Guest editorial: GICIA, Friends of Cape Haze watching Charlotte County comp plan closely

SUBMITTED BY THE GASPARILLA ISLAND CONSERVATION AND IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION – In recent years, GICIA has begun to face new challenges as we recognize that growth in nearby areas off-island have the potential to seriously impact us. In an effort to effectively deal with such issues, GICIA has established a strong relationship with the Friends of Cape […]


Editorial: Residents, shopowners concerned: Will the weight restrictions go up one day?

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – On Thursday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. in the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium, the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority will hold a public workshop regarding weight restrictions on the new swing bridge. They obviously won’t be making the decision right away, as the bridge won’t be completed until sometime in 2016. […]

Editorial: Tarpon fishers, please read!

SAVE THE TARPON – For almost a decade, the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series used a snagging device, misleadingly characterized as a “jig,” to capture large breeding females in Boca Grande Pass. More fish and more chaos, meant more revenue for their TV reality show. Tournament participants would gaff and drag the fish to a scale […]