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Profile: Andy Charcut

June 23, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN Andy Charcut was living in Illinois in 2013, when his boss Steve Kaplin, offered him a job in Boca Grande. At the time, Steve owned Infotrack, a pre-employment screening company. Ste…

Obituary: John Gallwey Carter

June 23, 2017
John Gallwey Carter, 26, residing briefly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away on June 9, 2017. John was born on July 29, 1990 to John Elliot and Gael Gallwey Carter in Tampa, Florida. John was a gr…

CCSO marine unit joins Operation Dry Water campaign

June 23, 2017
To the Editor: The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in Operation Dry Water as part of a nationally coordinated effort to increase knowledge about the dangers of boating under…

Climb the Lighthouse tomorrow!

June 16, 2017
■ STAFF REPORT Climb the Gasparilla Island Lighthouse tomorrow, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With your generous support, the Barrier Island Parks Society, BIPS, has restored our community treasu…

Tracy Lynn wins Kids’ Classic

June 16, 2017
■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE  The anglers aboard the Tracy Lynn knew they were on a roll when they felt their fifth release of the 2017 Gasparilla Island Kids’ Classic tug on the line at 8:08 p.m. No other …

Board rejects proposal to move historic cottage

June 16, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN At its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 14, the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board rejected a proposal to relocate a guest cottage located at 300 Third Street West to Matanzas…

Want to report red tide? There’s an app for that

June 16, 2017
■ PROVIDED BY MOTE MARINE.   Smartphone users can now download a new app to self-report impacts of Florida red tide algae (Karenia brevis), thanks to Mote Marine Laboratory’s project to engage citi…

Build a better world – be a part of the kindness tree

June 16, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN Kindness is cool. That’s the message Johann Fust librarian Gladys Varga wants to share with island residents by encouraging them to spread a little joy – just because. She created a …

Profile: Paul Wagenseil

June 16, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN Capt. Paul Wagenseil is quite familiar with tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass. Born and raised in Englewood, Paul started fishing when he was a kid. After receiving a kayak as a bir…

Is there any way to stop the pirate-ization of Boca Grande?

June 16, 2017
■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE “Heard an old man by the pier asking where the time’s all gone, it’s been almost 50 years; my, how this place has grown. “Used to come here by ferry before they built that big h…