PROFILE: Scott Cotherman … from the classroom, to the board room, to the golf course …

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Scott Cotherman is a man with a professional past that many could only dream of. He has worn many hats, received many kudos for his accomplishments and has led some of the most impressive corporations in the world to become more successful through his actions. But if you ask him how […]

The good things

BY LAUREN HANA, MD., BOCA GRANDE HEALTH CLINIC- It’s easy to be consumed in all the negativity we see in the news every day as we approach a holiday and head into a new season of the global pandemic of COVID-19. There is no doubt that this epic event has touched every soul in one […]

Stories of early island fishing guides (Part I of II)

SUBMITTED BY THE BOCA GRANDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Local guides have been taking guests fishing since the late 19th century. Among the early guides was Phalo Padilla, born in 1888, who was a guide at Useppa and took his clients out in his one-cylinder motorboat. He was also a commercial fisherman, catching and selling mullet.  […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Charlotte County launches new records web site

To the Editor: We are proud to unveil our brand new “Charlotte County Records” website, a robust and easy to use online system which allows you to search and view County documents from 1921-present. Charlotte County citizens will be able to research the following Charlotte County Records from the comfort of their home, on any smart-phone, […]

Historic District zoning and a potential marine district Part IV: Items to be addressed by the Boca Grande Community Planning Association

STAFF REPORT – Two questions on the recently completed Boca Grande Community Planning Association survey touched on land, or water use regulation: Zoning in the historic district, and the creation of a new Marine District. The clear message from all the answers and comments in the survey was that island residents want to preserve the […]

While Payroll Protection is looking up, unemployment filing problems plague furloughed island workers

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – As Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday that on May 4 some retail shops and restaurants would be opening for limited business, some cheered and prepared to go back to work. Others looked into the faces of their family members and wondered how they were going to survive this next few […]

The show must go on! Spark TV to present online play May 2

BY OLIVIA CAMERON – Even without hot stage lights and quirky costume design, the theatre lives on in Spark Boca Grande’s eyes. With the technical help of a 21-year-old, their visions of a socially distant live play will become a reality. On Saturday, May 2, the Spark actors will team up with New York playwright […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Island blessings, in the form of masks

Letter to Editor,  As a follow up to last week’s letter from Sue Sligar, “What a blessing it is to live here,” I want to thank and commend Ashley Scarpa and her Super Scarpa Seamstresses. Ashley and her team have been working hard, making face masks for this community. The Scarpa’s Coastal dining room has […]

Everything’s squeaky clean at the Boca Grande Fire Department

BY CHIEF C.W. BLOSSER, BOCA GRANDE FIRE DEPARTMENT – On Monday April 6 the Boca Grande Fire Department building and apparatus were decontaminated in an effort to keep the building and the Firefighters healthy. The Department in response to COVID-19 has stepped up our cleaning and decontamination procedures as well as focusing on prohibiting anyone […]

Editor’s Note: What a difference a week can make

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Last week in this same spot on the front page we had two cancellations in our social calendar, with a mention of a third, due to COVID-19 concerns. This week the spot is taken up by us telling you that, essentially, the entire season is canceled. What a difference a week […]