Letter to the Editor: Sunscreen donations sought for troops

To the Editor: Once again, I have decided to help our American Heroes! I am sending Mary Kay Sunscreen Sets to our Troops overseas, and I will personally match every donation that is given, meaning that 100 percent of your donation will go to the troops. Why Mary Kay Sunscreen? Yes, you can buy cheaper […]

Letter to the Editor: Many thanks for another successful Gasparilla Island Kids Classic

To the Editor: The Board of Directors of Boca Grande Charities, Inc. would like to thank everyone for making the Gasparilla Island Kids Classic Tarpon Tournament such a great success. In five short years we have now raised almost $150,000 for our charities with this one day, 3 hour kids fishing tournament. It truly has […]

Letter to the Editor: 2015 Charlotte County homeless point-in-time count

To the Editor: The Homeless Coalition’s 2015 Point-in-Time Count indicates that across Charlotte County during a 24-hour time period, 548 people were considered homeless, as defined by the federal Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH).” These people made up 402 different households. The count included those staying in emergency shelters, transitional […]

Letter to the Editor: Volunteers are the key to event success

To the Editor: In our busy work-a-day world sometimes it’s easy to pass on pitching in when events are organized in and for our community. The assumption being that someone else will be at the ready to step up when volunteers are needed. In some communities, I’m sure, help never comes, or does in so […]

Thank you for another successful World’s Richest!

To the Editor: In the course of events, both public and private, no one person or entity can possibly take sole credit for the success or failure of any undertaking. The event is the sum of so many moving parts, and those parts require much in the way of planning and coordination. So it is […]

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

■  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 saltwater fishing last weekend, but this weekend, June 13 and 14, will be license-free for freshwater fishing. Florida residents and visitors need a Florida freshwater fishing or […]

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

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 Englewood/Boca Grande community from all over the world to take part in this annual Tarpon Fishing Tournament and Festival. The week […]

Your pet could be a calendar star

To the Editor: Suncoast Humane Society is excited to announce that its 2016 Pet Calendar Photo Contest has officially begun. Your pet’s photos could be featured on the front cover of this exclusive pet calendar! Suncoast Humane Society has four convenient ways to enter your pet’s photo into the contest. You are able to upload […]

Wherefore art thou, sweet Aunt Bea?

To the Editor: It’s that time of year again. The time when the lords and ladies assemble their baggage trains and go back to whatever magical kingdom they’re trying to make Boca Grande into. When the island sheds it’s Downton Abby patina and morphs back into Mayberry. The time of plentiful parking. The time when […]

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

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 the distance, coming toward us. It’s our old friends, drama and controversy! Hey guys, how are you doing? Right now […]