LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Recreational red snapper season starts June 17 in Gulf state and federal waters off Florida

The recreational red snapper season will start June 17 in Gulf state and federal waters off Florida and remain open through July 31 with 12 days in the fall.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Boca Grande – for many, it’s a way of life, not a location

When we built a house a few years later, we thought ourselves the luckiest people alive. Oh, to be able to plan a few months each winter in Boca Grande! But even then, smitten as we were with Boca Grande, we had not a clue how it would become so much more than just a winter island respite from the snow-slushy north. Boca Grande began for us as a winter escape, not a “destination.” Then it absorbed us. Over the past 20+ years, we were submersed into a community of wonderfully involved, interesting and interested people, fabulously close friends. Unlike other of Florida seashore locales, Boca Grande was not a beach, a resort. It was a life.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A new resting spot at the Boca Grande Health Clinic

The staff of the Boca Grande Health Clinic graciously thanks all members for the generous donation.This already has been enormously put to good use by our patients who are coming and going from the clinic.  Thank you so very much!

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fertilizer ban prevents nutrient pollution in waterways

Charlotte County Water Quality Manager Brandon Moody said in an interview with WGCU radio that the algal growth enabled by excessive nutrients “can cause a reduction in oxygen in the water that can make it difficult for fish and other organisms that need oxygen to survive. It can block out sunlight, which seagrass needs to be able to grow and thrive. So, it’s important for us to do our part to maintain the balance, which is really what it’s all about in ecosystems like Charlotte Harbor. It’s about balance.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hughes Gallery owner says goodbye … for now

Monday was our last day at 333 Park Avenue. We’ve still not found a suitable spot for the gallery, so, we have decided to organize a “Mobile Gallery,” which will continue to bring beautiful art to your Boca Grande or surrounding homes, and which will allow us to take our wonderful artists works to other destinations, hopefully with your help!

ECOWATCH: The alarm bell has been rung, the oceans are in trouble

Boca Beacon backpages “We have little time to nurture the ocean’s resilience, remove threats and pollutants,eliminate disruption, especially because global warming has an increasing impact on ocean health.”– IAP statement on the protection of our marine environment Almost all of the quotes appearing in EcoWatch have come from individuals. However, this week an organization, called […]

REMEMBRANCES: 1942: Life in America 80 years ago

Memorial day is, by definition, a time for remembering. But only a few people on earth today were alive in 1942 as eyewitnesses to one of the bleakest years in our country’s history. Through no fault or achievement of my own, I am one of them. I salute the rare few still-living fellow Americans who served our country at that time.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: BE AWARE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

To the Editor:  This may hit home to some, may bring back memories, or you may be shocked at the information. Domestic Violence is not only physical … it is also mental, emotional, financial, spiritual and verbal. Many say abusive is worse than the physical.The bones heal, black and blues go away, but the verbal […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lee County Solid Waste encourages residents to use holiday weekend to prepare properties for hurricane season

To the Editor: Lee County Solid Waste is encouraging residents to use the holiday weekend to prepare their properties for hurricane season. Pruning trees and shrubs now that could damage your home or pool cage during a storm can mitigate damage. Survey your property for any items that could become a projectile during a storm. […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: July 1 is cutoff for SBA loans for those affected by January storm

To the Editor: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is reminding businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters in Florida of the July 1 deadline to apply for physical damage disaster loans. Anyone in the declared counties with damages from the severe storms and tornadoes on Jan. 16, 2022 should apply for […]