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 […]

Fire chief answers questions about med flights after road shut down

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – The Boca Grande Fire Department has clarified some information that many have asked about regarding aeromedical helicopter landing zones. With an increase in activity on the island there have been medical helicopter landings, and one in particular on Gasparilla Road left some people with questions. According to Fire Chief C.W. Blosser, […]