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

November 20, 2021
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 G…

How close we came to battle: Part II of our ‘Florida during WWII’ series

November 12, 2021
While today’s national news is dealing heavily with topics that some are worried should not be taught in our schools, in recognition of Veteran’s Day and the sacrifices of so many military personn…

GIFT Tournament set for November 23

November 12, 2021
Another island tradition is coming up, and if you’re a fly fisherman who loves to fish for redfish you won’t want to miss this one. On Tuesday, Nov. 23 the 26th annual Gasparilla Island Flyfish…

BGHPB meeting includes NHR and sidewalk amendment discussions

November 12, 2021
Three Special Certificates of Appropriateness were heard at the monthly Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board meeting on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, held at the Boca Grande Community Center Au…

Record-breaking bridge crossings discussed at GIBA meeting

November 6, 2021
The Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority Quarterly Board meeting was held on Wednesday Nov. 3, in the offices of the Authority. Members of the authority were updated on the traffic and revenue fi…

Grande Rounds series begins with ‘Back to Boca’ virtual talk

November 6, 2021
The “Grande Rounds” health lecture series sponsored by the Boca Grande Health Clinic and the Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation is set to kick off the season on November 16. “Back to Boca” will …

Remembrances of a life well lived, lost too soon: Shannon Hoeckel, 1979 – 2021

November 6, 2021
BY CARROLL SWAYZE – It is with overwhelming sadness I share the news that my son, Capt. Shannon Lee Hoeckel, left us to fly with the angels on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, forever changing the dynami…

In honor of Veteran’s Day, an in-depth glimpse at new PBS documentary titled ‘A State at War: Florida During WWII’ (Part I)

November 6, 2021
It was September 1941 and Leading Aircraftsman R A G Cleave, a British student pilot training at the Lodwick School of Aeronautics in Lakeland, Fla. was getting ready to take flight. Little did he…

RPP’s ‘Inherit the Wind’ is a star-studded tempest

November 6, 2021
You will be seeing stars and lots of them too, when you see Royal Palm Player’s “Inherit the Wind,” a knockout courtroom battle reenactment based on the famous Scopes “Monkey” Trial in this outdoo…

Toys for Tots is set up and ready for your donation

November 6, 2021
Englewood Bank & Trust once again is a proud participant in the Marine Corps Reserve’s annual Toys for Tots campaign. Residents are invited to bring unwrapped toys to any branch during busines…