Obituary: James Harrison Stanton

James Harrison Stanton, 98, of Boca Grande passed away from a heart attack while in his home on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. He was an active, generous man devoted to his wife, Lucy, for 73 years, and to his children – Cinder, Tim, Peter and Chris. He was a great friend to many, a wise […]

Profile: Priscilla Masselink

  BY SUE ERWIN – Boca Grande resident Priscilla Masselink grew up in Maine and moved to the island with her husband, Mark, in 2012. She met Mark while attending college in North Carolina, and the couple will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary this June. They plan on spending their special day in Scotland. […]

It’s the north vs. the south Who will you root for on Monday?

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Two of Boca Grande’s finest will be down on the football field this Monday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona for a game that millions of eyes will be watching. It’s the Clemson Tigers vs. the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship, Swinney vs. Saban, […]

A big moment in island history … the bridge is open!

BY SUE ERWIN – An historic moment was commemorated Tuesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., when the new swing bridge opened to traffic for the first time. Both lanes on the bridge were open to drivers, and the coordination and cooperation of the many skilled workers involved made the transition nearly flawless. The new 22-foot tall […]

GICIA announces $250K match challenge by island family

SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA – The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) is extremely pleased and encouraged by the outpouring of support toward the purchase of the Mercabo site from residents of Gasparilla Island and the surrounding areas. As of Wednesday, Jan. 6 the GICIA has received nearly $20.2 million in pledges toward the […]

Historic Board rules Palm Avenue home as not historic

BY SUE ERWIN – The Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board held a public meeting on Wednesday. More than 40 residents attended. A request to expand an approved rehabilitation of 920 Palm Avenue was discussed. Property owner Holly Cowan expressed to the Board her regrets regarding several mistakes made by contractors during the rehabilitation process.

The Island School to host second annual chowder dinner, silent auction

Gather ye spoons while ye may, for The Island School has announced that its second annual chowder dinner will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crowninshield Community House. The dinner is a fundraiser for the school’s PTO, which provides valuable services such as funding the school’s yearbooks, providing […]

Lacking a potager? The Garden Club will help you with that

SUBMITTED BY THE BOCA GRANDE GARDEN CLUB – Do you know what a “potager” is? It is the French word for kitchen garden and literally means “for the soup pot.” So the potager is a thing, a kitchen garden, but it is more than that. It is a philosophy of living connected to the garden, […]

30 years of art in Englewood

The 30th Annual Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Art Festival is slated for Saturday & Sunday, January 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Englewood Bank & Trust’s main branch, 1111 S. McCall Road in Englewood. With 60 of the nation’s top award- winning fine artists and craftsmen, it’s […]

Enjoy some improv with RPP, Friends and some lazy fairies

SUBMITTED BY BOOTS TOLSDORF – Laughter feels good! So you have a great opportunity to join the frivolity on Friday, Jan. 15, when the Royal Palm Players join forces with Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center to present the hilarious Sarasota-based Lazy Fairy Improv Troupe for one night only. There will be two shows – […]