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As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida with an uncertain path, residents are doing their best to prepare for the storm. For some, this means evacuating ahead of the high winds and potentially heavy rains. For others, this means joining the long lines at grocery stores and gas stations to stock up on water and fuel before […]

A few weeks ago, I was driving home from a lovely dinner and evening on Anna Maria Island. I had enjoyed some time on the beach with my two young children and my mother, who was visiting from Ohio, We were tired, covered in sand and on our way home after a long, fun day. […]

It’s that time of year again for sharpened pencils, blank notebooks, new bookbags and meet the teacher nights. Tomorrow is the first day of school of the 2017-2018 school year for the Manatee County public schools, and Monday, school begins for Sarasota County kids. Consequently, there will be more school buses on the roads. My […]

As I have previously mentioned, I am not a native Floridian. However, I fully recognize and appreciate that many Floridians own and use boats. The proximity to beautiful water, however, comes with the dangers of boating accidents and deaths. My experience with boating is limited mostly to my childhood. My grandparents owned a large piece […]

Last weekend, a day at Panama City Beach nearly turned deadly for several people that were caught in a rip current. The victims of the strong current were saved when bystanders formed a human chain to reach them and bring them back to land. The dramatic events started when two young boys playing in the […]

Today is National Insurance Awareness Day, which presents an opportune time to review your coverage and make sure you are not under- or over-insured. Insurance offers security and protection, from providing for loved ones in the event of accident or death to covering losses from medical bills and property damage. It is important to review […]

Next week marks 11 years since I packed up my blue Honda Civic and drove from ‘Burgh (Pittsburgh) to ‘Burg (St. Petersburg). I have lived in Florida since that blistering June day when my two cats and I arrived at our new home and waited weeks for the balance of my belongings to arrive. I […]

May is Bike Month, and for many, Memorial Day, always on the last Monday of May, marks the official start of summer. Longer days and warmer temperatures provide the perfect opportunity to get outside and get moving. Heading out on a bicycle can be an ideal way to boost activity and enjoy some fresh air, […]

Although virtually every state has enacted some form of distracted driving law aimed at discouraging certain uses of cell phones while driving, distracted drivers who are talking and texting on mobile phones continue to claim lives.  States have taken vastly divergent approaches to dealing with distractions involving cell phones.  Many states have taken a hardline […]

  For some people, motorcycles are a better alternative than driving a car. Not only are motorcycles fuel-efficient, but they are also thrilling, allowing the driver to really experience the open road. But despite their appeal, motorcycles can also be extremely dangerous. Motorcycles demand that their drivers have better skill and coordination than if they […]