Wildflower open this weekend with lots to do

Lemon Bay Conservancy invites you to a free Open House at Wildflower Preserve on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Come explore nature and take a guided trail walk with knowledgeable guides that will leave every hour. Various walks will focus on different natural elements of the preserve. The first walk of […]

Gaffney entertains Garden Club with tales of weddings past

BY CLARE DOYLE – Design star Michael Gaffney gave the Boca Grande Garden Club a “flower-powered” Flower Week to remember. A capacity crowd in the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium last Wednesday, Feb. 3 roared with laughter again and again as Michael regaled us with tales from his long career as a florist, floral design […]

Coast Guard inspection at the Range Light

The Coast Guard held a routine inspection at the Range Light on Wednesday morning. This is one of the final inspections before the turnover, meaning that the Barrier Island Park Society will receive a licensing agreement to restore and operate the newly named Range Light to the Gasparilla Light. The turnover is planned to happen […]

Memorial service for Jo Jo Faulstich scheduled for February 21

Jo Jo Faulstich, 61, of Boca Grande, formerly of Redlands, Calif., died on June 29, 2015. She was born on December 13, 1953. A Celebration of Life will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21 at Boca Grande Art Center in Boca Grande. Please email the address below to RSVP if […]

Memorial Mass set for Betty Jane Shiarella at Our Lady of Mercy

Betty Jane Shiarella passed away on November 19, 2015. Betty was a long-time resident of Boca Grande and has many friends here. The family will have a memorial mass for her at the Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Boca Grande at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 26.

PROFILE: Jack Horner

BY SUE ERWIN – Island seasonal resident and artist Jack Horner was born in Richmond, Virginia. He is retired from two prominent, parallel careers: one serving in U.S. Naval Intelligence for 28 years and another as a stockbroker for 35 years. And he has also been a watercolor, oil and pastel painter for 28 years. […]

OBITUARY: Aderton Primm “Pete” Samuel

Aderton Primm “Pete” Samuel, 80, of Boca Grande, FL passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at his residence. He was born on January 1, 1936 in St. Louis, MO to the late James and Louise (Primm) Samuel.

Zika virus found on Gasparilla Island

BY DR. JEFFREY HUMBARGER – This is the first in an ongoing series of posts by myself regarding current medical topics. Certainly you’ve heard about Zika Virus. The CDC has issued travel warnings and the Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed that certain Florida Counties are in a state of Medical Emergency. So what’s the big deal? […]

Watkins, Major retain chair and co-chair seats on GIBA Board

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Ginger Watkins and Lee Majors retain their seats as chairman and co-chairman of the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority, as a vote was cast at the board’s quarterly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The board also voted in Drew Tucker as the Audit and Finance Chairman, replacing Bill Holmberg who is moving […]

Two notices to mariners: Bridge closed to boat traffic, buoy locations changed

The swing bridge will be closed to boat traffic from February 8-15 so contractors tearing down the old swing bridge can remove some of the steel. The closure was originally slated for the first week in February, but they were unable to perform the work they needed to do because of extenuating circumstances.