Friday, July 21, 2017

Florida Government/Free Country is an oxymoron

People Squawk but Money Talks
For years,
this state
(Florida),
 overrides the decisions of
the voting citizens wishes
(For Money in their Pocketbooks)
And
Now
it is happening ever more often
 on
 anything or everything!

We, in this state,
are building on our Wetlands,
almost every day
and
polluting our waters.

No one in our government
cares about our children/Grandchildren's future!
Only money in their pockets!
Florida Government/Free Country is an oxymoron

Florida: House member wants legislature to have power to override “activist” court decisions by 2/3rds vote; several other states considered similar moves

A plan to allow the Florida legislature to override any state court decisions that strike a “legislative act” as unconstitutional has been prefiled for the 2017 session.

HJR 121 provides

Any law, resolution, or other legislative act declared void by the supreme court, district court of appeal, circuit court, or county court of this state may be deemed active and operational, notwithstanding the court’s ruling, if agreed to by the legislature pursuant to a resolution adopted by a two-thirds vote of each house within five years after the date that the ruling becomes final. Such resolution is exempt from section 8 of this article and shall take effect immediately upon passage.

Section 8 refers to the governor’s power to sign or veto bills, thus the governor would have no role in the legislative override process.


This isn’t the first such proposal introduced in recent years, but it broader than most which usually only target only the state’s supreme court such as Montana SB 334 of 2009, New Jersey ACR 118 and the companion SCR 63 both of 2008, and Wyoming’s HJR 7 of 2016.

Related



Watchdogs decry Constitution Revision Commission’s proposed rules

Michael Moline

May 15, 2017, 2:13

Proposed rules for the Constitution Revision Commission could let members deliberate in secret, limit public participation, bottle up ideas in committee, or bog down debating proposals with little support, government watchdog groups warned Monday.
 
 

Sixteen organizations, including the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, Florida Consumer Action Network, and unions, including Florida AFL-CIO, critiqued the proposed rules in a letter to the commission’s rules committee.

If you lie to the government it is a Felony.

It the government lies to you it is politics.

If #45 lies----it is for the pocket (His)!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A real Christian is always a real Christian

A real Christian is always a real Christian.
This, my friends
and
all of our elected officials,
along with many, many,
(Christian preachers on radio and television),
 is a true follower of Jesus Christ!

Notice I did not say
(Christian)?
+
Tim Tebow's game-winning homer Thursday against the Daytona Tortugas was his third since getting called up to the advanced Single-A St. Lucie Mets at the beginning of the month.
[Zach Dean / Gatehouse Media]
By Zach Dean
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at 4:15 PM

‘TebowMania’ stronger than ever as baseball journey continues


Tim Tebow's game-winning homer Thursday against the Daytona Tortugas was his third since getting called up to the advanced Single-A St. Lucie Mets at the beginning of the month.

PORT ST. LUCIE

As the rain splashed on the tarp at First Data Field, the home of the Advanced Single-A St. Lucie Mets, it was clear that Wednesday evening’s game vs. the Daytona Tortugas would be postponed.

Not a single player from either team was in sight.

But that didn’t matter to the nearly 600 fans who crowded around the home dugout. When it comes to “TebowMania,” waiting out a thunderstorm just to get a glimpse of, and maybe an autograph from, the former Heisman winner/NFL quarterback/ESPN broadcaster/baseball player, is worth the risk.

“Ask him, he’s the (Tim) Tebow fan,” laughs Matt Courts, pointing at his friend as they both stand in the pouring rain. “I told him, (Tebow) was gone hours ago. He’s already home. I’m ready to roll, but he wants to wait it out.”

Like so many of the fans nowadays at First Data Field, Courts and co-worker Drew White are not locals. They came from Memphis, Tennessee, and were in the state for business, working about 90 minutes south of Port St. Lucie.

When they heard Tebow would be in town they decided to make the drive, even with a 5 a.m. flight awaiting them in the morning.

“Would we do it if he wasn’t here? Zero percent chance,”
Courts said.
The Tebow effect

Courts and White are just a small sampling of the chaotic nightly scene in Port St. Lucie ever since Tebow, 29, was called up on June 26. In fact, ever since the Mets signed Tebow to a minor league contract last September after the long-time quarterback announced his desire to return to baseball, it’s been Tebow-time, all the time.

