While Englewood suffers from massive fish kill, our island is hit-and-miss with red tide

As the water heats up and the rains start coming more frequently, we all start to get nervous about our old nemsis named red tide. For weeks we had been hearing about the problems Tampa Bay was having with the algae named Karenia brevis, but it wasn’t until two weeks ago that we realized “Karen” […]

Golf cart protocol: It does exist

This has been a busy time for local deputies, as visitors and homeowners seem to be staying longer into the year, and quite often bringing children with them. While we all love kids, and Boca Grande is a perfect place for them, they still need to be supervised when it comes to the use of […]

COME OUT FROM THE INSIDE TO BREATHE THE AIR … Stop stressing and get into some ecotherapy

Did you know that the average American spends eleven hours per day on a screen and more than 90 percent of their lives indoors? The 1998 film “Hope Floats” highlights her character being admonished by her mother in the film to get up and go outside, “It’s a beautiful day out. Take a look at […]

CHNEP breaks down what macroalgae is all about

A three-day workshop was recently held locally to discuss a growing problem in Florida, excessive macroalgae. The workshop focused on the estuaries of the four National Estuary Program entities in Florida (including the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, and Tampa Bay Estuary Program).  Over […]

A study in sea cow mortality for 2021 shows a disturbing picture

The death toll for the first half of 2021 is greater than it was in the entirety of previous years

Profile: Capt. Chad Bombenger

The first Jay Joiner Memorial Belt Buckle was given out the year after he passed away, in 1993. The buckle is engraved with an eagle, which represents the best fisherman nature has to offer, and a ruby, Jay’s birthstone.

Croquet is the game of the day during a hot Boca Grande summer

BY T MICHELE WALKER – Croquet is believed to have been first played by thirteenth-century French peasants who fashioned ad hoc mallets to whack wooden balls through hoops made of willow branches. The modern game’s origins can be traced to 1852 when a game called “crooky” was introduced to England from Ireland where it had […]

Howl ends tourney season

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – The 2021 Howl at the Moon Invitational Tarpon Tournament that was originally scheduled for May 22 was held this past Saturday, on June 19 in Boca Grande Pass. Capt. Charlie Coleman and his team aboard Casuarina took first place after releasing their one and only tarpon in the tournament … but […]

The fishing clubs of Boca Grande waters

This story is the second in a series devoted to fathers, and their importance in our lives. Highlighted will be some of the more common activities many of us remember when we think of our dads. BY TONYA BRAMLAGE – Camaraderie may very well be the greatest benefit when you are a member of a […]

Mills takes first, Coleman takes second in Red Gill Tournament to benefit the Maritime Museum

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Capt. Waylon Mills has been a quiet contender so far this year … at least until Sunday, May 30 when he and his team aboard Blaze took first place in the annual Red Gill Tarpon Tournament, held to benefit the Gasparilla Island Maritime Museum at Whidden’s Marina. Team members Trey Kohrn, […]