Flyin Hawaiian team takes first and more for $50,600 prize in 2021 World’s Richest

Congratulations to the team on the Flyin Hawaiian for winning first place and $50,600 in the 2021 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament! They got the first place money, plus the cash prizes for the last fish on day one of the tournament and the first fish on day two. Hey, Moma! took second place for $18,400. […]

GIKC releases slim, but fun was big!

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – The skies were gray and the bite was sporadic in the 2021 Gasparilla Island Kids Classic Tarpon Tournament, held on the afternoon of Saturday, June 5, but the Riley Irrigation Team with Capt. Jeff Riley aboard Cracker managed to have an experience they will remember for a lifetime. They got the […]

Boca Grande Fire, LCSO respond to several accidents on the island this week

STAFF REPORT – Local first responders responded to three different accidents on the island this week, but luckily none with serious injury involved. The first call came in on Friday, June 4 at approximately 9 a.m., when it was reported that a bicycle vs. vehicle accident occurred at Park Avenue and 5th Street W. The […]

OBITUARY: Charles Field

On May 30, 2021 Charles F. Field, 94, of Scituate was reunited with his wife of 68 years, Florita, who predeceased him in 2019. Charlie leaves his children Amy Chessia (Scituate) and spouse Eric Stamp; son, Charles Jr. and wife Susan (also of Scituate); and “fourth daughter” Kate Jackson (Marion, MA). He was predeceased by […]

OBITUARY: Marjorie Ann Moore

Marjorie Ann Moore, 81, of Kirkwood, Missouri, passed Monday, May 31, 2021, after a courageous eight-year battle with lung cancer. Marjorie was a great friend, wonderful mother, and even better wife. She attended Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana where she was a member of Alpha Phi Delta sorority. She completed her Bachelor of Science in […]

OBITUARY: Ann L. Gallagher

Ann L. Gallagher entered Heaven on June 2, 2021, leaving a bevy of friends and family members who will never forget her vivacious personality, intellectual curiosity, love of reading and willingness to listen with kindness and understanding. Ann and her husband Richard have had a home in Boca Grande for 35 years. Ann was a […]

An insider’s guide to the perfect Key lime pie

BY T MICHELE WALKER – Pi Day may be March 14 (get it, 3.14), and as we all know, National Pie Day is January 23. But in the summer heat in Boca Grande, every day is Key lime pie Day. Key lime pie is as ubiquitous as cheesecake in Manhattan. To help you navigate the […]

Have you seen the Clinic’s new website? It was designed just for you

BY MARK DRISCOLL, CEO OF THE BOCA GRANDE HEALTH CLINIC – Just a little over five months ago, we launched Boca Grande Health Clinic’s newly redesigned website – – with a goal to provide our patients and Islanders with a simple way to access important information for their own health, and the health of […]

GICIA celebrates 50-year anniversary with restoration of walking path curbing

SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA – The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association is pleased to announce that the work to restore the GICIA Walking Path began on Tuesday, June 1. The 3.5-mile sand path, which was exclusively designed for walkers and runners, is being refurbished. The broken areas of curbing are being replaced and a […]

Local first responders kept busy this Memorial Day weekend

STAFF REPORT – The Boca Grande Fire Department, Lee County EMS and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office was busy this past Memorial Day weekend with multiple calls that included a golf cart accident, an electrical fire, numerous boater distress calls and a death investigation.  On Friday, May 28 at 9:25 a.m. the Charlotte County Sheriff’s […]