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It really was a ‘howling time’ at the Howl at the Moon

June 7, 2024
■ BY BETSY JOINER Saturday night the winds were “Howling” out of the east for the ‘Howl At The Moon’ Tarpon Tournament. Despite the wind and choppy waters 35 tarpon were released in three hours…

SW Florida Fishing: June starting out hot on the water

June 7, 2024
BY CAPT. WILL WATERHOUSE The tarpon fishing has been great throughout May and into June. There have been lots of fish being caught in Boca Grande Pass on live bait. There have also been quit…

EcoWatch: The plight of the oceans is a cause for alarm

June 7, 2024
“The ocean is the lifeblood of our world. If we were to lose our fish that we appreciate so much by overfishing, or if were to lose some of our favorite beaches to over-building and pollution, the…

Sea Turtle Association offers nest adoption to promote protection

June 6, 2024
BY ARLENE HALL BGSTA SECRETARY  For a limited time, the Boca Grande Sea Turtle Association is offering a unique way to mark a special occasion while also helping local sea turtles nesting on Ga…

State seeks bids for Sea Grape bathroom at Gasparilla Island State Park

June 6, 2024
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Design and Construction is soliciting sealed contractor bids for a new Sea Grape Restroom at the Gasparilla Island State Park. Cont…

SUP Englewood concession now at Don Pedro

June 6, 2024
State Park has offering for kayak and paddleboards SUP Englewood is the new paddling concession at Don Pedro State Park. The paddling and kayak concession works in partnership with Florida Stat…

Weather week: sunny but slight hope for showers each day

June 6, 2024
A lot of days in the 80s next week  Above, Crissy Ferguson came down to the island for a day from Venice to enjoy some shelling on the beach on Wednesday. Visitors this weekend can expect nice …

County fertilizer bans

June 6, 2024
Lee County Government is reminding homeowners and professional landscapers to stop fertilizing from June 1 to Sept. 30. During this time of year when Southwest Florida sees the most rain, improper…

Lee Commissioners approve Bonita Beach renourishment with $4 million from state

June 6, 2024
The Lee Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, June 4 voted to approve an amendment to an agreement with the City of Bonita Springs to expand the scope of Bonita Beach nourishment efforts south…

Lee County updates on flood insurance discounts

June 6, 2024
On Monday, June 3, Lee County submitted all requested documentation to FEMA demonstrating compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program after Hurricane Ian, including the Lee County’s Flood…