BGAC Spring Show will turn it up a notch

BY T MICHELE WALKER – The Boca Grande Art Center is turning it up a notch this season.  To make things interesting, they are adding a giveaway drawing to their annual March Art Show. “We have several artists that are going to donate items for our prize, which we’ve never done before. People who come […]

The Pinxto Route, and San Sebastian (and a great recipe for Spanish tortillas)

 Braden Perkins was born in New Orleans and grew up in Boston. Braden worked for four years with celebrity chef Tom Douglas in Seattle. In 2011 Braden and his partner, Laura Adrian, opened their first restaurant, Verjus, beside the Palais Royal in the center of Paris, France. In 2015 the duo opened their second restaurant […]

OBITUARY: Earl Lewis

Earl T. Lewis, M.D. 93, passed away on Monday February 22, 2021 at his home with his beloved wife, Elle by his side.   Formerly a resident of West Chester and Boca Grande, he was born April 19, 1927, in Hattiesburg, Miss., to Henry Thurman and Lulu Mae Hargrove Lewis. He attended Greenwood High School, […]

OBITUARY: Harold McMillan

Harold Floyd McMillan died Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Englewood, Florida, at the age of 96. He was born October 28, 1924, in Lawrence County, Alabama, to Dee Floyd McMillan and Nona Sivley McMillan. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Sibyl Watson, and his wife, Vera Montyne Day McMillan. Harold was a native […]

OBITUARY: Mike Giobbe

Michael E. Giobbe, Jr. (a.k.a Papa), 79, of Boca Grande and Chappaqua, N.Y. died peacefully in his home in Boca Grande on March 6, 2021.   Michael was born on April 13, 1941 the youngest of three children, to Marguerite Visconti and Dr. Michael E Giobbe of Torrington, Conn. He arrived on an Easter Sunday […]

PROFILE: Tom Cross

BY T MICHELE WALKER – When Dos Equis beer created their “Most Interesting Man in the World” advertising campaign, the ads featured a bearded, debonair gentleman with voiceovers that were both humorous and outrageous. Boca Grande has its own version of that icon in Tom Cross, who gives him a run for his money.  Born […]

EDITORIAL: The GICIA turns 50 years old

SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA – As the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association celebrates its 50th Anniversary working to preserve island life, it is the perfect time to reflect on its beginning. In the late 60s there were fewer than 500 homes on Gasparilla Island. The zoning regulations, at that time, allowed for high rise […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The last resort?

To the Editor, “… some rich men came and raped the land, nobody caught’em. Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus, people bought’em. They called it paradise the place to be. They watched the hazy sun sinking in the sea…”  – The Eagles When I drove past the property at 13000 Gasparilla Road […]

Keep those cards and letters coming regarding the NHR

BY SUSAN HANAFEE – In anticipation of next week’s meeting, scores of emails have been received by the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board on the proposal to include a portion of the downtown in the National Register of Historic Places. To date, the vast majority have opposed the plan, with many suggesting that it might […]

Sago palms everywhere on the island, but deadly to pets

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Pet owners, be aware: Sago palm trees are in full fruit, and the red nuts that fall all over the ground can kill a pet or child if ingested. Several island dogs have succumbed to sago palm fruit toxicity over the years, as all parts of the Sago palm are poisonous. […]