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Fire Dept’s Hammerhead truck damaged 

April 11, 2024
The Boca Grande Fire Department is raising money to replace its ladder truck and refresh the department fleet after damage caused by hurricane exposure.  “We can’t even rely on it as a backup b…

Preservation study slated for historic Placida rail bunkhouse

April 11, 2024
Last remnant of historic Placida village  The Placida Bunkhouse, a 1907 cottage used to house the railroad workers of the Charlotte Harbor & Northern Railroad, will get an architectural sur…

Eldred’s Marina listed with national brokerage

April 11, 2024
$40 plus million price hoped The Placida marina Eldred’s is listed for sale with the national brokerage firm Avison Young as of March 15. “We are excited by the listing of this iconic proper…

Auxcomm radio training sessions

April 4, 2024
More fun than kids and walkie talkies Citizens interested in learning how to use the handheld radios supported by the new island AUXCOMM system are invited to attend upcoming training sessions….

Nation’s roseate spoonbill expert flies into Cape Haze

April 4, 2024
Jerry Lorenz, state director of research for Florida Audubon, will be in Cape Haze to speak on roseate spoonbills on Thursday, April 11. “I had no intention of studying spoonbills, but as you s…

Lee residents lose flood insurance discount

April 4, 2024
Savings remain in Charlotte Lee County homeowners could face a 25 percent increase in their already increased flood insurance premiums next year if a Federal Emergency Management Agency discoun…

Record day, month for bridge traffic 

March 28, 2024
March has been a historic month for traffic at the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority, and visits to Gasparilla Island. “Friday March 15 was the highest one-day traffic count in GIBA’s history …

Youngquist pulls out of Useppa Island Club purchase deal 

March 28, 2024
A fall deal to purchase the Useppa Island Club by investor and entrepreneur Sandy Stillwell Youngquist, owner of the Key Lime Bistro in Boca Grande, has fallen through. Stillwell, CEO of the St…

Extensions for some at Gasparilla Estates

March 28, 2024
Losing a good neighbor  Gasparilla Mobile Estates residents, at least the few that still remain, are packing up and leaving the park. They have until Easter Sunday to be out, according to a set…

Carillon bells ring again, parsonage restored at First Baptist

March 21, 2024
Those on the island at noon and 5 p.m. will know what time it is without a watch or iPhone, as the carillon is now ringing at First Baptist Church of Boca Grande. “The Baptist Church carillon i…