to the seaside town. This yearÂs was a scorcher: Temperatures hovered near 90 degrees when the parade began late Wednesday morning, and some marchers were treated for heat exhaustion and taken off the route.DUELING CELEBRATIONSThe countryÂs longest-running live national July Fourth television tradition is PBSÂ broadcast of music and Â“reworks from the U.S. CapitolÂs West Lawn. But itÂs facing new Americans celebrate July 4th with fireworks, parades, salutesNEW YORK Â„ Joey ÂJawsÂŽ Chestnut extended his reign as champion eater at the NathanÂs Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest Wednesday, downing a record 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted Mustard Belt for an 11th time. Miki Sudo held onto her title as the top womenÂs competitor at the annual Brooklyn eat-off, chomping 37 franks and buns to take home the top prize for an unprecedented Â“fth consecutive year. ÂI found a vicious rhythm,ÂŽ the 34-yearold Chestnut said after the stufÂ“ng session. ÂI was feeling good today.ÂŽ But while Chestnut ate 10 more dogs and buns than second-place Â“nisher Carmen Cincotti, a judging error cast initial doubt over their totals after jurists didnÂt see the eaters were taking the dogs and buns from two plates. ÂFrankly, the judging was just off,ÂŽ George Shea, the longtime Coney Island announcer, told The Associated Press. ÂJoey said, Âlook at my platesÂ and Carmen said Âlook at my plates.Â We counted the plates that they had eaten and it was 64 and 74.ÂŽ Eric Gonzalez, the Brooklyn district attorney, certiÂ“ed the Â“nal tally and ChestnutÂs record of 74, two more than he consumed last year. ÂAt the end of the day, Joey Chestnut came in here and ate 74 hot dogs, broke a world record,ÂŽ said Cincotti, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday. ÂApparently they were good dogs.ÂŽÂJawsÂ sets record with 74 hot dogsBy REBECCA GIBIANASSOCIATED PRESSNEW YORK (AP) Â„ A woman protesting U.S. immigration policy climbed the Statue of LibertyÂs base and forced the monumentÂs evacuation on the Fourth of July hours after several other demonstrators had hung a banner on the statueÂs pedestal and had been arrested. About 100 feet aboveground, the climber engaged in a roughly four-hour standoff with police before two New York Police Department ofÂ“cers climbed up to the base and went over to her. With the dramatic scene unfolding on live television, she and the ofÂ“cers edged carefully around the rim of the statueÂs robes toward a ladder, and she climbed down about 25 feet to the monumentÂs observation point and was taken into custody. The woman had participated earlier in displaying a banner calling for abolishing the federal governmentÂs chief immigration enforcement agency, said Jay W. Walker, a member of Rise and Resist, which organized the demonstration. The group initially tweeted that the climber had Âno connectionÂŽ to the demonstration. Walker later said she was involved but others had no idea she would make the climb, which wasnÂt part of the planned protest. He said he didnÂt know her name. The climber ascended from the observation point, National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis said. Visitors were forced to leave Liberty Island hours before its normal 6:15 p.m. closing time, he said. Earlier and farther below, at least six people were taken into custody after unfurling a banner that read ÂAbolish I.C.E.,ÂŽ Willis said. The message referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a part of the Department of Homeland Security. ICE ofÂ“cers arrest and deport immigrants who are in the United States illegally, among other duties.Protester scales Statue of LibertyÂs base, forces evacuation JULY 4TH | 3HOT DOGS | 3BERLIN Â„ Scientists say theyÂre several steps closer to perfecting a method that could prevent the extinction of northern white rhinos, of which only two animals are known still to be alive. According to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications, researchers have succeeded in creating embryos using frozen northern white rhino sperm and eggs from a southern white rhino, a closely related sub-species. ItÂs the Â“rst time such hybrid embryos have been created and the scientists from Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic say it could provide a pathway to saving the critically endangered northern white rhino after the last male, called Sudan, died in March. They plan to harvest the egg cells of the two surviving female rhinos soon and use preserved sperm to produce ÂpureÂŽ northern white rhino embryos. Since the females, a mother and daughter called Najin and Fatu, are unable to bear offspring themselves, the embryos would be implanted in a southern white rhino surrogate. In order to increase the supply of eggs and preserve the northern white rhinoÂs genetic diversity, scientists are also working on a second method that would coax frozen skin cells from deceased animals into becoming egg cells, a procedure that has already succeeded in mice. Thomas Hildebrandt, of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, said researchers hope the Â“rst northern white rhino calf will be born in about three years. Saving the northern white rhino has become an international effort, with cooperation but also some rivalry among scientists and institutions around the world, including zoos in San Diego and Cincinnati. Some experts have criticized the effort however, saying it comes too late. ÂI have no doubt that its purely scientiÂ“c merit is laudable and it might have some application to endangered species conservation in the future,ÂŽ said Richard Kock, a conservationist at BritainÂs Royal Veterinary College who has worked extensively in Africa. ÂBut I am afraid it is very much Nero Â“ddling after Rome is burning with respect to (northern) white rhino.ÂŽ Kock and fellow conservationists warned against focusing only on the nor thern white rhino subspecies, noting that its southern cousin has come back from the brink of extinction and now numbers some 21,000 individuals. Instead, they suggested, work should focus on saving other endangered rhino species that can still be found in the wild. ÂAssisted reproductive technologies are very expensive and their success is far from guaranteed. Meanwhile, we donÂt have enough funding to conserve the other four rhino species, all of which are more threatened with extinction than the white rhino,ÂŽ said Bob Smith, director of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent, England. Hildebrandt insisted the effort is worthwhile. ÂThe northern white rhino didnÂt fail in evolution,ÂŽ he said. ÂIt failed because itÂs not bulletproof. It was slaughtered by criminals which went for the horn because the horn costs more than gold.ÂŽScientists create hybrids in race to save rhino sub-speciesBy FRANK JORDANSASSOCIATED PRESS AP PHOTOIn this March 2 photo, Keeper Zachariah Mutai attends to Fatu, one of only two female northern white rhinos left in the world, in the pen where she is kept for observation, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia county in Kenya. AP PHOTOJoey Chestnut eats two hot dogs at a time during the menÂs competition of the NathanÂs Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, in New YorkÂs Coney Island. Jeannie Dominguez holds her Chihuahua, Diamond, next to her 14-year-old granddaughter Natalee Dominguez during the Odessa JayceeÂs 69th Annual Independence Celebration Parade, Wednesday, in Odessa Texas. Top center: A young girl waves an American ag during rehearsal for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in Boston, Tuesday. A woman waits for the start of rehearsals for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in Boston, Tuesday. AP PHOTOSSpectators cheer as confetti falls during rehearsal for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in Boston, Tuesday. Left: Maddie Scaletta waits for the start of rehearsals for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in Boston, Tuesday. Right:A woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty waves to the crowd while riding on a oat in the Fourth of July parade in Marietta, Ga., Wednesday.
Page 2 www.yoursun.com The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 TODAY / TONIGHTAn afternoon thunderstorm A stray evening t-stormHIGH 91 LOW 7555% chance of rain 40% chance of rainSun and clouds, a t-storm in the afternoon91 / 7550% chance of rain FRIDAY GULF WATER TEMPERATUREClouds and sun with a thunderstorm; humid91 / 7455% chance of rain SATURDAYPartly sunny and humid with a thunderstorm92 / 7555% chance of rain SUNDAYHumid; a morning shower, then a t-storm93 / 7650% chance of rain TUESDAYA thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon93 / 7640% chance of rain MONDAY 1 5 11 11 2 1 Trees Grass Weeds Moldsabsentlowmoderatehighvery highabsent 050100150200300500 440-50 Good; 51-100 Moderate; 101-150 Unhealthy for sensitive groups; 151-200 Unhealthy; 201-300 Very Unhealthy; 301-500 HazardousSource : scgov.net 8 a.m. 10 a.m. Noon 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m.The higher the AccuWeather.com UV IndexÂ’ number, the greater the need for eye and skin protection. 0-2 Low; 3-5 Moderate; 6-7 High; 8-10 Very High; 11+ Extreme.RealFeel Temperature is the exclusive AccuWeather. com composite of effective temperature based on eight weather factors.UV Index and RealFeel Temperature TodayPrecipitation (in inches)Precipitation (in inches)Precipitation (in inches)Temperatures Temperatures TemperaturesSource : National Allergy Bureau CONDITIONS TODAY AIR QUALITY INDEX POLLEN INDEX WEATHER HISTORY WEATHER TRIVIAÂ’ PORT CHARLOTTE SEBRING VENICE84931011039793Air Quality Index readings as of WednesdayMain pollutant: ParticulatesPunta Gorda through 2 p.m. Wednesday Sebring through 2 p.m. Wednesday Venice through 2 p.m. Wednesday24 hours through 2 p.m. Wed. 0.10ÂŽ Month to date 0.49ÂŽ Normal month to date 1.21ÂŽ Year to date 27.02ÂŽ Normal year to date 22.17ÂŽ Record 1.02ÂŽ (1974) 24 hours through 2 p.m. Wed. 0.00ÂŽ 24 hours through 2 p.m. Wed. 1.02ÂŽ Month to date 1.54ÂŽ Normal month to date 1.00ÂŽ Year to date 15.63ÂŽ Normal year to date 21.74ÂŽ Record 1.02ÂŽ (2004) High/Low 92/74 Normal High/Low 92/74 Record High 97 (1998) Record Low 68 (1971) High/Low 90/72 High/Low 91/73 Normal High/Low 90/74 Record High 97 (1979) Record Low 69 (2008)Pollen Index readings as of Wednesday MONTHLY RAINFALLMonth 2018 2017 Avg. Record/Year J an. 1.98 0.88 1.80 9.93/2016 Feb. 0.66 0.94 2.52 11.05/1983 Mar. 0.53 0.80 3.28 9.26/1970 Apr. 1.15 1.59 2.03 5.80/1994 May 15.98 2.74 2.50 15.98/2018 J un. 6.23 14.79 8.92 23.99/1974 J ul. 0.49 9.02 8.22 14.22/1995 Aug. 13.12 8.01 15.60/1995 Sep. 12.46 6.84 14.03/1979 Oct. 2.54 2.93 10.88/1995 Nov. 0.44 1.91 5.53/2002 Dec. 1.04 1.78 6.83/2002 Y ear 27.02 60.36 50.74 (since 1931) T otals are from a 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m. City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W FLORIDA CITIES Today Fri.Apalachicola 87 75 pc 88 75 t Bradenton 89 76 t 90 77 t Clearwater 89 77 t 88 77 t Coral Springs 91 79 c 91 75 sh Daytona Beach 87 74 sh 87 73 pc Fort Lauderdale 90 78 c 90 76 sh Fort Myers 92 74 t 91 73 t Gainesville 89 72 t 89 71 t Jacksonville 87 73 sh 89 72 pc Key Largo 89 81 c 89 77 pc Key West 90 83 t 90 83 pc Lakeland 89 73 t 89 72 t Melbourne 90 77 c 88 76 pc Miami 90 80 c 89 78 sh Naples 91 75 t 91 75 t Ocala 87 71 t 86 70 t Okeechobee 89 73 t 88 71 t Orlando 88 74 t 88 73 t Panama City 86 74 t 88 75 pc Pensacola 88 75 t 88 76 pc Pompano Beach 91 78 c 91 77 sh St. Augustine 85 74 sh 86 73 pc St. Petersburg 88 74 t 88 75 t Sarasota 89 72 t 90 76 t Tallahassee 88 73 t 89 72 t Tampa 89 76 t 89 78 t Vero Beach 89 74 pc 89 72 sh West Palm Beach 89 77 c 88 75 pc Punta Gorda Englewood Boca Grande El Jobean Venice High Low High Low Cape Sable to Tarpon Springs Tarpon Springs to Apalachicola Wind Speed Seas Bay/Inland direction in knots in feet chop TIDES MARINEPossible weather-related delays today. Check with your airline for the most updated schedules. Hi/Lo Outlook Delays AIRPORTToday 9:22a 3:03a 8:36p 3:27p Fri. 10:00a 3:44a 10:02p 4:49p Today 7:59a 1:19a 7:13p 1:43p Fri. 8:37a 2:00a 8:39p 3:05p Today 7:40a 12:07a 5:06p 12:53p Fri. 8:08a 12:45a 8:24p 2:17p Today 9:54a 3:32a 9:08p 3:56p Fri. 10:32a 4:13a 10:34p 5:18p Today 6:14a 12:22p 5:28p --Fri. 6:52a 12:39a 6:54p 1:44p SSE 4-8 0-1 Light SE 6-12 1-2 LightFt. Myers 92/74 storms afternoon Punta Gorda 91/75 storms afternoon Sarasota 89/72 storms afternoon The Sun Rise Set The Moon Rise Set Minor Major Minor MajorThe solunar period schedule allows planning days so you will be fishing in good territory or hunting in good cover during those times. Major periods begin at the times shown and last for 1.5 to 2 hours. The minor periods are shorter. SUN AND MOON SOLUNAR TABLEForecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. 2018Last Jul 6 New Jul 12 First Jul 19 Full Jul 27 Today 12:51 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Friday 1:26 a.m. 1:55 p.m. Today 6:39 a.m. 8:26 p.m. Friday 6:40 a.m. 8:26 p.m. Today 12:07p 5:56a ---6:18p Fri. 12:29a 6:41a 12:52p 7:04p Sat. 1:14a 7:25a 1:37p 7:49p Monterrey 91/68 Chihuahua 93/64 Los Angeles 89/70 Washington 90/78 New York 88/75 Miami 90/80 Atlanta 88/70 Detroit 90/65 Houston 90/74 Kansas City 90/72 Chicago 91/65 Minneapolis 84/64 El Paso 96/74 Denver 84/58 Billings 89/65 San Francisco 74/62 Seattle 85/60 Toronto 89/63 Montreal 92/69 Winnipeg 76/54 Ottawa 94/67 WORLD CITIESCity Hi Lo W Hi Lo WCity Hi Lo W Hi Lo W City Hi Lo W Hi Lo WCity Hi Lo W Hi Lo WWeather (W): s -sunny, pc -partly cloudy, c -cloudy, sh -showers, t -thunderstorms, r -rain, sf -snow flurries, sn -snow, i -ice. THE NATION Cold Warm Stationary Showers T-storms Rain Flurries Snow IceShown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day. Fronts Precipitation -10s-0s0s10s20s30s40s50s60s70s80s90s100s110sU.S. ExtremesPublication date: 07/5/18 Today Fri. Today Fri. Today Fri. Today Fri.Albuquerque 88 66 t 89 68 s Anchorage 70 56 c 73 57 pc Atlanta 88 70 t 88 70 t Baltimore 90 76 pc 84 65 t Billings 89 65 s 99 68 s Birmingham 90 72 t 89 72 t Boise 102 69 s 97 65 s Boston 91 75 pc 84 64 t Buffalo 86 65 t 76 57 s Burlington, VT 94 71 t 78 56 sh Charleston, WV 92 71 t 81 58 t Charlotte 90 70 t 89 67 t Chicago 91 65 t 79 58 s Cincinnati 93 71 t 81 58 t Cleveland 89 68 t 76 62 pc Columbia, SC 91 71 t 93 71 t Columbus, OH 91 69 t 81 58 pc Concord, NH 94 75 s 82 53 sh Dallas 96 77 pc 96 77 pc Denver 84 58 t 92 61 s Des Moines 84 67 t 85 64 s Detroit 90 65 t 80 58 pc Duluth 77 57 pc 79 59 s Fairbanks 73 52 c 78 56 s Fargo 80 57 s 84 69 s Hartford 91 76 pc 82 58 t Helena 92 61 s 96 64 s Honolulu 88 76 pc 88 76 r Houston 90 74 t 91 74 t Indianapolis 92 73 t 82 59 pc Jackson, MS 92 71 t 92 73 pc Kansas City 90 72 t 86 67 sh Knoxville 91 72 pc 83 69 t Las Vegas 107 86 s 111 92 s Los Angeles 89 70 pc 104 77 s Louisville 95 76 pc 85 63 t Memphis 95 76 t 92 73 t Milwaukee 86 61 t 75 58 s Minneapolis 84 64 c 84 65 s Montgomery 93 73 t 93 73 pc Nashville 96 76 pc 88 68 t New Orleans 89 77 t 88 77 t New York City 88 75 pc 83 65 t Norfolk, VA 89 77 t 92 74 t Oklahoma City 90 71 s 92 71 t Omaha 86 70 t 87 68 s Philadelphia 90 74 pc 83 67 t Phoenix 114 94 s 113 93 s Pittsburgh 87 68 t 80 55 pc Portland, ME 89 72 s 84 57 sh Portland, OR 88 62 pc 80 60 pc Providence 88 73 pc 82 62 t Raleigh 89 72 t 90 67 t Salt Lake City 99 75 s 102 77 s St. Louis 96 77 pc 87 62 pc San Antonio 91 75 t 93 74 t San Diego 80 69 pc 88 75 pc San Francisco 74 62 pc 76 59 pc Seattle 85 60 pc 76 58 pc Washington, DC 90 78 pc 87 69 t Amsterdam 73 59 pc 76 57 pc Baghdad 117 86 s 117 87 s Beijing 98 72 c 89 70 c Berlin 85 60 pc 78 55 pc Buenos Aires 54 46 c 56 49 r Cairo 101 77 s 100 77 s Calgary 77 56 s 88 58 pc Cancun 88 79 t 88 76 t Dublin 72 52 pc 73 55 pc Edmonton 78 53 s 84 54 s Halifax 78 61 c 71 56 c Kiev 78 61 pc 81 60 t London 82 63 pc 86 63 pc Madrid 86 62 s 91 65 s Mexico City 73 52 t 72 53 t Montreal 92 69 t 78 55 pc Ottawa 94 67 t 77 53 pc Paris 80 60 t 85 63 pc Regina 77 59 s 90 68 s Rio de Janeiro 83 70 s 81 69 s Rome 82 68 s 84 67 s St. JohnÂs 63 46 s 69 54 pc San Juan 88 79 pc 87 78 pc Sydney 74 61 s 77 49 s Tokyo 83 77 pc 81 74 r Toronto 89 63 t 78 57 pc Vancouver 76 59 pc 72 56 sh Winnipeg 76 54 s 83 66 sHigh ................... 100 at Needles, CALow ......... 27 at West Yellowstone, MT(For the 48 contiguous states yesterday)86The temperature on July 5, 1937, soared to 117 degrees at Medicine Lake, Mont., the hottest reading ever for Montana. Q: Why do you feel hotter when it is humid?A: There is less evaporation of perspiration; therefore, less cooling Port Charlotte Tampa Bradenton Englewood Fort Myers Myakka City Punta Gorda Lehigh Acres Hull Arcadia Bartow Winter Haven Plant City Brandon St. Petersburg Wauchula Sebring Lake Wales Frostproof La Belle Felda Lake Placid Brighton Venus Longboat Key Placida Osprey Limestone Apollo Beach Venice Ft. Meade Sarasota Clearwater Boca Grande Cape Coral Sanibel Bonita Springs Shown is todayÂs weather. Temperatures are todayÂs highs and tonightÂs lows. North Port 91/75 90/73 91/73 91/74 91/73 89/73 90/72 90/72 90/73 89/76 89/76 90/78 90/76 92/74 91/73 91/75 91/74 91/74 91/74 90/73 90/73 90/73 91/72 88/74 91/73 88/77 90/76 89/75 91/73 90/75 89/75 89/72 89/72 89/77 89/78 91/75 91/75 91/75 MAE SAI, Thailand Â„ Some smiling, some dozing in foil blankets, the 12 boys trapped in a cave in northern Thailand were captured on videos released Wednesday as navy medics tended to their wounds and divers continued to prepare them for a possible swim to safety. The boys and their soccer coach were in good health, but ofÂ“cials said it was still too soon to attempt to extract them from more than a mile inside the cave. The boys were practicing wearing scuba masks and breathing, the Â“rst step in what could be an extremely challenging underwater swim accompanied by naval divers through the dark, narrow and partially Â”ooded passageways of the cave complex in ThailandÂs Chiang Rai province. None of the boys has experience with diving equipment, and only some are believed to know how to swim. But Thai media reported that a rope was being installed along the route to guide the evacuation. ÂWe have to be 100 percent sure,ÂŽ said the provincial governor, Narongsak Osatanakorn. Rescue divers might not evacuate all 13 at the same time, he said. One diver assisting in the rescue effort, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the boys would need to carry out a two-hour underwater dive to reach the caveÂs third chamber, where crews have established a command post stocked with food, oxygen and other equipment. From there it would be less difÂ“cult to make their way back out of the cave the way they entered, ofÂ“cials say. The boys were trapped while exploring the cave after soccer practice on June 23 when rains Â“lled the complex with water, blocking their exit. They were stuck for 10 days before rescuers found them Monday. The rescue effort was further complicated by heavy monsoon rains forecast for this weekend. Teams were using high-powered pumps to drain as much water as possible from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, perhaps lowering the water levels to the point where the group could Â”oat to safety, but further rains would stymie that effort. Authorities also said they had constructed a temporary dam to divert a stream that was Â”owing into the cave, raising the water level. The boys were being looked after by a rotating team of Thai navy SEALs and medics who were staying with them on a dry outcropping above a partially Â”ooded chamber of the six-mile-long cave. A Â“ber-optic line was being established so the children could talk to their relatives, many of whom have been holding vigil near the mouth of the cave, although they had not spoken to them yet. In a video shot Tuesday and released by the Royal Thai Navy on its Facebook page, a medic applies brown disinfectant to the wounded feet of one skinny boy, still wearing his soccer uniform. The diver holding the video camera then points the lens at another boy, who holds up two Â“ngers and smiles.Trapped Thai boys practice with diving masks, but itÂs too early to attempt evacuation AP PHOTOSRescuer carrying water pipe makes their way up at the entrance to a cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped inside when heavy rains ooded the cave, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Wednesday.Guatemala ups number of missing to 332 in volcano eruptionGUATEMALA CITY Â„ Authorities in Guatemala have raised by more than 130 the number of people ofÂ“cially missing from last monthÂs deadly eruption of the Volcano of Fire. The countryÂs disaster agency says in a statement that the new Â“gure is 332, up from 197 previously. It said Wednesday that the revision followed a review of nearly 200,000 records and verifying lists of people living in shelters. The Volcano of Fire is one of the regionÂs most active, located to the southwest of Guatemala City. Authorities have conÂ“rmed at least 113 deaths from the June 3 eruption, which sent superheated Â”ows raging through small villages. Eighty-Â“ve of those bodies have been identiÂ“ed.By SHASHANK BENGALI and GEORGE STYLLISLOS ANGELES TIMESTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS A Thai boy smiles as Thai Navy SEAL medic help injured children inside a cave in Mae Sai, northern Thailand. AP PHOTOMamerto Vazquez searches for his family killed by the eruption of the Volcano of Fire at his home buried in volcanic ash in San Miguel Los Lotes, Guatemala. Hurricane Fabio begins to weaken in the PacificMEXICO CITY Â„ Hurricane Fabio began to weaken Wednesday far off MexicoÂs Pacific Coast as it moved farther out to sea, posing no threat to land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm had sustained winds of 100 mph (155 kph). It was centered about 790 miles (1,275 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula and was moving west-northwest at 15 mph (24 kph). The forecasters said the storm was likely to weaken back to tropical storm force on Thursday and to become a remnant low-pressure system by the weekend. At one point, forecasters had thought Fabio might become a major hurricane.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BERLIN Â„ German Chancellor Angela Merkel is rejecting suggestions that an agreement to set up Âtransit centersÂŽ on the border with Austria, from which some asylum-seekers would be returned to other European countries, marks a turnaround in her migration policy. The agreement among MerkelÂs conservative bloc hinges on other countries taking back migrants theyÂve previously registered, as well on as the chancellorÂs center-left coalition partners. Merkel said people would be kept in the new centers for 48 hours at most. Merkel refused to close GermanyÂs borders as the migrant inÂ”ux peaked in 2015 but has since signiÂ“cantly toughened her stance. She backed a wider but later-aborted proposal for border facilities over two years ago. Asked by ARD television Wednesday whether she has now become a Âsealing-off chancellor,ÂŽ Merkel replied: ÂNo. A clear no.ÂŽGermanyÂs Merkel says migration deal is no about-turnTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS WEATHER / WORLD
