Doyle explains his run for Supervisor of Elections

■  BY TOMMY DOYLE As the campaign season comes to a close, I think it is important to remind people why I decided to run for this office. I am running to fix a series of problems that have existed for years. In the 2012 election, Lee County voters waited up to eight hours to […]

Letter to the Editor: When it’s time to turn and burn

To the Editor: Well, it happened again. Boca Grande made the news in another unflattering way. One of our community members made an “off-color” statement on social media. I have met a lot of people in my lifetime. People from all walks of life. I grew up in Fairfield County, Westport, Connecticut … hardly a bastion […]

The Gasparilla Inn Open House open to all on October 5

To the Editor: Now ushering in the classic resort’s 103rd Season, The Gasparilla Inn & Club invites its neighbors from Boca Grande and beyond to step through the white pillared entrance for the annual Community Open House. No reservation is necessary for the event scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Walk […]

Are you ready to pull some nets at Wildflower Preserve?

To the Editor: Greetings, my Lemon Bay Conservancy Tarpon & Snook Net Pull Volunteer Team friends, I hope everyone had a great summer. It’s that time again, and I am excited to invite you all to participate in our first of three weekend team Wildflower Net Pulls for this season. LBC Wildflower Preserve net pull […]

Editorial: Local just back from Standing Rock explains it all

  ■  BY LEW AUSTIN HASTINGS – Water. Water is the giver of life. Mni Wiconi in Lakota. Without water life ends. So it should be no surprise that one community has chosen to defend their water as they would defend their lives and in the process has attracted others to join them in solidarity. That […]

Letter to the Editor: Futch explains his airport authority run for election

To the Editor: I am Mark Futch, and I am asking for your vote for Charlotte County Airport Authority. This year’s electoral cycle is a call for change, nationally and locally. The entrenched interests of overpaid, self-promoting, life-long politicians should not be accepted in Washington, D.C. or Charlotte County. I am running for office because […]

Visitors from Germany recognize reckless behavior

To the Editor: Having read your editorial, we are wondering about the recklessness of visitors coming to the island in leaving junk and trash at the beach, at the parking places, etc. We are visiting the island frequently but do live in Germany. We do respect the privacy of homeowners by not parking close to […]

Gulf Coast Partnership sponsors ‘Bug Off’ campaign to combat Zika virus in homeless population

To the Editor: The Gulf Coast Partnership and community partners are promoting the collection of insect repellant for the prevention of the Zika virus. This is an important public safety drive, called “Bug Off.” We are collecting mosquito and bug spray to distribute to homeless individuals and families in Charlotte County. The Zika virus is […]

School is in session, remember to stop for buses

  To the Editor: Florida school buses carry precious cargo – our children. Motorists should always be alert and drive with caution around school buses and in school zones where children may be present. All drivers moving in either direction on a two-way street must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and […]

Many thanks for planning a great trip for island son

  To the Editor: Mark and I wish to send out a heartfelt “Thank You” to: Dave Arner & Becky Paterson; Howard & Emily Wise; Archie & Debbie Hagar; Bob Melvin; Pierce & Betsy Walmsley and Rickey & Jane Hilton of Arcadia for their contributions in sending our son Matt and his partner Tony to […]