Santa Claus, sales comin’ to town on Saturday!

The 2021 Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk Break open your piggy bank and get your Christmas wish list ready, because the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk is happening this Saturday, Nov. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. This long-awaited holiday tradition features Christmas lights, sweet treats at many of […]

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Iguana Panel adds it up: About 2,000 less spiny-tails since February of this year … and 2021’s not over yet

There was a lot of lizard talk going on at the most recent meeting of the Gasparilla Island Municipal Services Taxing Benefits Unit (advisory committee), including the fact that more than 2,200 spiny-tailed iguanas have been handed their earthly walking papers since February of this year. “We are never going to get rid of all […]

Holiday Hoopla will commence December 10

The second annual Holiday Hoopla! has been announced by Lee County Parks & Recreation, and it is sure to be a holiday experience to behold. Join them on Friday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for an evening of holiday crafts and activities the whole family can enjoy.   There will be five activity stations: […]

EDITORIAL: We say goodbye, and thank you, to Jungle Joe

They say that everyone is expendable, when it comes to a job. No matter how well you do it, how long you’ve been there, whether there’s no one else there who even remotely has a clue as to how to do your job … everyone’s position is fluid. Whoever “they” are never watched “Jungle” Joe […]

Army Corps of Engineers makes decision on basic plan of Lake O outflow … and not all agree

BY T MICHELE WALKER AND MARCY SHORTUSE – After years of research by the United States Army Corps of Engineers a decision was announced this week that Lake Okeechobee runoff would be headed south and west in what is known as “model 260467.” It is the basis for the final Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual […]

Lee County proposes potential year-round manatee zone on the bayou

Lee County Commissioners want to place year-round slow-speed zones for boaters in certain areas to help better protect manatees. The proposed slow speed zone ordinance would be applicable to, among other Lee County waterways, the Boca Grande Bayou. Manatees disperse during summer months, but when waters elsewhere grow too cold for them to survive they […]

We’re looking sharp out there in the metaverse

In case you haven’t heard, there are a lot of changes going on in the cyber universe. There is a tremendous increase in the amount of people whose online presence is bigger than ever thanks to a virus called COVID. For all of the cursing and pessimism about the internet, it has become a blessing […]

Mills takes first, Coleman takes second in Red Gill Tournament to benefit the Maritime Museum

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Capt. Waylon Mills has been a quiet contender so far this year … at least until Sunday, May 30 when he and his team aboard Blaze took first place in the annual Red Gill Tarpon Tournament, held to benefit the Gasparilla Island Maritime Museum at Whidden’s Marina. Team members Trey Kohrn, […]

World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament back on for 2021!

STAFF REPORT – Presented by Eagle Grille & Miller’s Dockside | Boca Grande Marina, the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 2021 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament on  Thursday & Friday, June 10-11 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. “The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 38th Annual World’s […]

Fire on Dog Island brings about a multi-agency coordinated effort

STAFF REPORT – Dog Island, a spit of land just off the Boca Grande Causeway, continued to burn as of press time on Thursday, May 20 after a fire started there on the preceding Monday.  According to officials the call came in at approximately 11 a.m. on May 17. Charlotte County Fire responded, as did […]