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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…

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…

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 …

December 1, 2023
Island School bomb threat: The Island School had a bomb threat on the afternoon of Tues., Nov. 28. An email from Christine Oliver, head of the school, reported that a call was received on the scho…

November 22, 2023
The Boca Grande Fire Department and the Lee County Sheriff responded to a golf cart accident involving juveniles this past weekend. On Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4:09 p.m. a call came in regarding …

November 2, 2023
BY GEORGE HAMRICK Fire Chief C.W. Blosser and the Island EOC Emergency Communications & Interoperability Working Group would like to express their sincere gratitude to the Boca Grande Healt…

October 26, 2023
NOTE: This story contains new information that cannot be found in the hard copy or e-edition story. Just after press time we received information requested earlier in the week that is pertinent to…

October 19, 2023
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October 19, 2023
Firefighter Alex Moore (on the ground) and Firefighter Casey Taylor (on the truck).  Our firefighters have been known as “jacks of all trades” for many years, as they’ve helped perform tas…

October 13, 2023
The Boca Grande Fire Department’s annual breast cancer awareness T-shirts are in. This year, the department decided to support the wife of a Sarasota County fireman who has just had her breast can…