A word from local law enforcement: ‘Illegal dumping is a crime we will aggressively enforce’

Illegal dumping is a very real problem everywhere right now, even on Gasparilla Island, and our local law enforcement officers have been actively and aggressively pursuing those who try to get awa…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Baby Silas waited for the coast to be clear before making his way into this crazy world

Silas Kai Swartzendruber went through Hurricane Ian in a unique way. He was inside his mother, Nikki Heimann. He was due to be born right around the time the hurricane hit, but for a while it appeared he would come early. In the end, he came almost two weeks late.  Silas Kai was born on […]

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OBITUARY: Catherine Munsell

Catherine Anne Halpin Munsell, 81, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Boca Grande passed away on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Englewood. Cathy was born in …

OBITUARY: Merle “Jean” Moenning

Merle “Jean” Moenning, 88, of Punta Gorda, was born on May 26, 1934, in Vincennes, Indiana to Clark and Dorothy Johnson and passed away into the a…

OBITUARY: Penny Griggs Doerge

Penelope Griggs Doerge, 16, daughter of Chad and Kate Doerge, sister of Henry and Frankie, died at home in Glen Cove, N.Y. surrounded by family an…

CELEBRATION OF LIFE

A memorial service to celebrate Mary Tucker’s life will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Lighthouse United Methodist Church, 300 Gil…

OBITUARY: Natalie Conklin

Natalie “Pat” O’Brien Conklin passed peacefully on October 9, 2022 in Sarasota, Florida, surrounded by family at the age of 96. She was born in 19…