BGHPB meeting includes NHR and sidewalk amendment discussions

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 Auditorium.  However, it was two announcements regarding the proposed sidewalk amendment and the National Register of Historic Places nomination that took center stage in the conversation. Board […]

Record-breaking bridge crossings discussed at GIBA meeting

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 figures for the 12 months of the 2021 fiscal year. Toll Revenue was up by comparison with last year by 11 percent in discount […]

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

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 be the main theme of the first talk, which will feature Clinic physician Raymond A. James, D.O. and Clinic CEO Mark […]

Remembrances of a life well lived, lost too soon: Shannon Hoeckel, 1979 – 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 dynamic of our family and our world.Shannon was born during a wild stormy night on January 21, 1979. When they […]

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

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 know that this was the day he would become a prisoner of war. As Cleave took off in his Stearman biplane, […]

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

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 outdoor, staged reading. In order to deal with the challenges brought on by COVID, the play was moved to the Boca Grande […]

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 […]

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, […]

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! […]