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This is the last weekend to fish license-free in Florida

June 12, 2015
SUBMITTED BY THE FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION Every year the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has license-free fishing days. You may have missed free salt…

Anglers and artists make for a great combination during Tarpon Festival Weekend in downtown Boca Grande

May 29, 2015
BY CARROLL SWAYZE – Excitement is brewing as anglers and artists alike prepare for the 2015 Tarpon Festival in downtown Boca Grande on June 4 through 6. Each year thousands of people travel to the…

Editorial: Shark fishing, Gilchrist fibbing, fat-bottomed trucks

May 15, 2015
BY MARCY SHORTUSE – As the tourist season cools down and tarpon season heats up, an outsider would think that things would be pretty quiet around here. It sounds logical, but wait. Look, there in t…

Guest Editorial: Reflections on aging in Boca Grande

May 1, 2015
BY JOAN ARDREY – It’s only late April, but it seems summer weather has decided to settle in early this year, bringing a premature end to another satisfyingly frenetic Boca Grande “season.” The moun…

Suncoast cats jet off to new home in England

April 24, 2015
Little Girl and Binx settle in for their car ride to Fort Lauderdale on their way to their forever home in England. They will be flying i…

Guest editorial: Conservancy walk held, two more scheduled

April 10, 2015
SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA – On Friday, March 27, a small group of island residents gathered to explore one of the GICIA Land Conservancy properties with certified arborist Rick Joyce. It was a beauti…

Guest editorial: Higher manatee count simply means we have more to protect

April 3, 2015
BY KATIE TRIPP, PhD – Florida’s manatees are at a crossroads. Well, actually, the agencies that protect manatees are at a crossroads, and manatees themselves are in the crosshairs. The U.S. Fish …

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

February 1, 2015
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 ha…

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

February 1, 2015
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 …

Editorial: Tarpon fishers, please read!

January 9, 2015
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 Pas…