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Two golf tournaments in two weeks, both at The Gasparilla Inn & Club

October 7, 2016
It’s a tale of two tournaments coming up in the next few days, which should leave avid island golfers in a heavenly cloud of bliss. Both the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce Scramble and the Ba…

Historical Society plans Christmas tour of Ca’ d’Zan

October 7, 2016
BY SUE ERWIN – Get in the holiday spirit with the Boca Grande Historical Society and join members as they tour the Ca’ d’Zan at the Ringling Art Museum in Sarasota. The Ca’ d’Zan will be decorated…

What’s going on in Charlotte Harbor waters? Mote investigates water quality

October 7, 2016
Seagrass beds are vital habitat for Florida wildlife, and they may decline if poor water clarity obscures their sunlight. Resource managers in Charlotte Harbor have new tools to keep water clarity…

PROFILE: Pete Scott

October 7, 2016
BY SUE ERWIN – Pete Scott is a lucky island local who has experienced the good fortune of growing up in Boca Grande before the island grew to become an international tourist destination. After year…

Obituary: Jean “John” Paul Bourgoin

October 7, 2016
Jean “John” Paul Bourgoin made his last flight west on September 14, 2016 at his home in Boca Grande. He was 94 and had been in failing health since a hospital stay in February. He was born in Joua…

EDITORIAL: Stop … take a breath … use your common sense

October 7, 2016
BY MARCY SHORTUSE – When you turn on the television these days, do you feel like your head immediately begins to spin? How about when you log into social media of any sort and you see news agencies…

Letter to the Editor: When it’s time to turn and burn

October 7, 2016
To the Editor: Well, it happened again. Boca Grande made the news in another unflattering way. One of our community members made an “off-color” statement on social media. I have met a lot of people…

Lee County commissioners to vote on 5th Street parking lot expansion October 4

September 30, 2016
■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE When Lee County commissioners meet on Tuesday, Oct. 4, they will be discussing the expansion of the public, County-owned parking lot located at the west end of 5th Street, next …

Gasparilla Magazine takes home two top honors from Charlie Awards

September 30, 2016
■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE Gasparilla Magazine was a hit at the recent Charlie Awards, sponsored by the Florida Magazine Association. The staff took home a first-place award (or Charlie, as it is known) f…

Save the date to celebrate the bridge

September 30, 2016
STAFF REPORT Keep the date of Wednesday, Nov. 2 open on your calendar, because the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority will be celebrating the new Boca Grande Causeway Swing Bridge. On that day, f…