Local teen almost serves up a trifecta of holes-in-one

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – You’ll want to remember the name Gabriella Vetter. She’s only a teenager now, but give her a few years and she might be playing in the Masters’ Golf Tournament. You actually wouldn’t believe this story if you heard it out on the course or sitting at the clubhouse, but we can guarantee […]

Crawford takes top art honors, exhibits at YoungArts Invitational

Catrina Maria Crawford, granddaughter of Linda and Bob Edic from Boca Grande and daughter of Darlene Edic Crawford, recently graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts High School in West Palm Beach and will be attending Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.

Come say ‘Happy Birthday’ to Guinness World Records’ Oldest Manatee at South Florida Museum

To the Editor: Snooty is an extra special Florida manatee who sets records every day for how long we know manatees can live. That fact has now been documented by the Guinness World Records. He has been named Guinness World Records’ “Oldest Manatee in Captivity.” Snooty lives at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, in […]

Profile: Joshua Karl

BY JACK SHORT – Joshua Karl would have had to try pretty hard to end up in a place more different than Boca Grande. When he grew up here on the island, he went by Joshua Johnson, of the “harbor pilot” Johnsons. But as he prepares to turn 40, he does so as a designer in […]

Minimum wake expansion proposed by Charlotte MAC

BY JACK SHORT – A proposed minimum-wake zone expansion that began as an effort by a small group of homeowners has passed its first major hurdle. The Charlotte County Marine Advisory Committee heard presentations over the last two months from the public representing homeowners in Boca Grande North and in houses along Gulf Shores Drive, […]

Little information available about $1 million that would have gone to Gasparilla Island State Park

BY JACK SHORT – An item stricken from the 2015-2016 Florida budget that would have sent $1 million to the Gasparilla Island State Park contained little information about how the money would have been used, other than that it was marked for “the assessment and evaluation” of lands for purchase inside the optimum park boundary. […]

Intrigue in Australia leads back to Florida and Boca Grande

BY JACK SHORT – Bill Caldwell remembers him as a straight-laced, hard-working fisherman, not as a smuggler and international fugitive. The Tampa Bay Times recently broke a story about a man who died in a traffic accident in Australia, and was revealed to be Ray Stansel, wanted for smuggling marijuana into Florida during the 70s. […]

Sheriff’s Office to patrol Bike Path this weekend

The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) encourages everyone to have a safe 4th of July celebration this year. Undoubtedly, there will be increased usage of the GICIA Bike Path over the holiday weekend. In its ongoing efforts to maintain a safe path for all users, the GICIA has coordinated with the Lee County […]

Help a local captain and have a great time doing it this Sunday

Fundraising for Capt. Jimmy Robertson continues on Sunday, July 5 at The Sand Bar. There will be a fish fry at 2 p.m., and more auctions and raffles will be held. There will also be a corn hole tournament. The cost to get in the fish fry is $12 per person. Call (352) 586-0480 with […]

Celebrate shark week with Mote Marine in many different ways

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium will dive into the science behind some of the ocean’s most fascinating fishes during this year’s Shark Days at Mote with “Real Sharks, Real Science,” a family-friendly celebration from Monday through Saturday, August 10 through 15.