It’s Boca Bargains time again!

The wait is almost over! Boca Bargains will open for the season on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. The store’s shelves and racks are filled thanks to the community’s generous donations, but there is always room for more. Boca Bargains will be accepting donations from 9 to 11 a.m. on days they are open […]

Carroll to hold annual Studio Party, ‘Postcards from the Beach’ featured

Local artist Carroll Swayze will be hosting her 28th annual Studio Party and once-a-year art sale on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 3 to 11 p.m. in north Englewood, 2373 Donovan Road.

Many thanks for a great book sale

To the Editor: The JF Library Foundation just concluded another successful Book Sale, thanks to the outstanding efforts of our Library Foundation volunteers and the many community residents who donated their books, DVDs and CDs to this semi-annual event.

Potter and Sexton take top honors in GIFT Tournament, $3,000 raised for webcams

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – The first major cold front of the season, complete with heavy winds, didn’t dampen the fishing enthusiasm for the 2015 Gasparilla Island Fly Fishing Tournament. Four redfish were caught on fly in less than great conditions. There were seven teams in all, 14 competitors.

Local seaplane pilot saves boaters on Peace River in twist of fate rescue

It’s always amazing when lives are saved by the fates, good fortune and kind hearts. Mark Futch rediscovered that feeling last Thursday as he cruised in his seaplane up around the Peace River just north of the Nav-a-Gator Restaurant.Mark was with Rogan White, son of author Randy Wayne White. He was teaching him to fly […]

Author of Reagan bio to speak at Community Center

  Edmund Morris, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, will be speaking at the Boca Grande Community Center about his book entitled, “Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan,” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The only biography ever authorized by a sitting President, Mr. Morris will be speaking about the 13 years of exhaustive research he did […]

Lit Forum to feature Hammond and Proust’s ‘Swann’s Way’

  The Literature Forum inaugurated its 2015-2016 season on November 12 with an excellent presentation of Eudora Welty’s novella, “The Ponder Heart.” The discussion was ably led by David Jenkins, a veteran Literature Forum presenter and participant, and was dedicated to Bob Shandorf, the loyal Forum member and presenter who died unexpectedly last summer. Bob […]

Love to sing? Want to jam with others? Join the Glee group

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m., the Multi-Purpose Room at the Boca Grande Community Center is filled with the sound of harmony. It’s the sound of Grande Glee. It’s the sound of Boca Grande’s happiest singers. Here’s why Glee is so Grande.

Profile: Jon Burdette

■ BY SUSAN ERWIN Islander and local business owner Jon Burdette started visiting Boca Grande in 1985 when his grandparents were introduced to the island by Stewart Turley. By the early 1990s, his family had made Boca Grande their weekend home. Originally from Wellington, an area just west of Palm Beach, he attended school there, […]

Getting ready to cross the new bridge soon

■ BY SUSAN ERWIN The traffic shift to the new bridge is planned for December and will be done in phases, according to GIBA Executive Director Kathy Banson-Verrico, and machinery testing is currently in progress in preparation for the big event. In the first phase, “off-island traffic will exit over the new bridge and on-island […]