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Three months, 200 parking citations: Most issued post-COVID beach sundown

June 5, 2020
BY OLIVIA CAMERON- After a nice day in the sun, no one wants to get back to their car to see a little paper slip flapping under the wipers. It’s that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach that…

Everything’s squeaky clean at the Boca Grande Fire Department

April 10, 2020
BY CHIEF C.W. BLOSSER, BOCA GRANDE FIRE DEPARTMENT – On Monday April 6 the Boca Grande Fire Department building and apparatus were decontaminated in an effort to keep the building and the Firefight…

PROFILE: Deputy April Tomyn

March 13, 2020
BY OLIVIA CAMERON If you thought the flare of the island would stop with the cops, think again. When a certain squad car rolls by the Loose Caboose, you can see the glitter of a pink steering wheel…

Rotonda resident describes details of 250-acre fire earlier this week

February 28, 2020
BY KELLI BECTON – Approximately 250 acres of Rotonda Lakes and Rotonda Sands were destroyed by a wildfire on Monday, Feb. 24. Although it was a close call and there was some exposure damage, firefi…

Rotonda affected by wild fire

February 24, 2020
UPDATE: As of 6 PM Charlotte County Fire and EMS and the Division of Forestry have officially declared that 250 acres were burned by today’s fire. There were two minor firefighter injuries. Fire is…

Island Sheriff, Fire & EMS

January 10, 2020
■ STAFF REPORT Remember those guys who will do just about anything for anyone, including putting up banners for events, rescuing sea turtles and decorating tall spaces for Christmas? You know who w…

Firefighters making a plan to benefit the Firefighter Benevolent Fund

January 3, 2020
■ STAFF REPORT The firefighters at the Boca Grande Fire Department are “firing up the grill” to host a BBQ rib luncheon in the fire truck bay to benefit the Boca Grande Firefighter Association &amp…

Lacerations, accident, water rescue featured this week in police and fire news

December 6, 2019
■ STAFF REPORT Boca Grande Fire Department and Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to several calls in the past week.  At 11:33 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 Sheriff’s deputies and the Boca Grande Fi…

Two deaths investigated on island in past few weeks

November 22, 2019
■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE The island was the locale for two deaths in the past few weeks, and both deaths were of relatively young individuals. On Monday, Nov. 18 at 8:46 p.m., the Boca Grande Fire Depar…

‘Marsy’s Law,’ and how it affects the police beat news you read

July 26, 2019
■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE I get the police activity sheets from Fort Myers every morning, and I have to say that within the last year more and more information has been redacted. The reason for that is b…