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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…

Iguana removal takes chummy approach

March 21, 2024
There is officially a new person to call on-island for iguana removal, with former iguana hunter, George Cera, named as the secondary vendor.  The new iguana hunter in town, Brian Ambrose,…

Turmeric, spicy recipe ingredient for red tide?

March 21, 2024
Panelists at the annual Red Tide Forum shared that the latest word on red tide could be turmeric. The fourth in-person Red Tide Forum was held in the Community Center Auditorium on Tuesday afte…

Classical garden surrounds shed approved by board 

March 14, 2024
It was perhaps the briefest of Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board meetings. The Wednesday, March 13 meeting included just one item on the agenda, an accessory building for a garden by applica…

Construction begins again at revamped Coral Vista on Coral Creek

March 14, 2024
Construction is set to begin within the month on a community in Coral Vista Circle off Placida Road. Lewis Maguire Homes LLC, a construction company specializing in single- and multi-family proper…

Charlotte County cleans up at Coral Creek

March 14, 2024
A property at 12555 Placida Road, just across from Placida Park at the entrance to the Boca Grande Causeway, is getting a cleanup courtesy of Charlotte County.  “Our county demolition vend…

Suncoast Humane ‘Dogs for Dogs’ event builds momentum for new campus construction

March 7, 2024
A Dogs for Dogs fund-raiser is being held on Saturday, March 16 to raise funds for the last 25 percent of Suncoast Humane Society’s capital campaign for their new campus. “There is no other pla…