The Sun /Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.yoursun.com Page 3 ALMANACToday is Thursday, July 5 the 186th day of 2018. There are 179 days left in the year. Today in history On July 5, 1947 Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the rst black player in the American League three months after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the National League. In the game against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park, Doby, pinch-hitting for Bryan Stephens, struck out in his rst at-bat during the seventh inning; Chicago won 6-5. On this date In 1687 Isaac Newton rst published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy. In 1811 Venezuela became the rst South American country to declare independence from Spain. In 1865 the Secret Service Division of the U.S. Treasury Department was founded in Washington, D.C. with the mission of suppressing counterfeit currency. In 1946 the bikini, created by Louis Reard, was modeled by Micheline Bernardini during a poolside fashion show in Paris. In 1954, Elvis PresleyÂs rst commercial recording session took place at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee; the song he recorded was ÂThatÂs All Right.ÂŽ In 2011 a jury in Orlando, Florida, found Casey Anthony, 25, not guilty of murder, manslaughter and child abuse in the 2008 disappearance and death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Ten years ago: Venus Williams won her fth Wimbledon singles title, beating younger sister Serena 7-5, 6-4 in the nal. Gas station owner Kent Couch ew a lawn chair rigged with helium-lled balloons more than 200 miles across the Oregon desert, landing in a eld in Cambridge, Idaho. Five years ago: Pope Francis cleared two of the 20th CenturyÂs most inuential popes to become saints in the Roman Catholic church, approving a miracle needed to canonize Pope John Paul II and waiving Vatican rules to honor Pope John XXIII. Enraged Islamists pushed back against the toppling of President Mohammed Morsi, as tens of thousands of his supporters took to the streets vowing to win his reinstatement and clashed with their opponents in violence that killed some three dozen people. One year ago: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that two laws passed by Congress did not end the right to a bond hearing for unaccompanied immigrant children who are detained by federal authorities. TodayÂs birthdays Actress Katherine Helmond is 89. Actress Shirley Knight is 82. Singer-musician Robbie Robertson is 75. Julie Nixon Eisenhower is 70. Rock star Huey Lewis is 68. Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rich ÂGooseÂŽ Gossage is 67. Country musician Charles Ventre is 66. Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn is 59. Actor John Marshall Jones is 56. Actor Dorien Wilson is 56. Actress Edie Falco is 55. Actress Jillian Armenante is 54. Actress Kathryn Erbe is 53. Actor Michael Stuhlbarg is 50. Country musician Brent Flynn (Flynnville Train) is 49. Rapper RZA is 49. Rhythm and blues singer Joe is 45. Rock musician Bengt Lagerberg (The Cardigans) is 45. Actor Dale Godboldo is 43. Rapper Bizarre is 42. Rapper Royce da 5Â9ÂŽ is 41. Rock singer Jason Wade (Lifehouse) is 38. Actor Ryan Hansen is 37. Country musician Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum) is 36. Rock musician Nick OÂMalley (Arctic Monkeys) is 33. Actor Jason Dolley is 27. Bible verse ÂWherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.ÂŽ Â„ 1 Corinthians 10:12. It is true that our greatest enemy may be our own stubborn pride. ÂHumble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up. DENVER Â„ Large wildÂ“res grew across the American West on Wednesday, keeping thousands of people out of their homes for the July 4 holiday and forcing some strict bans on Â“reworks to prevent new Â“res from igniting in the hot, dry region. The National Interagency Fire Center on Wednesday reported more than 60 large, active blazes across the country, most in the drought-stricken West where holiday festivities could lead to increased Â“re danger. One of the largest recorded Â“res in Colorado history kept expanding, chewing through 147 square miles near Fort Garland, about 205 miles southwest of Denver. The Spring Fire has destroyed more than 100 homes, and ofÂ“cials said preventing the Â”ames from spreading toward the small mountain town of Cuchara is a priority. Nearly 1,000 Â“reÂ“ghters were working to gain control of the Â“re in unpredictable winds, but it was only slightly contained since sparking June 27. Some Â“reworks displays were scheduled to go on in Denver and other large cities, but several mountain communities called off their holiday festivities to avoid any risk of Â”ames. In the southwestern mountain town of Silverton, a Â“reworks display was canceled in favor of live music and a parade. Aspen ofÂ“cials planned a Â“re-proof display using drone lights in place of Â“reworks. Parts of Colorado and other Western states have been grappling with severe drought thatÂs made wildÂ“res explosive so far this season. Utah authorities ordered more residents to evacuate as a blaze grew to about 62 square miles near a popular Â“shing reservoir amid high wind gusts, steep terrain and dry conditions. It wasnÂt clear how many more people were told to Â”ee, but several hundred homes and cabins have been evacuated and the orders were extended to a 20-mile area dotted with trees and cabins. The Â“re roughly two hours southeast of Salt Lake City has destroyed about 30 structures. OfÂ“cials in Utah closed a portion of Strawberry Reservoir so planes could scoop water and drop it onto the Â”ames, but people could still boat and Â“sh on other parts of the water Wednesday. A nearby RV campground tucked among cliffs and canyons was closed, leaving those hoping to visit for July 4 to Â“nd another spot. Darren Lewis and his extended family planned to spend the Fourth of July at a cabin built nearly 50 years ago by his father and uncle. Instead, Lewis and his family will spend the holiday nervously waiting to hear if a half-century of family memories go up in smoke. OfÂ“cials believe the Â“re was human-caused, but they are still investigating how it started Sunday. In Northern California, ofÂ“cials reported some progress against a wildÂ“re threatening hundreds of buildings but cautioned that wind and dry conditions could keep fueling the Â”ames. AMESBURY, England (AP) Â„ For the second time in four months, two people lie critically ill in EnglandÂs Salisbury District Hospital after being exposed to a military-grade nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, British police conÂ“rmed late Wednesday. The countryÂs chief counterterrorism police ofÂ“cer said tests at BritainÂs defense laboratory had conÂ“rmed what many residents feared Â„ a man and woman in their 40s had been poisoned with the same toxin that almost killed a former Russian spy and his daughter. ÂWe can conÂ“rm that the man and woman have been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok, which has been identiÂ“ed as the same nerve agent that contaminated both Yulia and Sergei Skripal,ÂŽ said Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu of LondonÂs Metropolitan Police. Local police declared the case a Âmajor incidentÂŽ Wednesday, four days after the man and woman were found collapsed at a residential building in Amesbury, eight miles from Salisbury, where the Skripals were poisoned. Basu said it was not clear whether there was a link between the two cases, and whether the nerve agent came from the same batch that left the Skripals Â“ghting for their lives. ÂThe possibility that these two investigations might be linked is clearly a line of enquiry for us,ÂŽ he said, amid speculation that the victims could have been sickened by residue from the poison used on the Skripals. Basu said it was unclear whether the two were targeted, but there was Ânothing in their background to suggest that at all.ÂŽ Residents of the area felt a grim sense of deja vu. Four months after their quiet corner of England was plunged into a Cold War-style saga of spies, chemical weapons and international tensions, they wondered whether it was happening all over again. Britain accuses Russia of attacking the Skripals; Russia denies it. ÂWith the Russian attack happening not long ago, we just assumed the worst,ÂŽ said student Chloe Edwards, who said police and Â“re engines descended on a quiet street of newly built homes in Amesbury on Saturday evening. Edwards said she saw people in green suits Â„ like those worn by forensics ofÂ“cers Â„ and her family was told to stay indoors for several hours. Police said ofÂ“cers were initially called Saturday morning about a collapsed woman, then were summoned back in the evening after a man fell ill at the same property. Police at Â“rst thought the two, identiÂ“ed by friends as 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess and 45-year-old Charlie Rowley, had taken a contaminated batch of heroin or crack. Initially, the investigation was led by local police, but Basu said counterterrorism detectives were taking charge after the substance was identiÂ“ed as Novichok. He said 100 ofÂ“cers had been assigned to the case.Wildfires keep growing in West AP PHOTOHot Shot crews from Mendocino use backres to help contain the County Fire along Highway 129 near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County, California, on Tuesday. Police: 2 more exposed to same nerve agent that sickened spyBy KATHLEEN FOODYASSOCIATED PRESSBy MATT DUNHAM and JILL LAWLESSASSOCIATED PRESSFROM PAGE ONEA total of $40,000 in prize money was up for grabs, with the Â“rst-place winners taking home $10,000 each. Sudo fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed last year, but easily beat out second-place Â“nisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns. Thousands of attendees, many donning mustard-colored hot dog caps, braved 83-degree temperatures and a heat index of 91 degrees to witness the annual July Fourth competition on the Coney Island boardwalk. The outlandish tradition dates to 1972, though the company has long promoted what a former president acknowledged was a legendary start date of 1916. Fan Martha Pleasant, 41, of Franklin, New Jersey, said she was attending the competitive eating competition to support her husband Dwight, who Âloves wieners.ÂŽHOT DOGSFROM PAGE 1 Master of Ceremony George Shea, top center, announces that reigning champion Joey Chestnut, bottom center, is winning the menÂs competition of the NathanÂs Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in the nal seconds of the competition, Wednesday. counterprogramming this year from the White House, which is hosting its own concert and view of the National Park ServiceÂs fireworks show. PBSÂ ÂA Capitol FourthÂŽ has the bigger stars, including The Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett, Pentatonix, Chita Rivera, Luke Combs and The Temptations. It will be hosted by John Stamos. The entertainers on the 90-minute White House event airing on the Hallmark Channel include singer-songwriter Sara Evans, pianist Lola Astanova and two former ÂAmerican IdolÂŽ Â“nalists. Both shows will include the Â“reworks display from the National Park Service. First lady Melania Trump said the White House show would allow Americans to Âtune in from their homes and be part of the festivities.ÂŽ PBS declined to comment.LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT SKIESIn New York, the MacyÂs fireworks show over the East River promises 25 minutes of sparkle and ahhhh plus the West Point Band and entertainers including Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin and Keith Urban on NBCÂs broadcast. But some places in the American West have canceled their planned July Fourth fireworks because of high wildfire danger, and others are doing drone light displays instead of pyrotechnics. In Colorado, the wildfire danger forced some communities to cancel their fireworks. However, other shows will still go as planned in Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. The small mountain town of Silverton, in southwestern Colorado, called off the fireworks part of its annual Independence Day party, but the rest of WednesdayÂs celebration is still on, including live music a water fight with firefighters. Aspen will have a fire-proof drone light display above town.NEW AMERICANSThis was the Â“rst Fourth of July that many people were able to call themselves U.S. citizens after participating in naturalization ceremonies across the country. In New Hampshire, more than 100 people from 48 countries became U.S. citizens during a ceremony at the Strawbery Banke museum in Portsmouth as part of the museumÂs annual American Celebration. A ceremony also was held aboard the USS New Jersey, where dozens of people from countries including Vietnam and Bangladesh were sworn in. The new citizens pledged allegiance to a country where some people lament that the ability to debate respectfully the toughest issues of the day seems hopelessly lost. Several people were arrested Wednesday after hanging a banner from the Statue of LibertyÂs pedestal that called for abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.LGBTQ PARADEUtah LGBTQ groups marched for the Â“rst time in a prominent July Fourth festival in the conservative city of Provo after years of organizers blocking them from participating. The groups were met by cheers and rainbow Â”ags as they marched Wednesday morning in the AmericaÂs Freedom Festival parade. Participants included a center for LGBTQ youth and an organization that works to bridge divides between the LGBTQ community and the Mormon church. The groupsÂ parade application was initially denied this year by festival organizers who said participants cannot focus on political or social issues but should instead focus on patriotism. County ofÂ“cials threatened to pull $100,000 in taxpayer money from the privately organized event until festival organizers struck a deal allowing the groups to participate.JULY 4THFROM PAGE 1 AP PHOTOOlivier Duverneau holds an American ag after becoming a citizen during a naturalization ceremony aboard the USS New Jersey, Wednesday, in Camden, N.J. AP PHOTO
Page 4 www.yoursun.com The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 RICHMOND, Va. Â„ It can start with a couple of trafÂ“c tickets. Unable to pay the tickets right away, a driver becomes saddled with late fees, Â“nes and court costs. Soon, the driver may be taken off the road indeÂ“nitely. More than 40 states allow the suspension of driverÂs licenses for people with unpaid criminal or trafÂ“c court debt. But now, advocates across the country are pushing to change that, arguing that such laws are unconstitutional because they unfairly punish poor people and violate due process by not giving drivers notice or an opportunity to show they cannot afford to pay the fees. Lawsuits have been Â“led in at least Â“ve states over the past two years. ÂItÂs not that I donÂt want to take care of what I owe. I really wish I could,ÂŽ said Brianna Morgan, a single mother from Petersburg, Virginia, who hasnÂt had a license in three years because she owes more than $400 in trafÂ“c Â“nes and court costs from trafÂ“c violations and a disorderly conduct citation. ÂI really donÂt have a way to pay it,ÂŽ said Morgan, who supports herself and her three children on a monthly disability check. Advocates had a victory this week in Tennessee, where a federal judge ruled that a law that allows the state to revoke the licenses of low-income people with unpaid court debt from past criminal convictions is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger called the law Âpowerfully counterproductiveÂŽ and ordered Tennessee to stop revoking licenses and to reinstate the licenses of people who had theirs revoked due solely to nonpayment of court fees. ÂIf a person has no resources to pay a debt, he cannot be threatened or cajoled into paying it; he may, however, become able to pay it in the future. But taking his driverÂs license away sabotages that prospect,ÂŽ Trauger wrote in her ruling Monday. In Virginia, nearly a million people currently have suspended driverÂs licenses at least in part because of unpaid court debt, according to the Legal Aid Justice Center, a nonproÂ“t that is challenging the practice in a federal lawsuit. A judge dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds, but in a ruling in May, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the case new life, sending it back to the lower court to allow the plaintiffs to revise the lawsuit. Millions of drivers nationwide have lost licenses because of such laws. In a study released in September, the justice center estimated that 4.2 million people then had suspended or revoked licenses for unpaid court debt in Â“ve states alone: Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas. Lawsuits are pending in North Carolina, Montana and Michigan, in addition to Virginia and Tennessee. In California, legislation enacted last year prohibits state courts from suspending driverÂs licenses simply because of unpaid trafÂ“c Â“nes. But supporters of the laws say people who violate trafÂ“c laws must be held accountable. Virginia Republican state Sen. Bill Carrico said the threat of losing a license can provide incentive to pay Â“nes. ÂIf we donÂt suspend driverÂs licenses, then people will say, ÂIÂm not going to pay the Â“ne,ÂÂŽ Carrico said. ÂThatÂs a slippery slope.ÂŽDrivers challenge license suspensions for unpaid court debt Renewable energy push in sunny Arizona draws political fight NEWS FROM AROUND THE NATION NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE2 dead after tree branch falls on crowd at fireworks show Florida man dies while Kayaking in Utah river Rest of whiskey storage warehouse collapses in Kentucky Rand Paul says he still has trouble breathing since attackROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) Â„ Authorities say two people have died after a tree branch fell on spectators during a Â“reworks display in western Illinois. The Rock Island County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce says the branch fell from a large oak tree outside the county courthouse in Rock Island around 9:40 p.m. Tuesday. Dozens were sitting near the tree watching the Â“reworks when the branch fell about 25 feet and crushed some of the spectators. Some of those who werenÂt hurt tried to lift the branch to free the people trapped beneath. Five other people were injured. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Â„ Authorities say a 50-year-old Florida man died in UtahÂs Provo River after getting caught in the current under a railroad bridge. KUTV-TV reports the man was kayaking with family Tuesday afternoon on the river northeast of the city of Provo. Wasatch County Chief Deputy Jared Rigby says the man was wearing a lifejacket, but the waterÂs strength trapped him under a truss of the bridge. Rescue teams from North Fork Fire and Wasatch County were in the water for about an hour before they were able recover the body. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Â„ The rest of a whiskey storage warehouse has collapsed in Kentucky, nearly two weeks after part of the structure came crashing down. Nelson County Emergency Management spokesman Milt Spalding s aid the r emainder of the massive structure collapsed Wednesday afternoon at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown. He said no injuries were reported in either collapse. Spalding s aid the scene looks like Âa mountain of bourbon barrels.ÂŽ He said state and federal ofÂ“cials are on the scene to determine if any whiskey spilled BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Â„ U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he still has trouble breathing since he was tackled in his yard eight months ago by a neighbor. His attacker was given a 30-day sentence, a punishment the Republican lawmaker thinks should have been harsher. Paul told his hometown newspaper, the Bowling Green Daily News, that too often people Âseem to think violence is the answer,ÂŽ and one way to stop the trend is with punishments that Â“t the crimes. His neighbor, Rene Boucher, pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress and was sentenced last month. Federal prosecutors who sought a 21-month prison sentence are appealing the 30-day sentence. Paul has Â“led a civil lawsuit against Boucher asking for medical costs and attorney fees relating to the incident. PHOENIX (AP) Â„ ArizonaÂs largest utility is Â“ercely opposing a push to mandate increased use of renewable energy in the sun-drenched state, setting up a political Â“ght over a measure funded by a California billionaire. Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona aims to ask voters whether they want the state Constitution to require half of ArizonaÂs electricity come from renewable sources like wind and solar by 2030. The group plans to Â“le more than 225,000 signatures Thursday get the question on the November ballot. Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer is Â“nancing the initiative through his NextGen Climate Action group, which supported similar efforts in Nevada and Michigan. But only the Arizona measure spawned a political battle, with the Republican-controlled Legislature passing a rule to help insulate utilities and the parent company of the stateÂs largest electricity provider bankrolling opposition messaging. Steyer, known for climate advocacy as well as his push to impeach President Donald Trump, says heÂs backing the proposal because of the beneÂ“ts it will bring to Arizona. ÂIt actually will lead to lower costs and save a lot of money for consumers,ÂŽ Steyer said. ÂIt leads to clean air and a lot better health outcomes for Arizonans, and it should create literally tens of thousands of jobs in the state of Arizona. So itÂs hard to understand why these people are Â“ghting it.