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Wildflower open this weekend with lots to do

Lemon Bay Conservancy invites you to a free Open House at Wildflower Preserve on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Come explore nature and take a guided trail walk with knowledgeable guides that will leave every hour. Various walks will focus on different natural elements of the preserve. The first walk of […]

Gaffney entertains Garden Club with tales of weddings past

BY CLARE DOYLE – Design star Michael Gaffney gave the Boca Grande Garden Club a “flower-powered” Flower Week to remember. A capacity crowd in the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium last Wednesday, Feb. 3 roared with laughter again and again as Michael regaled us with tales from his long career as a florist, floral design […]

Coast Guard inspection at the Range Light

The Coast Guard held a routine inspection at the Range Light on Wednesday morning. This is one of the final inspections before the turnover, meaning that the Barrier Island Park Society will receive a licensing agreement to restore and operate the newly named Range Light to the Gasparilla Light. The turnover is planned to happen […]

Have some coffee with a scientist on Wednesday

On Wednesday, Feb. 17 Mote’s Boca Grande office will host “Coffee with a Scientist,” featuring Dr. Jim Locascio, staff scientist in Mote Marine Laboratory’s Fisheries Habitat Ecology program. Coffee and pastries will also be on hand at Mote’s Boca Grande office (480 East Railroad Ave., Railroad Plaza, Boca Grande, FL 33921). The free public discussion […]

Memorial service for Jo Jo Faulstich scheduled for February 21

Jo Jo Faulstich, 61, of Boca Grande, formerly of Redlands, Calif., died on June 29, 2015. She was born on December 13, 1953. A Celebration of Life will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21 at Boca Grande Art Center in Boca Grande. Please email the address below to RSVP if […]

Memorial Mass set for Betty Jane Shiarella at Our Lady of Mercy

Betty Jane Shiarella passed away on November 19, 2015. Betty was a long-time resident of Boca Grande and has many friends here. The family will have a memorial mass for her at the Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Boca Grande at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 26.

EDITORIAL: Boca Grande’s Hope for Haitians reaches 200 homes

BY BEN SCOTT AND ANGEL ALOMA – Thirty-three families left homeless by the devastating 2010 earthquake have received homes in a new village in Gressier, Haiti. Built by Boca Grande’s Hope For Haitians Committee through the international and relief organization, Food For The Poor, the village is the committee’s fifth Friendship Village and marks the […]

Editorial was good, but support still given to no parking

To the Editor: Your editorial about the Gilchrist median was good, and I agree with you – too much noise and money have been spent on the subject. I support Michael Ott’s idea of no parking on the median, except on church business (that is mainly Sunday) and vehicles ticketed for parking there midweek. It […]

PROFILE: Jack Horner

BY SUE ERWIN – Island seasonal resident and artist Jack Horner was born in Richmond, Virginia. He is retired from two prominent, parallel careers: one serving in U.S. Naval Intelligence for 28 years and another as a stockbroker for 35 years. And he has also been a watercolor, oil and pastel painter for 28 years. […]

OBITUARY: Aderton Primm “Pete” Samuel

Aderton Primm “Pete” Samuel, 80, of Boca Grande, FL passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at his residence. He was born on January 1, 1936 in St. Louis, MO to the late James and Louise (Primm) Samuel.