OBITUARY: Cameron Lombard

Cameron Lombard passed away at his home in Sarasota on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021.His wife of 56 years, Patricia, and his two daughters, Heather Felicity and Penelope Cameron, were lovingly by his side.  Cameron grew up in Detroit, Mich., the son of Nile Lombard and Christine Cameron Lombard, and brother to sisters Joyce and Carol. […]

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PROFILE: Laura Wilmerding

They were the halcyon days before social media. A time when one would go away for a beach vacation, meet that special friend for life and you’d pinky swear, usually through tears, to stay in touch. Back then, the only option to communicate when you were apart was by being an old-fashioned pen pal. “What […]

Shopping local is more important than ever

Support your local businesses at the Christmas Walk next Saturday This feature is part one in a series that recognizes how different this year’s holiday shopping might be for many. With shortages of all kinds in the stores and much longer than average wait times on gifts that ship from far away, keep these tips […]

Lee County proposes potential year-round manatee zone on the bayou

Lee County Commissioners want to place year-round slow-speed zones for boaters in certain areas to help better protect manatees. The proposed slow speed zone ordinance would be applicable to, among other Lee County waterways, the Boca Grande Bayou. Manatees disperse during summer months, but when waters elsewhere grow too cold for them to survive they […]

Looking to see the holiday lights? Here’s just a few of your choices

Christmas cheer can be found in many ways, but one of the best is by taking in the sights of the season through light displays. While we may not have the snow to go with our holiday, Florida can be festive just the same … sometimes even more so. After all, where else can the […]

Love the bees but hate the sting? Here’s how to keep the relationship amicable

Who would ever dare to imagine putting oneself in a situation that would purposely trigger the flight or fight response typically associated with an unexpected encounter with bees be therapeutic? If you have ever experienced the unwelcome and unwanted presence of bees in or anywhere around your perimeter, you know the terrifying feeling first hand. […]

Garden Club installs new officers, leadership team

SUBMITTED BY THE BOCA GRANDE GARDEN CLUB – Boca Grande Garden Club members are anticipating a packed slate of in-person meetings, events and workshops for the 2021-2022 season. A new board and leadership team is spearheading the busy calendar.  Officers are: • Gail Miller, President • Tanny Clark, 1st Vice President • Kris North Mampe, […]

A bug’s life: A ride-along along with Lee County Mosquito Control

(Warning, a multitude of mosquito larvae were harmed during the writing of this story) Three warriors step forward, cross-armed, ready to take flight. Cue Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.” The warriors’ names are Jamie Fowler, Scott Shanks, and pilot Mike Haslam, members of the Lee County Mosquito Control District (LCMCD or nicknamed “The District”) team. […]

PROFILE: Mary Spinks

From water skier, fisherman, waitress, to Home Depot employee, Mary Spinks has done it all. But please don’t call her “first mate” as she prefers the title of “admiral.” The distinction is important when you’re the wife of a captain. On the surface, one wouldn’t think a woman from ice-tundra Minnesota would have a lot […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Share the magic of the season at the lighting of the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse

To the Editor: Barrier Island Parks Society, BIPS invites friends and families to share the magic of the season at the annual Lighting of the Lighthouse on December 11. Gates to the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum, located at 880 Belcher Rd., Boca Grande will open at 5:30 p.m. and the famous countdown to […]