LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Many thanks for everything, from the Sparks family

Dear Editor, On January 29, 2021 Claude “Allen” Sparks passed away from a rare blood disorder named Amyloidosis. Allen was employed at Boca Bay Master’s Association as a landscape foreman serving the homeowners of the Boca Bay Community. Following his passing, Sue Najar approached the board members to request donations from the homeowners and staff […]

Grande Rounds webinar addresses stress in the age of COVID-19

BY MARK DRISCOLL, CEO OF THE BOCA GRANDE HEALTH CLINIC – Managing the stress of a pandemic was the topic of the recent Grande Rounds hosted virtually by the Boca Grande Health Clinic and the Boca Grande Health Foundation on March 4. Ivy League trained and board-certified psychiatry specialist Alexander P. Miano, MD, addressed how […]

NHR proposal discussion heats up at Wednesday meeting: BGHPB votes against Historic Register nomination for a second time in 4-2 vote

At left, Dennis Ross offered up some visual aids to argue for the NHR proposal. Photo by Susan H BY SUSAN HANAFEE – Supporters of the proposal to include a portion of Boca Grande’s residential historic district on the National Register of Historic Places brought out the big guns from Gilchrist Avenue on Wednesday, March […]

Island resident and her ‘little’ bestowed with biggest honor in the state of Florida

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – It seems as though a local pair we reported on last year named Candy and Aaliyah have exceeded all expectations of the “Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast” program in 2021. Within the last week they found out that they have been named the top “Big and Little Sister,” […]

Art sale at Lighthouse Methodist Church on Sunday benefits needy

BY SUSAN HANAFEE – Don’t forget to drop by the art sale this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Methodist Church on Gilchrist Avenue. All proceeds from the sale will be distributed by the United Methodist Women (UMW) to local charities that benefit women and children in need. […]

Island resident receiving rave reviews on new book

BY SUSAN HANAFEE – Sandy Jacobs will tell you that she is not a woman to mince words. But this summer she let them flow freely as she went through the process of creating her second novel in less than a year – this one called Tropical Disturbances. “I started in July and finished in […]

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 […]