Literary Forum announces new reads for 2015-2016

Books to be discussed at the Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center Literature Forum 2015-2016 season were announced this week. After screening and discussing scores of books, the Literature Forum steering committee has selected the following works of fiction, taking their readers to Mississippi, Illinois, rural France, England and North Korea:

Suncoast cats in England: A follow-up to our original report

Remember the kitties we reported about last week, who were headed to a new home in England? Well, after a climate controlled flight on British Airways, formerly homeless cats Binx and Little Girl have arrived safely at their East Sussex home. United Kingdom residents Brian and Jenny Port adopted the siblings from Suncoast Humane Society […]

GICIA tours proving successful, call to get on the list for the next one

On April 25, the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) hosted two tours of one of their most successful restoration sites.   Two small groups were guided through the properties by GICIA’s executive director, Misty Nichols and consultant and certified arborist, Rick Joyce.

Letter to the Editor: Best wishes from the Lee County Sheriff’s Patrol

To the Editor: As we wrap up the 2014-15 season, your local law enforcement professionals would like to thank the Boca Grande Community for allowing us to serve you!

Last call for Ladies Day

If you’re interested in entering the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament, it’s still not too late. While your team’s name won’t be in the program, you can still call the Chamber office at 964-0568 and sign up, or go online to

Profile: Jim Sullivan

BY JACK SHORT – Jim Sullivan would prefer that the maudlin days of Equus and Macbeth were behind him, and behind the Royal Palm Players. Okay, RPP probably never did Equus, but they weren’t doing enough of what Jim says Boca Grande wants; he thinks he and Boca Grande have at least one important thing in […]

Letter to the Editor: The saga of Gilligan’s Island continues (‘That patch of weeds belongs to all of us’)

To the Editor: I read with great interest an article by a spokesperson for the Gilchrist neighborhood Association, which stated there had been a miscommunication about the Gilchrist parking situation. But it went back to the same old tired talking points about that never-implemented Olmsted plan for a linear park on Gilchrist Avenue.

Letter to the Editor: Helping hands needed at Suncoast Humane Society

To the Editor: As their seasonal volunteers leave for the northlands, Suncoast Humane Society is looking for summer volunteers at their animal care center and thrift stores. The Society has a variety of volunteer positions available, including those that work directly with animals, people, or both.

Guest Editorial: Reflections on aging in Boca Grande

BY JOAN ARDREY – It’s only late April, but it seems summer weather has decided to settle in early this year, bringing a premature end to another satisfyingly frenetic Boca Grande “season.” The mounting heat causes tennis, golf and other forms of reasonably vigorous outdoor activity to lose their appeal. We retreat into our (thankfully) […]

Ladies, it’s almost time to catch ’em up!

The 2015 Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament is right around the corner, with fishing on Saturday, May 9 and the captain’s party on Friday, May 8. This is the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce’s official 25th Anniversary celebration of an island tradition, and it begins on Friday night at 5 p.m. with the Captain’s Party at […]