ÂŽ Supporters of the initiative say Arizona hasnÂt taken advantage of its role as the sunniest state in the nation to develop more solar energy, saying it derives just 6 percent of its energy from solar. Arizona Public Service Co. says the proposed constitutional amendment will cause customersÂ utility rates to skyrocket and harm reliability. Its parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., funneled $1.18 million to Arizonans for Affordable Energy to oppose the initiative in the Â“rst three months of the year. Multiple chambers of commerce, Tucson Electric Power and Chicanos Por La Causa also oppose it. ÂEveryone supports renewable energy,ÂŽ said Matthew Benson, spokesman for the utility-funded opposition initiative. ÂThe question is whether we are going to have an Arizona plan that is created and implemented by Arizona leaders and ofÂ“cials, or whether weÂre going to have a plan crammed down our throats by a political activist from California.ÂŽ Campaign Â“nance records show SteyerÂs group gave $750,000 in cash and more than $200,000 in goods and services to the renewable energy campaign. Opponents have used the #StopSteyer hashtag in the run-up to ThursdayÂs deadline for petition signatures. Legislative Republicans also cast him as an Âout-of-state billionaireÂŽ when they passed a law that limits the cost of not complying with renewable energy mandates. Steyer disagrees that heÂs dictating policy. The National Resources Defense Council, Mi Familia Vota, and various in-state health and climate groups have endorsed the initiative as a way to bring more renewable energy to Arizona. ÂWhen concentrated corporate interests put themselves and their bottom line ahead of the people, I donÂt like that,ÂŽ Steyer said. ÂAnd thatÂs what I suspect is happening here. And I think the people of Arizona should be asked what they think, and thatÂs what weÂre trying to enable.ÂŽ Arizona is one of three states where the billionaireÂs NextGen Climate Action group pushed ballot initiatives for higher renewable energy standards. By DENISE LAVOIEAP LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER SunPass starts getting back up to speed(News Service of Florida) Â„ SunPass toll transactions are starting to be processed, 22 days after a $287 million upgrade to the system was expected to be completed. The Florida Department of Transportation on Tuesday thanked customers for their patience as the SunPass Centralized Customer Service System gradually 300 tortoises, hatchlings, fish killed in barn fireSOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla. (AP) Â„ The owner of a South Florida ranch says some 300 exotic animals have died in a Â“re. Blake Kaldrimoglu tells WSVN that some 200 turtle hatchlings died in the Tuesday afternoon blaze that also killed Â“sh and rare tortoises. BlakeÂs Exotic Animal Ranch is in Southwest Ranches, which is west of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County. Fire crews from Southwest Ranches and nearby Davie put out the Â“re. Investigators said lightning may have struck the barn. They said the barn was completely made of wood. The television station reports Kaldrimoglu runs a YouTube channel where he documented life at the barn. AP PHOTOThis aerial image provided by WSVN shows reghters battling ames at BlakeÂs Exotic Animal Ranch is in Southwest Ranches, Fla., on Tuesday. The owner of the ranch says some 300 exotic animals have died from the re. Blake Kaldrimoglu tells WSVN that some 200 turtle hatchlings died in the blaze that also killed sh and rare tortoises. Fire crews from Southwest Ranches and nearby Davie put out the re. posts tens of millions of transactions in the order they were made since the upgrades began on June 6. ÂLate fees and penalties will not be imposed until the system is operating fully and providing the beneÂ“ts and ease of access that SunPass customers deserve and expect,ÂŽ Department of Transportation spokesman Ed Seifert said in a prepared statement. The work to consolidate electronic tolling authorities into a single billing system was expected to be completed on June 11. The state had warned the 6.5 million SunPass customers to ensure their pre-paid transponders had enough money on hand to cover collection once the upgrade was completed. But the conversion took longer than anticipated, with one state ofÂ“cial last week pointing to Âunexpected challenges.ÂŽ The state agency said Tuesday that 4 million transactions had been processed. The system handles 4 million transactions a day, according to the state. Siefert reiterated Tuesday that the state intends to hold the vendor, Conduent, accountable for the delays. No penalties have been announced. As part of the conversion, SunPass Plus parking has been expanded from Orlando International Airport to include Miami International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Palm Beach International Airport and Tampa International Airport. into a nearby waterway. Louisiana-based spirits company Sazerac, the distillerÂs owner, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. After the initial collapse last month, the company said the damaged warehouse held about 18,000 barrels. It had said up to half the barrels inside were affected by the Â“rst collapse.3 officers injured, gunman fatally shot in Illinois standoffSOUTH ELGIN, Ill. (AP) Â„ Police fatally shot a suburban Chicago man early Wednesday after he opened Â“re on ofÂ“cers, wounding three, during an overnight standoff. South Elgin Police Sgt. Mike Doty says 52-year-old Frank Dripps immediately Â“red a shotgun at ofÂ“cers as they responded to a call of shots Â“red at the condominium building about 40 miles northwest of Chicago late Tuesday. Doty says three ofÂ“cers were hit by gunÂ“re and described their injuries as not life threatening. He said ofÂ“cers didnÂt return Â“re. About a dozen area police departments and two SWAT teams responded to the scene and set up a perimeter around the building, while nearby residents were evacuated from their homes, Doty said. He said Dripps barricaded himself inside a stairwell and was yelling vulgarities at police, saying Âhe would shoot ofÂ“cers if they came at him.ÂŽ Dripps had a riÂ”e with a scope in addition to the shotgun, and raised the weapons to his shoulder Âoff and onÂŽ during the four-hour standoff. He Â“red again around 2:30 a.m. and was shot by an ofÂ“cer, Doty said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Dripps and his wife began renting the condo in the building a few months ago, the son of the condoÂs owner said. Matthew Horne told The (Elgin) Courier that Dripps asked residents of the building to take care of his wife before the standoff began. AP PHOTOWhiskey barrels are piled in a heap Wednesday, after the rest of the Barton 1792 Distillery, a whiskey storage warehouse, collapsed in Bardstown, Kentucky. Bank restores stolen funds to oldest living WWII veteranDALLAS (Dallas Morning News) Â„ Bank of America has restored funds stolen from 112-year-old veteran Richard OvertonÂs account, his family said. Overton, a World War II veteran who lives in Austin, learned his bank account had been drained Friday, his third cousin Volma Overton said. Volma Overton said the family was shocked when the bank called and asked them to come in and sign for the restored funds. A Bank of America spokeswoman conÂ“rmed Wednesday that the bank was investigating the issue and had credited OvertonÂs account. Austin police were also investigating, along with federal authorities. Money wasnÂt the only thing stolen from Richard Overton, his cousin said. His identity was taken, too. ÂSomeone set up a bogus account, got his Social Security number and accessed his personal checking account,ÂŽ Volma Overton said. His bank account wasnÂt tied to his GoFundMe account, which funds his in-home care. The campaign has raised more than $430,000 since it launched in December 2016. Overton requires 24-hour care and four caretakers.NATIONAL NEWS
The Sun /Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.yoursun.com Page 5 MARMADUKE By Brad Anderson Cryptoquip 2011 by King Features Syndicate Challenger YesterdayÂs Challenger Answers DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 58-year-old woman with a long medical history of anxiety. In 2007, my doctor prescribed me clonazepam 0.5 mg to take as needed for anxiety attacks and OCD, from which I constantly suer. I have been o and on this medication until now. From late October 2017 to January 2018, I went o it for a while. Then I began having greater anxiety, so my doctor instructed me to go back on it. I have been taking it every day and now am physically dependent on it. I tried going "cold turkey," but it was awful. So I tried slowly tapering. I take one half-tablet in the morning at breakfast. My heart is constantly pounding, and I am having much diculty getting o this med. My doctor then told me that I could stay on it for the rest of my life. Is this what I should do? I have constant anxiety, along with mental illness. Clonazepam does help me to a degree, but I have read that it is not a drug to consider staying on long term. When it wears o, I get a pounding heart and some nausea, crying spells, the shakes and mild memory loss. I had a bad experience on Prozac many years ago, and I am afraid to take antidepressants. I have an appointment coming up with the doctor who originally prescribed this to me. Will I die if I taper down and go into withdrawal? Should I stay on this med for the rest of my life? I do not have a psychiatrist, but would like to see one for my OCD issues. I have mainly contamination OCD. Â„ G.B. ANSWER: I don't think clonazepam is a good long-term treatment for most people with anxiety of the severity you are describing, and I don't think it is working well for you. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is much discussed in television and movies, but not always accurately. As its name implies, it consists of obsessions (recurrent, persistent thoughts, such as of contamination, which you mentioned) and compulsions (repetitive rituals or behaviors that HAVE to be performed due to the obsessions): One common example is hand washing to prevent or relieve the thoughts of contamination. Many normal people have both obsessions and compulsions, but to rise to the level of a disorder, they must be very time-consuming (over an hour a day) or cause signicant distress or impairment in functioning. People can have a high degree of insight into their condition (as you seem to) or little to no insight. The combination of OCD and anxiety disorder is common, but nonetheless treatment requires familiarity with both conditions and expertise with medications. Most family doctors and internists lack sucient expertise to take care of this condition optimally (this includes me). You absolutely should have a psychiatrist helping prescribe medications, and you may benet from talk therapy as well. Clonazepam is a good medication when used judiciously. Withdrawal symptoms can be mild or severe, but death would be most unlikely. Nonetheless, medicines like clonazepam are generally not eective in treating OCD. READERS: The booklet on thyroid gland problems explains this and other common thyroid illnesses. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Roach Book No. 401 628 Virginia Dr. Orlando, FL 32803 Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient's printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery.DEAR ABBY: I have never been married. I've been perceived as a "playboy" for many years now. I don't mean to be, but when I sense the potential for a passionate romantic encounter with owers, candy, champagne, pot (and an occasional Quaalude), the urge takes over. I was never considered "hot" until I turned 50 and decided to get in shape. I had a hair transplant, a neck lift and lost 25 pounds. Shouldn't I continue to enjoy this? I'm really loving it. But I worry about the comments about my age. I look about 38. Â„ Max In The Midwest DEAR MAX: If you are wooing adult women with owers and candy, that's the traditional way of going about it. However, if you are using alcohol, pot and Quaaludes to render them so dizzy they can't refuse your advances, it is considered rape Â„ a prosecutable oense no matter how good you look for your age. DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are pregnant, and we are arguing over the gender of the baby. I won't care if it's a boy or a girl, but he is adamant that he wants a boy. He has even gone so far as to say that he will be disappointed if it isn't. We nd out the gender this month, and I'm not sure how to prepare or if we should even nd out. Help! Â„ Disappointed In Ohio DEAR DISAPPOINTED: Many men fantasize about having a son, a "mini-me" to teach sports to, just as many women dream of having a daughter and what her rst prom will be like or helping her to plan her wedding. When most couples have a baby, the rst thing they do is thank God the baby is born healthy. Little girls have been known to wrap their daddies around their little ngers before they are old enough to walk. The same is true for baby boys and their mothers. Please do not take your husband's spouting o so seriously; it will pass. Dear Readers: CELERY is a delicious, light and crisp vegetable. Perfectly boat-shaped to hold peanut butter, cream cheese or cottage cheese for a snack, it's also a staple of stir-fry, salads and soups, and makes a perfect palate cleanser for chicken wings, and, of course, a garnish for a bloody mary. Related to parsley, celery will stay fresh in a plastic bag for a week in the refrigerator. Wash the stalk to remove dirt, and cut o the leaves and whitish root. A serving of celery (two stalks) has a mere 15 calories, no fat and about 2 grams of ber. Â„ Heloise Dear Heloise: Since cellphones have to be unlocked, having emergency info stored there might not be of much help if something happened. I taped onto the back of my phone a note that says, "In an emergency or if found call: xxx.xxx.xxxx." Â„ Jacqueline H., via emailClonazepam not the best treatment for anxiety and OCD Late bloomer worries he is being labeled a playboy Celebrating crispy celeryHints from Heloise Dr. Roach Dear Abby
Page 6 www.yoursun.com The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19). YouÂll be asked to work on a job that you donÂt know the rst thing about. Maybe youÂll have to blu a little just to get things rolling, but donÂt pretend to know everything. Stay receptive. Ask questions. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If productivity is your only goal, you might miss out on the real pleasures of this day. The goal of being present without requiring any particular product of the moment will result in beautiful times. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). DonÂt think you can do it? Then you must try. No... do better than try. Make a mission of it. Taking on extraordinary challenges will make you brave, strong and better in all the ways that count. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Tell them too much and theyÂll recoil. But tell them a little less than they really want to know and youÂll have them leaning forward in their attempt to sate the appetite youÂve whetted. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). A situation will heat up, causing you to go into hyperobservant mode. The more details you can notice, the better youÂll be able to take advantage of the opportunities here. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Worrying does have a benet. It causes you to be aware of possibilities and choose your course carefully. But donÂt agonize over heavy stu. YouÂre supposed to climb the mountain, not carry it. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Heartache isnÂt a problem to solve; itÂs a healing process. Relax and accept the feelings youÂve been running from. When your heart is peaceful, you move better, feel healthier and have more vitality to work with. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). People decide one anotherÂs value based on how much benet the other person brings or could bring to them, which is totally subjective. Decide your own value, because any assessment others make will be wrong. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). On days like today, youÂre better o not calling it a success, a failure, or even a wash. All that matters is having the courage to continue, and you have that abundantly. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). As serious as you are about work, you may choose to socialize instead of hunker down. ThereÂs much to learn from others, and you wonÂt be sorry if you put companionship over business, but thatÂs just for today. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Time and attention are not renewable resources. The moments and focus you give to other people matter, maybe more than anything else. You value what you give, and appreciate the value of what others give. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Just because youÂre an old soul doesnÂt mean you canÂt be naive, silly and surprised by fresh life. Today youÂll be wise and awoken. YouÂve seen it before and yet experience it as brand new. TODAYÂS BIRTHDAY (July 5). YouÂll love the swirling dance of this solar return, but this is more than a whirlwind of activity. ThereÂs a real purpose to accomplish here. It used to be about getting your goal, but now itÂs so much more. There are many who will work and live better when you get what you want. You canÂt let them down, and you wonÂt. Taurus and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 30, 25, 8 and 39. HOROSCOPE BLONDIE By Dean Young and John Marshall BORN LOSER By Art and Chip Sansom BABY BLUES By Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott MUTTS By Patrick McDonnell DOONSBURY By Garry Trudeau
The Sun /Thursday, July 5, 2018 www.yoursun.com Page 7 PEANUTS By Charles Schulz CRANKSHAFT By Tom Batiuk & Chuck Ayers SHOE By Gary Brookins & Susie MacNelly ZITS By Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman GARFIELD By Jim Davis DILBERT By Scott Adams REX MORGAN By Terry Beatty MARY WORTH By Karen Moy and June Brigman NON SEQUITUR By Wiley FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE By Lynn Johnston BEETLE BAILEY By Mort Walker HI AND LOIS By Brian and Greg Walker HAGAR THE HORRIBLE By Chris Browne THE WIZARD OF ID By Brant Parker and Johnny Hart B.C. By Mastroianni & Hart MOTHER GOOSE AND GRIMM By Mike Peters PICKLES By Brian Crane MALLARD FILLMORE By Bruce Tinsley
Page 8 www.yoursun.com The Sun / Thursday, July 5, 2018 BEIRUT Â„ The Islamic State group says the son of its top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed Â“ghting Syrian government forces. The announcement of the death of the al-BaghdadiÂs young son appeared on the groupÂs social media accounts late Tuesday. It included a picture of a young boy carrying a riÂ”e and identiÂ“ed him as Huthaifa al-Badri. The statement, dated this month, said he was an elite Â“ghter, known as an Âinghimasi,ÂŽ who was killed while Â“ghting Syrian and Russian troops at a power station in the central Homs province. It did not specify when he was killed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, said the most recent IS operations in the area were in the Â“rst two weeks of June. Al-Baghdadi has been reported killed or wounded on a number of occasions but is widely believed to still be alive. Little is known about al-BaghdadiÂs family, but a woman and a child who were said to be his wife and daughter were detained in Lebanon in 2014. IS has been driven from nearly all the territory it once controlled in Syria and Iraq, though it still maintains a presence in the Syrian desert and remote areas along the Syria-Iraq border.Islamic State says leaderÂs son killed in Syria AP PHOTOThis undated image posted by media outlets of the Islamic State militant group, shows Huthaifa al-Badri, son of the leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Activists protest planned West Bank demolition JERUSALEM Â„ Israeli police scufÂ”ed with activists protesting the planned demolition of a Bedouin hamlet in the West Bank on Wednesday amid international opposition to the razing of the site. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 11 people were arrested in the ÂdisturbanceÂŽ including several for throwing stones at ofÂ“cers in Khan al-Ahmar. He said three ofÂ“cers were injured, including one evacuated to a hospital for treatment. Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian legislator, said four protesters were injured. ÂThis is a vicious, barbaric attack on peaceful demonstrators and they are trying to demolish Khan Al-Ahmar,ÂŽ he said. Israel says the structures that make up the Khan al-Ahmar encampment of corrugated shacks and tents were illegally built and pose a threat to residents because of their proximity to a highway. Police could be seen dragging a handcuffed woman and pushing a Bedouin man. A construction vehicle Â”attened earth near the site. The Bedouin village outside the Kfar Adumim settlement, is set to be demolished at an unknown date after IsraelÂs Supreme Court approved the move in May. Israel agreed to resettle the residents in an area some 7 miles away. Israel captured the territory in the 1967 Mideast war. Critics say it is nearly impossible to get a building permit from Israel and that the villageÂs demolition and the removal of its 180 or so residents is a ploy to clear the way for new Israeli settlements. The village is located in the 60 percent of the West Bank known as Area C, which remains under exclusive Israeli control and is home to dozens of Israeli settlements. Israel places severe restrictions on Palestinian development there and home demolitions are not unusual. As part of interim peace deals in the 1990s, the West Bank was carved up into autonomous and semi-autonomous Palestinian areas, known as Areas A and B, and Area C, which is home to some 400,000 Israeli settlers. The Palestinians say that Area C, home to an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 Palestinians, is crucial to the economic development of their future state. The U.N.