Community


Island traditions upheld:  Community Tree Lighting, Christmas Walk dates announced

November 18, 2022
While many are still recovering from Hurricane Ian, no mere hurricane can stop the spirit of Boca Grande during the holidays.  We may have confused some people with a graphic in last week’s pap…

Island girl gives back with proceeds from shirts featuring storm photo

November 10, 2022
Some people are unforgettable for many different reasons. Some have a radiant smile that just makes you feel better about the day. Others have a gentle, laidback attitude and a listening ear. Stil…

Financial assistance for a fresh start given by Disaster Relief Fund

October 28, 2022
The Boca Grande Disaster Relief Fund handed out its first 23 checks to help businesses and organizations in Boca Grande recover from Hurricane Ian. The amount of the grants is not public informati…

Woman’s Club Hurricane Ian Relief Fund 

October 20, 2022
Accepting applications from those in need with Gasparilla Island ties Submitted by the Boca Grande Woman’s Club The Boca Grande Woman’s Club has established the Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund (…

Boca Grande Disaster Fund created to help businesses, nonprofits and churches

October 20, 2022
Money isn’t everything, but it is something. It is something that can help bring peace of mind to people who have lost so much, as well as help them recover after the devastation of Hurricane Ian….

Four churches, one common goal – uniting the community

October 13, 2022
The four churches in Boca Grande did not escape the wrath of Ian. Nevertheless, two of the four were able to hold services the weekend after the storm. These were Lighthouse United Methodist and O…

A word from Father Carosella

October 13, 2022
Coming back to a church that was relatively intact after Hurricane Ian has left Father Jerome Carosella a happy man. “The church, thank God, is fine, except for the roof,” said Fr. Jerome Caros…

Stranded sailboat rescue depicts just how things work here

October 13, 2022
BY DUSTY HOPKINS What in the world do you do with a 56 foot tall sailboat mast that has snapped off and is now stuck in the muck on the bottom of the bayou, but the other end is still attached …

Island helping island: Gas from GI goes to LGI

October 13, 2022
Boca Grande Charities, Inc. – a charitable foundation founded by Capt. Sandy Melvin (and now includes Ron Walker and Pat Waterhouse) – helped save the day regarding fuel, not only on Gasparilla Is…

Coach Kiesling, retiring? No, not really

August 5, 2022
If you were to find ten young adults who grew up in Boca Grande during the 2000s and ask them who the most influential people in their lives were, you can be guaranteed a good number of them would…