New BGAA board members

The Boca Grande Art Alliance recently elected three new board members. Shown above Past President Cathy Bisset-Parkes handed off the gavel to incoming president on the far right, Barbara Vanyo. In the middle is Gina McFadden and John Dedrick. Not pictured is the third new board member, Lori Coerver.                                   Photo submitted

Island resident presents award to author in D.C.

The O’Bannons of Boca Grande visited Washington D.C. this week to present South Florida author Randy Wayne White with the Florida House Distinguished Author Award for 2015. Shown above are Randy, his wife, Wendy, Mrs. Ann Scott (Gov. Rick Scott’s wife) and Mary and Philip O’Bannon at the presentation on Thursday, April 30.     […]

GIWA announced 2014 water quality report

■ STAFF REPORT – The Gasparilla Island Water Association, Inc. has announced that their 2014 Water Quality Report is now available online at This report is designed to inform our membership about the source and quality of their drinking water.

Literary Forum announces new reads for 2015-2016

Books to be discussed at the Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center Literature Forum 2015-2016 season were announced this week. After screening and discussing scores of books, the Literature Forum steering committee has selected the following works of fiction, taking their readers to Mississippi, Illinois, rural France, England and North Korea:

Suncoast cats in England: A follow-up to our original report

Remember the kitties we reported about last week, who were headed to a new home in England? Well, after a climate controlled flight on British Airways, formerly homeless cats Binx and Little Girl have arrived safely at their East Sussex home. United Kingdom residents Brian and Jenny Port adopted the siblings from Suncoast Humane Society […]

GICIA tours proving successful, call to get on the list for the next one

On April 25, the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) hosted two tours of one of their most successful restoration sites.   Two small groups were guided through the properties by GICIA’s executive director, Misty Nichols and consultant and certified arborist, Rick Joyce.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to all who made Mark’s celebration special

To the Editor: On behalf of the Shevitski family may I please send out a huge thank you to all of Marks friends who attended his Boca service. We tend to do things in our own special way here on the island and I think Mark would be very pleased with the beautiful, honest, funny […]

Letter to the Editor: Best wishes from the Lee County Sheriff’s Patrol

To the Editor: As we wrap up the 2014-15 season, your local law enforcement professionals would like to thank the Boca Grande Community for allowing us to serve you!

Last call for Ladies Day

If you’re interested in entering the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament, it’s still not too late. While your team’s name won’t be in the program, you can still call the Chamber office at 964-0568 and sign up, or go online to

Profile: Jim Sullivan

BY JACK SHORT – Jim Sullivan would prefer that the maudlin days of Equus and Macbeth were behind him, and behind the Royal Palm Players. Okay, RPP probably never did Equus, but they weren’t doing enough of what Jim says Boca Grande wants; he thinks he and Boca Grande have at least one important thing in […]