Âs main human rights body on Tuesday called on Israel to abandon the demolition plans. The French Foreign Ministry condemned the looming demolition saying it undermines Âthe viability of a two state solutionÂŽ to the conÂ”ict.By SARAH EL DEEBASSOCIATED PRESSTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS TIRANA, Albania Â„ Hundreds of Roman and Greek artifacts and ancient shipwrecks sitting under AlbaniaÂs barely explored coastline are in danger of falling prey to looters or treasure hunters if not properly protected, researchers and archaeologists warn. James Goold, chairman of the Floridabased RPM Nautical Foundation, said the objects Â„ dating from the 8th century B.C. through to World War II Â„ would be a great tourist attraction if properly displayed in a museum. GooldÂs RPM has mapped out the Ionian seabed from the Greek border all along to the Vlora Bay, finding at least 22 shipwrecks from the ancient times to World War II and hundreds of ancient amphorae. Those long, narrow terracotta vessels carried olive oil and wine along trade routes between North Africa and the Roman Empire, where Albania, then Illyria, was a crossroad. ÂThe time has come to build a museum for Albanian and foreign tourists,ÂŽ said Albanian archaeologist Neritan Ceka. Some amphorae may have already been looted Â„ they are not infrequently seen decorating restaurants along the Albanian coastline. Albania is trying to protect and capitalize on its rich underwater heritage, long neglected by its former communist regime, but preservation still receives scarce funding from the government in one of EuropeÂs poorest nations. The arrival of RPMÂs Hercules research vessel 11 years ago was Âa real revolution,ÂŽ Ceka said, praising its professional divers, high-tech sonar and remotely operated underwater vehicle. RPM and a joint Albanian-Italian expedition are the only scientific underwater efforts in Albania so far, both with the governmentÂs approval. Now RPM believes itÂs time for the notfor-profit Institute of Nautical Archaeology research organization, which is based in Texas, U.S., to explore the possibilities of excavating shipwrecks, a financially expensive and scientifically delicate process. ÂThereÂs a special environment in Albania, because the coast has been so protected for so many years,ÂŽ said INAÂs David Ruff, a former commander of a nuclear-powered submarine. Ruff said Âone of the real gems of Albania is the Butrint siteÂŽ Â„ a UNESCO-protected ancient Greek and Roman site in southernmost Albania close to the Greek border. He said INAÂs Virazon II research vessel will stay for a month in Albanian waters Âto understand the coast of Albania and if we can run a large-scale excavation here.ÂŽArchaeologists urge Albania to protect underwater heritageBy LLAZAR SEMINIASSOCIATED PRESS AP PHOTOSPalestinians surround a bulldozer in Khan al-Ahmar. Critics say it is nearly impossible to get building permits, and that the residents are being removed to clear the way for Jewish settlements. Israel says the structures were illegally built and pose a threat to residents because of their proximity to a highway. AP FILE PHOTOSMarine life grows on ancient North African amphorae at the site of a 4th century A.D. shipwreck o the coast of Albania. On the seabed o the rugged shores of Albania, one of the worldÂs least explored underwater coastlines, lies a wealth of treasures, and resear chers are urging Albanian authorities to build a museum to display the artefacts. Maritime ecologist Derek Smith of the RPM Nautical Foundation, back left, takes measurements on sedimentation at the site of a 4th century A.D. shipwreck o the coast of Albania.ISLAMABAD Â„ A top diplomat from President Donald TrumpÂs administration met with the Pakistani army chief to discuss how to ensure peace in Afghanistan following a recent cease-Â“re between the Taliban and Kabul, ofÂ“cials said Wednesday. Alice Wells, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state, met with Pakistani army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa. Pakistan is believed to have played a role in ensuring the first truce in AfghanistanÂs brutal 17-year war when Kabul and insurgents separately but peacefully celebrated the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr that follows the holy month of Ramadan. However, violence later resumed. WellsÂ visit, which took place Tuesday, came after Afghanistan stepped up efforts at finding a peaceful settlement, weeks after a U.S. drone missile killed Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan Bajwa recently visited Kabul, where he met with the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and his counterpart to assure them of IslamabadÂs full support in reviving peace process between Kabul and the Taliban. KabulÂs envoy to Islamabad, Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal, also met with Bajwa at his office in the garrison city of Rawalpindi and discussed the security situation in Afghanistan and other Âmatters of mutual interest,ÂŽ according to a military statement Wednesday. Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have witnessed ups and downs in recent years, with both sides accusing each other of not taking action against Islamic militants linked to violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But frequent meetings in recent weeks between high officials on both sides indicate significant improvement in relations between the two neighbors that are key allies of the United States in the war on terror.US diplomat visits Pakistan to discuss peace in AfghanistanTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS AP PHOTOU.S. deputy assistant secretary of state, Alice Wells, meets with Pakistani army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss how to ensure peace in Afghanistan following a recent cease-re between the Taliban and Kabul, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.WORLD NEWS
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We do our best to be accurate in matters of fact in this publication, but matters of opinion are left to each individual author. ON THE COVER TABLE OF CONTENTS Water temperature plays a huge role in summertime bass fishing. When you decide to target bass and where will play a big role in determining the success of your day. AROUND CHARLOTTE HARBOR Â€ CAPT. RALPH ALLEN Salty thoughts ...............................................................................................Page 8 THE FISH COACH Â€ CAPT. JOSH OLIVE Saltwater panfish ...........................................................................................Page 9 ANGLING 101 Â€ ROBERT LUGIEWICZ Stay out of my spot ......................................................................................Page 12 ANGLING 201 Â€ CAPT. CAYLE WILLS LetÂs talk clean water ...................................................................................Page 13 A LIFE ON THE WATER Â€ CAPT. VAN HUBBARD Blame or solution? .......................................................................................Page 14 PEACE RIVER WILDLIFE CENTER Â€ ROBIN JENKINS, DVM Meet Bodhi ..................................................................................................Page 15 ASK YOUR SEA GRANT AGENT Â€ BETTY STAUGLER The Coriolis effect .........................................................................................Page 16 Sleuthing leads to new opah species ...........................................................Page 18 SLACK TIDES ...........................................................................................Page 20 TOURNAMENT BASSINÂ GREG BARTZ Page 17 BULLETIN BOARD | Page 3 TIDE CHARTS | Page 4 FISHING REGULATIONS | Page 5 FISH FINDER | Page 6 MAP OF LOCAL WATERS | Page 7 READER PHOTOS | Pages 10,11 SEAFOOD RECIPES | Pages 17,19 FISH PROFILES | Page 18 BOATING CLASSES | Page 19 SOLUNAR TABLES | Page 19 REGULAR FEATURES LETTERS TO THE EDITOR CAPT. JOSH: Love the publication. Keep up the good and interesting eort. I have a question. I live in the Southwind condos on the corner of Bal Harbor and West Marion in PGI. We have something of a bay between us and FishermanÂs Village. We have lots of aquatic activity in the area. Lately I have noticed that we are getting huge amounts of sh roiling around just under the surface in short blasts of activity. Any idea whatÂs going on? Each eruption looks like a pot of wildly boiling water and lasts for a few seconds up to 15 to 20 seconds. The sh are just under the surface, however, because of the current water conditions, we cannot see what kind of sh they are or what they are doing. Â„ Ames Seefeld AMES: There are a lot of dierent sh that could be making that ruckus, but thereÂs one that I think is most likely. With red tide present in the lower pats of the Harbor and along the ICW, a lot of sh have moved into the upper Harbor where itÂs too fresh for red tide right now (to survive, the red tide organism needs salty water). Because of that, weÂve been seeing reports of many species caught farther up the river mouth than they usually are in the summer. What youÂre seeing is predatory sh attacking smaller sh, sometimes referred to as blitzing or busting bait. Almost any schooling predator could be responsible: Spanish mackerel, ladysh, bluesh and tarpon would all be reasonable guesses. However, IÂll put my money on jack crevalle, which are the sh best known for such attacks in the mouth of the river. The school of baitsh might be bay anchovies (commonly called glass minnows), scaled sardines (commonly called whitebait, greenbacks or pilchards), Atlantic thread herring (threadns) or even menhaden. What happens below the dark waterÂs surface is the jacks dart beneath the school, causing the little sh to contract tightly together near the surface. This is called a bait ball, and it provides a form of protection by making it dicult for a hungry sh to separate out any single baitsh. To counteract this defense, the predators charge en masse right into the bait ball, causing the little sh to scatter in fear. Each hunter grabs as many as possible before they group up again. If sh could scream, youÂd probably be horried by the carnage thatÂs happening in front of you. Since they canÂt, we toss baits right into the melee and hope to get hooked up on a big one. ItÂs a lot of fun Â„ as long as you donÂt think about it from a baitshÂs point of view. Â„ Capt. Josh Olive, WaterLine PublisherIf you have a comment or question for WaterLine, email it to Editor@WaterLineWeekly.com.Letters are welcome on any outdoor-related subject, but we do have some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters may be edited for length as well as grammar and spelling. We reserve the right to refuse any letter not signed with the writerÂs full name. Slanderous or libelous material will not be published. The Letters to the Editor section is designed as a public forum for community discourse. The opinions and statements made in letters are solely those of the individual writers. WaterLine and Adams Publishing Group take no responsibility for the content of these letters. Human nature is to overreact or underreact. Rarely do we take a properly measured approach to anything. And so it is with the red tide bloom killing Â“sh in Southwest Florida. The overreaction is predictable and expected. Everything in the Harbor is dead! Our Â“shing is ruined for a generation, or maybe forever! Gnashing or teeth, rending of garments! In a few weeks or months, when the red tide bloom subsides, almost everyone will forget. How can that be? Well, most people have already forgotten the huge mullet kill in Punta Gorda in December of 2016. The only folks who seem to remember are the ones whose backyards reeked of death for a couple weeks. What about the repeated October blooms that hammered spawning redÂ“sh? Mostly forgotten Â„ though everyone complains about a lack of reds. Unless itÂs an active crisis, we tend to just ignore the problem. But it never goes away. Red tide is always there, waiting for the right conditions to explode. WeÂre always here, creating huge amounts of nutrients from residential and agricultural fertilizer runo and waste products produced by ourselves and our pets and livestock. When the problem can be ignored, we ignore it. ThatÂs the real problems here. We pay no attention to the glowing coals until something dumps a gallon of gas on them. When the Â“re Â”ares, we get upset and demand something be done. Then the gas burns itself out and we settle back into our easy chairs. But as long as the coals stay hot, thereÂs going to be Â”ames again. ItÂs guaranteed. And so is the inevitable overreaction. What we need to do is carry this feeling with us. Remember what it felt like when you Â“rst heard about thousands of dead snook on the beaches just as they were getting ready to spawn. DonÂt forget that hollow feeling deep in the pit of your stomach. Keep it, and cultivate it Â„ donÂt let that Â“re in your belly go out. ItÂs what will motivate you to do the things that need to be done. Which are Âƒ what, exactly, besides crying into our beers? This problem is of our own creation. Yes, red tide has always happened. Yes, red tide will always happen, no matter what we do. ItÂs supposed to happen. But like most other natural disasters, itÂs supposed to be rare. The part weÂve played has been to add things to the water that arenÂt supposed to be there. And weÂre really good at it. We dump phosphorus (from fertilizer and mining operations) and nitrogen (mostly from partially treated sewage) into our ground and surface waters. ThatÂs bad. Then, to make things much worse, we concentrate that water and direct it into the estuary and sea. What do you think stormwater drainage means? It means we dump water into the Harbor and the Gulf. When you see water Â”owing by in a drainage ditch, does it look like something youÂd like to drink? If I dip up a cupful and Â“lter out all the mud and silt, would you drink the cup then? Of course not. But itÂs somehow OK to put it and whatever pollutants are in it into the Harbor. When we were few, it was no big deal. The solution to pollution is dilution. Nature is resilient. There are systems for waste management. Bacteria break nutrients down. Plants use them to grow. Animals eat the plants. It works really well. Until we monkey with it. Adding nutrients at levels 10 times or more what would be naturally found canÂt hurt, can it? Of course it does. Dumping raw stormwater straight into a Â“sh nursery is OK, right? Of course it isnÂt. Since we broke it, the only way it gets Â“xed is by us. And we can. Drive down Kings Highway for an example. The stormwater retention ponds on both sides of the road are full of aquatic vegetation. They use nutrients that would otherwise feed algae in Charlotte Harbor. Smart solutions like this are the way of the future, because no matter how much Capt. Van rails about it, development isnÂt stopping Â„ itÂs going faster. ThatÂs why we need to plan the Â“xes while we can. Plan now to avoid future failure. Septic tanks? They have to go. Too much nitrogen going into the groundwater. Lawn fertilizer? Gonna have to do without. Too much of it escapes and feeds algae (and red tide). Okeechobee? That water has to go south into the Everglades Â„ basically, the same setup as the Kings Highway ponds. Polluted water in, Â“ltered water out. But none of this happens if we stop caring as soon as the red tide bloom is over. It takes a lot of people pushing, writing letters to the editor, to politicians, to get the deciders to decide to do the right things instead of the easy things. Are you in, or are you going back to sleep? FROM THE PUBLISHERÂS DESK Â€ CAPT. JOSH OLIVE A falling sky
Â€ Page 3 Â€ July 5, 2018 OUTDOOR NEWS BULLETIN BOARDGOT AN EVENT COMING UP?WeÂd be happy to let people know. Email your info to Editor@ WaterLineWeekly.com at least two weeks before the event. Submissions may be edited for length or clarity.PLACIDA PIER REPAIR WORK Repairs to the Placida Fishing Pier (13120 Pier Road, Placida) are in progress and will be completed by approximately Aug. 8. The pier was closed earlier this year due to re damage. In the interim, please visit Ainger Fishing Pier (1385 Beach Road, Englewood), El Jobean Fishing Pier (5001 El Jobean Road, El Jobean) or Boca Grande Fishing Pier (5810 Gasparilla Road, Placida).NEW APP FOR PARKING PAY STATIONSCharlotte County Community Services beach and boat ramp parking can now be paid with your smartphone through ParkMobile. Mobile Now is no longer the service provider. The ParkMobile app is available for both Apple and Android. To learn more about ParkMobile, visit ParkMobile.com. For info, contact Community Services at 941-625-7529.LIVE OAK POINT CLOSEDDue to safety concerns at Live Oak Point from Hurricane Irma damage, as well as ongoing construction of Live Oak Point Phase 1B, the park is closed until further notice. Live Oak Point is located at 5100 Tamiami Trail, Charlotte Harbor.COMMUNITY NIGHTS AT KING FISHER FLEETKing Fisher Fleet, headquartered at FishermenÂs Village in Punta Gorda, oers half-price admission on sunset cruises to select groups and their families through Sept. 30. Tuesdays: Teachers, school administration, and school support sta. Wednesdays: State, county, and city government employees, including re, police, and other rst responders. Thursdays: Healthcare workers (doctorÂs oces, retirement communities, hospitals). All community members employed in each category are eligible for half-price admission for themselves and their family members on the sunset cruise with proof of employment. Proof of employment includes a name tag with the company logo, an employee ID, or other identifying document. Advance reservations are recommended. For more information about this special oer, call 941-639-0969.LANDBASED SHARK FISHING WORKSHOPSThe FWC needs your input on future management of the shore-based shark shery. Workshops will he held at 6 p.m. July 18 in Bradenton at the State College of Florida Library (5840 26th Street West, Bradenton) and July 19 in Fort Myers at the Joseph P DÂAlessandro Oce Complex, Room 165C (2295 Victoria Ave., Fort Myers). Share your input by attending a workshop in person or comment online at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.ADULTS CAN LEARN TO SAILCome learn to sail or refresh your skills with Englewood Sailing AssociationÂs (ESA) Summer Adult Class for those 18 and over. This popular four-day class is ideal for working adults since it is held over two consecutive weekends, July 21-22 and July 28-29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. The only prerequisites are the ability to swim and the desire to sail. Class will be held at the ESA Sailing Center at Indian Mound Park in Englewood. Cost is $175 per person and registration is now open at the Englewood SKY Family Y. ESA instructors are certied through U.S. Sailing and are trained in CPR and First Aid. For additional information, contact Craig Keller at 941-276-3115 or the Y at 941-474-1234 or visit EnglewoodSailing.org. Class size is limited.SUMMER SAILING CAMPLearn to sail or improve your skills on beautiful Lemon Bay this summer. Registration is now open for youth ages 10-17 at the Englewood SKY Family YMCA (701 Medical Blvd, Englewood). Camps provide supervised instruction in the fundamentals of sailing and boat handling, as well as safety, seamanship and environmental awareness. Instruction is provided by adult U.S. Sailing-certied instructors. The ability to swim is a prerequisite. Camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The last session will be held July 9-13. Cost is $135 per session, with a $10 discount for Y or ESA members. Camps are held at the ESA Sailing Center at Indian Mound Park (210 Winson Ave., Englewood) and are limited to 22 participants each. For more information, contact Laurie OÂGara at 908-310-7975 or the Englewood SKY Family Y at 941-475-1234, or visit EnglewoodSailing.org. PLANT SOCIETY FIELD TRIPThe Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society invites the public to join them July 28 for a short walk through Carlton Preserve (1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice). The society promotes the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. Meetings, eld trips and special events are free and open to the public. For more info, contact trail guide Al Squires at 941-769-3633 or AHSquires1@comcast.net. LBTD FISHING TOURNEYThe Lemon Bay Touchdown ClubÂs seventh annual Fishing Tournament is set for Aug. 4 at Boca Grande Marina (220 Harbor Drive, Boca Grande). Oshore anglers will sh for red grouper, snapper and a mystery sh. The inshore division will sh for redsh, trout and a mystery sh. There will be a captains meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at RicaltiniÂs (1997 Kentucky Ave., Englewood). Oshore boats will be released at 9 p.m. Aug. 3. Inshore boats will check in between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Aug. 4 and begin shing at 7 a.m. Weigh-ins will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at Boca Grande Marina, with an after party at 5 p.m. Team entry is $350, which includes four anglers, VIP bag and long-sleeve tournament shirt. More anglers may be added for $50 per person. Registration after Aug. 1 will be $400 per team. Proceeds benet the LBHS Manta Rays football program. Organizers are also welcoming sponsors at all levels. For more info, contact Janine Vito at 941-441-7045, Ryan Johnson at 941-586-8019, or Holly Haynes at 941-270-2479. Visit lbtdc.weebly. com or Facebook.com/LBTDClub for updated information.FISHINÂ TALK RADIO SEMINARThe next event in the FishinÂ Talk Radio seminar series will be held Aug. 7 at Gasparilla MarinaÂs Waterside Grill (15001 Gasparilla Road, Placida). Seminars are scheduled for the rst Tuesday of each month and are hosted by the boys from FishinÂ Talk Radio. Topics vary depending on how the shing is going, but youÂre guaranteed to learn something useful Â„ and if you have any questions you want answered, bring Âem with you. Come out at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy dinner and drinks with Capt. Josh Olive and Capt. Mike Myers (you buy your own); the talk gets started at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call Capt. Mike at 941-416-8047 or Josh at 941-276-9657.SALTWATER FISHING 101Do you like to sh? Would you like to learn the basics of shallow saltwater shing from men who love God and love shing Charlotte Harbor? Fishermen from Deep Creek Community Church invite young men between the ages of 11 and 15 who are interested in shing to join us for a free saltwater shing clinic conducted on two consecutive Saturday mornings. The rst Saturday is classroom hands-on instruction in preparation for a half-day shing trip on the following Saturday. For the safety and enjoyment of all involved, all participants must complete the classroom instruction prior to the shing trip. For available class dates, go to YF4C.org. If you have an event you want included in the Outdoor News Bulletin Board, email it to Editor@WaterLineWeekly.com FISHING CLUB MEETINGS: The Gulf Cove Fishing Club meets on the second Monday of the month from October through May at the Hope Lutheran Church in Gulf Cove (14200 Hopewell Ave., Port Charlotte) at 7 p.m. At each meeting, a speaker will talk on a timely topic. The public is invited to attend, but only Gulf Cove residents can be members. For more info, call 941-698-8607. NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY MEETINGS: The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month (Oct-May) at Lemon Bay Park (570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood). Call 941-769-3633. The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium (3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers). Call 239-275-3435. Meetings are free and the public is welcome. HANG OUT WITH SCRUB JAYS: Spend the morning with the scrub jays at Oscar Scherer State Park (1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. This unique Central Florida experience includes a nature walk to see the parkÂs diverse ecosystems, native ora and fauna. Call 941-483-5956 for info. WHATÂS THAT BIRD?: Volunteer bird interpreters share their expertise on ID and behavior of raptors, shorebirds, waterfowl and other avian visitors at Myakka River State Park (13208 S.R. 72, Sarasota). Volunteers set up scopes and help people identify birds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day of the week. CHARLOTTE HARBOR DRAGONS: Dragon boat club meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Learn the ancient art of dragon boat racing. We practice out of the Port Charlotte Beach Complex (4500 Harbor Blvd. Port Charlotte). For availability, contact Eddie Amara at 941-7401286 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or to learn more about the club visit CharlotteHarborDragons.com. Paddles up! CHARLOTTE HARBOR MULTIHULL ASSOCIATION: Members of this club for multihull owners, sailors or those who are interested in the exchange of ideas about equipping and sailing boats, share information about anchorages and cruising destinations, hold informal races and have raft-ups. No dues. The club meets at a local restaurant the rst Monday of each month at 6 p.m. For more info, call 941-876-6667. COASTAL VENTURES CRUISE CLUB: This club, designed for personal boat cruising, meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Waterfrontoo Restaurant (2205 N. Tamiami Trail, Nokomis). Join them for dinner at 6 p.m. and/or the 7:30 p.m. meeting where theyÂll discuss upcoming cruises and activities. Enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded water rats. If interested, attend a meeting or call 941-493-0070 for more info. VOLUNTEER AT SHAMROCK PARK: Shamrock Park Nature Center (3900 Shamrock Drive, Venice) holds its monthly volunteer work mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. on the third Friday of each month. For more info, call Jennifer Rogers at 941-8615000 or email her at email@example.com. GREATER CHARLOTTE HARBOR SIERRA CLUB: Meetings are held from October to April at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church (1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte). Meetings include coee, outdoor prizes, environmental speakers and more. For more info, call Allen at 941-423-2713. Visit GCHGroup.org for a list of planned 2018 fall outings. ONGOING EVENTS
