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  • news-journalonline
  • Florida Times-Union
  • Tallahassee Democrat

Past articles by Mark:

Mark Lane: The year Jimmy Carter shook up Florida politics

In March 1976, Jimmy Carter defeated George Wallace in the Florida presidential primary and politics shifted. → Read More

Mark Lane: After long decline, DeLand's landmark hotel falls

In almost 100 years, DeLand's Hotel Putnam went from landmark to nuisance property to rubble. → Read More

Mark Lane: 'One-in-a-million' mutant bird spotted on my feeder

An extremely rare mutant yellow cardinal shows up on a columnist’s bird feeder → Read More

Mark Lane: Cyclist faces the new as old bike reaches road’s end

When a beloved old bicycle fails, its time to take stock and get back on the road. → Read More

Mark Lane: Are the Boardwalk landmark's days numbered?

The one-two punch of tropical storms last year left all three of the area's ocean piers in shambles. → Read More

Mark Lane: The Darwinian Gardener unfazed by freeze

After a freeze hits, the Darwinian Gardener springs to action. OK, “springs” is the wrong word. → Read More

Mark Lane: Mo people, mo problems and we’re No. 1!

Florida was No. 1 in year-to-year growth in a recent Census Bureau count, but fast growth has its discontents. → Read More

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