The WRTT ‘Grande Tradition’ to honor island fishing legends Bracken and Futch

BY WESLEY LOCKE, WORLD’S RICHEST TARPON TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR – The World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament is routed in the rich history of Traditional Live Bait Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass. In the 80s and 90s the Tournament was in its hay day with celebrity anglers from the band Alabama, corporate sponsorships, Budweiser Girls and legendary […]

Chapman honored with lifetime achievement award by PTHA

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Boca Grande resident and horsewoman extraordinaire Pat Chapman was honored this month by the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association with the greatest honor that they bestow – the Lifetime Achievement Award. Chapman said she was flummoxed when she heard the news that she had been given the prestigious award but for those […]

Are you ready for the 2021 Kids’ Classic?

STAFF REPORT – If you are interested in getting a team together for the 2021 Gasparilla Island Kids Classic, you had better scramble. While there are still spots left on the roster, all local captains have been booked. That means you will have to find your own. If you already have a team ready for […]

County commissioners amend island overnight parking ordinance

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – On Tuesday, May 18 Lee County Commissioners met and unanimously passed an ordinance that prohibits overnight parking in specific designated area for buses and recreational vehicles, within portions of Gasparilla Island.  Those areas include the western end of 5th Street, between Gilchrist Ave. and the Gulf of Mexico; the Rear Range […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Many thanks to all who helped Hope for Haitians committee exceed their 2021 goal

Dear Editor and friends of the Boca Grande Hope For Haitians Committee,  We’ve exceeded our goal!  On behalf of the Boca Grande Hope for Haitians Committee, the people of Haiti, the most impoverished population in our hemisphere, and Food For The Poor, we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your contribution toward […]

Life is a game, but bridge is serious (Part II)

BY TONYA BRAMLAGE – Bridge part II explores the rumors, intrigue, and little known nuances of game play here in Boca Grande. In the 1940s, bridge was played in 44 percent of American homes according to the Association of American Playing Card manufacturers. In 1970, ACBL membership stood at 170,000. Today, that figure remains around […]

Whatever happened to Bead for Life?

BY BOOTS TOLSDORF – As I have not been seen standing by the post office on a weekly basis selling my Ugandan women’s handmade jewelry made of recycled paper, many friends and acquaintances have asked me often, “Whatever happened to Bead for Life?” COVID happened to Bead for Life.  And in this case, the timing […]

Boca Grande Woman’s Club announces information regarding community grants and scholarship awards

STAFF REPORT – Since its founding in 1948, the Boca Grande Woman’s Club has contributed over $4,000,000 for community projects, local non-profit organizations, and college scholarships. In response to the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, the club created an Emergency Relief Fund which provided over $600,000 to Boca Grande businesses and employees that were financially impacted. At […]

OBITUARY: Gerald Boardman Church

Gerald Boardman Church, age 85, died on April 9, 2021, in Boca Grande. Gerry graduated from Dexter School in Brookline, MA and St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA before attending Harvard College where he was as an active member of the A.D. Club. A talented athlete, he excelled in football and ice hockey. After Harvard, […]

PROFILE: Kyle Rich

BY T MICHELE WALKER – Birthdays are a time of celebrating another year on this third rock from the sun, splurging on some birthday cake, and looking forward to new beginnings. For Kyle Rich, his birthday was the day an ad was posted in the Boca Beacon that would change the course of his life. […]