Police & Fire


ISLAND SHERIFF, FIRE, EMS ACTIVITY: Golf cart completely destroyed in battery fire – so what kind of battery was it?

January 26, 2023
On Saturday, Jan. 21 at approximately 7:46 p.m. the Boca Grande Fire Department responded to the 500 block of Gulf Boulevard for a golf cart on fire, fully engulfed. It took some time, but fire…

Cutoff for disaster relief donations January 31 but more donations will be made in weeks to come

January 20, 2023
The Boca Grande Disaster Relief Fund, administered by the Lighthouse United Methodist Church of Boca Grande, has announced that the last day to donate to the fund will be January 31. While the …

Woman found on beach with gunshot wound

January 6, 2023
On the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 4 at approximately 8:25 a.m. the Boca Grande Fire Department got a call that no one wants to get – a gunshot wound victim on the beach at Range Light Beach on Gul…

Island chef arrested for DUI, driving while suspended and more 

December 15, 2022
The actions of one local man erratically driving drunk last Friday, Dec. 9, could have had a much worse outcome than it did.  According to witnesses, that day at approximately 7:30 a.m. Timmie …

A tragic fish tale: The case of the missing Miller’s marlin

December 15, 2022
If you want to kick a man when he’s down, wait for a hurricane to hit, then take his giant fish. This actually happened, but not to a man as much as to a marina. Boca Grande Marina, to be speci…

Authorities looking for third body from plane crash

December 9, 2022
Three victims from a plane that crashed in the Gulf off the Venice coast this past weekend have been identified, but one of the bodies is still missing.The three St. Petersburg residents flew from…

Three firefighters, one LEO recently promoted

December 9, 2022
Congratulations are in order for several local first responders as they have recently been promoted.To begin, Jeff Knowles will be promoted from Firefighter Paramedic / Shift Supervisor to Lieuten…

A word from local law enforcement: ‘Illegal dumping is a crime we will aggressively enforce’

December 2, 2022
Illegal dumping is a very real problem everywhere right now, even on Gasparilla Island, and our local law enforcement officers have been actively and aggressively pursuing those who try to get awa…

Island charter captain’s boat stolen from island

July 22, 2022
A boat theft from a Gasparilla Island residence turned into a police chase through two counties on Saturday, July 16. The boat was recovered with minor damage and the subject was arrested.Tristan …

Business owners, residents – make sure you are hurricane ready!

July 22, 2022
With August 1 coming up quickly, that means that the peak of hurricane season is as well. While we are lucky so far in 2022, that doesn’t mean we are out of the woods. In fact, most hurricanes occ…