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September 22, 2017
Winifred “Wini” Smart Quackenbush, a lady who has brush-stroked more of Boca Grande’s true heart and soul than almost anyone else, passed peacefully at the age of 85 in Ellsworth, Maine after a lon…

September 22, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN Sometimes nature can get in the way of nature. Sea turtle nests on the island took quite a hit on September 11 as the wrath of Hurricane Irma pounced over Boca Grande beaches. Boca G…

September 22, 2017
The Placida Boat Ramp closed on Sept. 18 for the delivery of supplies for the repairs on the boat ramp and finger piers. The ramp will remain closed through October 13. During this closure, boaters…

September 22, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN After days of waiting out the storm – and even more days without electricity – businesses in Boca Grande are open again and serving customers. Brian and John Corcoran of Boca Grande …

September 22, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN Brian Darna remembers going fishing with his uncle, Capt. Babe Darna, many times when he was a teenager. He specifically recalls catching a 132-pound tarpon that took him more than 3…

September 22, 2017
Alan L. Williams, 86, of Tallahassee died Thursday (9/7/17) after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by parents LeRoy and Dorothy Williams, sister Caryln Peterson, and wife of almost 60 year…

September 22, 2017
■ SUBMITTED BY THE OFFICE OF GOV. RICK SCOTT Governor Rick Scott directed the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to implement several changes to help South Florida’s commercial…

September 18, 2017
■ BY KATHY BANSON-VERRICO The swing bridge and two other bridges sustained no damage during the storm. We re-installed the protective traffic gate arms, performed a successful test opening, and the…

September 18, 2017
■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE Would you believe we have been dealing with Irma in our daily lives since Monday, Sept. 4? That was the day, at about 9:20 a.m. when we first received word that this particular …