Island could see emergency services changes

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – In a meeting held on Wednesday, Jan. 27 Charlotte County Emergency Management Services made it clear they are interested in pursuing taking over emergency fire and medical calls from the Charlotte County portion of Gasparilla Island. In the meeting attended by Boca Grande Fire Chief C.W. Blosser, Director of Lee County Public […]

Storms sweep island, bring damage


It’s the north vs. the south Who will you root for on Monday?

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Two of Boca Grande’s finest will be down on the football field this Monday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona for a game that millions of eyes will be watching. It’s the Clemson Tigers vs. the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship, Swinney vs. Saban, […]

Delays back up new bridge opening

BY SUE ERWIN – The new swing bridge is still going through functionality testing as of press time, so residents and visitors shouldn’t expect it to be traveling on it until at least next week. “It’s just not ready yet. We just had a construction meeting and the engineers are still testing the electrical aspects […]

We’re about to cross that bridge! We’ve come to it!

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – When you go to leave the island next Tuesday, Dec. 15, you’ll be getting a whole new perspective from a lot higher up. That’s because you’ll be driving on our brand-new swing bridge. According to Kathy Banson-Verrico, executive director of the Gasparilla Island Bridge, that is the day they are shooting for […]

Save The Tarpon suit laid to rest when PTTS walks

SPECIAL REPORT – After seeing its case gutted and its lawyer publicly called out by a Charlotte County judge, the owners of the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series capitulated and walked away from its nearly three year old lawsuit aimed at silencing Save the Tarpon and the group’s more than 28,000 supporters. The sudden PTTS surrender […]

Hill Tide Estates developers disclose details of proposed gated community

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Approximately 100 Boca Grande residents attended a public information meeting on Monday, Nov. 16 regarding a proposed residential development on the empty 10 acres at the southern tip of the island, currently owned by Florida Power & Light. The presentation was brought to the public by the Seagate Development Group, LLC […]

Thank you to all who played the 2015 Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce Fall Golf Scramble

The 2015 Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble took place on October 12 on the links at The Gasparilla Inn & Club. The format was an 18-hole, four-player scramble with three flights and no handicaps. Teams were flighted by club pro, Robert Duke, based on front or back scores. Chamber Board Member Brian Corcorna, coordinator of […]

Forum to discuss FPL land purchase set for November

By Marcy Shortuse A community hearing date has been set to discuss a matter very vital to the Boca Grande community: The purchase of the FPL land at the southern tip of the island, possibly for $20 million. In an inquiry to FPL’s representatives on Thursday it was determined that the land is under contract, […]

GIWA to village: Water may be out next week

Gasparilla Island Water Association, Inc. will be replacing five broken water valves, and installing two new main water valves next week in the village. The new valves will allow GIWA to turn off isolated areas for repairs in the event of future water main breaks. In order to install the new valves however, water service […]