Boca Grande Fire Department responds to drowning

Just before midnight on Sunday, Sept. 26 the Boca Grande Fire Department received a call of a person who had drowned near the Boca Grande Causeway, in the area of the trestle sandbar. Charlotte County Fire and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office responded as well. They met with the victim and two other occupants who […]

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Memories of September 11, 2001: 20 years has proved that our lives will never be the same…

On the evening of September 11, 2001, there were many types of reactions taking place in homes across the country, and around the world. Whether you were in New York City, in the middle of Iowa or in Honolulu, you felt what happened on that day all the way to your core. The silence of […]

New sod on causeway might be cursed by the fire gods (or grown by aliens), ambulance responds to two envenomation calls

If you wear white to a party, you’re bound to spill wine on your shirt. If you buy a brand-new car, you’re bound to get a door ding within the first week. But who knew that if you put down some nice, lush, green sod on the Boca Grande Causeway it would catch all kinds […]

Boca Grande Fire, LCSO respond to several accidents on the island this week

STAFF REPORT – Local first responders responded to three different accidents on the island this week, but luckily none with serious injury involved. The first call came in on Friday, June 4 at approximately 9 a.m., when it was reported that a bicycle vs. vehicle accident occurred at Park Avenue and 5th Street W. The […]

PROFILE: Deputy David Scozzafava

BY T MICHELE WALKER – If you find yourself in town and you see a new face in a Lee County Sheriff’s Office vehicle, make sure to give it a big Boca wave. Chances are it’s our new Deputy Sheriff, David Scozzafava.  Here for just over three weeks, Deputy Sheriff David is excited to be […]

Fire on Dog Island brings about a multi-agency coordinated effort

STAFF REPORT – Dog Island, a spit of land just off the Boca Grande Causeway, continued to burn as of press time on Thursday, May 20 after a fire started there on the preceding Monday.  According to officials the call came in at approximately 11 a.m. on May 17. Charlotte County Fire responded, as did […]

Local deputies, fire, EMS respond to sinking boats and golf cart accidents

STAFF REPORT – Local first responders received several calls this weekend, including several boat and golf cart calls. On Saturday, April 24 at approximately 8:50 p.m. Boca Grande firefighters responded to a call for mutual aid from Charlotte County for a small, dark-colored boat that was possibly in distress with no running lights on, possibly […]

Boca Grande Fire Department receives LIFEPAK 15 from Boca Grande Health Clinic

The LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillator shown above was purchased for the Boca Grande Fire Department by the Boca Grande Health Clinic. The funds were donated to the Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation by Lois and Joe Hayden. This equipment has already proven itself invaluable on the island. Chief Blosser explained that some time ago when they […]

Island firefighters find missing kayaker

STAFF REPORT – This past weekend Boca Grande firefighters came to the rescue of a woman in a kayak who was in distress in local waters. On Sunday, March 21 at approximately 8:30 p.m. the Boca Grande Fire Department received a water rescue call from Charlotte County Fire and EMS, regarding a female kayaker who […]

Spring Break keeps local fire, EMS busy on land and on the water

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – It’s been a busy week of ambulance calls, alarms and water rescues for the Boca Grande Fire Department, but one of the most admirable rescues that took place didn’t even happen on the island. Boca Grande Firefighter Alex Moore was working part-time at a Sarasota gym last weekend when a man […]