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Local first responders kept busy this Memorial Day weekend

June 9, 2021
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 accide…

Local woman who donated kidney gets to see how her gift of life saved a very grateful Clearwater man

June 9, 2021
BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Last year we brought you the story of a South Gulf Cove woman, Jennifer Stanton, who had given the gift of life to an anonymous person in need: In an action of sheer bravery and…

SPECIAL HEALTH SEGMENT: The quest for a good night’s sleep

June 9, 2021
“To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub …”  – Hamlet, by William Shakespeare BY T MICHELE WALKER -Ah, that elusive night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep, or rather, the process of getting…

As far as the NHR, our fate lies in the hand of the National Registry Keeper

May 30, 2021
BY SUSAN HANAFEE – A representative of Florida’s Department of State has conceded that the effort to list part of Boca Grande’s residential district on the National Register of Historic Places has …

The WRTT ‘Grande Tradition’ to honor island fishing legends Bracken and Futch

May 30, 2021
BY WESLEY LOCKE, WORLD’S RICHEST TARPON TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR – The World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament is routed in the rich history of Traditional Live Bait Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass. In the…

Chapman honored with lifetime achievement award by PTHA

May 30, 2021
BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Boca Grande resident and horsewoman extraordinaire Pat Chapman was honored this month by the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association with the greatest honor that they b…

Are you ready for the 2021 Kids’ Classic?

May 30, 2021
STAFF REPORT – If you are interested in getting a team together for the 2021 Gasparilla Island Kids Classic, you had better scramble. While there are still spots left on the roster, all local capta…

County commissioners amend island overnight parking ordinance

May 30, 2021
BY MARCY SHORTUSE – On Tuesday, May 18 Lee County Commissioners met and unanimously passed an ordinance that prohibits overnight parking in specific designated area for buses and recreational vehic…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Many thanks to all who helped Hope for Haitians committee exceed their 2021 goal

May 4, 2021
Dear Editor and friends of the Boca Grande Hope For Haitians Committee,  We’ve exceeded our goal!  On behalf of the Boca Grande Hope for Haitians Committee, the people of Haiti, the most impoverish…

Life is a game, but bridge is serious (Part II)

April 24, 2021
BY TONYA BRAMLAGE – Bridge part II explores the rumors, intrigue, and little known nuances of game play here in Boca Grande. In the 1940s, bridge was played in 44 percent of American homes accordi…