Â€ Page 4 Â€ July 5, 2018 T IDE C HARTS VENICE INLET PUNTA GORDA PLACIDA MATLACHA PASS Saturday Low Tide 1:23 0.8 High Tide 7:52 2.0 Low Tide 15:12 0.7 High Tide 20:37 1.4 Sunday Low Tide 2:01 1.0 High Tide 8:32 2.1 Low Tide 16:18 0.5 High Tide 22:23 1.3 Monday Low Tide 2:34 1.2 High Tide 9:14 2.3 Low Tide 17:16 0.2 Tuesday High Tide 0:17 1.3 Low Tide 3:03 1.3 High Tide 9:57 2.5 Low Tide 18:09 -0.0 Wednesday High Tide 2:05 1.4 Low Tide 3:22 1.4 High Tide 10:43 2.6 Low Tide 18:59 -0.2 Thursday High Tide 11:30 2.7 Low Tide 19:47 -0.3 Friday High Tide 4:04 1.4 Low Tide 4:36 1.4 High Tide 12:20 2.8 Low Tide 20:34 -0.2 Thursday Low Tide 3:05 0.4 High Tide 9:25 1.5 Low Tide 15:36 0.9 High Tide 20:53 1.6 Friday Low Tide 3:45 0.5 High Tide 10:02 1.6 Low Tide 16:54 0.7 High Tide 22:09 1.4 Saturday Low Tide 4:27 0.7 High Tide 10:41 1.8 Low Tide 18:06 0.5 High Tide 23:38 1.3 Sunday Low Tide 5:12 0.9 High Tide 11:23 1.9 Low Tide 19:10 0.3 Monday High Tide 1:22 1.2 Low Tide 5:57 1.0 High Tide 12:07 2.0 Low Tide 20:09 0.0 Tuesday High Tide 3:03 1.2 Low Tide 6:40 1.1 High Tide 12:52 2.2 Low Tide 21:02 -0.2 Wednesday High Tide 4:22 1.3 Low Tide 7:23 1.2 High Tide 13:40 2.3 Low Tide 21:53 -0.3 Thursday Low Tide 2:39 0.3 High Tide 6:53 1.3 Low Tide 15:07 0.7 High Tide 18:13 1.3 Friday Low Tide 3:19 0.4 High Tide 7:27 1.4 Low Tide 16:25 0.6 High Tide 19:33 1.1 Saturday Low Tide 4:01 0.6 High Tide 8:05 1.5 Low Tide 17:39 0.4 High Tide 21:09 1.1 Sunday Low Tide 4:46 0.7 High Tide 8:45 1.6 Low Tide 18:46 0.2 High Tide 22:52 1.0 Monday Low Tide 5:31 0.8 High Tide 9:28 1.7 Low Tide 19:46 0.0 Tuesday High Tide 0:19 1.1 Low Tide 6:15 0.9 High Tide 10:13 1.8 Low Tide 20:40 -0.2 Wednesday High Tide 1:29 1.1 Low Tide 7:00 1.0 High Tide 11:00 1.9 Low Tide 21:32 -0.3 Thursday Low Tide 3:08 0.3 High Tide 9:03 1.5 Low Tide 15:36 0.9 High Tide 20:23 1.5 Friday Low Tide 3:48 0.5 High Tide 9:37 1.6 Low Tide 16:54 0.7 High Tide 21:43 1.4 Saturday Low Tide 4:30 0.7 High Tide 10:15 1.7 Low Tide 18:08 0.5 High Tide 23:19 1.3 Sunday Low Tide 5:15 0.8 High Tide 10:55 1.9 Low Tide 19:15 0.3 Monday High Tide 1:02 1.2 Low Tide 6:00 1.0 High Tide 11:38 2.0 Low Tide 20:15 0.0 Tuesday High Tide 2:29 1.3 Low Tide 6:44 1.1 High Tide 12:23 2.2 Low Tide 21:09 -0.2 Wednesday High Tide 3:39 1.3 Low Tide 7:29 1.2 High Tide 13:10 2.3 Low Tide 22:01 -0.3
Â€ Page 5 Â€ July 5, 2018 State and federal regulations for Southwest Florida waters as of July 1, 2018. All bag limits are per harvester per day. Other limits may apply. For full rules, visit MyFWC.com/shing and GulfCouncil.org/shing_regulations. LICENSES Resident saltwater or freshwater: Annual $17, 5-year $79. If you Â“sh from shore in salt water only, a license is required but it is free. A combo license for both fres hwater and saltwater shing is $32.50 annually. Resident senior: If you are a Fla. resident age 65 or older, your driverÂs license or ID card replaces your shing license. Gulf Reef Fish Survey (see below) and tarpon tags are still required. Nonresident saltwater or fres hwater: 3 days $17, 7 days $30, annual $47. Free shore Â“shing license not available for nonresidents. Gulf Reef Fish Survey (required to harvest red snapper, vermilion snapper, gag, red grouper, black grouper, amberjack, almaco jack or triggersh): No charge Annual permits (required only when a license is required): Snook $10, lobster $5SALTWATER FISH Almaco Jack Limit 100 pounds in state waters, limit 20 in federal waters; notes: 9,11,14 Amberjack, Greater 34ÂŽ min.; limit 1; open May 1 31 and Aug. 1 Oct. 31 ; notes: 1,3,4,5,7,9,14 Amberjack, Lesser & Banded Ruddersh Slot 14ÂŽ to 22ÂŽ; aggregate limit 5; notes: 1,4,5,7,9,14 Barracuda Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only: Slot 15ÂŽ to 36ÂŽ; limit 2 (max. 6 per vessel; may posses one per vessel over 36ÂŽ; notes: 1,5 Black Drum Slot 14ÂŽ to 24ÂŽ (may possess 1 over 24ÂŽ); limit 5; notes: 5,7,8 Black Sea Bass 10ÂŽ min.; limit 100 pounds; notes: 2,4,5,7,9,15 Bluesh 12ÂŽ min.; limit 10; notes: 1,5 Blue runner Limit 100 Cobia 33ÂŽ min.; limit in state waters 1 (max. 2 per vessel) ; limit 2 in federal waters; notes: 1,5 Dolphin (Mahi mahi) Limit 10 (max. 60 per vessel) in state waters only); notes: 5,15 Flounder, all species 12ÂŽ min.; limit 10; notes: 2,5,7,8,15 Grouper, Black 24ÂŽ min.; limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,7,9,10,12,14 Grouper, Gag 24ÂŽ min.; limit 2; season open June 1-Dec. 31; notes: 2,3,4,5,7,9,10,14 Grouper, Goliath (Jewsh) Harvest prohibited; legal to target for catch and release in state but not federal waters Grouper, Red 20ÂŽ min.; bag limit 2; notes: 2,3,4,5,7,9,10,12,14 Grouper, Scamp 16ÂŽ min.; limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10,12 Grouper, Snowy & Yellowedge No min. size; limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10Grouper, Warsaw & Speckled HindNo min. size; limit 1 per vessel; notes: 2,3,4,5,7,9,10Grouper, Yellown & Yellowmouth20ÂŽ min.; limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,7,9,10,12 Grouper, Coney, Graysby, Rock Hind, Red Hind (Strawberry) & Tiger No min. size; limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,7,9,10,12,15 Hogsh 14ÂŽ min.; limit 5; notes: 1,4,5,7,9 Mackerel, King (kingsh) 24ÂŽ min.; limit 3 ; notes: 1,5 Mackerel, Spanish 12ÂŽ min.; limit 15; transfer of Spanish mackerel to other vessels at sea prohibited; notes: 1,5 Mullet, Striped & Silver Limit, Feb. 1-Aug. 31, aggregate 50 (max. 100 per vessel); Sept. 1-Jan. 31, aggregate 50 (max. 50 per vessel); bag limit also applies to bait mullet; possession of striped mullet prohibited in Punta Gorda 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Nov. 1-Feb. 29 (see http://bit.ly/urExej); notes: 15 Permit Slot 11ÂŽ to 22ÂŽ; limit 2 (over 22ÂŽ Â„ limit 1; max. 2 per vessel); hook and line gear only in state waters; spearing legal in federal waters; see http://goo.gl/pU5Wug for rules in Special Permit Zone south of Cape Sable; notes: 1,5,6,7 Pompano, Florida 11ÂŽ min.; limit 6; notes: 1,5,6,7 Pompano, African 24ÂŽ min.; limit 2 (max. 2 per vessel); notes: 1,5,6,7 Porgy, Red (Champagne) Limit 100 pounds; notes: 4,5,7,9,15 Redsh (Red Drum) Slot 18ÂŽ to 27ÂŽ; limit 1 (max. 8 per vessel); othe-water transport limit 6 per person; illegal to harvest or possess in federal water; notes: 2,5,6,7,8 Sailsh 63ÂŽ min. from tip of lower jaw to center of fork; limit 1; notes: 5,6,16 Sea Trout, Spotted Slot 15ÂŽ to 20ÂŽ; limit 4 (over 20ÂŽ Â„ limit 1); notes: 2,5,6,7 SharksState waters, no size limit on sharpnose, blacknose, blacktip, bonnethead, netooth & smooth dogsh; 54ÂŽ min. on bull, nurse, spinner, common thresher, blue, oceanic whitetip, porbeagle & shortn mako; species not listed are prohibited Federal waters, 54ÂŽ min all species except sharpnose and bonnethead; for federally prohibited species see https:// goo.gl/envCwD ; limit in state waters 1 (max. 2 per vessel; limit in federal waters 1 per vessel; inline circle hooks required when Â“shing for sharks in federal waters ; notes: 1,5,6,7,8,16Sheepshead 12ÂŽ min.; limit 8 (max. 50 per vessel in March & April); notes: 2,5,7 Snapper, Cubera Slot 12ÂŽ to 30ÂŽ; limit 10 if under 30ÂŽ (over 30ÂŽ Â„ limit 2, max. 2 per vessel); sh over 30ÂŽ not included in aggregate snapper limit ; notes: 2,4,5,7,9,13 Snapper, Mangrove (Gray) 10ÂŽ min. in state waters; 12ÂŽ min. in federal waters; limit 5 in state waters, 10 in federal waters; notes: 2,4,5,7,9,13 Snapper, Lane 8ÂŽ min.; limit 20 in federal waters or 100 pounds in state waters; not included in aggregate snapper limit ; notes: 2,4,5,7,9,11 Snapper, Mutton18ÂŽ min. ; limit 5 ; notes: 2,4,5,7,9,13Snapper, Red (American) 16ÂŽ min.; limit 2; recreational season open June 11-July 21 for state and federal waters; federal charter season open June 1-July 22 ; notes: 2,3,4,5,7,9,13,14 Snapper, Schoolmaster 10ÂŽ min.; limit 10; notes: 2,4,5,7,9,13 Snapper, Vermilion (Beeliner) 10ÂŽ min.; limit 10; not included in aggregate snapper limit ; notes: 2,4,5,7,9,11,14 Snapper, Blackn, Dog, Queen, Mahogany, Silk & Yellowtail 12ÂŽ min.; limit 10; notes: 2,4,5,7,9,13 Snook Slot 28ÂŽ to 33ÂŽ; limit 1; season closed Dec., Jan., Feb., May, June, July, and Aug.; $10 snook permit required to harvest when license is required; state regulations apply in federal waters; notes: 2,5,6,7,8 Tarpon Limit 1 per harvester per year; $51.50 tag required to harvest or possess, which is legal only in pursuit of an IGFA record; for seasonal Boca Grande Pass rules, see http://bit.ly/I6zrDj; notes: 6,7,8 Triggersh, Gray 15ÂŽ min.; limit 1; open March 1-May 31 and Aug. 1-Dec. 31 ; notes: 1,4,5,7,11,14 Tripletail 18ÂŽ min. ; limit 2; may be harvested by hook and line only; notes: 2,5,6,7,8 Wahoo No min. size; limit 2; notes: 1,5,15 Lionsh Kill on sight; no limits UNREGULATED SPECIES In state waters, limit 100 pounds or two sh, whichever is more: Blackn tuna, catsh, cero mackerel, croaker, grunts, ladysh, little tunny, jack crevalle, pinsh, porgies, rays, sand trout, silver trout, spadesh, whiting, etc. See http://bit.ly/1aLP4iF. NO-HARVEST SPECIES In addition to the species previously listed, harvest of bonesh, Nassau grouper, spotted eagle rays, manta rays and sawsh is prohibited. Visit http://bit.ly/10nYDIz for full rules, including more no-harvest species. NOTES1. Measured fork length (the straight line distance from the most forward part of the head with mouth closed to the center of the tail). 2. Measured total length (the straight line distance from the most forward part of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail squeezed together while the sh is lying on its side). 3. Bag limit zero for captain and crew of forhire vessels on a paid trip. 4. Reef sh gear rules apply. Anglers must use inline circle hooks when using natural baits, and must possess a dehooking device. Venting tool not required. Also, cannot be taken by powerhead in the reef sh stressed area (see https://goo.gl/KqP2Ab). 5. Must remain in whole condition (head and tail intact) until landed ashore. Removal of gills and internal organs OK. Cannot be used as cut bait. 6. Harvest by spear, gig or bow prohibited. 7. Use of multiple hooks (more than one point on a common shank, like a treble hook) in conjunction with natural bait prohibited. 8. Harvest by snatching prohibited. 9. Reef sh; illegal to use as bait in federal waters. In state waters, legal-size reef sh may be used as bait but must remain in whole condition and count against bag limit. 10. Included in aggregate 4 grouper bag limit. 11. Included in 20-sh reef sh aggregate bag limit in federal waters (includes vermilion snapper, lane snapper, almaco jack, gray triggersh and all tilesh species). 12. Closed Feb. 1-March 31 in federal waters outside 20-fathom break ONLY. 13: Included in aggregate snapper bag limit of 10 sh. 14: Participation in Gulf Reef Fish Survey required to harvest. See http://bit.ly/15D6Hip 15. No bag limit in federal waters. 16. HMS permit required to target or harvest in federal waters; see https://goo.gl/bbmLXLFRESHWATER FISH*Largemouth Bass: No min. size; limit 5. Only one sh can be longer than 16ÂŽ (tournaments may apply for a permit allowing participants to weigh more than one over 16ÂŽ)Sunsh (all species excluding crappie) : Aggregate limit 50Crappie: Aggregate white/black limit 25 American Eel: Min. 9ÂŽ, limit 25 Buttery peacock bass: Max. 17ÂŽ, limit 2 (may possess 1 over 17ÂŽ) Grass carp: Must be released immediately. Other exotic shes: Keep and eat or otherwise destroy; may not be used as live bait. Unregulated species: No limits on bown, pickerel, catsh and gar (see below). Prohibited species: Alligator gar, sturgeon. Visit http://bit.ly/10nYJQr for full rules, including special management areas. F ISHING R ULES
Â€ Page 6 Â€ July 5, 2018 FRESH LOCAL FISHING REPORTS FROM VENICE TO PINE ISLAND INSHORE & FRESHWATER GULF & OFFSHORE BEST BETThere are still some dead sh around. Red tide reports at the jetties have shut the shing down there for a bit, but the Midnight Pass are of Little Sarasota Bay has been productive, with bluesh trout and snook all feeding well. The freshwater bite has been slow during the day but pretty good before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Bass cichlids and bluegills are all available on articials. Lots of bonita are attacking bait in 60 feet. At 100 feet, wahoo and sailsh have been spotted going after large numbers of ying sh. The red snapper bite is still great 70 miles out. Porgies mangrove lane and yellowtail snapper and red grouper are also coming in; the best bite is in deeper water at 40 to 60 miles. Leave early or deal with storms. Make a friend with an oshore boat oer to and split fuel costs. (6/28 report) Reports this week have been sparse due to red tide sh kills. Everyone seems to be going oshore. (6/21 report) Seems everybody is going oshore. Sailsh and big mahi up to nearly 50 pounds have been caught. Scamp Kitty Mitchells African pompano and big yellowtail snapper are also coming in. Most shermen are going to at least 90 or 100 feet, with some out to nearly 300. Red snapper have been highly abundant in water at least 130 feet deep and limits come quick. Better take venting tools or descending gear Â„ youÂll be releasing a lot. Small jacks and Spanish mackerel are coming from the 20-foot holes. Troll spoons for both. There are also tarpon from 40 to 120 pounds in the holes; try small ladysh or silver trout free-lined or trolled. If youÂre trolling, please use your trolling motor, not your big engine! Snook are feeding in the mouths of the feeder creeks on the end of the outgoing or beginning of the incoming. Feed them pinsh, whitebait or cut ladysh. No reports this week.Fish the spillways and mouths of the culvert pipes for bass Early mornings and evenings are best. Shiners, 3to 40-inch gold swimbaits, small streamers and popping ies are all catching. THE FISH COACHÂS TIP OF THE WEEK: How do you hook a shrimp? ItÂs a basic question with many answers. If IÂm free-lining a live shrimp, I hook it under the horn. That allows it maximum freedom of movement. If IÂm shing any other way, I pinch o the tail fan and hook the shrimp thro ugh the new hole. Usually I use a short-shanked hook and expose only a little of the hook Â„ basically, just the point. I put the point out through the belly si de unless IÂm using a jighead. With a jighead, I put it out the back side so it doesnÂt hang too much grass. The one thing youÂll never see me do is just jam the h ook right through the middle. It looks unnatural, it exposes the hook to snagging, and the bait spirals when you reel it in. ThereÂs no good reason to hook a shrimp l ike that. Otherwise, think about your presentation and there are many dierent rigging styles that can work. Find what you like by trying them. Â„ As the Fish Coach, Capt. Josh Olive oers personalized instruction on shing techniques. To book your session or for more information, go to FishCoach.net, email Josh@FishCoach.net o r call 941-276-9657. CAMERONRIO VILLA BAIT & TACKLE Punta Gorda 941-639-7166JIMFISHERMANÂS EDGE Grove City 941-697-7595ERICCOOKS SPORTLAND Venice 941-493-0025ThereÂs still some red tide around and dead sh on Boca Grande, but Charlotte Harbor is full of life. Schools of big jacks bluesh and Spanish mackerel are ripping pods of bait from the river mouths to the middle of the Harbor. The deep holes have had some tarpon which are being caught on trolled DOA Bait Busters. A few cobia are around also. Sharks are eating chunks of fresh cut sh. Trout are hungry, but most are pretty small. Once you clear the stinky stu (5 to 15 miles), the bite is good. Reports from 100 miles have been nonstop fast action with mahi wahoo big snowy and yellowedge grouper tilesh and a mixed bag of snapper including monster reds Stick to the Harbor north of Cape Haze and enjoy the mixed bag without red tide or dead sh around. Juvenile tarpon are eating whitebait, rootbeer paddletails and early morning topwaters in the canals. Small snook are also hitting topwaters. Trout are on the ats. Pompano are decent outside the bars. Fish cutbait in 3 to 5 feet around creek mouths for redsh A few cobia sharks and some tarpon are in the deep holes, or try the El Jobean area for tarpon. Avoid the Boca Grande area due to red tide. Red snapper are good in 150 feet over hard bottom or rocks. Squid is the hot bait. WeÂre also seeing lane vermilion and mangrove snapper in 70 to 140 feet. Porgies and grunts have also been solid. Red grouper are good; go to at least 100 feet for keepers. Watch for mahi wherever you are. Avoid the afternoon storms by shing in the mornings. Spanish mackerel and small sharks are in the holes, especially o Burnt Store and Pirate Harbor. Redsh and snook are under the mangroves on the east and west walls,. Red tide is thinning out along the ICW, but thereÂs still enough at the surface to kill bait. From 3 to 20 miles, bait is abundant and there are Spanish macks on them. From 5 to 30 miles, weÂre seeing good numbers of bonito Grunts and porgies are moving back to the nearshore reefs. In 140 to 180 feet, red snapper have been caught and sailsh sighted. Lots of tarpon are in the 20-foot holes, the mouth of the Myakka and the U.S. 41 bridges. Try Bait Busters or Storm swimbaits. They may eat ladysh, but threadns are choice. Red tide is still absent in the south end of Pine Island Sound, but there have been some dead sh in Redsh Pass. Trout action is still good, with white or chartreuse paddletails the hot ticket. Redsh are good in Matlacha; sh cutbait or frozen shrimp around the oyster bars. Snook and tarpon reports have been few, but ladysh are fun and plentiful around channel dropos. Some pompano have been caught this week from undisclosed spots. Red grouper are all over, with keeper sh coming from as shallow as 45 feet and as far as 90 miles. Fat lane snapper are on hard bottom eating shrimp in 40 to 60 feet. Expects some porgies and grunts as bycatch. Decent yellowtail snapper are coming from 35 miles. Red snapper are still good at 150 to 200 feet. There are baby sharks all over the grassats and around the markers. Fresh cut sh is all you need.ROBERTFISHINÂ FRANKÂS Charlotte Harbor 941-625-3888JEFFCAPT. TEDÂS TACKLE Port Charlotte 941-627-6800CHUCKLAISHLEY MARINE Punta Gorda 941-639-3949JESSEOLD PINE ISLAND MARINA & TACKLE St. James City 239-283-2548 WHY IT MATTERSBaitsh arenÂt just Âfree baitÂŽ for us Â„ theyÂre also a crucial food source for predatory sh, including the gamesh we want to catch.HOW WE HARM ITOver-harvest of baitsh disrupts the natural feeding of gamesh and seabirds, forcing them to work harder for less food. Live chumming with baitsh also changes how and where sh (especially snook) feed and live.MAKING BETTER CHOICESItÂs OK to net and use live bait. The problem is how much is taken and how we use it. These tips will help ensure we have a healthy population. Â€ Take only what you need for the dayÂs shing. Â€ DonÂt overcrowd your well and kill baitsh pointlessly. Know your capacity. Â€ If bait dies in your well, put it in the cooler and save it for later. ItÂs great chum for another day. Or donate it to a wildlife rescue organization. Â€ Avoid throwing a net with mesh thatÂs too large. Gilled baits (called a ÂChristmas treeÂŽ) rarely survive Â„ bad for the bait and your net. Â€ DonÂt throw too much live chum. A small handful is more than enough most of the time. Better yet, avoid live chumming altogether. Â€ If you have leftover bait, release it on the ats. Bait released at the ramp will probably die.THANK YOU FOR BEING A GOOD STEWARD AND HELPING TO MAKE OUR WATERS HEALTHIER Â— WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART!
