Elizabeth D’Onofrio is the kind of person you can talk to for hours. Her warm manner and great sense of expression draw you in, and then she becomes so passionate and intense when she talks about her craft that she keeps you hanging on every word. Small wonder, then, that she is both an accomplished actress and acting teacher, and she has come to our Island with the desire to help our arts community evolve, by bringing her Method acting workshops to Ft. Myers Beach and becoming involved with our local theater.
Oil, once perceived to be the boundless lifeblood of the planet, powering everything from plastic to Hummers, has reached an all-time high of nearly $140 a barrel (as of press time). With gas prices topping $4 a gallon, Americans’ hunger for the juice that powers our lifestyles has turned into a panic that the well is going dry. With a hotly contested presidential election fast approaching, the fuel crisis has turned political and all eyes are focused on Florida and its juicy 25 electoral votes. Potential lawmakers have descended on the state like so many circling sharks, with the Republicans feeding into the fear that all our gas dollars are going to fund terrorism and the Democrats claiming that drilling off of our shores will result in environmental disaster. For an assignment for The Sand Paper this week, I decided to cut through all the rhetoric and find the facts: What actually sets the price of oil?; Will the lifting of the drilling moratorium lower fuel prices or have any effect at all?; How safe are our shores with today’s drilling technology? By speaking with people on both sides of this controversial issue, I set out to find the truth.