Profile: Gary Cross (You know him as Gary from The Barnichol)

BY JACK SHORT – This is probably the first time one of our profiles has admitted so readily they were part of a cult. That news will no doubt come as a surprise to so many who know Gary Cross as an enthusiastic part of the Boca Grande community, through his volunteer work or even his […]

Ahlers and team takes top honors in 2015 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – The Lucky Lady proved worthy of her name when Capt. Steve Ahlers and his team brought more tarpon to the boat than any other in the 2015 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, held on Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5. They released four tarpon during the tournament, which netted them a […]

Haag team takes first in Gasparilla Island Kids Classic

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – There were 120 excited kids in Boca Grande Pass on Saturday, June 6, all waiting to catch that winning silver king in the Grande Aire Gasparilla Island Kids Classic. Capt. Matt Haag and his team, which included Megan Huer, Jack Allgeier and Sean Hyer, came out the winners when the tournament […]

Congratulations to the TIS Class of 2015!

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Five graduates headed toward the stage last Friday, June 5 at the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium, while a full house of family and friends looked on. There were tears, as usual, and many smiles, as well as a few Broadway show tunes. Ciera Combrink, Gabriela Crespo, Colton Diens, Kylie Robbins and […]

GIWA and CCU: A look at our water (Part II of our series)

BY JACK SHORT – Last week we published part one of our analysis of Consumer Confidence Reports, particularly those issued by the Gasparilla Island Water Association and Charlotte County Utilities. As we said last week, Consumer Confidence Reports measure levels of contaminants in drinking water. Contaminant levels detected fell far below maximum levels set by the […]

Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority Revised Bridge Opening Schedule

The revised seven (7) day a week opening schedule for the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority Swing Bridge is as follows: The bridge will open to vessel traffic on the hour from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Open 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. and Resume on the hour openings after 8 p.m.

Profile: Jeremy (Chino) Chamathorn

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – When Jeremy Chamathorn (a.k.a. Jeremy Chino) first came to Boca Grande, he was astounded by the island’s beauty. His cousin, Patrick Vollmer, had enticed him here with the promise of a job working in paradise. It wasn’t until Jeremy arrived here that he realized just how true that was. “My first thought […]

Near drowning in Gasparilla Pass reported

BY JACK SHORT – Charlotte County Fire and EMS and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office were part of the response team that may have saved a man’s life after he nearly drowned on May 25, Memorial Day, in Gasparilla Pass, north of Gasparilla Island. According to representatives of CCSO and Charlotte County EMS the victim, […] now the internet home of the GICIA

SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA – The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) continues its efforts to protect the beauty and charm that make Boca Grande a special place. Of course, it takes a strong membership base to maintain a growing and successful nonprofit organization.

Delays to be expected when crossing the Boca Grande Causeway on Friday

On Friday, May 29 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. there will be limited and/or no power to the bridge or toll booth, as the electric lines to the new tender house will be energized. According to administrators with the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority, during the outage tolls will continue to be […]