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 […]

Free resources for Manatee Awareness Month

To the Editor: The month of November is designated as Manatee Awareness Month and is an opportunity to call attention to this endangered species, which is Florida’s official state marine mammal. Around this time, manatees travel from their summer haunts, such as rivers, estuaries, and bays, to their winter refuges comprising natural springs and artificial […]

Local CHEC to conduct free programs in November

To the Editor:      Take a walk on the wet side! Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Inc. (CHEC) will be conducting free Seagrass Adventure Estuary wading trips at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood at 9 a.m. on the following dates in 2016: • November 22, 2016 • November 26, 2016 • December […]

Letter to the Editor: Last call to get early ballots dropped off in Lee County

To the Editor: The deadline to request to vote by mail has now expired. You can still drop your ballot off in person, however. Voted ballots must be physically returned (not just postmarked) to the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Any vote-by-mail ballot delivered to the […]

Letter to the Editor: Recent net pull at preserve a great success

To the Editor: Just a letter of thanks to local resident and Marine Dock & Seawall contractor Jim Bennett, who donated his time, truck and four of his strong young water-experienced staff to help us with our latest net pull in Wildflower Preserve. It was a very successful team effort. We sampled, measured and released […]

Letter to the Editor: Many thanks from Boca Grande Sea Turtle Association

  To the Editor: As the 2016 sea turtle nesting and hatching season comes to an end, we want to extend a generous “Thank you” to our community and volunteers. This season, despite the storms and red tide, we had our strongest year ever, with a significant increase in turtle nests. The beach was darker […]

A big ‘thank you’ from BIPS for Light Keeper’s Open

To the Editor: Barrier Island Parks Society wishes to express sincerest thanks to our community who supported us wholeheartedly at the Light Keeper’s Open on Monday. We could not have asked for a more beautiful event at The Gasparilla Inn golf course. Special thanks go out to The Gasparilla Inn & Club for hosting the […]

Many thanks from the Chamber for an excellent golf tourney

To the Editor: The Boca Grande Chamber Fall Scramble golf tournament was again a huge success this year. It required the efforts of 18 teams of golfers and 28 sponsors to raise over $22,000 to support the Boca Grande Chamber Scholarship Fund and the Boca Grande Chamber. In 2016 the Boca Grande Chamber awarded $15,000 […]