A family of four from Virginia walks around all dressed in St. Lucie Mets No. 15 “Tebow” shirts. A couple all the way from Ormond Beach are decked out in Florida Gators gear from head to toe, all the way down to the socks.

A father-son duo from Palm Bay, both sporting Gators hats, are in town for their second game in as many weeks.

“We bought tickets that night,” son Art Dwyer said of Tebow’s June call-up. “It’s not too bad of a drive, and we wanted to see Tebow!”

So do a lot of people.

On July 4, only Tebow’s fourth home game, the Mets drew a crowd of 6,974 — the second largest in St. Lucie history. In 11 home games since his arrival, the Mets have drawn over 36,000 fans to the stadium, good for an average of nearly 3,300 per night. That’s more than twice the average attendance of 1,501 for the 12 Florida State League teams.

“A perfect example is Wednesday night,” said assistant general manager Traer Van Allen. “We had 600 fans at a game where it rained pretty much all over the city that day. Just the fact that we had that many was a true testament to his appeal and drawing-power. Fourth of July was like a Mets-Red Sox, Mets-Yankees spring training game. It was unbelievable.”

“TebowMania” hasn’t just had an impact in Port St. Lucie, the spring training home of the New York Mets, either.

During the weekend series against the Fort Myers Miracle July 1-3, 19,808 fans came out to the park, including 9,478 in Monday’s series finale — a Fort Myers record. During a weekend series at Jupiter, nearly 6,500 people attended the Friday and Saturday games. The last time the Mets visited Jupiter for a weekend series, in early May, the two-day attendance total was less than 2,000.

Still, the hype on the road — the Florida Firefrogs, who play in Kissimmee, have created special ticket packages and extended box office hours ahead of this weekend’s series — doesn’t compare to the frenzy in Port St. Lucie.

Because of the increased exposure, credential requests and security efforts have been stepped up as well. When news of Tebow’s promotion first hit, Mets media relations director Adam MacDonald said he fielded close to 50 credential requests for the introductory press conference and opening game.

“I’ve been with the Mets a long time now, and we’ve had a number of major league players come here,” Van Allen said. “What Tim and his fans and the people that want to see him are doing is unlike anything I’ve ever seen here before.”

As a result, the team has increased security around the stadium, Van Allen said. How tight are things right now? Any Tebow-related questions must be run through the St. Lucie Mets’ front office. Stadium employees, including ushers, security guards, and those who work in the pro shop, are not permitted to speak with the media.

“We’ve definitely seen an increase in our souvenir sales numbers,” said General Manager Paul Taglieri, who refused to provide any specific numbers. “We’ve put a couple of (additional) orders in already. I think our initial order was extremely conservative. Stuff flew off the shelves pretty quick so we’ve put in one, possibly two reorders on the shirts and novelty items.”

Taglieri, with the Mets since 1999, added that, even though the team has seen guys like Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, superstar catcher Mike Piazza, and current star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes come through on rehab assignments, this situation is on a different level.

“When those guys were here, they were here for a day or two,” Taglieri said. “This is obviously a little different. This has definitely had a significant impact on our attendance. You can recognize that. The energy has been a little different because he’s here.”

Tebow Magic

That energy was on full display during Thursday’s doubleheader.

After Wednesday’s washout, fans lined up in a sea of orange and blue outside the First Data Field gate well before the 4 p.m. first pitch. When gates finally opened it was a race to the corner of the Mets’ first base dugout. That’s where the Tebow autograph line starts to form, and, before long, it ran all the way up the stairs.

Unfortunately, on this day, the former Florida Gator quarterback isn’t playing the field. Tebow is slated to hit sixth and serve as the team’s designated hitter in both games. Still, the section erupts in a Tebow chant shortly before players take the field, holding out hope for at least a glimpse of the man.

“I’ve always been a fan,” said Glenn Morin, who graduated from the University of Florida in 1963 and made the trip with his wife from Ormond Beach. “I think because he’s a strong Christian, he’s got a lot of following he wouldn’t have normally. We were following him when he was in South Carolina (with the Columbia Fireflies to start the season), but when we saw he was coming here we had to come to a game.”

The couple picked a good day to come watch. Later that night, with the Mets and Tortugas tied at 4 in the bottom of the seventh, Tebow crushed a walk-off home run (minor league doubleheaders are seven innings each) on the very first pitch he saw, just clearing the left field wall.

