Want to experience the estuaries up close?

BY JACK SHORT – Sometimes, to understand something, you have to be willing to dive right in. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is hoping that bringing people into close contact with the nature around them will help convince people of the need for preservation. They have begun shuttling people to see the preserves firsthand, […]

Turtles are getting busy on island beaches

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Sea turtle season is heating up, with hatches about to begin and large numbers of nests to be found on island beaches. So far we have 283 nests, as well as seven green turtle nests. Last year at approximately this time, we had 158 loggerhead and four green nests, which means that […]

Profile: Nancy Lynne Hyde

  BY JACK SHORT – For Nancy Lynne Hyde, family is everything. When asked what inspires her, innervates her, she didn’t hesitate to say that she loves working with kids and spending time with her family. She is a licensed real estate agent, working as an assistant to Carol Stewart, and a cheerful participant in […]

Take the kids to see Prince Rama next Wednesday

Meet masked characters from Bali, the enchanting Indonesian island, and participate in a mask dance-drama based on the adventurous story of Prince Rama on Wednesday, July 1 at 3 p.m. This great myth has been captivating children and adults for centuries. The program will be held at the Boca Grande Community Center’s auditorium. Sponsored by […]

Jill Marie ladies take Howl

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – There was excitement out in the Pass on Saturday night almost as soon as lines hit the water at 8 p.m. for the 2015 Ladies Howl at the Moon Invitational Tarpon Tournament, as three boats hooked up within the first four minutes. There were 27 releases in all, which meant the fish […]

Turnin’ Tides, Tito this weekend

  The last two fishing tournaments of the season will be held this weekend in local waters, and then we’ll be saying “buh-bye” for another year.The 2015 Turnin’ Tides Invitational All-Release Tarpon Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Boca Grande Pass. Not only will there be the […]

Donate in many ways to make a difference for so many with Native Now

  This will be a big summer for the Native Now Foundation, and there are several ways you can help make this the most successful fundraising year ever. Do you have good, gently-used clothes to donate? What about some time to take a little trip out West? Are you in the market for a great […]

New FDEP plumbing rules may affect some island residents

BY JACK SHORT – The Gasparilla Island Water Association would like people to be aware that rules, whose formation began in 1992, have gone into effect that may affect some of their stakeholders on the island. According to a GIWA representative, the rules, developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, determine the kinds of backflow-prevention […]

Florida Warbirds Squadron: Taking to the skies over Boca Grande

BY CAROLINE CLABAUGH – Having two very important veterans in my life, my father, retired LT Col. Edward “Shorty” Livingston and my husband, former Air Force, Airman First Class, Mark Clabaugh; I jumped at the chance to ride along with EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Florida Warbirds Squadron 24 to salute our troops and veterans to […]

Prestigious amateur golf contest held at Coral Creek Club this year

BY JACK SHORT – Just over the bridge, off Placida Road behind a tiny, unassuming sign, lies one of the most scenic golf courses in the area, The Coral Creek Club. The 18-hole, Tom Fazio designed course is private, highly exclusive, and all but invisible from the roadway. This week, it hosted the 86th annual Women’s […]