Red tide expert predicts more toxic unpredictability
December 1, 2011 The recent red tide attack on Boca Grande extracted a price from islanders in terms of tourist traffic and personal health. more »»
Expert: President Bush chose to chase Saddam over bin Laden
November 29, 2011 President George W. Bush was more than a bit of a bonehead in pursuing Osama bin Laden and the last 10 years of U.S. warfare in the Mideast really did not have to happe. more »»
Word on the Island: What should people know about U.S. energy?
November 28, 2011 Michael “Tim” Yonker, Boca Grande, former Exxon drilling engineer: “Fossil fuels are going to be with us for a long time — whether we like it or not. more »»
Word on the Island: What was your favorite Fall Fest aspect?
November 18, 2011 Britteny Smith, Boca Grande, Gasparilla Properties: “The beer and the laid-back atmosphere.” Rose Harper, Rotonda Heights, Key Agency employee:“I like all the little shop. more »»
Gasparilla Island seniors should brace for Medicare changes
November 16, 2011 It's hard to believe, but Medicare's open enrollment season began recently. And this year, as a result of the federal health reform law, seniors must brace for several changes. more »»
Word on the Island: What drew you to the Boca Grande Bridge Club?
November 11, 2011 Genie Lyman, Boca Grande, BGDBC member: “I just love to play the game.” Dick Lyman, Boca Grande, BGDBC member: “I've been playing since I was 6 years old. more »»
What's your favorite fall activity on Gasparilla Island?
November 5, 2011 Jeff Martin, South Gulf Cove, Coca-Cola driver: “Do we get any time off? Has to be fishing.” Mr. Scarecrow, Boca Grande, Gill's Deli sentry: “Halloween, or Bocaween as it's called on the island. more »»
Mysteries of the wild solved with common sense, observation
October 24, 2011 In the course of my wanderings in the woods, fields and wetlands, I encounter many natural objects that cause me to ask: What is that thing? Indeed these little puzzles provide a never-ending source... more »»
Relief budget showdown is flirting with U.S. disaster
September 27, 2011 The latest financial face-off in Washington over a government function near and dear to Southwest Florida coastal hearts — disaster relief — could have an impact that extends far from the nation's... more »»
Word on the Island: What makes Boca Grande Child Care Center special?
September 12, 2011 Heidi Cahill, resource director, Boca Grande Child Care Center: “It's a home away from home. We all love the kids so muc. more »»
Epic bird-insect wars waged though use of camouflage
September 12, 2011 The predatory wars between birds and insects have been waged for a long time as evidenced by the remarkably detailed patterns insects have designed to avoid capture. more »»
First Baptist Church flowers under Pastor Beatty's tending
September 6, 2011 Pastor Gary Beatty arrived 11 years ago at the dream job he'd prayed to land. Beatty, a man with a green thumb, saw great potential, among the many challenges in the “garden” of his new ministr. more »»