Future projects, water usage to be discussed at meeting

■  BY THE GASPARILLA ISLAND WATER ASSOCIATION      The Gasparilla Island Water Association’s annual membership meeting is planned for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at the Boca Grande Community Center. GIWA has been busy with current and future improvements to both water and wastewater treatment facilities. Currently under construction is an expansion […]

So you think you know how to drive that four-wheeled thingamajig, do you?

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE If you just arrived on the island around Christmas, you might have noticed it was a little busy on the roads. By Valentine’s Day this will become a regular occurrence, so you might want to do some rosary work and wear your plate mail to go to Hudson’s to pick up […]

Merry Christmas to the Lighthouse and to Boca Grande

To the Editor:     Those of us who have been working to restore the Gasparilla Lighthouse wanted to thank the island for making the restoration possible. There is a tradition in the construction of old barns to mount a small pine tree to the top of the framed-in structure to celebrate the progress to […]

Seelie made it to the Pearl Harbor celebration!

To the Editor:      Pearl Harbor survivors John Seelie (left), from Engwood, Florida, and Edward Stone, from Syracuse, New York, talk during a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial. Dec. 7, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. The U.S. military and the State of Hawaii are hosting […]

Suncoast Humane Society offering a variety of classes for you and your pet in January

To the Editor:      Help your dog or dogs be the best they can be by teaching them basic commands, completing a training course with them or training them to become part of a certified pet therapy team. In January, Suncoast Humane Society is hosting a variety of canine training courses at 250 Center […]

Local project celebrates collection of gifts for children in need

To the Editor: Volunteers from Boca Grande and surrounding cities – making up a multicounty area team – have collected enough gift-filled shoeboxes to reach more than 31,400 children in need through the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, but they are not resting on their success. Although local drop-off locations have closed for the […]

Range Light commentary needed from Coast Guard

To the Editor: The Coast Guard is seeking comments on the usefulness of the Gasparilla Light as a tool for safe navigation. Factors to consider are whether its close proximity to the Boca Grande Lighthouse and the increased use of electronic navigation onboard recreational boaters make the Light necessary to remain a federal aid to […]

Captains for Clean Water fighting nutrient runoff from Lake O

To the Editor: Our Thanksgiving arrival brought a change I had feared since my first visit to the Everglades some 30+ years ago: The high-nutrient waters being released at Lake Okeechobee from the agricultural lands had brought a visible green slime to our bayou. An organization known as Captains for Clean Water has a clear […]

Mote thanks supporters for making history at annual Oceanic Evening, announces final amount raised for campaign

To the Editor:      This year, Mote Marine Laboratory celebrated the success of its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, Oceans of Opportunity, and the extraordinary generosity of its supporters at the Lab’s annual fundraising event, Oceanic Evening on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Oceanic Evening drew about 400 ocean supporters for an […]

Thanks to all for making the book sale a big success

To the Editor: A huge “Thank you” to our community and our Library Foundation volunteers • JF Library Foundation book sale volunteers – You were helpful, hardworking, cheerful and wonderful! • Boca Grande community – Your book donations were generous and made this important fundraising program possible. • Our book sale customers – You did […]