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Lee County commissioners, Gilchrist interest groups to meet on April 21

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – It has been confirmed that Lee County Commissioners will review, listen to public input and make a determination regarding parking on Gilchrist Avenue at their meeting on Tuesday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lee County Courthouse. Meanwhile, various groups around the island are solidifying their stances to present to the […]

Walker takes the Bush trip, Nielsen wins Hume talk, $225,000 raised for Clinic Foundation

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Island resident Daly Walker and a few of his close friends will be taking the “big” trip to Texas this year to meet former President George W. Bush, have a little lunch and tour the president’s museum … to the tune of $75,000. Walker outbid all competitors at the Hank Wright Live […]

119,000 cars? Yep. It was a record-breaking March at the toll booth

BY JACK SHORT – The Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority provided numbers last week showing that things have been – well, just about as busy as they ever have. March saw the most traffic the bridge has ever counted in a single month and calendar year 2014 had more traffic than any other year, at least since […]

Back Bay action, art, music and more this weekend

The Boca Grande Art Alliance invites everyone to come see the works of the Boca Grande Art Alliance members and students in the Member & Student Show that runs Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Everyone is invited, you can call 964-1700 for more information. The Gasparilla […]

Richy gets all the vittles

The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that the winner of the 2015 Ultimate Dining Experience was Richy Edwards, our local Key Agency insurance man. Richy won 11 dinners for two at island restaurants. Stay tuned for more information on the next Ultimate Dining Raffle, this time focusing on off-island restaurants, sponsored by […]

Boca Grande firefighters invite you to a round of golf in May

The time is now to sign up for the First Annual Boca Grande Firefighters Benevolent Fund Golf Tournament, scheduled for Saturday May 2 at the Rotonda Golf & Country Club. Tournament proceeds will be used to help island firefighters and their families in need, such as with medical or other emergencies that require extended time […]

Civil War Symposium speaker talks historical importance of the blue and the gray

BY JACK SHORT – A century and a half, and a day, before you read this sentence, the civil war ended, marked by Grant’s acceptance of Lee’s surrender. Five days after that, Lincoln was assassinated. It seems appropriate, then, that at this year’s Civil War Symposium, presented by the Friends of the Boca Grande Community […]

Garden Club holds annual tour, elects new officers

SUBMITTED BY THE BOCA GRANDE GARDEN CLUB – Beautiful Boca Grande sunshine and exceptionally gorgeous gardens made last Wednesday’s Annual Garden Tour of the Boca Grande Garden Club a very special treat for the Club’s members. Co-chairs Carol Forrester and Peggy Saewert arranged a day showcasing one breathtaking vista after another. This year’s tour focused […]

Historic Board elects new chair and vice chair … and finally realize Bob Vila’s greatness

The Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board met on April 8 to grant one property contributing status and to elect a new chair and vice chair. Tim Seibert, an outspoken member of the board who can always be relied on for his candor and incisiveness, is the new chair. Bill Caldwell was elected as the new […]

Fire Department traveling by boat and truck for many emergencies

The Boca Grande Fire Department had a busy weekend for calls. Perhaps the most noteworthy of them involved assistance provided to the United States Coast Guard as they retrieved a man in the midst of a medical emergency offshore. On Sunday, April 5, at around 2:30 p.m., the fire department assisted with medical care and […]