Last call for Ladies Day

If you’re interested in entering the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament, it’s still not too late. While your team’s name won’t be in the program, you can still call the Chamber office at 964-0568 and sign up, or go online to

Last kids’ fishing tourney of the season to be held May 2

Grab your fishing pole and tackle box and come join the family fun at the next youth fishing tournament, scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at 9 a.m. at the Boca Grande Fishing Pier North.

A treasured man, a heartbroken island …friends gather to honor Mark Shevitski

BY MARCY SHORTUSE AND KELLI BECTON – Many tears have been shed this week over the passing of a true Boca Grande friend, Mark Shevitski. His death was reported early Monday morning and while not much is known as to how it happened, hearts are breaking all over the island. He was born in Fort […]

Gilchrist meeting postponed – Lee County says ‘talk it out amongst yourselves’

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Lee County Commissioners have once again put the fate of Gilchrist Avenue in the hands of the people of the island, after scheduling and then “unscheduling” a discussion of the matter at the April 21 board meeting. On Friday, April 10 District 3 Commissioner Larry Kiker met with individuals from all sides […]

Four members elected, four members leave: GICIA talks Cape Haze, new projects at meeting

SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA – The GICIA held its 44th Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, April 2. Reports were give by President Stevenson and Treasurer Allen as well as the Chairs of the Bike Path, Land Conservancy and Communications Committee. Bob Elliott, Chair of Communications, introduced the GICIA’s 3.5 minute video “Keeping it Grande,” which […]

Boca Grande Woman’s Club announces 2015 scholarships, donations

The Boca Grande Woman’s Club is pleased to announce the 2015 community grant awards and college scholarship awards, which include a total community grant amount of $490,300. The gifts include a lead gift of $50,000 for restoration of the 1927 Range Light, a grant to a newly organized non profit organization to protect the island […]

Local businessman and Garden Club team up to create comfort

Diane Johnson and Melanie Sullivan, Co-Chairs of the Boca Grande Garden Club Community Services Committee and committee members Gina McFadden and Priscilla Masselink, spearheaded the drive to install those” Caribbean blue” benches surrounded by palms and bamboo on both sides of the Post Office building. Marc Spurgeon of Boca Grande Realty supplied three benches and five […]

It’s down to the finals: Vote for the One Big Boca Grande Book

The nominations are in, and now it’s time for you to vote! The second annual One Big Grande Boca Book Club will be held in January, 2016. It will feature a non-fiction book chosen by the community from the nominations submitted by island readers. January’s event will feature a talk and reading by the author […]

Lee County commissioners, Gilchrist interest groups to meet on April 21

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – It has been confirmed that Lee County Commissioners will review, listen to public input and make a determination regarding parking on Gilchrist Avenue at their meeting on Tuesday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lee County Courthouse. Meanwhile, various groups around the island are solidifying their stances to present to the […]

Walker takes the Bush trip, Nielsen wins Hume talk, $225,000 raised for Clinic Foundation

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Island resident Daly Walker and a few of his close friends will be taking the “big” trip to Texas this year to meet former President George W. Bush, have a little lunch and tour the president’s museum … to the tune of $75,000. Walker outbid all competitors at the Hank Wright Live […]