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  • Florida Times-Union
  • Tallahassee Democrat

Recent articles by Mark:

Mark Lane: COVID still grinds on, so get the shot

The unpredictability of this disease is unsettling. Some people get it and it feels like a cold. Some people get it and die. → Read More

Mark Lane: The Darwinian Gardener fights pipe gunk and leaf scorch

The Darwinian Gardener believes people are far too quick to write off plants that are merely going through a rough patch. → Read More

Mark Lane: Guilty plea no impediment to Corrine Brown's comeback try

The biggest surprise of candidate qualifying week was former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's reappearance as a candidate despite a guilty plea. → Read More

Mark Lane: Scorching opinion fries Florida's voting law changes

Mark Lane: "Florida has a grotesque history of racial discrimination," the federal court order noted. Something that's hard to argue with. → Read More

Mark Lane: No clock changes next year! Sounds great now, but wait for winter

Year-round daylight saving time was popular when it took effect, but the public turned on it dramatically within a year. → Read More

Mark Lane: Daytona's old rec hall looks about to meet its fate

The hall was dedicated on Dec. 30, 1943, and was called the Community Service Recreation Building because it was built for servicemen and WACs. → Read More

Happy start of Beach Season, not that it wasn't always there for you

Volusia County declared Beach Season's start. That's the time when the beach approaches are opened again for the season and staffed. → Read More

Mark Lane: Is strawberry shortcake a just dessert for Florida?

Florida already honors one dessert, Key lime pie, since 2006 our official state pie by statute. Do we really have room on our plate for two desserts? → Read More

Mark Lane: DeSantis at session's start has money to spend and a base to please

In his 'State of the State' address, Gov. Ron DeSantis looks forward to a Legislative session with money to spend and a base to please. → Read More

Mark Lane: Why does state law protect beach smoking?

Anybody who has helped at a beach cleanup knows that no item of trash – not popped flip-flops, not even bottle caps – comes close to cigarette butts. → Read More

Mark Lane: Dear editor ... 10 things to remember

Be brief, concise and write only on one side of the paper. A Twitter post is about 60 words. Think of a letter as equal to four tweets. → Read More

Mark Lane: Once again, an opinion writer is in the dark

When the lights and the internet of things go dark, the home office has to keep running. → Read More

Mark Lane: The Darwinian Gardener tolerates sedges, celebrates purple berries

Beautyberry bushes show off berries the color of purple popsicles and the Darwinian Gardener cannot help but feel summer slipping away. → Read More

Mark Lane: Loss of anti-vax radio host Bernier reminds us to be wary of our certainties

Radio host Marc Bernier died of COVID-19 after opposing vaccines. The online response has not been altogether charitable. → Read More

Mark Lane: Schools get hit by DeSantis and activists as they wrestle with COVID-19 spread

Educators trying to help keep kids safe find themselves under attack from the governor on the state level and angry activists locally. → Read More

Mark Lane: Daytona Beach's pick for city manager raises hopes for change

Deric Feacher promises to be a big change in style from the current administration which has been running Daytona Beach since 2004. → Read More

Mark Lane: Daytona Beach dusts off plans and studies pier's future

The city of Daytona Beach has long wished for grander pier than it has now and has hired consultant to consider the future of the 1925 structure. → Read More

Ten things to watch in 2021

Growth, politics, the pandemic's phase out: Some of what we'll be covering in 2021. → Read More

2020's list of nonstories and things that didn't happen

There were a lot of things that people expected in Florida for 2020 that turned out to be dead wrong. Here's a year-end Top 10 list. → Read More

Mark Lane: 90 years ago, you could take a plane to Daytona Beach

The new airport was just hanger and a shack, but commercial air travel landed in Daytona Beach 90 years ago. → Read More