Tickets for the Tennis Ball going fast

Tickets for Suncoast Humane Society’s 8th Annual Tennis Ball have been selling quickly. Supporters are encouraged to get their tickets soon in order to secure their seat at the annual gala. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Clubhouse at the Boca Grande Club. The special fun […]

Dabek Davis and Griffin to play in Boca Grande pro expo series

BY JEN FIERS – The 2016 Pro Tennis Exhibition Series will be held next spring each Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Boca Grande Club from February 3 to March 16. The series, with proceeds benefitting the Suncoast Humane Society, will include eight men and eight women competing for over $5,000 in prize money. There […]

A message from the GICIA: Full day fishing trip donated to fundraising campaign

  SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA – The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) is extremely pleased to announce that we have reached $19 million in pledges toward the purchase of the Mercabo site. Although the campaign has been an overwhelming success so far, with over 600 contributors from Boca Grande and surrounding communities, we […]

Delays back up new bridge opening

BY SUE ERWIN – The new swing bridge is still going through functionality testing as of press time, so residents and visitors shouldn’t expect it to be traveling on it until at least next week. “It’s just not ready yet. We just had a construction meeting and the engineers are still testing the electrical aspects […]

Christmas schedules for island churches and more

The Christmas season is upon us, and the island will be celebrating in many ways. On Christmas Eve, the Crowninshield House celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. There’s a new tradition this year: Wear your PJs or come as you are.

Talking about elephants with Roger and Candice: OBGBBC getting ready for launch

  BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Let’s talk elephants. They’re big, they’re gray, they have a trunk. They are also part of this year’s “One Big Grande Boca Book Club,” featuring Vicki Constantine Croke’s book, “Elephant Company.” For the second year the Johann Fust Library Foundation, the Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center and the Gasparilla […]

Bound by Mystery – a poem by the late Lyman Randall

A burdened couple plodding toward a distant town, not their choice but law requiring registration at his place of birth She was expecting soon, and he with hidden fears about his love for her and the father of her child. He knew it wasn’t his … and then to find no place to rest her […]

Music at St. Andrew’s to feature Handel’s Messiah

Music at St. Andrew’s presents “Handel’s Messiah – Christmas Portion” on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 5 p.m., featuring The Qol Quartet ( accompanied by piano and string quartet. The concert is free and open to the public. Musicians who will be performing include:

Frank: The other Crowninshield

SUBMITTED BY THE BOCA GRANDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Louise Crowninshield is mentioned often in Boca Grande history, but her husband, Frank (Francis Boardman Crowninshield), is no less interesting. According to an article by Sara C. Junkin (2005 Connections, a publication of the Boca Grande Historical Society), “Frank was more reserved than his wife and was […]

PROFILE: Tracy Peppers

BY SUE ERWIN – Island employee Tracy Peppers has worked at the Englewood Bank & Trust branch in Boca Grande since June. In the few months she has been there, she has already been promoted to Senior Teller at the office. “I was completely new to banking when I took this job. I was nervous at […]