Sports & Outdoors


Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic off to a great start

The Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic is back on this year and has been extremely well received. Tennis players and spectators alike have had an eventful first week. As this week of tennis comes to an end, there was some great action to be seen on the courts from mixed doubles tennis.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Tarpon Trot

January 14, 2022
Try it once, and you’ll be hooked! By Karen Hoeft Run the island from one end to the other … that’s how the challenge began. Two longtime friends, Kyle Hocker and David…

THE ISLAND GOLFER: Taking up golf? A better chance for success if you excel at tennis

January 12, 2022
Long dubbed country club sports, tennis and golf experienced a resurgence in popularity in the past 20 months due to pandemic-related dynamics. Both sports have risen from a co…

Be a friend of the pelican: Reel, remove, release

December 30, 2021
“A wonderful bird is the pelican; his bill can hold more than his belly can.”– Dixon Lanier Merritt The above excerpt from Merritt’s poem is true: A pelican’s pouch can hold…

You’re never too old try something new!

December 30, 2021
91-year-old retired United Airlines pilot and Navy Veteran John O’Connell paddleboarded for the first time in his life this past week in Boca Grande waters.He was accompanied b…

Back Country Fishing with Capt. Sandy Melvin

December 24, 2021

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Pigskin Pick’em

December 24, 2021

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