Back Bay action, art, music and more this weekend

The Boca Grande Art Alliance invites everyone to come see the works of the Boca Grande Art Alliance members and students in the Member & Student Show that runs Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Everyone is invited, you can call 964-1700 for more information. The Gasparilla […]

Richy gets all the vittles

The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that the winner of the 2015 Ultimate Dining Experience was Richy Edwards, our local Key Agency insurance man. Richy won 11 dinners for two at island restaurants. Stay tuned for more information on the next Ultimate Dining Raffle, this time focusing on off-island restaurants, sponsored by […]

Boca Grande firefighters invite you to a round of golf in May

The time is now to sign up for the First Annual Boca Grande Firefighters Benevolent Fund Golf Tournament, scheduled for Saturday May 2 at the Rotonda Golf & Country Club. Tournament proceeds will be used to help island firefighters and their families in need, such as with medical or other emergencies that require extended time […]

Civil War Symposium speaker talks historical importance of the blue and the gray

BY JACK SHORT – A century and a half, and a day, before you read this sentence, the civil war ended, marked by Grant’s acceptance of Lee’s surrender. Five days after that, Lincoln was assassinated. It seems appropriate, then, that at this year’s Civil War Symposium, presented by the Friends of the Boca Grande Community […]

Garden Club holds annual tour, elects new officers

SUBMITTED BY THE BOCA GRANDE GARDEN CLUB – Beautiful Boca Grande sunshine and exceptionally gorgeous gardens made last Wednesday’s Annual Garden Tour of the Boca Grande Garden Club a very special treat for the Club’s members. Co-chairs Carol Forrester and Peggy Saewert arranged a day showcasing one breathtaking vista after another. This year’s tour focused […]

Historic Board elects new chair and vice chair … and finally realize Bob Vila’s greatness

The Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board met on April 8 to grant one property contributing status and to elect a new chair and vice chair. Tim Seibert, an outspoken member of the board who can always be relied on for his candor and incisiveness, is the new chair. Bill Caldwell was elected as the new […]

Fire Department traveling by boat and truck for many emergencies

The Boca Grande Fire Department had a busy weekend for calls. Perhaps the most noteworthy of them involved assistance provided to the United States Coast Guard as they retrieved a man in the midst of a medical emergency offshore. On Sunday, April 5, at around 2:30 p.m., the fire department assisted with medical care and […]

Profile: Nancy McBean, a bridge-playing machine

BY JACK SHORT – If you happen to wander into a meeting of the most prominent bridge club on the island, they might strike you as a pretty homogenous group, quietly pouring over what seems, to the uninitiated, an inscrutable set of tables and cards. Somewhere near the front of the room sits Nancy McBean, […]

Lee County impact fee reductions held over, Charlotte aims to follow suit

BY JACK SHORT – Lee County recently adopted an ordinance to amend certain impact fee collection and schedules and Charlotte County is scheduling a public hearing in order to get feedback on a similar action. In March, 2013, Lee County commissioners reduced the rate of impact fees, which are used in Florida to fund infrastructure requirements […]

Boca Norte steps up activity in Cape Haze, buys Grande Tours

BY JACK SHORT – Boca Norte, LLC, owners of the former Mercabo facility have, in the last few months, purchased land in the same region over which Charlotte County is engaged in a lawsuit with conservation groups. The corporation, registered in Venice, Fl., purchased the 1.16 acre lot at 12575 Placida Rd. and easement that […]