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First Baptist restored; holds first service since Hurricane Ian

May 30, 2024
On Sunday, First Baptist Church of Boca Grande held their first service in their sanctuary since Hurricane Ian. The church was destroyed during Ian, including the toppling of the top of the belfry…

TWO TARPON TOURNAMENT FINALS: ‘World’s Richest’ and Red Gill winners

May 30, 2024
The 2024 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament concluded Thursday in Boca Grande. Overall, there were 133 tarpon caught on both days, 56 on the first day and 77 on the second. The winner, with 13 t…

Hey, Moma! has lucky 13 with win of World’s Richest with $39,000 prize

May 24, 2024
The 2024 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament concluded last night in Boca Grande. Overall, there were 133 tarpon caught on both days, 56 on the first day and 77 on the second. The winner, with 13…

Banyan Street seems to recover after April caterpillar feast

May 23, 2024
Caterpillars earlier this month denuded many of the leaves of the historic banyan trees on Banyan Street, thought it appears that the trees are beginning to recover as of this week. Visitor Collee…

Vietnam-era PT boat makes nice profile in Gasparilla visit

May 23, 2024
Heading to Alabama; left island Wednesday The surprise visit of one of the last two remaining Navy PT boats to Gasparilla Island caused a stir on its visit this week. A Facebook post called the…

First day of World’s Richest tarpon results

May 23, 2024
For the first day of the 2024 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament “Blaze” is leading, according to leaderboard results.  The tournament began this week and was held Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday…

South Beach restaurant makes progress on July re-opening

May 17, 2024
The newly rebuilt South Beach Bar & Grille has temporary power, and they hope to have the building turned over to them by mid-June, said co-owner Bart DeStefano. “We’re going to go as fast …

Tapping into a Gasparilla Island tradition, the working cistern: Editorial

May 17, 2024
This week, the Boca Grande Quarantine Station house went on the market (see pages 16-17).  One feature of the house is a working, wooden cistern. During Hurricane Ian, the tank was disconnected…

Boca Grande’s oldest house, the historic Quarantine House, hits market for $4.9 million

May 16, 2024
The Boca Grande Quarantine House, the oldest house on Gasparilla Island, is on the market for the first time in its history. The house, built in 1892, has four bedrooms and four baths. It includes…

Lit driver likely causes Causeway fire

May 9, 2024
A small fire on the Boca Grande Causeway’s center island was the road’s second land fire in a year. “This is not normally a problem, but the same thing did happen back in October,” said Gaspari…