The blast was Tebow’s third since getting called up last month, and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. The game-winner sent First Data Field and its nearly 2,700 fans into a frenzy, with chants of “Tebow” ringing throughout the stadium as he circled the bases. When Tebow touched home, he was greeted with a Gatorade shower.

“From the first time I saw him take swings at spring training all the way to now, he is light-years ahead,” Mets manager Chad Kreuter, a former major league catcher, said after the game. “He’s catapulted himself ahead a couple seasons almost. He was a newbie, and you look at where he was when he showed up to instructional league, and the numbers weren’t very good at all. Now, he’s battling during at-bats, not striking out a whole lot, and his swing path is phenomenal.”

Tebow admitted after the game it was the first time he’d belted a walk-off shot since high school.

“Junior year,” laughed Tebow, who attended Nease High School in Ponte Vedra. “That was the district championship, so that felt pretty good, but this one was special.”

While he struggled earlier this season with Columbia, the former quarterback has seemingly found his groove since joining St. Lucie. Tebow is hitting .327 and has 11 RBIs to go along with his three home runs in 16 games. He insists there’s no secret to his newfound success at the plate.

“Just working with the coaches and more time playing baseball,” Tebow said. “A lot of great teammates talking to me about pitches, you know, ‘This is what I just saw, this is what’s coming.’ Just seeing more pitches, have better timing, be through the zone longer. I’m just trying to work at the game.”

One of the guys Tebow pointed out was former Stetson catcher Patrick Mazeika. Tebow acknowledged that Mazeika, as a catcher, has played a role in his improvement at the plate. The former Hatter says his new teammate brings something completely different to the table.

“He has so many good experiences that he can share with us,” Mazeika said. “He takes so much time just to help others, and he just makes you want to be a better guy, better teammate, better friend, better son. It’s helped spark our energy a little bit with the fans, because they help get your adrenaline going a little bit. That walk-off home run was electric.”

Still, in typical Tebow fashion, he was quick to put the night in perspective after the game.

“It felt good, but so many of the guys on the team played so well in both games,” he said. “I just wanted to try and come through in the end and help win it for our team. I’m just thankful to get that opportunity. It was a lot of fun to celebrate with all the guys. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve really been improving as a team and coming together, so it feels good.”

Sunday, July 16, 2017

(Wharton was ticketed for careless driving, troopers said).

Dump truck dumped load on a curve yet again!

Simply put
driving too fast
for a curve
because
unqualified driver's
in
non union companies
 must do so
or
be replaced
 by another
non qualified driver.

(Wharton was ticketed for careless driving, troopers said).
SAY WHAT!

So

Just what is wrong with my union?

(Teamsters trained, teamster road qualified)!


7,000 ton of junk metal falls off a dump truck onto a minivan from the beech line Florida.
This time
within minutes
after
our family
 passed under
the beech line
heading back to our hotel.

Orlando man miraculously survives van
being crushed
by
 falling scrap metal in bizarre traffic crash

Updated: Jul 15, 2017 - 6:31 PM


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - When 36-year-old Jesus Armando Escobar was exiting off Interstate 4 onto State Road 528, he had no idea what was about to happen on the overpass above him.

Antonio Santiago Wharton, 33, of Kissimmee, was driving a Mack truck loaded down with scrap metal at about 7:35 a.m. Saturday.

As he negotiated the curve, he lost control of the truck, hit the guardrail and overturned the vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

A large metal pipe flew off Wharton’s truck, tumbled off the overpass and landed squarely on the roof of Escobar’s Pontiac Van.

The force of the impact completely crushed the driver side roof of the van, troopers said. 

Somehow, Escobar was able to walk away from the crash with only minor injuries.

If he had been sitting in any other seat, he would have likely been killed, officials said.

Theodore Olson, with AATR Orlando, said he's seen a lot of wrecks, but nothing like this.

"I've seen crushed cars before, but nothing in this kind of circumstance, where, like, they were up on upper bridge and it rolled out of a container and crushed a car,"

Olson said.

"I thought it was a fatality, to be honest with you. But they came out and said, 'Nope, he's only got scratches.'"

Wharton was ticketed for careless driving, troopers said.

 

Simply put driving too fast for a curve because unqualified driver's in non union companies must do so or be replaced by another non qualified driver.

