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Ian on June 4 agenda

May 30, 2024
The next meeting of the Lee Board of County Commissioners will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4. Included on the published agenda is a lease agreement with The Island School to replace air …

First Baptist restored; holds first service since Hurricane Ian

May 30, 2024
On Sunday, First Baptist Church of Boca Grande held their first service in their sanctuary since Hurricane Ian. The church was destroyed during Ian, including the toppling of the top of the belfry…

House passes tax relief on Hurricane Ian deduction 

May 24, 2024
On May 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Federal Disaster Tax Relief Act sponsored by Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.). The legislation, which still needs to be approved by the Senate, ens…

Design contracts awarded for Ian-damaged parks

April 19, 2024
The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday April 16, 2024 to award design contracts for the Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier and nearby Lynn Hall Memorial Park, both of which were destroyed …

Ian documentary premiere sells out for Historical Society

January 26, 2024
While many on the Island have spent the last 15 months recovering from Hurricane Ian, the Historical Society and Island TV have worked on documenting this current history. It will premiere next we…

Boca Grande Hope for Haitians group accelerates home building drive in Perigny, Haiti

January 6, 2023
Boca Grande Hope For Haitians and the Scott family’s campaign to fight poverty and provide homes for families in Haiti through Food For The Poor (FFTP), now in its 14th year, shows no signs of slo…

Island birds, animals starting to peek their heads out post-Ian

December 22, 2022
People have started noticing a change in the air. It is not only the cold fronts that have started bringing lower temperatures and lower humidity, but the air is full of birds. Recovery from Hurri…

Reflecting on the recovery from Hurricane Ian

December 22, 2022
By Hector Flores, Charlotte County The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are a time of celebration and reflection. I wish you and your loved ones health, happiness and a deserving respite from …

GIBA goes through hurricane activity step by step at quarterly meeting

November 24, 2022
And yes, that includes the ‘Lake in the Road’ The Friday, Nov. 18 Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority quarterly meeting was abuzz with talk of the hurricane, and how so much has been learned sin…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: FWC extends the deadline for waivers for unsalvageable vessels following Hurricane Ian

November 23, 2022
To the Editor: Following Hurricane Ian’s landfall, vessel owners were given a 45-day grace period to bring derelict vessels into compliance or remove them from state waters. The grace period en…

Are we okay?Telltale signs of stress tell the story after a traumatic event like Hurricane Ian … particularly regarding our children

November 4, 2022
Many say that the climate of a community is best monitored by the mental health of the children who live there. Are they safe? Are they happy? Do they have plans for their future? Do they have fai…

Woman’s Club Hurricane Ian Relief Fund 

October 20, 2022
Accepting applications from those in need with Gasparilla Island ties Submitted by the Boca Grande Woman’s Club The Boca Grande Woman’s Club has established the Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund (…

Port Boca Grande Lighthouse, Amory Chapel, Cayo Costa will need a good bit of time to recuperate from Hurricane Ian

October 20, 2022
There is bad news and good news at the Barrier Island Parks Society (BIPS) regarding damages from Hurricane Ian.  Initial assessments have been completed on the BIPS properties, and there …

ECOWATCH: Musings on Hurricane Ian

October 20, 2022
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Hurricane Ian Ballyhoo: A lot of info you need to know

October 14, 2022

FWC creates hotline to address thousands of derelict vessels displaced by Hurricane Ian

October 13, 2022
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has established a hotline for reporting displaced vessels still on Florida state waters because of Hurricane Ian.  When Hurricane Ian…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Hurricane Ian was the houseguest that just wouldn’t leave

October 13, 2022
Hurricane Ian was the ninth named storm, fourth hurricane and second major hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season. Those facts seem so matter of fact when you look out your window and see…

Hurricane Ian Aftermath Photos

September 30, 2022
Photos Courtesy of H Wetzel

Island condo owners donating income from rentals to Hurricane Dorian aid

October 25, 2019
■ PROVIDED BY GASPARILLA VACATIONS From now until March 15, 2020, a local couple will be donating all income from condominium rentals to the Bahamas to aid Hurricane Dorian victims. More than $40,0…

Hurricane Dorian first threat of 2019 storm season

August 30, 2019
■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE As of press time on Thursday, Aug. 29, Hurricane Dorian was in position to make landfall on Florida’s east coast some time between late Monday night and during the day on Tuesda…