Â€ Page 7 Â€ July 5, 2018 MYAKKA RIVER Sanibel Island Blind Pass* Captiva Island N. Captiva Island Little Pine Island Pine Island Creek Matlacha Pass Cayo Costa Useppa Island Cabbage Key Captiva Pass Cape Haze Point Turtle Bay Bull Bay Pirate Harbor Whidden Creek CatÂ“sh Creek Gasparilla PassGasparilla Island Little Gasparilla Island Alligator Creek Smokehouse Bay Coral Creek Stump Pass Placida HarborTHE WEST WALLTHE EAST WALL Johnson Venice Inlet Knight Island Don Pedro Island Buck Creek Oyster Creek Gottfried Creek Manasota Key Forked Creek Hog Island Myakka Cuto Tippecanoe Bay Whorehouse Point Grassy Point US 41 bridges Lyons Bay Dona Bay Roberts Bay Alligator Creek A BASIC GUIDE TO THE WATERS OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA & Two Pines PEACE RIVER BROUGHT TO YOU BY Cattle Dock Point Alligator Bay Caspersen Beach Manasota Beach Englewood Beach Jug Creek Shoal Burnt Store PUBLIC BOAT RAMPSSARASOTA COUNTY Â€ Blackburn Pt Boat Launch Â€ 800 Blackburn Pt Rd, Osprey Â€ Dallas White Park Â€ 5900 Greenwood Ave, North Port Â€ Higel Park Â€ 1330 Tarpon Center Dr,Venice Â€ Indian Mound Park Â€ 210 Winson Ave, Englewood Â€ Loreto Bay Access Â€ 800 Loreto Court, Nokomis Â€ Manasota Beach Park Â€ 8570 Manasota Key Rd Â€ Marine Boat Ramp Park Â€ 301 E. Venice Ave, Venice Â€ Marina Park Â€ 7030 Chancellor Blvd, North Port Â€ Nokomis Beach Park Â€ 901 Casey Key Rd Â€ Snook Park Â€ 5000 E. Venice Ave, VeniceDESOTO COUNTYÂ€ Brownville Park Â€ 1885 NE Brownville St Â€ Deep Creek Park Â€ 9695 SW Peace River St Â€ Desoto Park Â€ 2195 NW American Legion Dr Â€ Liverpool Park Â€ 9211 Liverpool Rd Â€ Nocatee Â€ 3701 SW County Road 760 Â€ Lettuce Lake Â€ 8801 SW Reese StCHARLOTTE COUNTYÂ€ Ainger Creek Park Â€ 2011 Placida Rd, Englewood Â€ Butterford WaterwayPark Â€ 13555 Marathon Blvd, Port Charlotte Â€ Darst Park Â€ 537 Darst Ave, Punta Gorda Â€ El Jobean Boat Ramp Â€ 4224 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte Â€ Harbour Heights Park Â€ 27420 Voyageur Dr, Punta Gorda Â€ Hathaway Park Â€ 35461 Washington Loop, Punta Gorda Â€ Placida Park Â€ 6499 Gasparilla Rd, Placida Â€ Port Charlotte Beach Â€ 4500 Harbor Blvd, Port Charlotte Â€ South Gulf Cove Park Â€ 10150 Amicola St, Port Charlotte Â€ Spring Lake Park Â€ 3520 Lakeview Blvd, Port Charlotte Rock Creek (Ainger Creek) Tarpon Point Part Island Captiva Shoal Regla Island Patricio Island Venice Beach Cape Haze Marina Â„ ICW #8 BOCA GRANDE PASS Venice Harbor Punta Gorda Punta Gorda Isles El Jobean Englewood Grove City Gulf Cove Placida Grande Bokeelia Cape Coral St. James City Ponce Inlet MYAKKA RIVER Punta Rassa CALOOSA HATCHEE York Island Indian Field Cayo Pelau t Tarpon Bay Pineland *Blind Pass is not considered navigable Rotonda West LOCAL POINTS OF INTEREST: 1-Bayshore Piers, 2-Laishley Pier, 3-Ponce de Leon Park Pier, 4-The Skating Rink, 5-Alligator Creek Reef (Charlotte Harbor Reef), 6-Matlacha Bridge, 7-Sanibel Lighthouse Pier, 8-Jug Creek, 9-The Phosphate Docks, 10-Danger Reef, 11-Gallagher Cut, 12-The Tailing Flats, 13-Placida Pier / Placida Trestles, 14-Ski Alley (western cut), Rag Alley (eastern cut), 15-Tom Adams Bridge/Ainger Pier, 16-El Jobean Pier, 17-Snook Haven, 18-Venice Municipal Pier, 19-Venice Jetties. PEACE RIVER Harbor This map is not intended for navigational purposes. Refer to a nautical chart for navigation information.
Â€ Page 8 Â€ July 5, 2018 Photo providedThis snook was caught far up river Â„so far up there are no tides, nevermind salt in the water.Most of the Â“sh which live in Charlotte Harbor are euryhaline. Euryhaline Â“sh can survive in wide a range of salinities or saltiness. The Â“sh in our estuaries need to be euryhaline because the water in Charlotte Harbor can vary from really salty Â„ almost as salty as ocean water Â„ to nearly fresh water which contains hardly any salt at all. For example, the water near Boca Grande Pass at the mouth of the Harbor is very salty during the winter dry season, especially at high tide when Gulf water has pushed inside the Pass. But the water at Punta Gorda can become completely fresh during the summer rainy season when the Peace River is running hard. Snook live successfully in both places under those extremely divergent conditions, which means that they are euryhaline. There are snook living in Lake Okeechobee, having managed to work their way upstream from either the east coast via the St. Lucie River or from the west coast via the Caloosahatchee. There have been tagging studies which indicate that some snook have even managed to travel completely through the Okeechobee Waterway from the east coast of Florida to the Gulf Coast. To complete this journey those snook would have to negotiate multiple navigational locks by passing into a lock when the gates open to allow boats in, then following the boats out the other end to continue their travels. By the way, manatees do the same thing. So how do we know that the snook in Lake Okeechobee werenÂt born there? ItÂs because snook can survive indeÂ“nitely once they enter fresh water, but they canÂt reproduce in fresh water. Snook reproduction requires very salty water, which is why we Â“nd spawning schools of snook in the Gulf passes in the spring and early summer, since thatÂs where the saltiest water is found. For years, it was sort of an open secret that there were large snook in Pond #2 at the Babcock/Webb WMA just south of Punta Gorda. This is the freshwater pond thatÂs located on the left side of TuckerÂs Grade just at the entry pay station. Those snook were placed in Pond #2 by the FWC, but not so Â“shermen could catch snook. They were put in that pond so Â“shermen could catch big bluegill. Say what? Bluegill are proliÂ“c reproducers which can quickly become so numerous that they eat all the available food. Nature controls this situation by stunting the growth of individual bluegill in bodies of water which contain lots of them. But if you thin out the bluegill by removing a bunch of the little guys, the remaining Â“sh tend to grow much larger. Pond #2 was being managed to produce trophy bluegill and part of the strategy used by the FWC was to stock snook to eat the little bluegill, since snook really like little bluegill and eat them like crazy. Those snook were in that pond for years, and some got pretty big. There were more than a few bluegill Â“shermen who were shocked to have bluegill snatched o their lines by big hungry snook. And there were a few anglers who knew about those snook and Â“shed for them in that pond. Sadly, I think the 2010 freeze killed them o, and they have not been re-stocked because the FWC is no longer running that trophy bluegill program. But there are limits to this euryhaline business. For snook or other euryhaline Â“sh to survive the change from very salty water to very fresh water, or vice versa, the change in salinity has to be gradual enough that the Â“sh has time to adjust. If you plucked a snook o the beach at Cayo Costa today and carried him in a bucket of salty Gulf water up to the mouth of the Peace River and dropped him overboard in the dark, fresh river water, itÂs likely that the abrupt change in salinity would kill him. But if that Â“sh spent a few days making the swim up the Harbor, heÂd do just Â“ne. And there are Â“sh (and other creatures) which can survive some varying salinity, but not as wide a range as some other creatures. And there are creatures and plants which can survive salinity extremes for a while, but which will eventually die if those extreme conditions continue long enough. Fish have some ability to swim away from unsuitable water conditions, but things like shellÂ“sh and seagrass are Â“xed in position and have to deal with whatever water quality comes their way. This is what sometimes kills these organisms in the lower sections of the Caloosahatchee River when freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee continue for long periods of time. For some reason, there are more saltwater Â“sh that can handle fresh water than there are freshwater Â“sh that can handle salt water. Snook, tarpon, bull sharks and many other coastal Â“sh can go way inland into fresh water Â„ but largemouth bass canÂt do the reverse. However, there are a few freshwater Â“sh which do come down into the harbor during the summer rainy season. A good example of this is the longnose gar we see in the Harbor all summer. When the rainy season ends, most of those prehistoric-looking Â“sh will retreat back inland. Another unfortunate example is the non-native Mayan cichlid. These freshwater Â“sh can survive and thrive in salt water. Think of a snookÂs situation, but reversed Â„ they can live in salt or fresh water, but need fresh water to reproduce. ItÂs thought that this is one reason why these Â“sh have been able to spread so rapidly around the state. They can leave a creek or ditch by swimming downstream, head out to the salty water, travel along the coast, then duck into another stream and work their way inland again. LetÂs go Â“shing!Capt. Ralph Allen runs the King Fisher Fleet of sightseeing and shing charter boats located at FishermenÂs Village Marina in Punta Gorda. He is an award-winning outdoor writer and photographer and is a past president of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. Call him at 941-639-2628 or email Captain@KingFisherFleet.com. Salty thoughts AROUND CHARLOTTE HARBOR Â• CAPT. RALPH ALLEN adno=50538301 1156 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Ft. Myers, FL 33903 (239) 997-5777 Hours: M-F 8-6 Â€ Sat. 8-5 Â€ Sun. 9-3 4694 N Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33980 (941) 766-1044 Hours: M-F 8-5:30 Â€ Sat. 8-5 Â€ Sun. 9-3 15600 San Carlos Blvd #170, Ft. 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Â€ Page 9 Â€ July 5, 2018 WaterLine photo by Capt. Josh OliveSmaller sh are a lot more fun if you catch them on lighter tackle. THE FISH COACH Â• CAPT. JOSH OLIVE Saltwater panfishFishermen have a strong tendency to brag about the size of their catches. Often, it seems to be a competition, with every man trying to convince the other boys on the boat Â„ and the girls back at the dock Â„ that his is the biggest. (I wonder what Freud would say about that.) While itÂs certainly true that big ones can be a lot of fun (weÂre still talking Â“sh here, OK?), the truth is that most of our catches are on the smaller side. Even in the deep waters of the Gulf, we usually send more shorts back to the bottom than the number of keepers we put on ice. In both salt and fresh waters, panÂ“sh are all around. Since thatÂs our reality, why not make the most of it? Smaller Â“sh can be lots of fun. You just have to scale back two things: First, your tackle; second, your expectations. Truthfully, itÂs not mandatory to lighten up on your rod and reel. I do, though, because the main reason I Â“sh is for enjoyment. If your gear overpowers the Â“sh, whereÂs the sport? Most of us have reeled in pinÂ“sh or baby snapper while Â“shing for larger gameÂ“sh. How much of a Â“ght did you get? Right. If you go trout Â“shing with tarpon tackle, youÂll get about the same result. You can still catch Â“sh Â„ itÂs just not much fun. But catch those same pinÂ“sh and snapper on an ultralight setup, and suddenly these little guys are showing some spirit and actually pulling back. For saltwater purposes, IÂm going to deÂ“ne ÂultralightÂŽ as a rod rated for 4-10 pound line, a 1000 or 2000 size spinning reel, and braid of 4to 8-pound strength. You can get lighter rods, but I want one 7 feet long to keep a reasonable casting ability. Most ÂtrueÂŽ ultralight rods (usually rated for 2-6 pound line) are stubby little things less than 6 feet. One thing I donÂt scale back, or at least not much, is my leader. It looks a little funny to tie 25-pound Â”uorocarbon to 4-pound braid, but even with small Â“sh itÂs still advantageous to have a heavier leader that will fend o oysters, barnacles and other sharp bits in the environment. Also, you will occasionally hook into something bigger. As IÂve said before, elephants eat peanuts. IÂve had over-slot redÂ“sh grab a tiny schnibble of bait meant for something the size of my hand. ThatÂs fun. It usually doesnÂt last long, but sometimes you get lucky. Natural baits work well. Again, size them down. You might get funny looks at the bait shop asking for the smallest shrimp in the tank, but so what? Pieces of cut frozen shrimp are another Â“ne choice. ArtiÂ“cial lures can be good too, at least for some species. Beetle Spins, inline spinners and even tiny jerkbaits will catch Â“sh, just like when youÂre after freshwater panÂ“sh. Bait choice can help you narrow down your target species. For example, letÂs look at the Myakka Cuto. With strong river Â”ow, the water up that way is only sort of salty, which means there are fair numbers of Mayan cichlids hanging out under the mangroves. But there are also clouds of mangrove snapper from 3 to 10 inches. The cichlids will happily eat shrimp live or cut, but there are so many snapper that youÂll hook 30 of them for every Mayan. Now try Â“shing the same area with that Beetle Spin. Mangrove snapper are lure-shy even when theyÂre babies, but the cichlids are aggressive and will readily attack artiÂ“cials. Even accounting for the occasional dumb snapper and juvenile snook that will jump on your lure, youÂre putting a lot more cichlids in the cooler. On the other hand, lures can prevent you from catching one of the tastiest saltwater panfish: The sand bream. These fish show a strong preference for brackish water and spend most of the winter in the river mouths. In the summer, they invade canal systems in Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte. They donÂt like lures at all, since they feed on things that crawl in the bottom mud. For them, peeled chunks of shrimp meat are the way to go. DonÂt forget to shrink your hooks. When IÂm panÂ“shing, I like a live bait style hook, which has a short shank and is made of relatively stout wire. I prefer this variety because I can partly hide it inside even a small bait and because the heavier wire gauge gives me a measure of comfort when a bigger Â“sh takes that little bait. Usually, IÂm using a No. 4 or No. 6 hook. Now, as for the expectations: YouÂre going to have a lot of fun. However, itÂs going to be dicult to make other people understand that. If youÂre the type who needs people to ooh and ahh over your outdoor exploits, saltwater panÂ“shing isnÂt for you. If you need the adulation that comes from posting photos of big Â“sh on social media, youÂre not going to get that here. But if you enjoy Â“shing for its own sake, and if you like eating Â“sh that have been scaled, gutted and tossed into a hot greased skillet, youÂre going to love the fast action and the delicious dinner that follows.As the Fish Coach, Capt. Josh Olive oers personalized instruction on how and where to sh in Southwest Florida. Whether youÂre a complete beginner or just looking to rene your techniques, he can help you get past the frustration and start catching more sh. Lessons can be held on your boat, on local piers or even in your backyard. To book your session or for more information, go to FishCoach.net, email Josh@FishCoach.net or call 941-276-9657.
Â€ Page 10 Â€ July 5, 2018 WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS!HereÂs how it works: Take pictures of your outdoor adventures. Send your high-quality digital photos to Editor@ WaterLineWeekly.com DO NOT send us photos of oversized or other release-only fish being poorly handled. Photos of such fish being gaffed, held by the lower jaw only or obviously damaged or dead WILL NOT be published, no matter how big the fish or how proud the angler may be. Dustin Smith went red snapper shing 70 miles out and got hammered by this big red grouper on the rst drop. Shannon S. with her rst sh ever! Caught and released in a Port Charlotte canal. Frank Misasi came all the way from Kingston, N.Y., to catch and release this slot Charlotte Harbor snook. George Duchene with a 23-pound red grouper caught 45 miles out of Venice Inlet. Kevin McDougal of englewood with a 36-pound blackn tuna caught 68 miles out of Venice Inlet. Bob Mercier with a 29-inch gag that ate a squirrelsh in 65 feet. Reportedly it had to be wrestled away from a Goliath that wanted to eat it. Â€ Page 11 Â€ July 5, 2018 Lisa Kress with her rst triggersh Â„ keeper size, but out of season, so back it went. Dante with a Pine Island Sound redsh. Joe Wilson with a Fathers Day snook, caught a year to the date he sent another beach snook picture that made the WaterLine cover. Melissa Aniskewicz with a 30-inch catch-and-release redsh. Sam Peterson of Englewood caught a goliath grouper in Fort Myers.