(Wharton was ticketed for careless driving, troopers said).

SAY WHAT!

So

Just what is wrong with my union?

(Teamsters trained, teamster road qualified)!

7,000 ton of junk metal falls off a dump truck onto a minivan from the beech line Florida.

This time within minutes after our family passed under the beech line heading back to our hotel.

Orlando man miraculously survives van being crushed by falling scrap metal in bizarre traffic crash

Updated: Jul 15, 2017 - 6:31 PM


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - When 36-year-old Jesus Armando Escobar was exiting off Interstate 4 onto State Road 528, he had no idea what was about to happen on the overpass above him.

Antonio Santiago Wharton, 33, of Kissimmee, was driving a Mack truck loaded down with scrap metal at about 7:35 a.m. Saturday.

As he negotiated the curve, he lost control of the truck, hit the guardrail and overturned the vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

A large metal pipe flew off Wharton’s truck, tumbled off the overpass and landed squarely on the roof of Escobar’s Pontiac Van.

The force of the impact completely crushed the driver side roof of the van, troopers said. 

Somehow, Escobar was able to walk away from the crash with only minor injuries.

If he had been sitting in any other seat, he would have likely been killed, officials said.

Theodore Olson, with AATR Orlando, said he's seen a lot of wrecks, but nothing like this.

"I've seen crushed cars before, but nothing in this kind of circumstance, where, like, they were up on upper bridge and it rolled out of a container and crushed a car,"

Olson said.

"I thought it was a fatality, to be honest with you. But they came out and said, 'Nope, he's only got scratches.'"

Wharton was ticketed for careless driving, troopers said.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Why The Obsession Against Smokable Medical Pot?

Before we start with this,
 let's dump some water
on our government's fire
(argument),
on
Marijuana.

First, Marijuana is not loaded with poison/chemicals just to get you addicted to it!

Marijuana is not addicted (no nicotine) and unlike booze, it tends to slow one down and think things, sometimes too many things, through, not speed because one tends to want to speed.

The truth about pot,
allow a father of two then teenager boys
coming of age
at the time of
 pot smokers in high school.

Longest 24 hours of my life!
However
I could go to work and/or sleep knowing that things would be O.K.
 with my two mischief maker boys.

Because it is not addictive.
Big Business/Lobbyist/Politicians
cannot get rich
off the backs of Marijuana smokers,
unlike

 cigarettes
Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette
69 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer.
Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanides and ammonia
are present in cigarette smoke.
and
 
booze!
Research suggests that alcohol increases the production of endorphins, the brain’s natural painkillers. These same chemicals are also associated with pleasure and reward, and they tend to accumulate within the portions of the brain that have long been linked with addictive behaviors. An interesting study published in Science Translational Medicine found that people who drink heavily have higher spikes in endorphins
Why The Obsession Against Smokable Medical Pot?
John Morgan Wants To Know.

Flagler Live | July 7, 2017


The Florida Legislature and the state Department of Health have unilaterally
 (one-sided)

interpreted an amendment legalizing medical marijuana in such a way as to prohibit smokable pot.

 (Cool Revolution)

Saying Floridians knew what they were voting on in November, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan on Thursday followed through on threats to sue the state over a smoking ban included in a new law carrying out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.


Morgan, who largely bankrolled the medical-marijuana ballot initiative, had repeatedly threatened to launch a legal challenge over smoking, which he maintains was permitted in the amendment supported by more than 71 percent of Florida voters last fall.

Even so, lawmakers banned smoking of marijuana — but allowed patients to vaporize, or “vape,” pot products — in a bill approved during a special session last month. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill, which went into effect last week.

“The people of Florida knew exactly what they were voting on,
when they voted.
When they were voting on it, the vast majority,
 if not 100 percent, knew that smoke was included.
The fact that we are here today is really unnecessary, but here we go,”

Morgan told reporters Thursday morning outside the Leon County Courthouse.

In the lawsuit filed in Leon County circuit court, Morgan accused a number of state officials, including Department of Health Secretary Celeste Philip, of

“deprivation of rights and privileges”

by prohibiting patients eligible for the treatment from smoking marijuana products.

Morgan said he intends to add as plaintiffs to the lawsuit patients who smoke marijuana as a treatment for their illnesses.

