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Redundant systems and Boca Grande’s Auxcomm 

February 29, 2024
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, communications for Cape Haze and Boca Grande went back to the pre-Flintstones era.  That might sound extreme. It is not, as Barney and Fred had dial phones wi…

Cape Haze at nexus of American sawfish revival

February 23, 2024
We reside in a sawfish aquarium, Charlotte Harbor. It’s Jurassic Park, and you don’t have to visit Universal Orlando. Last Thursday, sawfish expert Tonya Wiley delivered a talk in Cape Haze as …

Like looking into the sun with the Geographic

February 22, 2024
Sixty years ago, the National Geographic came to Florida. The magazine devoted over 50 pages to this state, in a major feature called “Florida Rides a Space Age Boom.” Some of us might admit to…

Lake Okeechobee’s waters will run beginning Saturday

February 15, 2024
This weekend, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will let the waters run out of Lake Okeechobee. Saturday was to be the day. In their press release, they described it as a measure that would prevent…

Getting to the heart of the story for women

February 15, 2024
BY MARY BETH SCHNEIDER I should have died this past summer. Not the illness kind of death, but the drop-dead kind that makes everyone ask “What happened? She was so fit!” Thankfully, it wasn’t …

Free ‘Range Light’ children across the island

February 9, 2024
In two generations, many places have gone from children being “seen and not heard” to no children at all. Florida (or let’s blame Arizona) is inventor of the world of “55 plus,” where dogs are leg…

Moon after Yule, Wolf Moon or Labradoodle Moon

January 26, 2024
For anyone up early Wednesday morning, there was a particularly effective full moon coming through the clouds, different from a clear-sky full moon. With the clouds intermittently covering and unc…

We’re in a pickleball here on Gasparilla Island

January 18, 2024
This week, Lee County voted to turn one of the two tennis courts on Wheeler Road into four pickleball courts. The case should not be viewed as simply that pickleball is winning over tennis (which …

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…

Editorial: What is historic in Boca Grande?

January 12, 2024
The Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board had only one item on the agenda Jan. 10, namely the designation of 446 4th Street East as officially “historic.” The building, which houses Bowen Constr…