The end of a golden era: You will be missed, DR

To say that about Mr. Rockefeller is an understatement. Figures from his recent obituaries run anywhere from $900 million to $2 billion that he donated to causes throughout his lifetime. Neil deGrasse Tyson did the math, and he tweeted that if Mr. Rockefeller donated $900 million, it was the equivalent to donating $24,000 for every day of his life … and he lived to be 101. I believe the truer donation figure was much more, so that’s a whole lot of money. He took his grandfather’s words very seriously, but I believe he was a man of true heart either way. He had friends from all walks of life, and he varied his dinner companions as much as he could because he loved good conversation. He met with leaders from other countries that many would have shunned; he helped people that others would never have helped (there was that whole Iran hostage thing that happened – Google it if you don’t know what happened there); and he did all of this with no remorse. He did what he thought was right and kept moving forward.

Mix it up with the Chamber this Thursday

The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to their March mixer, which will be held on Thursday, March 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Paradise Cove Properties office, 471 Park Avenue. Stop by and mix and mingle with Boca Grande’s finest!

Beach access parking clarified by parking committee member

To the Editor, I would like to clarify some of the issues mentioned in the article last week, “Beach access parking to be cleaned up; new signage proposed,” because the article has raised some concerns. Two years ago the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) requested assistance from Commissioner John Manning regarding problematic and […]

Thanks for another vibrant and fun History Bytes season

To the Editor,      A special ‘thank you’ to the U.S. Trust/Bank of America team of Paul Hudson, Kim and Scott for their great sponsorship of the History Bytes 2016-17 season. It is great to have their participation at each event! Thank you, Johann Fust Library Foundation and staff, for such a lovely space […]

Please take a moment to think about Tank’s Legacy

To the Editor,      Tank’s Legacy is a local 501(c)3 dog-and-cat rescue organization. We recently had a three-day event at the PetSmart, where three cats and two dogs were adopted into their forever homes. All of this is made possible by people like you who can volunteer to help with checking adoption contracts, adoption […]

Whiffenpoof concert a success, thanks to many

To the Editor:      The Whiffenpoof Alumni concert to benefit The Island School was a sold-out success. So many people were paramount in making this success happen. Joe Weir at the Community Center, where the concert took place; we couldn’t have done it without all his great help. All the many people who hosted […]

LBC tarpon net pull at Wildflower this Saturday

To the Editor:      Please mark your calendar to help our next monthly tarpon net pull event at Lemon Bay Conservancy’s Wildflower Preserve this coming Saturday morning, Feb. 18. This is an important event, as it will occur during LBC’s annual Open House at WF Preserve that same day, so there will be many […]

The chowder has been dished, the donations are appreciated!

A message from The Island School PTO:      The 2017 Island School PTO chowder fundraiser dinner is in the books and was well received by the estimated 200+ in attendance on Saturday night at the Crowninshield Community House. Money is still coming in from the silent auction as of the writing of this letter, […]

What is inverted smoke? And why do I care?

■  BY MARCY SHORTUSE      On Wednesday I woke up to my son telling me the neighborhood was on fire. I looked out the window and couldn’t see a thing, I just thought it was foggy. It wasn’t until the strong smell of smoke hit my nose when I opened the door that I began […]

Thanks to all from the OBGBBC committee

To the Editor:      The One Big Grande Boca Book Club committee would like to thank all of the people who made last Saturday’s event such an educational and enjoyable event. The program started with the Grand Glee, who opened with some memorable food tunes, including “The Night They Invented Champagne.” They were followed […]