TURTLE TRACKS: Beach trash needs to be looked at as a serious turtle hazard

As we head into peak nesting season, now is the time when sea turtle patrollers really come together and work hard as a team. There are multiple nests laid each day on eight different zones from the north to south end of the Island.  During this time of year, when people and sea turtles are […]

In the Spotlight: Just Martyn, please No formal titles for new Methodist minister

Bringing Martyn and his wife Helen to Florida was the idea of Bishop Kenneth Carter, head of the United Methodist Conference in Florida, who happens to be a dear friend of theirs. They are approaching this new assignment with joy, as Martyn enters his final year in active ministry. He will retire at the end of this assignment, planning to return to England and become the doting grandfather he has been and still aspires to be. 

EDITORIAL: ‘We have it in our power to begin the world all over again’

As we sit perched on the brink of a Fourth of July three-day weekend, it might be a good time to talk about the 800-pound gorilla in the room. For a small local newspaper, trying to keep things light is a good idea … most of the time … but there comes a time when […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Daughter of an island legend thanks everyone who helped make Evelyn Darna’s passing a little bit easier, a little more peaceful

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its        members.”                                        – Coretta Scott King To the Editor: As we sat in the First Baptist Church surrounded by […]

Local dog rescue overwhelmed with dogs … 

Just a few months ago, Boca Grande Fire Department had an unexpected guest, a sweet but unhealthy dog that clearly needed some veterinary attention. After a failed attempt at getting assistance from the nearest animal shelter, BGFD reached out to Rescue Garage, a local nonprofit dog rescue facility, for help. Rescue Garage answered the call and retrieved the poor pup, named him “Waldo,” got him the appropriate care, and recently found him a forever home. Now, that same rescue is at risk of shutting its doors until it can get some much-needed aid. Rescues are facing an unprecedented number of pleas for help from overflowing shelters and people in the community who can no longer care for their animals. 

OBITUARY: Pattie Cleghorn

Pattie Cleghorn (nee Hart), born November 15, 1941 in Toronto, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday morning, June 17, 2022 at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge Ontario after a long battle with lung disease.  She was predeceased by her parents, Eileen and Harry Hart, and is survived by her long- time […]

30 percent above 2021: Lee County Property Appraiser announces 2022 property value estimates

“Everyone in Lee County could feel that property values have been increasing rapidly, but this confirms the fact that 2021 saw unprecedented increases,” Caldwell said. “Thankfully, homeowners are protected at essentially a maximum of only a three-percent increase through their homestead exemption.”