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Could our farmers market be facing its final season?

August 7, 2015
BY MARCY SHORTUSE – It doesn’t take long to get used to having something so good as the Boca Grande Farmers Market around. Residents of the island have become familiar with the Friday routine of st…

Storm event, turtle nest losses, no red flags yet

August 7, 2015
BY JACK SHORT – Two weeks of onshore wind and pounding waves have taken their toll on sea turtle nests here on the island, but authorities do not seem alarmed, saying that changes to the beach prof…

Boil water over the weekend, keep posted with Water Association

August 7, 2015
Water service was interrupted for most of the island for several hours on Thursday, Aug. 6. As of 3 p.m., water pressure had been restored, though a boil-water notice will be in effect for at least…

Profile: Mary Smedley

August 7, 2015
BY JACK SHORT – Three years ago, I wrote my first profile. The subject was a former ambassador to Morocco and an undersecretary general of the United Nations. I could barely fit his resume on any n…

GICIA facilitates parking ordinance revision

July 24, 2015
Boca Grande has gorgeous beaches and, even though they are public, they have a wonderful way of giving beach goers a sense of privacy. As Boca Grande becomes more popular as a beach destination, th…

Progress made in case filed against BGIPOA, TSIHA and others

July 24, 2015
BY JACK SHORT – Defendants have begun to answer accusations made against them in a lawsuit over access to Three Sisters Island. The lawsuit was filed almost immediately after the resolution of deca…

STT and PTTS choose jury over magistrate

July 24, 2015
BY JACK SHORT – Both Silver King Entertainment, LLC and Save the Tarpon, Inc. would rather their case be heard by a judge and a jury of peers than a magistrate. The Charlotte County Court issued an…

Looking for some fun? Stop by the shops in Placida

July 24, 2015
BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Just over the bridge and to your right there is a historic little piece of old Florida where you can find treasures all year long. It is one of the oldest inhabited points along…

Mote scientists to research protected grouper in novel study

July 24, 2015
BY KAITLYN FUSCO – Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are conducting a novel study of the protected goliath grouper offshore of Lee and Charlotte counties to understand where and when these fish ag…

GIBA announces bridge construction updates

July 24, 2015
A new update from the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority shows that vehicle traffic on the Boca Grande Causeway can expect delays at various times during the next few months. Kathy Banson-Verrico, …