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Lighthouse Set for reopening Monday, Feb. 5

January 26, 2024
BY BARRIER ISLAND PARKS The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum, a cherished local landmark and the oldest structure on Gasparilla Island, is thrilled to announce its reopening to the publ…

Moon after Yule, Wolf Moon or Labradoodle Moon

January 26, 2024
For anyone up early Wednesday morning, there was a particularly effective full moon coming through the clouds, different from a clear-sky full moon. With the clouds intermittently covering and unc…

Dollars For Mammograms offers radiology scholarship for high school seniors

January 26, 2024
Dollars For Mammograms is awarding five general radiology scholarships valued at $1,500 each, to seniors who attend Lemon Bay, Port Charlotte, Charlotte, North Port or Venice High Schools. General…

Charlotte County plans to address flooding issues

January 26, 2024
Charlotte County is working on a Watershed Master Plan, to address drainage and flooding across the county. The plan will collate the flooding issues in Charlotte County that residents have experi…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Green Flash was in the plan for investor Rick Ganong

January 26, 2024
Rick and Kris Ganong have a philosophy: work hard, play hard and give back to the community. It is how they live their lives, and they found a whole community of like-minded people when they start…

Send in your Love Lines 

January 26, 2024
February is almost here and it’s time to start writing your Valentines. The Valentines can be to the person who you love, or anything or situation that needs some love. If you want to submit a …

Birds on island take a stressful tern

January 26, 2024
Last week’s colder weather proved to be challenging for wildlife. Islanders have been forced to step up to help get these animals to safety. Locals worked together to rescue an injured tern on …

Lee County seizes and loses first grader’s bike

January 26, 2024
Story updated 1-26. See editor’s note at bottom.  Two Island School students, including a first grader, had their padlocked bikes impounded by Lee County over Christmas vacation, in spite of th…

Gasparilla Island Water Association elects directors Scott, Hollis and Johnston

January 25, 2024
At the January 16 annual meeting of the Gasparilla Island Water Association, the utility elected three new directors. They are Ashley Scott, Jack Hollis and Dennis Johnston.  They were to repla…

GIBA and Boca Grande Causeway scores highly in annual maintenance report

January 25, 2024
Members of the Engineering Committee of the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority met Tues., Jan. 23 to go over, literally, the nuts and bolts of the bridge. Engineering Committee Chairman George …