Ready for ribs? The Fire Department is serving them up this Sunday

■ STAFF REPORT  The Boca Grande Fire Department will be having a good old-fashioned Rib Fest on Sunday, March 13 until the ribs are gone. Beginning at noon, firefighters will be serving up sides, rolls and – of course – lots of ribs for the price of $20. There will also be fire truck rides, […]

The Bird Lady is coming back to Boca Grande, and she’s bringing some feathered friends with her

■ BY SUE ERWIN Bird rescuer Doris Mager will present a special discussion entitled “Birds of Prey” at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium. Mager, 90, rescues and takes care of injured birds.  Former Governor Bob Graham has named her “The Eagle Lady of Florida.” She has been […]

Luxury home sales soaring on the island

■ SUE ERWIN New construction is rapidly increasing on the north and south ends of Boca Grande as the trend for luxury homes continues to grow. According to My Florida Regional MLS, the principal tracker of sales throughout the state, the sales statistics for the Englewood Area Board of Realtors – including the Lee County […]

Coast Guard rescues two St. Pete fishermen after boat sinks northwest of Boca Grande

■ STAFF REPORT The Coast Guard rescued two St. Petersburg fishermen after their 37-foot boat sank 52 miles northwest of Boca Grande, Florida, early Monday. At 2:27 a.m., watch standers from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received multiple Mayday calls via marine radio VHF-FM channel 16 from the captain of the commercial fishing boat, Ruby-D, […]

I Wonder …

To the Editor: The paranoid Boca Grande Society of Social Engineering strikes again, and this time its random target is tour buses. I wonder how much a school bus weighs. I wonder how much the blood bank bus weighs. I wonder how much the trucks that bring us our food, beverages and sundries weigh. I wonder […]

PROFILE: Gabrielle Brady

■ BY SUSAN ERWIN Gasparilla Inn Club Spa & Fitness Manager Gabrielle Brady started working at the gift shop at the Inn in 2010. Since then, she has held various positions at the club and was promoted to her present position last October. Originally from Englewood, New Jersey, she relocated to Englewood, Florida with her […]

PROFILE: Toni Wolcott

BY SUE ERWIN – Island artist Toni Wolcott is originally from West Harftord, Connecticut. She started coming to Boca Grande in the 1970s. “At first, I came down to visit my mother because she lived here, and I liked it so much so I started renting a place every year. Then I bought my house […]

The tale of the too-heavy tour bus brings weight restriction conversation back into spotlight

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – On Tuesday, March 2 at approximately 10:30 a.m. it was beautiful weather for a walk … but not necessarily for a group of elderly travelers who were making a pilgrimage to an island church. They found out the hard way that weight restrictions are stringently followed on the Gasparilla Island Bridge […]

County plans to pave island roads this summer

BY SUE ERWIN – A Lee County resurfacing roadway improvement project will include improving roadways in Boca Grande starting this summer. Betsy Clayton, Lee County Communications Director, said Lee County Department of Transportation will begin repaving roads in Boca Grande starting this summer. Work will also include adding a 4-foot shoulder to both sides of […]

Health Clinic announces the first annual Helicopter Golf Ball Drop

On Thursday, April 7 the Boca Grande Clinic Foundation will add the First Annual Helicopter Golf Ball Drop to the other exciting events surrounding this year’s 24th Hank Wright Golf Tournament.