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 […]

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

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 selflessness she donated one of her kidneys. She didn’t know at the time if she would […]

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

“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 to sleep has always been an issue for me along with 50 to 70 million Americans. Sleep loss and sleep […]

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

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 been stopped by objections from local property owners.  And yet, under guidelines of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, an appeal of […]