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New phase of summer restoration for Mercabo Cove approved

April 19, 2024
Tidal shelf planted with red mangroves; view will be softenend to hide seawall BY THE GASPARILLA ISLAND CONSERVATION & IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Impr…

O.J. Simpson was Rotonda Superstar in 1975 

April 19, 2024
The death of O.J. Simpson on April 10 in Las Vegas brought back a time when the NFL star came to Rotonda for ABC’s The Superstars. We look back at the era. Above, O.J. and Howard Cosell at the 197…

Superstars: Locals remember O.J. and Hulk’s Lou Ferrigno

April 19, 2024
There was a week in February of 1975 that the late Orenthal James Simpson was king of Rotonda and Cape Haze. The event was O.J.’s victory the ABC Superstars competition, which aired Sunday, Feb. 2…

Superstars: America’s great athletes assembled in Rotonda

April 19, 2024
The first Superstars was Feb. 19-20, 1973 and aired Feb. 25 over the entire ABC network. “There are some who question its integrity as an entertainment vehicle,” said organizer Philip Bottfeld,…

Waiting for dinner …

April 19, 2024
Last year, Florida Power & Light placed an osprey platform at the south end of the island, near Belcher. This year, there’s a baby osprey, seen this week.                     &nbs…

Captains founders visit to talk Clean Water at Eagle Grille

April 19, 2024
Captains for Clean Water held an event at Eagle Grille on Tuesday, April 16 to discuss the organization’s conservation work since its founding in 2016. Hosted by Chandler Converse, Capt. Doug S…

SW Florida Fishing: Snook, trout, reds oh my

April 12, 2024
BY CAPT. WILL WATERHOUSE Snook have been the deal in the back country this week. Lots and lots of snook have been caught on white bait through March and into April. If you are looking to tar…

SW Florida Fishing: Tarpon starting to show up

April 12, 2024
BY CAPT. JOE LECLAIR With warmer waters it’s time to shift gears and search for monster tarpon. Recently we fished through heavy rain and wind in the muddy waters of the everglades and 10,00…

EcoWatch: Good and bad eco news

April 11, 2024
“Better to have bad news that’s true than good news that is made up.” – Eric Ries, American Entrepreneur and author of the Lean Start Up Yes, it is that time again when Eco Watch will featur…

Juvenile bald eaglet entertains at Boca Grande railroad trestles

April 11, 2024
There is always so much wildlife to observe while paddle boarding, kayaking or boating around the historic Boca Grande Railroad trestles, and over the a few weeks ago as a juvenile bald eagle was …