Some patients insist that smoking marijuana, rather than ingesting pot by other methods, alone provides relief for their conditions.

In defending the ban on smoking pot products, legislative leaders maintained that, as is the case of cigarettes, smoking marijuana is bad for patients’ health, and that medicinal dosages can’t be controlled when the product is smoked.

But Morgan,

 in the lawsuit, argued there is no research indicating that smoking marijuana contributes to lung illnesses.

“In fact, marijuana was shown to increase lung capacity,”

Morgan argued.

By banning smoking, Florida lawmakers put themselves in the place of doctors, who, under the amendment, are responsible for deciding patients’ course of treatment, Morgan maintained in the lawsuit.

The constitutional amendment bans smoking of marijuana in public places — language Morgan insists permits smoking on private property.

The sharp-tongued Morgan, who regularly uses expletives when speaking with reporters, said the interpretation of the law “is as clear … as it would be to any first-grader.”

He compared the language in the amendment to rules regarding the use of hotel swimming pools, where signs that prohibit pool use at certain times mean that swimming is permitted during the hours in which the activity isn’t banned.

But House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, an Estero Republican who sponsored the legislation and insisted on the smoking ban, defended lawmakers’ actions, saying he was certain courts would uphold the law.

Rodrigues said other states that permit smoking of medical marijuana made it clear in the proposals that went before voters.

“If you look at those other states, their constitutional amendments declared that it could be smoked and that it could be self-grown. If that’s what John Morgan wanted for Florida, he should have declared it in the amendment,” Rodrigues told The News Service of Florida on Thursday.

Florida law-enforcement officials, including sheriffs and police chiefs, encouraged the ban on smoking, saying an outright ban on “whole flower,” or what is more commonly known as “bud,” would make it easier to identify people who are breaking the law.

The issue is also rooted in a debate about whether smoking opens the door for recreational marijuana users, something Morgan rejected Thursday.

He accused Florida lawmakers of laying the groundwork for a recreational marijuana initiative in the near future. He said such an initiative would be pushed by advocates unhappy with the way the medical marijuana amendment was implemented, as has happened in some other states.

“They (the Legislature) have kicked the door wide open for recreational use of marijuana,” Morgan said. “They thought that this was their way of stopping people from backdooring the recreational use of marijuana. All they did, in the process, was to hurt the patients who need it the most.”

But Rodrigues said he “absolutely” disagreed with Morgan’s assessment.

States that have authorized recreational marijuana have three things in common, according to Rodrigues: smoking, self-growth and a large gray market for marijuana.

“We have implemented a system that does none of those things,” he said.

–Dara Kam,

News Service of Florida

Community rallies around Minneola ‘Superman’

 

Proud to be able to say,
 "There is still a lot of good in this world
(Mother is smiling this day!"

MINNEOLA — Minneola’s own superhero was at it again Monday, undaunted by a physical attack last week that left him with minor injuries and a slight case of nerves. As Superman would have done.
Posted at 7:00 AM


MINNEOLA — Minneola’s own superhero was at it again Monday, undaunted by a physical attack last week that left him with minor injuries and a slight case of nerves.

As Superman would have done, Raeshorn Pitt brushed off his cape and continued with his favorite activity — waving to passersby on the corner of U.S. Highway 27 and Washington Street in Minneola and demonstrating his kung fu moves in his Superman costume.

On Thursday, Rae was reportedly challenged to a fight by Tyler McCorvey, 26, who allegedly ended up punching him and more. McCorvey was arrested Friday for simple assault and aggravated abuse of a disabled adult.

On Sunday, dozens of people came out in a show of support for him and on Monday, it continued with drivers honking as they passed him. Others stopped to shake Rae’s hand or to bring him a drink. Some stopped to have their picture taken with him.

A woman in one car let her car window down, stuck her arm out close-fisted, raised it in superhero style and screamed out, “Hi Rae, glad you’re OK.”

A man on a motorcycle behind her yelled, “Hey Superman.”

“I think he’s awesome. He’s friendly and he makes people smile. I think he’s fighting the forces of evil out here that none of can see,” Daniel Mac said.

Pitt, 20, is deaf and can only communicate in writing or via sign language.

He said he enjoys seeing the smiles on people’s faces and gets a kick out of people’s reactions.

“I wave and thumb for crowd and people. They watch me and I fight the devil man,” Pitt said Monday.