Â€ Page 12 Â€ July 5, 2018 ANGLING 101 Â• ROBERT LUGIEWICZ Photo providedYou think no one knows about ÂyourÂŽ spot? Think again Â„ someone else recognizes that tree line. If you Â“sh, you probably have favorite spots. And, human nature being what it is, you probably feel some degree of territoriality about those favorite Â“shing spots. Maybe you even think of them as your secret Â“shing spots. ItÂs totally understandable and absolutely normal. Also, youÂre completely wrong. ThereÂs no such thing as a secret spot in the Charlotte Harbor area. Thirty years ago, there were a few. Not anymore. There are just too many people here on the water and Â“shing. Those people take photos and share them. Even if the location isnÂt speciÂ“ed, there are only so many places out there Â„ sometimes you can tell by the trees or docks where the pic was taken. Those people have Â“shing or drinking buddies they talk to and share with. Keeping secrets is a lost cause. Why do we get so upset when we Â“nd someone Â“shing ÂourÂŽ spots? I donÂt think itÂs a serious concern that theyÂll take all the Â“sh. ItÂs more a matter of personal space. When IÂm in line at the grocery store, I donÂt want the guy in line behind me breathing down my neck. ItÂs the same out on the water Â„ I donÂt want to be Â“shing a short cast away from the next guy over. I think 100 yards is about right. ThatÂs about four good casts for most of us. If you can visualize that distance, try to keep that far away. Another thing about secret spots: TheyÂre still there when youÂre not. You may have a location where you catch the heck out of redÂ“sh on the outgoing tide. Maybe youÂve tried it on the incoming tide and come up empty a couple times, so youÂre only there when the tideÂs going out. But there might be another guy who catches the heck out of big trout in the exact same spot, but only when the tide is Â”ooding in. You might drive past on your way to someplace else, see that guy anchored at your spot, and laugh under your breath about him wasting his casts. Shows what you know. Mother Nature has a clock. If youÂve spent any amount of time on Charlotte Harbor, youÂve probably started to Â“gure out her time frames. For example, every fall a school of redÂ“sh shows up around Whorehouse Point. Sometimes itÂs 200 Â“sh, sometimes itÂs 2,000. If youÂre the Â“rst one who stumbles upon them in a particular year, you might think of them as ÂyourÂŽ Â“sh. The guys who used to gillnet them 50 years ago also though of them as ÂtheirÂŽ Â“sh. Hopefully, 50 years from now, theyÂll still be there for someone to think of them as ÂtheirÂŽ Â“sh. For oshore Â“shing, itÂs a whole other game. In the open Gulf of Mexico, there actually are some secret spots. Most of the sea is basically a desert. Like a desert, there are oases. The oases are reefs, rockpiles, ledges and other structure. Most of the bigger oases are pretty easy to Â“nd Â„ the locations are published and not hard to look up online. They also appear on many charts. When youÂre Â“shing one of these larger reefs, you expect to share the area with other anglers. Unless they drive across your anchor line or troll right in front of you, itÂs not worth getting irritated about. The secret spots are the little ones: A limestone ledge that only runs for 50 feet, an ÂunocialÂŽ artiÂ“cial reef where someone dumped a couple old refrigerators, a pile of rock the size of your living room. Those locations are hard to come by. You can troll for gag grouper and then mark the spot where you get a hit. You can look for small anomalies on your bottom machine. You can get numbers from a (really, really) good friend. Or you can do what too many people already do and poach the numbers: Just wait until you see an anchored boat and then buzz by, marking the spot to check out later. Of course, poaching numbers puts you at risk of being used for target practice, because itÂs pretty much a dirtbag thing to do, but itÂs an unfortunately common practice. ItÂs easy to think we have spots that are all ours, but the fact is that even the most remote creeks or backwaters are targeted by other anglers. ItÂs a hard fact of life, but we all just have to get used to the idea of other people Â“shing where we Â“sh. Fishing spots are not girlfriends or wives Â„ learn to share. But that doesnÂt mean you canÂt be the best at Â“shing a particular honeyhole. Take the time to learn your area. Be observant of the little things: Bird activity, water temperature, baitÂ“sh schools. If you pay attention, youÂll come to learn whatÂs normal and whatÂs out of character or dierent. Once you get in tune with things, youÂll Â“nd yourself being more successful.Robert Lugiewicz is the manager of FishinÂ FrankÂs Bait & Tackle, located at 4425-D Tamiami Trail in Charlotte Harbor and at 14531 N. 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Â€ Page 13 Â€ July 5, 2018 This month IÂm going to do something a little dierent. Our red tide situation, combined with the Lake Okeechobee water releases, has been in the forefront of social media and local news. So I decided to interview someone on the front lines of Â“ghting for a solution to this problem. At the very least, this might help educate those who just donÂt know. At best, it will help motivate others to help. I decided to interview Capt. Josh Greer. Josh is a fourth-generation Floridian, born and raised in Homestead. He came from a farming background in south Dade County. He moved to Port Charlotte in 2004 and started guiding full time in 2008. Many of you have probably chartered with Josh with XXL Charters, and more of you might remember his WaterLine columns from 2012 to 2016. In 2015, he started West Wall OutÂ“tters, a full-service Â”y Â“shing shop in Port Charlotte. He uses his reach in the Â“shing community to try and tackle conservation issues such as water quality and habitat loss. He does so as an active member of Captain for Clean Water. Cayle: Josh, tell me about Captains for Clean Water. Josh: CFCW is grassroots non-proÂ“t that was started by some friends of mine in Fort Myers after the horriÂ“c Lake Okeechobee discharges in the winter of 2016. We had a very rainy winter in 2016 and water managers started discharges from Lake O right in the middle of our tourist season. This greatly impacted the business of Â“shing guides and tourism-based businesses in the Fort Myers and Sanibel areas. Not to mention it caused long-term damage to the local estuaries. Capt. Daniel Andrews and Capt. Chris Wittman founded CFCW to unite the Â“shing and tourism industries and stand up for the local estuaries that were being destroyed by the Lake O discharges. C: You call it Captains for Clean Water. Is it only for charter captains or can anyone join? J: Yes, itÂs called Captains for Clean Water, but you do not have to be a captain to join. CFCW has members from all walks of life, from guides to real estate agents to everyday concerned citizens. C: CFCW recently visited Washington, D.C., correct? J: Yes, and I joined them for the trip. We were there to help lobby the feds to do their part in Everglades restoration to help stop the discharges and send clean water south where it is desperately needed. IÂd say we were very successful in doing so. We made very good headway and really got our message across to people that are making decisions. C: What are your forward goals for Captains for Clean Water? J: The goal moving forward with CFCW is to see this issue to the end. To stop the discharges out of the lake and get the clean fresh water to Florida Bay that it so badly needs. This is not a short-term Â“ght and CFCW is in it for the long haul. C: WeÂve had a lot of sh kills recently. What do you think is causing them? J: Yes, weÂve had ridiculous Â“sh kills lately. The cause of those kills is red tide. Red tide is a natural occurring alga. When it blooms, it suocates Â“sh it also bothers mammals by attacking the respiratory system. WeÂve always had red tide. We see blooms about once a year, but they seem to be getting worse. C: What are your thoughts on the freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee? J: The discharges from Lake O are horrible. They bring massive amounts of nutrient rich water to the estuary. They devastate everything in its path. The grass Â”ats and oyster bars in the southern Pine Island Sound and the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River have been wiped out by the discharges. Not to mention that the Caloosahatchee River was never naturally connected to Lake Okeechobee so these discharges are a manmade disaster. C: A lot of people think because our near shore currents swing south that the releases from Lake O donÂt aect us north of the Caloosahatchee River. Is that true? J: Not exactly. Most of the water does Â”ow south out of the Caloosahatchee River, but we are still directly impacted. As soon as the discharges start, most of the guides and Â“shermen from down south come up to Â“sh Charlotte Harbor. We already have a lot of Â“shing pressure, so having all those extra boats up here makes Â“shing tough. When they are discharging a lot of water, weÂve seen it coming out of Matlatcha Pass into the Harbor. C: Lake Okeechobee itself is relatively healthy. Where do all the algae and contaminates come from if the lake is healthy? J: Even if Lake O was healthy, the freshwater discharges would still kill sea grass and oysters in Pine Island Sound and Matlacha and ruin the Â“shing. Right now, most of the lake is covered with green algae. Not to mention the bottom of the lake is covered in muck that contains all the nasty stu that they backpumped o the sugar cane Â“elds for decades until they were banned from doing it. Every time we have a big storm, that sediment gets stirred up and dumped out the rivers. C: Blue-green algae is another thing people are complaining about. Why is it such a big deal if it is a fr eshwat er algae? WonÂt it just die in salt water like red tide dies in fresh water? J: The algae is another part of the problem. ItÂs not going to end up in salt water, but itÂs caused a lot more problems in Stuart on the east coast of Florida. C: I think water quality is a big issue here in the Harbor. I think it is the big player in the reduction of our redsh population. I believe it is killing our redsh fry given what I have seen dragging purse seine nets with the Don Ball School of shing. We havenÂt caught redsh ngerling in the nets in the past 4 years. You also donÂt see the amount of nger mullet you used to either. Do you think that water quality is to blame for our lack of redsh or do you feel other factors are more to blame? J: Water quality, in my opinion, is one of the major factors that we have seen a huge decline in redÂ“sh. The biggest problem is the red tide killing the big breeding Â“sh o the beach. These issues, along with devastating habitat loss and ridiculous Â“shing and boating pressure, are huge threats to the future of redÂ“sh in Charlotte Harbor. C: Everyone wants that beautiful green lawn. Well, except for me because then I have to mow the darn thing. I donÂt think many people, especially those that live on canals, realize what fertilizer does to our estuary. Here is a chance to educate. What are your feelings on local fertilization? J: YouÂre not the only one that doesnÂt want to mow the crap. I hate it. Absolutely this is a problem. Those same nutrients coming out of Lake O are in the fertilizer people put on their lawns, and they end up running o in to the Harbor and feeding red tide and other algae. C: Mosaic wants to build a phosphate mine in Arcadia, and is also asking permission to send all waste phosphate down Horse Creek, which feeds into the Peace River and eventually into our Harbor. Personally I think this may be the stupidest thing IÂve ever heard. What are your thoughts on this? J: Mosaic and the water they let out is a major contributor to the problems in Charlotte Harbor. I think they are the sleeping giant that no one seems to be talking about. If they start mining DeSoto and letting that crap down Horse Creek, we are doomed. If you think the red tide is bad now, you havenÂt seen anything. That might be the worst thing to happen to Charlotte Harbor since we settled here. People need to get involved and stop this. If we donÂt, we very well may be doomed. Josh, thank you for your information and your dedication to keeping our water clean. I hope people take your words to heart. I Â“rmly believe we are at the tipping point. Hopefully we can weight down the back of this bus thatÂs hanging o the edge of the cli and rescue our waters. If you are interested in a charter, Â”y Â“shing equipment, or joining up and helping the cause, Capt. Josh Greer can be reached at WestWallFlyShop@gmail.com, 941-875-9630 (shop), or 863-781-1373 (cell).Capt. Cayle Wills owns and operates Bad Fish Charters on Charlotte Harbor. You can contact him at 941-916-4538 or Capt.Cayle@ ReelBadFish.com. You can also visit him online at ReelBadFish.com or Facebook.com/ BadFishCharters. Photo providedNutrients from Lake Okeechobee have turned the upper Caloosahatchee River into pea soup. LetÂ’s talk clean water ANGLING 201 Â• CAPT. CAYLE WILLS 2013 READERSÂ CHOICE 2009-2017 READERSÂ CHOICEThe AreaÂs Factory AuthorizedStocking Â… Services Â… WarrantySuzuki DealerAbelÂs Marine is your repower centerNINE YEARS IN A ROW! 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Â€ Page 14 Â€ July 5, 2018 Photo providedOkeechobee water owing down the Caloosahatchee is a problem. But so is rampant development across Florida. A LIFE ON THE WATER Â• CAPT. VAN HUBBARD Blame or solution?WhatÂs more important to you: Blame or solutions? LetÂs stop placing blame for our water quality problems. ItÂs counterproductive. We need to identify the factual problems; then acknowledge them so we can address the issues. ItÂs way past time to start Â“xing the sources of our red tide and water quality challenges. Red tide and water discharges are nothing new. We have endured them forever. Yes, forever. Our water quality problems have grown as our population expands. More growth and development, more problems. Things exploded as we dredged and Â“lled projects all over Florida in the 1950s and Â60s. We have had numerous problems since they dredged the Intracoastal Waterway more than 50 years ago. We altered natural Â”ows and Â”ushing all over Florida, and now we pay the price for messing with Mother Nature. We enjoyed a paradise until it was altered by human hands. This is a problem that isnÂt going away without sacriÂ“ces and a lot of money. If you think preventing more damage is expensive, just try to replace our ecosystems and economy after itÂs destroyed. It canÂt be done Â„ not at any price. The Army Corps must release water from Lake Okeechobee or endanger lives from breaching the dikes. Just look at the loss of live in 28 hurricanes. Blame sugar and agriculture if you want, but if they disappeared tomorrow we still have bigger problems. Is it possible that political manipulation could be behind much of this to hurt Commissioner Putnam and other Republican candidates? You are being led away from actual problems. Many of us are distracted for someone elseÂs political gains. We continue to cram more new folks into our coastal and watershed areas. More people creates more runo and increased pollutants in our waters. Ignore reality or acknowledge real issues and accurately, scientiÂ“cally identify the sources. Which is more important to us? Green yards and lush high maintenance landscaping or our water quality? Look at our developed lands and how they follow our coastlines and watersheds. These population concentrations contribute nutrients which feed and stimulate red tide blooms and algae growth. In many areas right now, the awful stench from decaying green algae is as bad as the dead Â“sh. Algae thrives in cooler water but dies in summer heat. Yes, old dead Â“sh are also problems in many areas. When they combine, itÂs a disaster. I watched a program on Charlotte CountyÂs channel last week about water quality issues in FloridaÂs springs and estuaries. It was a board meeting of SwiftmudÂs last meeting on these issues (April, I believe). They have addressed the agriculture issues and believe these are minimized. Look at evidence and make your own conclusions. Agriculture businesses canÂt aord to waste money with todayÂs tight proÂ“t margins. Fertilizers are only productive if kept in the root zone layers. Golf courses are smarter and have minimized their runo losses too. Both Swiftmud and Dr. Brian LaPoint have studied our issues and deduced from their works that septic leaching and yard runo are our largest contributors to nitrogen. Many educated leaders and scientist believe that the Kissimmee River and Caloosahatchee Rivers are polluted and major problems requiring our immediate attention. The Kissimmee watershed has about two million people living upstream with about 600,000 septic tanks. Septic systems cannot function properly if the water table is too close. They require dirt to function properly. This red tide eruption occurring now has trashed our local economy for the last big weekend opportunity of summer. We are now facing the slow season without that extra weekÂs income. We were actually lucky this backed down for Easter because it was looming then. Note that this red tide bloom occurred before any Lake O discharges could have reached our area. This outbreak, like all the others, came right after a heavy rain event. We have local problems that require our attention if you want to solve our pollution problems. Watch that Swiftmud meeting to understand the problems better. IÂm not impressed with the exposure-seeking captains complaining but not addressing the actual problems or oering any thought out potential solutions. I brought this issue up at every Charlotte Harbor meeting that UF sponsored and Sea Grant helped with. We are dying if we continue to ignore our problems! The press has picked up this issue and is warning folks to stay away from our coast and beaches, just before the Fourth of July. This hurts the local economy signiÂ“cantly. But can you blame them? Who wants to spend the holiday on a stinky beach? IÂll close with some good news: We do have good Â“shing farther out in to the Gulf Â„ no red tide problems oshore yet. Grouper and snapper are all open, and if you can safely go deeper we do have Â“sh. Things begin to clear up at about 40 feet. There are a few Spanish mackerel and even kings scattered around. You can carry live shrimp but not pinÂ“sh or minnows through red tide blooms. Minnows are available in about 50 feet. Try Sabiki rigs and carry extras. The Â“shing has been good in the upper Harbor area also. If you donÂt see live Â“sh, just keep looking. Remember, you canÂt catch Â“sh if you donÂt go Â“shinÂ, so letÂs go Â“shinÂ soon.Capt. Van Hubbard is a highly respected outdoor writer and shing guide. He has been a professional USCG-licensed year-round guide since 1976, and has been shing the Southwest Florida coast since 1981. Contact him at 941-468-4017 or VanHubbard@CaptVan.com. 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Â€ Page 15 Â€ July 5, 2018 PRWC photoArmadillos might be traditionally cute like a puppy, but thereÂs a certain appeal to BodhiÂs long-snouted little face. PEACE RIVER WILDLIFE CENTER Â• ROBIN JENKINS, DVM Meet BodhiPeace River Wildlife Center has a new education animal Â„ a nine-banded armadillo. Our new residentÂs name is Bodhi (pronounced BOH-dee), short for Bodhisattva. Bodhisattva is a Sanskrit term for someone who delays personal nirvana for the enlightenment of others. Although often misunderstood and surrounded by myths and falsehoods, armadillos make good neighbors. Bodhi is going to delay his return to the wild to help people come to a better understanding about the Âlittle armored ones.ÂŽ While armadillos are native to South America and the southwestern United States, they have been in Florida since the early 1900s, either having made their own way across the panhandle or via intentional introduction. They were used as a food source during the Great Depression. They are considered naturalized at this time in Florida Â„ not invasive, since they donÂt harm any of our native species. LetÂs talk about the elephant in the room Â“rst and get that over with: Leprosy. Most people have heard of it, but honestly have no idea, other than the reference as a biblical plague, what it really means. Leprosy, or HansenÂs disease, is a slow growing bacterial infection ( Mycobacterium leprae ) of the nerves, skin, eyes, or respiratory tract that can go undetected for up to 20 years. In the past, it could result in the inability to feel pain and lead to loss of body parts due to repeated injuries or undetected wounds. As an old testament scourge, it was pretty heady stu. Now there are tests and treatments for it in modern societies. And whom can we thank for that? A scientist named Hansen (wouldnÂt you love to have a hideously disÂ“guring disease named after you?!) and his lab Ârats,ÂŽ the armadillos. With their low body temperature, they are the only other organism known to contract leprosy and were intentionally infected to be used as a model for treatment and cure. Rough estimates of up to 20 percent of armadillos may be naturally infected, but few of those animals live long enough to become symptomatic or infective. Luckily, 95 percent of the human population is not even susceptible to the disease. And the only known cases of transmission from armadillos to humans is from eating improperly cooked meat. So, if youÂre serving up Âpossum on the half shell,ÂŽ be sure to cook it thoroughly. (EditorÂs note: During the Depression, they were often referred to as ÂHoover hogsÂŽ Â„ a dis to the president seen as responsible for the lousy economy and a reference to the porklike Â”avor of the meat.) Aside from stocking your pantry, what can armadillos do for you? They are fascinating creatures. As omnivores, they eat just about anything available, including carrion, but 90 percent of their diet is composed of insects. As they dig through a healthy lawn, they aerate the soil and remove plant-damaging insects. They are one of very few species that can eat Â“re ants without sustaining injury from the insectÂs venom. Armadillos are susceptible to cold and heat. They donÂt hibernate and have a low metabolic rate, so are not found outside of the temperate zone. They also canÂt handle the heat, and here in Florida are usually active only at night Â„ especially during the summer. They sleep up to 16 hours a day in one of the many burrows they may have in a given territory and spend most of their waking hours in search of food. As with most burrowing animals, they have poor eyesight. They do have an acute sense of smell, however, and can detect insects up to 9 inches underground. They use their long, sticky tongues to gather up ants and termites, much like their relatives the anteaters. They have a few peg-like molars, but those teeth have no enamel and so are quite soft. An armadillo can cross a narrow body of water by holding its breath for up to six minutes and walking across the bottom. Or it can Âswallow air,ÂŽ inÂ”ating its stomach and intestines for buoyancy to swim across a wider body of water. It has dermal plates on its back for protection. While this thick leathery covering is not Â“rm enough to deter predators like coyotes or dogs, it does protect the armadillo from thorns and briars as it dives under cover. It can also use its strong legs and claws to quickly dig underground. The soft belly has a few Â“ne hairs that are used for sensory input, much like a catÂs whiskers. The armadilloÂs only real defense mechanism is its ability to jump. Being nearly deaf and blind, it often Â“nds itself quite close to a predator before it realizes the danger. It will then leap three feet in the air to startle the predator, giving the armadillo time to run away. This works fairly well against a dog. Not so much against a pick-up trying to straddle one in the middle of a road on a dark night. Adult armadillos are solitary animals about the size of a cat, 15 to 17 inches long, plus another 15 inches for the tail, and weigh 8 to 17 pounds. They usually live 5 to 7 years in the wild and up to 15 years in captivity. They mate in late July in Florida, with the young normally born in February or March. The Â“ve-month gestation can be delayed up to four months while mom waits for the appropriate conditions. Once the fertilized egg has Â“nally implanted, it splits into four identical quadruplets. Our buddy Bohdi was found lying on a lawn in the direct sun. We donÂt know how he got separated from his mother and brothers. He was overheated, dehydrated and close to death. He has since recovered nicely and is ready to begin his career as one of PRWCÂs education outreach animals. Watch for him at an event near you and see how much you have in common with this fascinating creature. He enjoys earthworms, grubs and long, snuing walks in anthills. OK, so maybe not too much in common with him, but you can still have an appreciation for all that he and his kin can do for us. Or at least allay some of the fears and misunderstandings that plague this prehistoric-looking mammal.Peace River Wildlife Center is a nonprot organization, dedicated to the care, preservation and protection of Charlotte CountyÂs native wildlife since 1978. They are open seven days a week year-round, including holidays. Tours are oered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. PRWC receives no government funding and relies entirely on private donations. For more info, visit PRWildlife.org, email PeaceRiverWildlife@yahoo.com or call 941-637-3830. adno=50538299 WE COME TO YOU! 