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‘Sunflower Effect’ makes bendy tower

February 22, 2024
A small and occasional bend in the new Boca Grande cell tower is a common issue with steel pole construction. It is not an optical illusion. The cellular industry calls the issue the “Sunflower…

Islanders need a lift in recent elevator entrapments

February 15, 2024
Last Saturday Feb. 10, there was an elevator entrapment on island. The Boca Grande Fire Department quickly rescued stuck passengers from a third-floor elevator at 5091 Gasparilla Road after a 911 …

Fast cat takes first cruise to Boca Grande

February 15, 2024
Last weekend, the Miss Elissa catamaran made her first voyage to Boca Grande from Punta Gorda. The new voyage here is about 90 minutes, which is about an hour faster than before. “It’s more sta…

Mote scientist Toyoda tells of progress in understanding red tide

February 15, 2024
The Boca Grande Community Center auditorium was packed Wednesday as Dr. Jennifer Toyoda, researcher with the Mote Marine Laboratory, shared the latest information on the monitoring, measuring and …

AT&T ring now tops Boca Grande cell tower

February 15, 2024
AT&T finally reached out and touched the Boca Grande cell tower this week. Its equipment is now atop the tower. According to Stephen E. Raville, who has been monitoring construction for the…

Lemon Bay High shares AquaLab science with community 

February 9, 2024
Students from Lemon Bay High School’s marine program led the community last Wednesday on a tour of their AquaLab, a model for upper school science education. During the evening, marine science tea…

Secretary Skinner on fathers, mentorship and veterans

February 9, 2024
At age 85, former Secretary of Transportation Sam Skinner shared with a gathering of men at breakfast this week the need for men to have fathers and role models. He learned this lesson as a child,…

Feb. 20 deadline for presidential primary; poll workers needed in Boca Grande

February 9, 2024
Although November 2024 elections may seem a long way off, the Florida presidential primary is Tuesday, March 19, 2024 and the voter registration deadline for the presidential preference primary is…

From pirates to the Pelican Room

February 9, 2024
The Gasparilla Inn history tour takes guests back in time History Tour Guide Sandi Firtion had a full house on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 6 at The Gasparilla Inn and Club. A crowd of about 30…

Open Letter: Nitrogen no fix for Charlotte County reclaimed water

February 2, 2024
BY ROBERT J. ROBBINS PhD. and PERCY ANGELO In large measure Charlotte County’s nitrogen problem results from its disposal of untreated reclaimed water on properties throughout the county. The c…