Knowing when to stay or to go

■ BY JERRY MALLETT Should I stay or should I go? In 1981 the English rock band The Clash produced a song with the lyrics, “Should I stay or should I go now? If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay there will be double, so come on, let me know.” The […]

Many GIKC ‘thank yous’ to go around

Thank You! The Board of Directors of Boca Grande Charities, Inc. would like to thank everyone for making the 2017 Gasparilla Island Kids’ Classic Tarpon Tournament such a great success. The kids had a great time, releasing 28 big tarpon and raising $37,000 for our charities! An event like this would not be possible without […]

CCSO marine unit joins Operation Dry Water campaign

To the Editor: The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in Operation Dry Water as part of a nationally coordinated effort to increase knowledge about the dangers of boating under the influence (BUI). The goal is to prevent accidents and deaths associated with alcohol and drug use on our waterways. Operation Dry Water weekend, […]

Is there any way to stop the pirate-ization of Boca Grande?

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE “Heard an old man by the pier asking where the time’s all gone, it’s been almost 50 years; my, how this place has grown. “Used to come here by ferry before they built that big hotel; this old island feels the same, this old island is aging well. “ The pirates […]

Time to catch some feline fish! Mote to hold Lionfish Derby

■ SUBMITTED BY MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM Join Mote Marine Laboratory for the fourth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby, which invites scuba divers to compete for more than $3,500 in cash prizes by netting or spearing lionfish in an effort to control the spread of this invasive species. The derby will take place from July […]

Mote’s tarpon tagging kicks off for 2017 in Charlotte Harbor

■ SUBMITTED BY MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM A Mote Marine Laboratory scientist worked with Charlotte Harbor anglers to tag their first tarpon of 2017 on May 16 in Charlotte Harbor — an early step toward understanding what these popular sport fish do as they mature. Dr. James Locascio, a staff scientist at Mote, is […]

Memorial Day weekend marine life reminder

■ SUBMITTED BY MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM The sun is out, the weather is warm, and it is the perfect time of year for boating in Southwest Florida’s coastal waters. Mote Marine Laboratory reminds boaters and beachgoers to keep local waters and shores safe for marine animals. Please practice Coast Guard-approved safe boating guidelines, […]

Literature Forum thanks all for another great season

To the Editor: The Literature Forum has ended another successful season. More than 200 lovers of fine literature attended the past season’s Literature Forum. Able presenters and discussion leaders, including Sandy Jacobs, Davis Hammond, David Jenkins, Tim Yonker, Edes Gilbert, Susan Hastings, Cathy Ballman and Jim and Karen Grace, brought the selected books to life […]

GUEST EDITORIAL: Thank you, Boca Grande, for helping to rebuild Haiti

BY BEN SCOTT – On behalf of the Hope for Haitian Committee of Boca Grande, we thank all donors for their heartfelt gifts and making this a very successful year. We exceeded our goal of building 130 houses. The 2017 Haiti fundraiser was nothing short of a miraculous event. It has been so overwhelming that […]

BIPS Green Gala a huge success

To the Editor:     We kicked up our heels and boot scooted till the cows came home! Barrier Island Parks Society (BIPS) extends a heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to making our 2017 Green Gala “Kickin It Island Style” a great success! We raised more than $68,000 dollars thanks to the generous support […]