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Raised in Boca Grande, taking the world by storm

  BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Gasparilla Island has the proclivity to bring out the best in many people, residents and visitors alike. There is an endless list of people who were born and raised here who have gone on to do great things, but three students in particular this year have truly proven if you […]

Obituary: Richard Newman

Richard Gerard Newman, 49, of Rotonda West passed away peacefully on August 23, 2015 with his family surrounding him. Richard was born in October 8, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, the son of the late Joan Barry Newman. He graduated from Palm Springs High School and was employed by the Department of Environmental Protection as […]

Obituary: Jack Hughes

Jack Hughes, born in 1947, passed away in his sleep on August 25, 2015, and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Jack and his wife, Barbara Helvey-Hughes, own the Hughes Gallery in Boca Grande. He had been fighting several health issues during the past few years. Jack Hughes has been […]

Obituary: Carolann George

  Carolann Marie George (Buquet), 75, of Deerfield, IL and Boca Grande, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2015. Beloved wife to Norman; loving mother to Matthew (Jennifer) and Jeffrey (Wendy); dear grandmother to Jared, Derek, Ryan, Nicholas, Amy, Abigail, Samantha, and Katherine. Visitation and inturnment was held in Deerfield, IL.

Mote to host a masquerade gala and you’re invited

To the Editor: Enjoy an enchanted evening full of dancing and mystery while supporting Mote Marine Laboratory at the second annual masquerade gala, Bal Masqué: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The gala takes place Saturday, Oct. 3 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue Sarasota, […]

Gulf state recreational red snapper season reopens Labor Day

To the Editor: The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters reopens to harvest Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7, and will continue to be open for Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1. At its April 16 meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and […]

Bridge work: Traffic expected to shift to new bridge around October

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Work continues to progress on the swing bridge, but drivers crossing the bridge and boaters attempting to pass under the bridge will be experiencing some temporary issues. According to the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority, traffic will continue with on-and-off lane closures while the new bridge is being built. These delays are […]

Island firefighters rescue woman last Thursday

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Sometimes, everything in the universe works out just right. Boca Grande firefighters experienced a similar feeling last Thursday, Aug. 20, when they were called out for a water rescue that came together like clockwork … literally just hours after finishing drills for the exact same situation. Firefighter Jeff Knowles was working […]

Angler who loved Boca Grande fishing gunned down by his brother near Tampa

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Sad news came by the way of Thonotosassa this week, as we found out that a popular angler in our waters was gunned down by his own brother. Scott Tomlinson, 51, was shot and killed by his brother, Todd Tomlinson, of Plant City, according to Hillsborough County law enforcement. They believe it […]

There’s still time to enter the Gil Memorial Classic … get your grand slam on!

The 10th annual Gil Memorial Classic, benefitting the Barrier Island Parks Society, is coming up in September and entries have been sent out. Raffle night will be on Thursday, Sept. 24 in Tampa and fishing will take place on October 1, 2 and 3. Raffle prizes are still being sought. Entries for the tournament must […]