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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…

Make sure you’re signed up for the COC scholarship golf tourney

September 30, 2016
■ Staff Report The Boca Grande Scramble Golf Tournament, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 10, still has team openings, but the October 5 deadline for registration is approaching rapidly.       Last year …

Profile: Wesley Locke

September 30, 2016
■ BY SUE ERWIN You might find her dancing, choreographing a play, longboarding the island streets, catching a wave after a storm or taking care of business at the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce. …

The Gasparilla Inn Open House open to all on October 5

September 30, 2016
To the Editor: Now ushering in the classic resort’s 103rd Season, The Gasparilla Inn & Club invites its neighbors from Boca Grande and beyond to step through the white pillared entrance for the…

Are you ready to pull some nets at Wildflower Preserve?

September 30, 2016
To the Editor: Greetings, my Lemon Bay Conservancy Tarpon & Snook Net Pull Volunteer Team friends, I hope everyone had a great summer. It’s that time again, and I am excited to invite you all t…

Sinking boat leaves men in water at north end of island

September 23, 2016
The Boca Grande Fire Department responded to several water calls in the last few days, including a sinking boat call just off the north end of the island. On Saturday, Sept. 17 right around noon t…

Island farmer’s market returns in January under new ownership

September 23, 2016
BY MARCY SHORTUSE – The island’s farmer’s market will return in January, 2017 to the Wheeler Road Ball Field, but new faces will be running the ship. Jean Baer and Betsy Ventura of Local Roots, a c…

New CEO at Boca Grande Health Clinic as Sielert is set to retire October 1

September 23, 2016
BY SUE ERWIN – Hilja Bilodeau has recently taken over the position of Chief Executive Officer at Boca Grande Health Clinic. She officially started the job on August 1, and has been working with for…

Profile: Cannon Wenzel

September 23, 2016
BY SUE ERWIN – She’s exceptionally articulate, well educated and cool tempered. This week’s profile candidate, Englewood Bank Senior Teller Cannon Wenzel, found herself drawn to Boca Grande after …