Prepare your pets for the Fourth of July festivities this weekend

The 4th of July is not a time of celebration for our pets. If they could read calendars they would be packing up to leave about now. The fireworks that many people find so thrilling can drive pets, especially dogs, into a state of panic. Explosions from fireworks can often be felt and heard for […]

Your weekly sea turtle nesting numbers From the Boca Grande Sea Turtle Association

At right is our weekly sea turtle numbers, as recorded by the Boca Grande Sea Turtle Association. One thing to remember this week particularly, though, is to clean up the beach after any Fourth of July celebrations. Be mindful of all trash and fill in holes dug in the sand. Remove all beach furniture and […]

Second annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby to be held by Mote

The second annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby is an exciting and environmentally beneficial event that invites SCUBA divers and snorkelers to compete to collect as many lionfish as possible in an effort to control the spread of this invasive species.

Profile: Scott O’Connor

BY JACK SHORT – To put it simply, Scott O’Connor is living the good life. He and his wife, Kristin, aren’t cruising the seas in luxury yachts or gambling in Monte Carlo, but he lives in a tropical paradise (let’s face it, that’s Boca Grande in a nutshell) golfing, swimming and raising rescue dogs, cats […]

Blaze ends tarpon tournament season with a win

BY ANGIE MILLS AND MARCY SHORTUSE –  The 4th Annual Turnin’ Tides Invitational, is now in the history books. It began with a whole lot of patient anglers biting their nails for two hours, and ended with 20 minutes of exceptional activity with four boats battling it out for the “last fish” award. With a little […]

GIBA discusses recent bridge failures, wayward walls and paving projects at quarterly meeting

BY JACK SHORT – The Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority board met on June 25 for a quarterly meeting, and foremost on the agenda and in the minds of many residents were recent bridge failures that caused the roadway to be shut down on two Saturdays in recent months. “This is the first time, certainly in […]

Indian tacos to be served this Saturday

On Saturday, June 27 a new twist on lunch will be served in the courtyard next to Hudson’s Grocery beginning at 11 a.m. The Native Now Foundation will be serving Indian tacos as a fundraiser for continuing work at the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. They will serve until the food runs out, so stop by […]

Visitor loses ring worth 100K

Finders keepers, losers weepers, indeed. According to a report provided by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, a visitor to the island lost a ring worth $100,000 during her stay. The report states that sheriff’s deputies responded to a complaint on Friday, June 19 lodged by a woman who had lost a ring during the evening […]

MS fundraiser is just another 150-mile ride to Boots and Dick

BY JACK SHORT – Some people like adding a little challenge to their charity. Boots and Dick Tolsdorf are just such people. In a move that is, amazingly, not unusual for them, the Tolsdorfs are going to join about 2000 other cyclists on June 26 and 27 for a two-day, 150-mile bike ride beginning in […]

The quest to help Capt. Jimmy continues …

Fundraising for Capt. Jimmy Robertson continues next weekend 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.