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Â€ Page 16 Â€ July 5, 2018 NOAA photoThe Coriolis eect moves hurricanes and the oceans themselves, so why not a ushing toilet? ASK YOUR SEA GRANT AGENT Â• BETTY STAUGLER The Coriolis effectFact or Â“ction: Toilet bowl water spins clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere as a result of Coriolis eect. Before I give you the answer, letÂs explore Coriolis a bit. The Coriolis eect was described by French scientist Gustave de Coriolis in 1835. It is the perceived change in position of an intended target on the EarthÂs surface due to the EarthÂs rotation. An object that moves in a north-south or longitudinal direction will undergo apparent deÂ”ection to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere. There are two reasons: First, our planet rotates eastward. Second, the linear velocity of a point on the Earth relative to its target is a function of latitude. Explained simply, the EarthÂs surface is rotating faster at the equator (which is wide) than at either pole (which is narrow compared to the equator). An object moving northward from the equator towards an intended target will be deÂ”ected eastward faster than the rotation of its target farther north. The Coriolis deÂ”ection is therefore related to the motion of the object, the motion of the Earth, and the latitude. Coriolis eect results in winds deÂ”ected to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere, thus creating our trade winds. Global winds drag on the waterÂs surface, causing it to move and build up in the direction that the wind is blowing. This also results in the deÂ”ection of major surface ocean currents to the right in the Northern Hemisphere (in a clockwise spiral) and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere (in a counter-clockwise spiral). These major spirals of ocean-circling currents are called ÂgyresÂŽ and occur north and south of the equator. They cannot exist at the equator, where the Coriolis eect is not present. The Ekman spiral, named after Swedish scientist Vagn Walfrid Ekman who Â“rst theorized it in 1902, is a consequence of the Coriolis eect. When driven by wind, the topmost layer of surface water in the Northern Hemisphere Â”ows at about 45 degrees to the right of the wind direction. Deeper layers of water respond to the friction of the layer above and also deÂ”ect to the right, but at a slower speed. Each subsequent deeper layer slides horizontally over the one above it like a deck of cards creating a spiral eect, until the movement ceases at a depth of about 330 feet. Because the deeper layers of water move more slowly than the shallower layers, they tend to Âtwist aroundÂŽ and Â”ow opposite to the surface current. The average direction of all this turning water from the wind direction is known as Ekman transport. To explain Ekman spirals and transport, Ekman used the observations of Fridtjof Nansen. Nansen, an explorer from Norway, purposely froze his ship into the Arctic sea ice in 1893. Nansen thought the ice, which moves with the currents, would eventually take him to the North Pole. He never made it to the North Pole, but for three years he was adrift, and during that time he made a lot of observations. Of those, Nansen observed that the ice was not moving in the same direction as the wind Â„ rather, it was moving to the right of the wind direction. Ekman later made a mathematical model of these movements to explain the phenomenon. Back to my fact or Â“ction question about Coriolis and the Â”ushing toilet: ItÂs Â“ction. The rotation of the Earth is very small; only one rotation per day. 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Â„ Recipe from All-Fish-Seafood-Recipes.comA clip-n-save seafood recipe provided by SHRIMP WITH OKRA Photo providedIf you want to catch bass in shallow water, youÂd better start early. Fish smart and you can catch all day.Water temperature plays a huge role in summertime bass Â“shing. If you have a thermometer on your boat, you will see the water temperature move as much as 10 degrees from sunrise to the middle of the afternoon. How you decide to target bass during these time frames can play a big role in the success of your day. As long as I have been bass Â“shing in Florida, one fact stands out above all others: Bass are more active when the water is cooler. Whether they get more active due to the water cooling overnight, or the bait simply moves around more early in the day, I canÂt really say Â„ but itÂs true. ItÂs also true that shallow water warms faster than deeper water. Because of that, bass are better targeted in shallower water early as opposed to later in the day. Mind you, they wonÂt stray far from cover or deeper water where they return as the water temperature starts to rise, but early on you can Â“nd them in that cooler shallow water. On the Â”ip side of that coin, bass will do one of two things as the water temperature starts to rise. They will either head to deeper water Â„ which we all know simply is not there in most Florida lakes Â„ or they will seek out the shadiest cover they can Â“nd and hole up there. The slight break that bass get from the deeper or shadier water being cooler is something they will always be drawn to. One of the toughest things to do is gauge when you should move from shallow early spots to deeper or thicker later spots. In my last tournament, I stuck in the shallow spots too long. I caught two quick bass and never found another one the rest of the day Â„ mainly because I stayed shallow and never moved out to deeper water with scattered hydrilla just 100 yards away. I watched the temperature of the water go up but didnÂt get o my shallow pattern until it was too late. After a pass or two without a bite, I should have turned the boat and headed out to the deeper water with good thick cover. My point here is that timing is everything. You may get a few good Â“sh early, but donÂt expect them to hang out there all day. They wonÂt. They will move to where they are comfortable. When you decide itÂs time to move out, donÂt be afraid to go with heavier gear when searching for bass in the thicker cover. Use a larger bullet weigh to work that soft plastic bait through the vegetation. You want to bang that bait o of everything you possibly can trying to entice those bass to bite. If you are moving to deeper water with less vegetation, I would suggest a Carolina rig Â“shed really slow. Make sure your bait stays in contact with the bottom and stays in the strike zone as long as possible. My next tournament is on the Winter Haven chain of lakes. I know these waters well. There are lakes with very clean water and some signiÂ“cant depth ranges. At the same time, you can Â“sh shallow and see it a little murky. There is vegetation on every lake, but not all of it is productive. You can bet that I will once again be facing a decision to make on when to move from the shallow spots out to the deeper water with cover. The bad part is that not all of the lakes have the good cover I want both shallow and deep. There are a couple, but those areas are generally hammered pretty hard this time of year. Now that I Â“nally got the boat back, and I have days o after the 4th of July, I plan on paying very close attention to the water temperature. IÂll watch when it starts to rise and at what temperature that early shallow bite stops. Once I see those things happen, IÂll know itÂs time to abandon the shallows and move to cover or depth. For Missy and me, this is probably our best chance to take home a win before the season is out, and the things IÂve outlined here are going to be followed to the letter. Time on the water will be put in to prove this out, so IÂm hoping that over the course of the Â“ve days I get to practice for this tournament I can use this logic and boat some really nice bass. I know I will Â„ I just have to follow the process and not talk myself out of it.Greg Bartz is a tournament bass sherman based in Lakeland. Greg shes lakes throughout FloridaÂs Heartland with his wife and tournament partner, Missy. Contact him at Greg. Bartz@SummitHoldings.com. Where to fish when TOURNAMENT BASSINÂ’ Â• GREG BARTZ
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His curiosity set in motion DNA testing and more sleuthing that led to the identiÂ“cation of three new species of opah Â„ a peculiar deepdiving Â“sh recently found to be the Â“rst fully warm-blooded Â“sh. ÂThe more we looked, the more dierences we could pull out,ÂŽ said Karen Underkoer, lead author of a recently published paper in the peer-reviewed journal Zootaxa that describes the anatomical characteristics of the dierent species of opah, including one marked by its big eyes and a purple tongue. In all, the team of scientists with NOAA Fisheries identiÂ“ed Â“ve distinct species of opah, revealing that there isnÂt a single global species. Three are newly identiÂ“ed, one was already named and researchers better identiÂ“ed another that had been previously described. ÂWe have known for quite some time that opahs in dierent parts of the world look dierent,ÂŽ Misty Paig-Tran, assistant professor of marine biology and biomechanics at Cal State Fullerton who was not involved in the paper, said in an email. People were calling them all the same thing, and the paper clearly shows their dierences, she wrote, adding that itÂs great to Â“nally have anatomical descriptions and DNA to back those descriptions. The researchers say knowing the population of opah Â„ which has a silvery gray body, red Â“ns and mouths, and white spots Â„ is important to make sure they donÂt get overÂ“shed. While opah isnÂt harvested by commercial Â“sheries, the Â“sh is often caught incidentally in commercial Â“shing for high-value tuna or swordÂ“sh o the coasts of Hawaii and California. Sport anglers also frequently catch the colorful Â“sh, which on average weighs about 100 pounds and can be bigger than an automobile tire. Opah is becoming popular at restaurants in Hawaii and elsewhere. The value of U.S. commercial landings of opah has increased from just a few thousand dollars before 2000 to nearly $3.2 million in 2016. The Hawaiibased longline Â“shing industry reported the catching of nearly 30,000 opahs by vessels targeting tuna and swordÂ“sh in 2015. Most opah landed by those vessels arrive at the United Fishing Agency auction in Honolulu, where Underkoer was working several years ago when Garrett Kitazaki Â”agged the big-eyed opah for her and her colleague Meagan Luers, another study co-author. They took measurements, clipped Â“ns and sent tissue samples to the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in San Diego. From the samples collected at the auction, the team quickly determined the Â“sh were distinct from each other. ÂIn that eort to Â“nd more, we stumbled across more very distinct opah species,ÂŽ said John Hyde, program leader of genetics Â“sheries at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center who did the DNA tests. They put out a call to museums, ports and commercial Â“sheries to get samples of opah. They thumbed through literature dating back to the 1700s to Â“nd references and descriptions of the Â“sh. Underkoer even traveled to Monaco to check out a specimen. ÂIt kept building and building,ÂŽ said Underkoer, who now works for NOAAÂs seafood inspection program in Seattle. Hyde said that Âwhen you realize there are Â“ve species instead of one, it tells us thereÂs a lot to still discover out there.ÂŽ SIZE LIMIT: n/a BAG LIMIT (per harvester per day): 4 within the aggregate bag of 4 groupers in state waters SEASON: No closure. LOCAL AVERAGE SIZE: 5 to 10 lb WORLD RECORD: 70 lb, 7 oz FOOD VALUE: Very good; lean and flaky meat. Distinctive flavor with a hint of iodine but not at all fishy. HABITAT: Very deep ledges and wrecks. Rare in less than 500 feet of water. LEGAL METHODS: Hook and line or spearing. No snagging. Reef fish rules apply. Non-offset circle hooks are required when using natural baits and a dehooking device must be available and used when needed. FISHING TIPS: As with other deepwater groupers, drift over suitable structure with cut fish or squid fished at the bottom. Most often, fishermen use rigs with several hooks, the better to catch multiple fish on a single drop. Power reels are not required, but if you arenÂt using one youÂll wish you were after the first drop. NOTES: Relatively common throughout the Gulf of Mexico in its preferred habitat, and perhaps the most caught of the deepwater groupers. FISH PROFILE Â€ SNOWY GROUPER 2 0 1 8 0 7 0 5 w t 1 8 p d f 1 0 3 J u l 1 8 2 0 : 5 2 : 3 1
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Â€ Page 20 Â€ July 5, 2018 ITÂ’S JUST SARGASSUMIf you live in South Florida, you may have noticed your regular feet-in-the-sand beach walks feeling more like obstacle courses for avoiding masses of seaweed. Since 2011, scientists have been observing an unexplained inux of brown blooms oating in the Caribbean and Atlantic and inevitably nding their way to the tropical shorelines of some of our favorite vacation spots. This year has been particularly slimy, with record-high blooms observed via satellite imagery, and predictions that the seaweed may continue beaching through August. But what is this stu, other than a nuisance on beach days? ItÂs Sargassum seaweed. Some research suggests that the masses of seaweed drift down from the Sargasso Sea (a patch of the North Atlantic), while others suggest the seaweed pileup is the result of accumulation in the equatorial Atlantic. No one knows the reason for the sudden inux, though some point to changing wind patterns and climate change. Regardless of why, the seaweed brings both benets and drawbacks to beaches. For marine life, huge mats of seaweed block essential UV light from corals and other organisms that need it. It can also trap small animals like crabs and sea turtles. On the other hand, some sh and sealife can use the seaweed for food and shelter. On land, it can protect beaches from wind and wave erosion. Sargassum seaweed poses no harm to humans, other than a slight irritation of the olfactory senses. Some tourism-dependent islands in the Caribbean, however, are feeling the brunt of the blow, with problematic seaweed pileups prompting Barbados to declare a state of emergency, and a hotel in Antigua to close its doors through September. In response, governments are thinking fast for ways to either remove the seaweed or mix it with beach sand.CRUISE WORKER LOST, FOUNDCall him the luckiest cruise ship worker on the high seas. A crew member who plunged o a Norwegian Cruise Line ship June 30 and was feared lost was rescued the next day by another cruise ship sailing the same route. Carnival says the crew of its 2,980-passenger Carnival Glory found and rescued the unnamed, 33-year-old Norwegian Getaway staer on Sunday afternoon about 21 miles north of Cuba. He had been in the water for nearly 24 hours. The crew member is being treated by GloryÂs shipboard medical team, Carnival said. A statement from the U.S. Coast Guard said he was in stable condition. Glory departed Miami on June 30 and was at sea en route to Cozumel, Mexico on Sunday afternoon when a hotel steward on the ship spotted the Norwegian crew member oating in the water, Carnival says. The hotel steward notied bridge ocers who initiated rescue operations, including reducing speed, reversing course and lowering a lifeboat to retrieve the man. ÂThis is nothing short of miraculous,ÂŽ Carnival president Christine Duy said in a statement. ÂKudos to the Carnival Glory team for this amazing eort to rescue a fellow seafarer.ÂŽ The incident is currently under investigation, the Coast Guard said.FROM THE FWC CASE FILESOcer Winton and Lieutenants Spoede and Ruggiero were patrolling oshore at Fort Myers Beach when they stopped a vessel for a safety inspection. During the inspection it was determined that the vessel was a rental and the livery had rented to someone born after Jan. 1, 1988, without a boater safety identication. The ocers went to the livery and discovered that the employee giving pre-ride instructions did not have boater safety training, nor was there boater safety information posted on the premises as required by law. The manager was issued three notices to appear for the violations.MANATEE VISITS CAROLINASA sea cow decided to take a vacation at the Outer Banks last weekend. A manatee was spotted in the Oregon Inlet Marina on Saturday, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore said on social media Tuesday. The sea cow was a West Indian manatee, according to the park. West Indian manatees were reclassied from endangered to threatened last year. A few manatees are seen each year along the North Carolina coast, usually along the southern third of the coast Â„ from about Carteret County south, according to the North Carolina park system, but have been spotted as far as New Bern. Manatees are almost always seen in the warmer months, visiting North Carolina from Florida and other tropical waters. In North Carolina, manatees favor brackish waters of estuaries, bays, and large river mouths and likely migrate up and down the Intracoastal Waterway.ANOTHER WHITE WHALEA white humpback whale sighted o the coast of the North Island is a signicant nd, according to whale biologist and expert Dr. Ingrid Visser. It is likely the whale is Migaloo, a famous white humpback found in Australian waters, or the rst sighting of a new white whale, both extremely rare nds. Commercial craysher Joshua Whitley was out casting pots about 10 miles o the coast of Gisborne when he noticed something strange near the boat. ÂI just happened to look up and see a whale spout. We decided to go over and have a look.ÂŽ Upon approach Whitley noticed something wasnÂt quite right with one of the whales: ÂIt was completely white.ÂŽ Whitley and his crew were Âcompletely buzzingÂŽ at the Âonce in a lifetimeÂŽ sighting. ÂWhen we left, we thought it was Migaloo, he was right underneath the stern, it was crazy. At rst, they were pretty spooked, they were cruising at 5 knots. Once they got used to the boat and knew we werenÂt going to hurt them they came closer.ÂŽ Visser said just from the footage it was dicult to identify the whale which was probably Migaloo. However, there was a possibility it was the rst documented sighting of the third recorded white humpback whale. The second recorded white humpback is located in the Atlantic Ocean and Visser was 99 percent sure it would not be that whale. It was also possible the whale was the ospring of Migaloo, she said.HOW GOLDFISH KILL CARPOrnamental goldsh that escaped or were released into a lake just south of the Twin Cities likely infected and killed o large numbers of carp, according to state conservation ocials. A virus from the koi goldsh also has been found in at least eight other southern Minnesota lakes in the past year, the state Department of Natural Resources said June 29. Sta from the DNRÂs Lake City sheries oce went to Lake Byllesby near Cannon Falls after dead sh washed up on shore. They collected samples and brought them to the agencyÂs pathology lab and to the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Research Center at the University of Minnesota. The labs conrmed that the sh died from infection with the koi herpes virus, which only aicts common carp and koi, an ornamental member of the carp family raised in East Asia for centuries and kept by some people in aquariums and outdoor ponds. The virus kills carp by damaging their gills and skin. It cannot be transferred to humans or to other animals. The virus Âlikely found its way into Minnesota waters by the release or escape of ornamental koi,ÂŽ a statement from the DNR read. ÂReleasing ornamental sh into the wild is illegal and can upset the balance of natural systems.ÂŽDONÂ’T FEED THE SHARKSAn Australian woman has escaped serious harm despite being dragged into water by a shark who had bitten down on her nger. Melissa Brunning, of Perth, was vacationing in Dugong Bay Â„ in the far northwest of Australia Â„ and feeding a group of nurse sharks. According to Australian TV station 7, Brunning was convinced she had lost her nger. ÂIt happened so quickly,ÂŽ Brunning told 7 News. ÂAll I could really focus on was the fact that my nger is gone. It clamped on it and it felt like it was shredding o the bone. I came up and I was like, ÂIÂve lost my nger.Â I couldnÂt even look at the nger because I thought if I looked at it and saw it again, IÂd probably go into shock.ÂŽ Brunning did not lose her nger, but did suer a torn ligament, several cuts and a fracture. It also became so severely infected that she required an operation upon her return to Perth (the stateÂs capital city.) Speaking to the West Australian, 34-year-old Brunning said the fault was entirely hers, not the sharkÂs ÂItÂs not the sharkÂs fault at all, but it could have been a lot worse,ÂŽ she said. ÂIÂm not a shark victimÂƒ I have full respect for sharks, I think theyÂre incredible ÂIÂve always had the opinion that when youÂre in the water, theyÂre top of the food chain Â„ itÂs their domain.ÂŽHOW TO GET THINGS DONEThe loaded mini-van pulled into the only remaining campsite. 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