BGHC adult day respite volunteer training to start
July 12, 2011 As part of plans to begin an Adult Day Respite Program for persons with early to mid-stage memory loss from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, Boca Grande Health Clinic will begin volunteer... more »»
Wildlife Encounters: Sluggish nurse sharks can be great angler workout
July 8, 2011 The nurse shark is a coastal, tropical bottom-dwelling shark that inhabits near-shore waters of the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida. They are often seen laying motionless on the botto. more »»
Word on the Island: Has BP done enough to clean up Deepwater Horizon oil spill?
July 6, 2011 Lisette Garcia, Port Charlotte High School, Port Charlotte: “No they haven't done enough. They were too slow on clean-up and sea critters are dying. more »»
Word on the Island: What's your favorite Fourth of July activity?
June 28, 2011 Felisha Rivera, North Port, State College of Florida student: “Fireworks and family. I like to watch. more »»
BP disaster underscored Gasparilla Island's precious resources
June 27, 2011 The British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster was a major wake-up call for Floridians, particularly those of us on Gasparilla Island where the spill was at first projected to land. more »»
Wildlife Encounters: Harmless sand fleas make great Boca bait
June 22, 2011 Sand fleas do not live in our homes or on our pets and are not to be confused with those types of fleas. They are a parasitic crustacean. more »»
Word on the Island: Did LeBron James cost the Miami Heat the NBA title?
June 16, 2011 Kordell Ford, Hillsboro, Ohio, high school sophomore: “Definitely, he cost the Heat the title. He should have stayed in Cleveland.” Chris Johnston, Gatlinburg, Tenn. more »»
Wildlife Encounters: Wolf spider loves to creep into island homes
June 13, 2011 The wolf spider looks like a brown recluse spider — so be careful. The common wolf spider is not capable of spinning a web but they do produce silk. more »»
Island School Class of 2011 a big hit despite small size
June 10, 2011 With a class big on island tradition yet miniscule in numbers, Principal Rosa Ramos decided to expand the Island School graduation program Friday morning with a year-ending ceremony featuring songs,... more »»
Word on the Island: What is your favorite beach activity?
June 7, 2011 Kristen Stewart, Orlando, optometry tech: “I like being able to drink beer and and watch people. more »»
Island School Class of 2011 makes its own special mark
June 6, 2011 Following the record-setting 12-member Island School Class of 2010, the Class of 2011 had to make its own mark with just two members: Tallulah Newlin and Tyler Marsden. more »»
Word on the Island: Was this season's economy stronger?
June 2, 2011 Leslie Harris-Senac, filmmaker Visions Unlimited, Sarasota: “Yes, the phone was ringing a lot and we're handling more work. Thank goodness. We're up 30 percent. more »»
Boca romance woos another as Ohio man pops the question
May 31, 2011 As the Gasparilla Island Kids Fishing Classic was winding down May 21 yelling could be heard on the point on the south end of the islan. more »»
Word on the Island: How do you prepare for hurricane season, which begins June 1?
May 27, 2011 Luci Krohn, Rotonda: “If a hurricane comes, we’re leaving. We’ll get our documents, our kids and our dogs, Boscor and Skipper, and get out of town. more »»
Wildlife Encounters: Lovebug invasion gratefully over till fall
May 12, 2011 The most recent invasion of the pesky little black flies known as lovebugs is gratefully at an end. Twice a year they arrive. more »»