Obituary: Mary Jane De Genaro

Former Boca Grande resident Mary Jane De Genaro died November 21, 2020 in Rowayton, CT with her daughters caring for her. She was 85.   Mary Jane was born in Jersey City, N.J. on June 10, 1935, growing up in Brooklyn and Queens, NY. She and George lived in Greenwich & Roxbury, CT; Manhattan, Boca […]

Obituary: Hall Caldwell ‘Sonny’ Howard

On November 10, 2020, world traveler and host extraordinaire, Hall Caldwell “Sonny” Howard Jr. embarked on his final journey just days after his 84th birthday. He had many times on Gasparilla Island, and will be missed by many here. Sonny was born in Dothan, Alabama, on November 7, 1936, to a school teacher and a […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A lover of the island expresses her thoughts in words

To the Editor: Boca Grande and Gasparilla Island hold such a treasured place in my heart that I have been inspired to write a poem about it, and to paint many scenes from my photos and memories. Here is a little bit of background on me and why I have been so inspired.

PROFILE: John Salaway

Raised on drumming lessons and good music… BY OLIVIA CAMERON- From The Beatles to Led Zeppelin, John Salaway has drawn inspiration from eras of creative music development and the revolution of sound to cultivate a style of his own. With reminiscent ballads in classic rock at his fingertips, it’s impossible for John to neglect his natural […]

The good things

BY LAUREN HANA, MD., BOCA GRANDE HEALTH CLINIC- It’s easy to be consumed in all the negativity we see in the news every day as we approach a holiday and head into a new season of the global pandemic of COVID-19. There is no doubt that this epic event has touched every soul in one […]

Lee County Commissioners to meet December 1 to make their decision on downtown nomination

BY MARCY SHORTUSE- On the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m., Lee County Commissioners will hear the findings of the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board regarding the residential district nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, which will potentially decide the fate of the October nomination filed by Sarasota resident Mikki Hartig. The […]

GICIA celebrates 50 year anniversary with restoration of the Walking Path

SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA- The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association is pleased to announce that work to restore the GICIA Walking Path began on Monday. The 3.5-mile, sand path, which was exclusively designed for walkers and runners, is being refurbished with 30 loads of coarse sand.

Cocktails and conversation: Grande Glee singing yuletide carols this December

BY OLIVIA CAMERON- On the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 18 Grande Glee’s singing soirée commenced with cocktails in hand and topics on the tips of their tongues regarding a unique holiday event in the works. With a selection of mixed drinks on standby, the Glee members met through Zoom to discuss their upcoming Virtual Christmas […]

Jingling, jangling, prance fun with RPP in December

STAFF REPORT- Join the Royal Palm Players for an outdoor evening of song, verse, and hilarity featuring some of our island’s well known performers, plus a special guest appearance from “you know who.” But you will never guess who is really behind that white beard! And who is that Sexy Santa Baby? And are those […]

Keep Woman’s Club scholarship in mind, the deadline is coming soon

STAFF REPORT- The Scholarship Committee of the Boca Grande Woman’s Club is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year.   Applicants for the program must meet the following criteria: 1) be applying for admission to a school of higher education (including some technical programs); 2) demonstrate a B or better high school grade point […]