Toys for Tots is set up and ready for your donation

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 business hours through Dec. 2. Volunteers will distribute toys to less fortunate children throughout the area.Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday […]

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Three properties to be discussed at November 10 BGHPB Board Meeting

STAFF REPORT – At the monthly meeting of the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board on Wednesday, Nov. 10at 10 a.m. in the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium, three Special Certificates ofAppropriateness will be heard. The first is the Addis Residence, 267 Palm Avenue. The applicant requests approval to convert aportion of the living space into […]

Friends Organization Health and Safety Protocols

To the Editor: The Friends of Boca Grande Community Center is ready to welcome you back to the island with a plethora of programming. We have begun selling tickets to the full capacity of our venues and social distancing is no longer in place. While we know there is no guarantee against exposure to COVID, […]

… and now there’s a fence …

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – The question of who owns the beach – and the water, for that matter – along Charlotte Harbor at Hill Tide Estates has been raised again, as there is now a semi-permanent fence at the southern boundary of the gated community … a fence that stretches out into the water during […]

Inside out: Why is RPP moving their first show outside?

By Erica Martin and Alice Court Live theater is back. Broadway is back. The West End is back. Touring companies are back on the road. And Royal Palm Players is back, too. At the end of the lost season – last year – RPP began casting, planning and producing the upcoming Superlative Season of Fun! […]

Local organizations plan full schedules, keeping fingers crossed

Promotional material has been mailed. Fingers are crossed. Boca Grande’s not-for-profits are hoping that everything can return to the way it was before the COVID pandemic struck – even though they can’t be 100 percent certain. “As much as we want things to be back to normal and have planned for that, things aren’t normal […]

‘I would like a second opinion’: Sometimes a little follow-up can save your life

This is part III in a breast cancer series for October, breast cancer awareness month. There is probably no moment for any person more terrifying than learning that you have cancer. But when faced with a life-changing cancer diagnosis, the more information you can gather, the better. For Cheryl Miller, owner of a shop in […]

A timeline of a breast cancer warrior, survivor and advocate

It was spring of 2017 and Kathy James was living her best life. “I was a very busy mom of four, plus two chocolate labs & a bunny. I also worked part-time at the free clinic.” In addition to being a mother of four children ranging in age from 12 to 21 years, Kathy was […]

Dollars for Mammograms: Feel for lumps; save your bumps

The Englewood Community Care Clinic wants to spread the word, “Feel for lumps. Save your bumps.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual educational campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. The Englewood Free Clinic, Dollar for Mammograms and RAVE (Radiology Associates of Venice and Englewood) are working together to raise […]

How did Cape Haze become … Cape Haze?

Island travelers come and go to Boca Grande daily and they all must cross over GIBA’s faithful swing bridge. But did you know that once you cross the bridge on your way off of Gasparilla Island you are actually on a land mass that is a “cape”? This particular cape is located on the map […]