We need to honor the soul of the island

To the Editor: They say the seasons don’t change in Florida. Well I know summer’s over because the weeds on Gilchrist are dying and a lot of my neighbors are crying. Crying once again … not in my front yard. I do think it’s wonderful that a lot of Islanders are on board with the […]

Obituary: Danny McKee

Danny McKee, 63, of Rapid City, South Dakota passed away on December 21, 2015. He was born on July 28, 1953 in Boiling Springs, N.C. to Howard and Loveada (Adams) McKee.

‘Taste’ restaurants announced

So far, 19 restaurants have signed on to become part of the legendary feast we have all come to know as “The Taste.” The Taste of Boca Grande in 2016 will be held on Monday, Feb. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Boca Bay Pass Club. Tickets are $90, of which $50 is […]

$3,000 raised in fishing trip auction GICIA granted extension to procure more funds

The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) announced this week that they are nearing $20 million in pledges toward the purchase of the Mercabo site, and they have been given an extension to find the additional funds necessary.

A letter from the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority

To all residents of Boca Grande: I know that all of the bridge users are anxious to drive on the new bridge, and from the surface the bridge appears to be ready for traffic. What you don’t see is the behind-the-scenes complex mechanical testing. The current testing is to ensure the longevity of all mechanical […]

Literature Series to feature ‘A Shattered Peace’

The Johann Fust Library Foundation’s Literary Series will feature David Andelman’s “A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price we Pay Today” on Friday, Jan. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Library.

Holiday cruises now departing to Don Pedro, Cayo Costa and more

Captiva Cruises Holiday Cruise schedule departing from Cape Haze Marina begins December 21, 2015 – January 2, 2016. Daily cruises include an Island Eco-Expedition to Don Pedro Island State Park at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and a Dolphin & Wildlife Sunset Cruise from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Mote scientists expand monitoring service for Florida beachgoers

  During this year of record Florida tourism, Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are announcing exciting upgrades to their real-time beach monitoring tool – giving visitors and residents improved resources to plan a safe and fun day at the beach. Mote’s Beach Conditions Reporting System (BCRS) provides twice-daily online updates on conditions at 27 of Florida’s […]

A tribute to Jay Kitchen

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow. What a ride!” Emmett Benjamin Kitchen Jr. (Jay) 70, of Alexandria, Va. and Palm Island, died on Dec. 13, 2015 at […]

PROFILE: Kendra Flanagan

BY SUE ERWIN – The next time you’re strolling around town on Park Avenue, you might want to stop by the Chamber of Commerce office and say hello to the new Executive Assistant, Kendra Flanagan. You’re sure to be greeted with a friendly smile.