Island charter captain’s boat stolen from island

Tristan Eugene Royer, 38, of Venice was charged with burglary to an unoccupied conveyance (unarmed); fleeing to elude LEO in a boat; reckless operation of a vessel; grand theft more than $5,000 but less than $10,000; three counts of bond forfeiture; an out of county warrant; and petit theft, first degree. The incident began to play out on Friday, July 15 when calls came in to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office about suspicious activity at Don Pedro State Park. The caller said a man swam from his boat on the Intracoastal to the pavilion, walked out of sight in the dunes, then came back through the dunes carrying a backpack. He got on the boat and left. The caller said he and another person with him returned to where their boat was docked and realized that there were signs of forced entry to the boat and a pair of pliers and a backpack were missing. The backpack contained money, credit cards and personal items.

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

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 occur from mid-August to late October. While many residents and small business owners are already prepared, there […]

A visit from the sheriff, a new golf cart for our guys

 “Boca Grande is very near and dear to my heart,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. Lee County is growing at the fastest rate in the country. Boca Grande is a beautiful place to visit. Visitors walk along Boca Grande and see mom and pop stores. It’s got a small town feel and we want to preserve it.”

Boca Grande Fire Department passes inspection with flying colors

“We found no deficiencies during our site survey,” the letter read. “Your vehicles and service records were outstanding. Thank you for being a role model of excellence as an EMS provider in the state of Florida.”

Random fire calls for service, illness, a golf cart accident or two and a few other maladies reported through the Boca Grande Fire Department

The Boca Grande Fire Department responded to several calls throughout the latter part of the month, including the following: On June 17 a missing boater was reported in our area, but the department was canceled enroute. On June 18 at 5:11 p.m. the department got a call of a boat fire around Whidden’s Marina. It […]

Laundry fire, bicycle accident, car fires and more for BGFD

On Monday, May 16 at 11:17 a.m. the department responded to 777 7th St. E for a structure fire at The Gasparilla Inn & Club laundry. The folding machine caught on fire but was extinguished by the time the fire department arrived. Firefighters checked and secured the machine.

Kayakers, take heed: Do not attempt to cross the Pass

On Thursday, April 28 at 3:16 p.m. the Boca Grande Fire Department responded to the waters around Belcher Road, as a caller reported seeing three kayakers in distress approximately 1/2 mile off shore. When the Department responded, they found the three kayakers being pulled out into the Gulf by the current, but they were doing […]

High fire danger punctuated by several incidents around the area

This time of year in Southwest Florida often leads to fire hazard warnings, particularly when the breeze is blowing and there is nary a cloud in the sky. Notifications have been issued for Southwest Florida by FEMA in the last few weeks, and several incidents around Cape Haze Peninsula have led to homes getting too […]

New fire boat provides state-of-the-art technology to save more lives

The new boat is a 9M Interceptor with an aluminum hull and a ¾ enclosed cabin. She is powered by twin Mercury Motors, has a fire pump that delivers over 500 gallons per minute of water, front and rear deck guns and dive doors.

All manner of calls come in for BGFD and EMS these past few days

It’s been a busy time lately for the Boca Grande Fire Department and Lee County EMS, as they’ve responded to a plethora of calls that involve everything from falls to elevator rescues, downed power lines to brush fires and more. Here are some highlights from the last few days.