Public input requested reference village parking

■  SUBMITTED BY THE GASPARILLA ISLAND CONSERVATION AND IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION – As we begin to feel the changes that fall brings to the island, we eagerly anticipate the return of our winter residents and yet another busy season in Boca Grande.Throughout the summer months Lee County staff and a small group of dedicated island residents have […]

Mangrove Chapter to discuss that old favorite, goldenrod

To the Editor: Please join the Mangrove Chapter of FNPS for a presentation on “Various Species of Goldenrod.” Guest speakers will be Al Squires and Denny Girard. Known locally as “The Denny and Al Show,” they lead many educational and entertaining natively field trips all year long.

Thank you to all for supporting the Newman family

To the Editor: On behalf of Richard Newman’s family we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for all the love, kindness, and thoughtful gestures all of you have bestowed upon us. Words can not express how much the generosity of good friends and family are helping us through this difficult time. Sincerely, Nancy […]

GIWA to village: Water may be out next week

Gasparilla Island Water Association, Inc. will be replacing five broken water valves, and installing two new main water valves next week in the village. The new valves will allow GIWA to turn off isolated areas for repairs in the event of future water main breaks. In order to install the new valves however, water service […]

Shall we promenade? Maybe, if we can make it through

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – If you’re like many of us who live and work on the island, sometimes it’s nice to sit at one of the beach accesses prior to heading back home or to work. You might have been startled from time to time by someone walking out from behind one of the property walls […]

Fire Board approves tax increase

BY SUSAN ERWIN – The Boca Grande Fire Control District held a hearing on Wednesday evening announcing a final decision on a proposed tax increase. Board members unanimously passed the proposed increase. Last week, BGFCD tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last year’s property tax levy had an initial proposed levy of […]

Tickets expected to go fast for the BGHS ‘Lunch with the Legends’

The Orange Blossom Express will be pulling into Boca Grande once again – bringing with it some of the most recognizable figures from the island’s past to a Lunch with the Legends, sponsored by the Boca Grande Historical Society. The event will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3 at The […]

Willie the travelin’ Chihuahua makes his presence known in Tomahawk

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Many people know Willie the Chihuahua, who spends time with his “dad,” Ken Heimann, at the Pink Pony. He and his sister, Lulu (same parents, different litter of pups) have wowed the crowds at the Boca Grande Dog Show and the Boca Grande Christmas Walk with their dancing and piano playing antics, […]

The library: It’s not just for books anymore!

BY SUSAN ERWIN – As part of the Lee County Library system, The Johann Fust Community Library offers 24/7 access to the digital library system. Library card holders can enjoy free movies, music, magazines and a host of other E-sources. Library patrons can go to and click on the “Axis360” icon and browse by […]

Obituary: Sharon Mehler

  Sharon Lee Mehler, 66, died peacefully in her home on September 1, 2015. For more than 20 years Sherri was a flight attendant for American Airlines. She was most passionate about gardening, cooking and entertaining. In addition, she was an avid tennis player, needlepointer, Bridge player and enjoyed going to the movies as well […]