His mother, Angi Pitt, said through Facebook messenger that Rae began practicing kung fu moves he’d made up or seen on television while standing out in public last November.

She said he took on the Superman persona when a retired military man dropped off a costume and cape for him to wear. Right away, the waves and smiles from people began and a frenzy of support erupted on Facebook and throughout the community.

“He believes this is his job and does it to make people smile,” Angi Pitt said.

One man, who asked that his name not be used, started a Facebook fan page titled Rae, AKA Minneola’s Superhero.

He said since Rae’s return after being attacked, support on the page has increased even more than before.

“I can tell you I have been receiving HUNDREDS of messages from people all over the country and Canada. Everything from wishing him well to pouring out their hearts. It’s been incredibly rewarding,” he said. “Everything from a deaf, autistic kid in Indiana who gets bullied that has used Rae as inspiration to fight through it to adults with disabilities in similar situation.”

“They all look up to Rae and find his story and passion to make people smile very touching,” he said.

He also said people are rallying and raising money on GoFundMe and other sites to take Rae to theme parks and even to Minnesota to attend the 40-year anniversary Superman fan show in Metropolis.

“If this doesn’t warm your heart... and this happens all day. It has turned into much more than a fan page,” he said.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Should any governor be allowed to holder 'Stock' in Charter Schools?

Should any governor
 be allowed to
holder 'Stock'
 in
Florida school board
will
challenge
new charter school law
Posted July 5, 2017 04:40 pm
By

Why Democrats Should Follow the
NEA,
 NAACP
and
Black Lives Matter
 and
 Unite On
A Charter School Moratorium

Another rallying point labor and civil rights agree on.

By Jeff Bryant / Education Opportunity Network

July 7, 2017, 2:32 PM GMT


'Failing' schools? Charter schools get F's three times as often in Florida

Orlando Sentinel6 days ago

For years,
Florida politicians have
 trashed public schools,
describing them as “failures.”
Traditional public schools get it wrong,
 they say.
 Charter schools get it right,
 they say.


Should our or any governor of any state
be allowed to be a stock holder in Charter Schools?

Just Asking (once again)!

Gov. Rick Scott signs controversial education bill Thursday

Public school leaders see big losses; charter owners to see gains


Florida school board will challenge new charter school law

Posted July 5, 2017 04:40 pm

By


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Nature’s Reflections, SECO News

Nature’s Reflections – The Green Anole
May 31, 2017
One of Florida’s best natural pest control experts
 This lively little garden critter is the Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis), pronounced uh’no-lee, of the Iguanidae family. It is the only anole native to Florida and not to be confused with the non-native Brown Anole. Its long-pointed snout and smooth skin distinguishes it, as does its ability to change color from green to brown or gray as a camouflage technique and in reaction to temperature. When temps are above 70°F, it tends to be green. In cooler weather it turns brown. Following a territorial dispute, the winner turns bright green while the loser turns brown. Although it is often called a “chameleon,” it is not. Chameleons are natives of Africa and Madagascar, have eyeballs that move independently, and tails that curl into spirals
Like all lizards, the Green Anole is equipped with moveable eyelids and external ear holes. Adults molt often, casting off skin in pieces. It has adhesive toe pads, enabling it to climb and cling to vertical surfaces. Males grow to eight inches. Females are smaller.
Its long, slender tail makes up half of its length and breaks off at the slightest pressure – allowing for a quick escape. The tail then grows back over several weeks.
Males have a brightly colored patch of skin called a throat fan or dew lap. It appears to inflate, but is actually displayed using a flexible rod of cartilage. The behavior is often accompanied by push-ups and head-bobbing maneuvers when courting a mate or defending territory. Breeding takes place from late March to early October. Females lay single eggs every two weeks in moist soil including the soil in flower pots. The tiny 1/4- to 3/8-inch leathery eggs take five to seven weeks to hatch.
Anoles feed on insects, but only live prey. Anoles have excellent eyesight and are frequently seen quietly stalking prey or basking in the sunlight. It is not unusual to see it gobbling up wood roaches or other bugs. Amazingly, this little lizard can grab and swallow prey almost its size. Anoles and other lizards are valuable contributors to the environment and economically important as natural pest controllers – an essential element in the balance of nature.

Column & photos
 by
Sandi Staton