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Island deputies now wearing bodycams

March 7, 2024
Sheriff’s office had held off on adopting Motorola recorders As a result of a county-wide purchase of bodycams from Motorola, Lee County deputies on Gasparilla Island are now wearing body cams….

Island emergency leads meet for Auxcomm introduction

February 29, 2024
The steering committee for Gasparilla Island’s new Auxiliary Emergency Communications system met Monday morning at the Boca Grande Fire Department to hear a presentation about the new system’s cap…

Cause of Little Gasparilla fire still undetermined

February 22, 2024
The cause of a Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023 house fire on Little Gasparilla Island cannot be determined due to the nature and temperature of the fire, and the speed with which crews could get there to pu…

Islanders need a lift in recent elevator entrapments

February 15, 2024
Last Saturday Feb. 10, there was an elevator entrapment on island. The Boca Grande Fire Department quickly rescued stuck passengers from a third-floor elevator at 5091 Gasparilla Road after a 911 …

Welcoming Lt. Mike Sawicki to Boca Grande

January 11, 2024
Lieutenant Mike Sawicki was not looking to change jobs when Capt. Jeff Corkhill told him about an opening for his position in Boca Grande. Mike (he is cool with being called “Mike” without the for…

Island Auxiliary Communications system goes live

January 5, 2024
Wednesday, the Auxiliary Emergency Radio Communications System, or AUXCOMM system went live. The system was successfully tested by members of the Island EOC Emergency Communications & Interope…

Lt. Michael Sawicki new sheriff in town; saying goodbye to Capt. Jeff Corkhill

January 4, 2024
Boca Grande has a new officer in charge of the island from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Michael Sawicki. Lt. Sawicki (above, at right) is familiar with Boca Grande, having served as the re…

Letters: Thank you to Capt. Jeff Corkhill

January 4, 2024
Editor’s note: Capt. Jeff Corkhill (pictured above at right) will be moving on from Boca Grande as of Monday, and Lt. Jeff Sawicki, who had been at Captiva Island, will be taking his place. Island…

Residents, marine units help in Little Gasparilla fire 

December 21, 2023
Sheriff’s helicopter from Charlotte County assisted in the fire. Photo courtesy Boca Grande Fire Dept. A beach cottage at 9686 Privateer Road near the south end of Little Gasparilla Island is a…

Charlotte County shuts down gambling operations

December 20, 2023
On December 20, 2023, members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Gaming Control Commission executed a legal search warrant of two casino-style businesses that were operating …