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The Island Golfer: Cap patrol prevents sandbaggers from unfair advantage

March 1, 2024
BY SCOTT COTHERMAN Hang around the first tee at any golf club and you will hear foursomes pair off for friendly games of wager. This includes the exchange of player handicaps which, thanks to a…

GUEST ESSAY: Memories of my first days in 1970s Boca Grande

February 22, 2024
BY K.Y. FUTCH When I first started my secretarial business, I had to use the typewriter at Capt. Charlie Wheeler’s home on Tarpon Street, where I and my husband, Mark, also lived. Charlie was q…

Open Letter: Nitrogen no fix for Charlotte County reclaimed water

February 2, 2024
BY ROBERT J. ROBBINS PhD. and PERCY ANGELO In large measure Charlotte County’s nitrogen problem results from its disposal of untreated reclaimed water on properties throughout the county. The c…

EcoWatch: Environmental damage is economic damage

January 26, 2024
This year, there are many issues that have been raised concerning the environment that will affect you and the world around you. Read them carefully before rules and regulations take effect that w…

EcoWatch: Still time to add a New Years resolution for 2024

January 19, 2024
“A Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Forest are the lungs of our lands, purifying the air of our landand giving strength to our people”. Franklin D. Roosevelt Two weeks have pas…

Reflecting on the Naples-ization of the Boca Grande landscape

January 18, 2024
By JIM COCHRUN,GUEST EDITORIAL I grew up in Naples in the early ’50s. In those years, Naples was a small, tranquil and pristine Old Florida community of 1,500 residents. The bulk of the populat…

Ask a Doc: Thyroid Awareness

January 18, 2024
By EMILY HALY, M.D. January is Thyroid Awareness Month, a time when the medical profession focuses attention onthat tiny gland located in the lower front part of your neck. While small in compa…

Placida Bunkhouse still needs attention, entrance to Boca Grande

January 12, 2024
By JOHN VALICKAS, Guest Columnist Part of the uniqueness and the cultural identity that Boca Grande enjoys comes from its rich historical roots. Although many of the island’s historical structu…

EcoWatch: Let’s get it done for the environment

December 15, 2023
Recently a reader wrote to Eco-Watch and asked what she could do to help the environment. She was concerned about the ecosys- tem and its decline in protective measures to save our planet. It w…

Dr. Thomas J. Ervin: Mentor, friend, confidant and healer

December 15, 2023
By Dr. Raymond A. James What does it mean to be a good physician? What makes a physician great?  These are difficult questions, and they can mean different things to different people. Some…