LETTER TO THE EDITOR: An open letter to all amateur power boat operators

To the Editor: Professional captains with a U.S.C.G. license are required to pass a rigorous exam demon, demonstrating their knowledge of the rules of navigation. Since Florida does not require such knowledge for amateur boat operators, anyone with the money to buy or rent a boat can operate a vessel. The rules of navigation state, […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It takes a whole lotta clams to clean up an estuary

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Barry Hurt of Little Gasparilla Island has been studying the effects of red tide on our waters and economic system for several years, and he thinks he has come up with a plan to make a difference. “A Billion Clams,” or “Project ABC,” has been at the forefront of Hurt’s focus […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A sad sight to find on the beach this season

To the Editor: On return north from our annual time in Florida, I have a shell in my beach shoe.  Spending many days each year at Gasparilla Island State Park with family and friends, this beautiful area is the usual highlight of our stay. Now looking northeast from Port Boca Grande Lighthouse we see a […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Historical Society announces new executive position job opening

To the Editor: The Boca Grande Historical Society is announcing changes in the organization. The Society has grown significantly in the last several years and now plans to increase its staff. Kimberly Kyle, who has so ably served the organization for many years, has been appointed to administrative director, in accordance with a recently adopted […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A tribute to local artist and historian Patti Middleton

To the Editor: During the past six years we were very fortunate to spend time with this special lady. As soon as Patti would get out of the hospital or care facility she would arrive at the History Center. Her knowledge of local history was invaluable to us. Often she would bring photos and artifacts […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Many thanks for a terrific prom, from grateful parents

To the Editor: As parents of this year’s senior class at Lemon Bay High School, we would like to issue a heartfelt thank you to our local businesses and community for pulling off a wonderful prom for this class. Had it not been for the tremendous contributions made by the many small businesses and individuals […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Please respect our beaches, take out what you bring in

To the Editor: Diapers. Sandals. Broken glass. These are just a few of the things that I find on a regular basis when I walk the beaches of Boca Grande. The trash shown here contains not only the things I just mentioned, but also a woman’s visor, a woman’s hair tie, pipe, wire, wire mesh, […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A ‘thank you’ to a generous community that believes in the arts

Dear Editor and generous friends of Royal Palm Players: In June of 2019 I began my two-year term as president of Royal Palm Players. My initial task was addressing the necessary replacement of all lighting and sound equipment in the Community Center Auditorium. With an initial grant from the Boca Grande Woman’s Club and partnering […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Many thanks for a wonderful Ladies Howl tourney

To the Editor: The first tournament of the season started off with a fun night of fishing for 22 boats filled with ladies fishing the Ladies Howl at the Moon! The tarpon were biting, and the action started right at the start with cries of “fish on,” and howls and squeals of excitement in the […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Many thanks to all who helped Hope for Haitians committee exceed their 2021 goal

Dear Editor and friends of the Boca Grande Hope For Haitians Committee,  We’ve exceeded our goal!  On behalf of the Boca Grande Hope for Haitians Committee, the people of Haiti, the most impoverished population in our hemisphere, and Food For The Poor, we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your contribution toward […]