Guess what??? Our new Android app for the Boca Beacon e-edition is in the Google Play store now! It's a free app, but you have to be a paying e-edition customer to use it. Coming very, very soon: Our iPhone app! We will let you know soon on the status of that.
BY LIZA STROUT - On July 6, President Obama signed the RESTORE Act, which reallocates 80% of the fines levied against BP by the federal government as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the states.
Prior to the bill, fines from the Clean Water Act would have gone to the U.S. Treasury. Now, anywhere from $4 to $16.8 billion dollars will go into a trust for the affected states, including Florida.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - After waiving more than $600,000 in penalties for various state officials, the Florida Ethics Commission is still determined to make Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority board members pay.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Time is of the essence in any emergency, but when paramedics have to respond to an incident on the beach, things can get complicated. Walking through sand with an empty backboard can be hard enough, but running back to the ambulance with an injured person on that backboard can be even trickier.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Stalking baby tarpon in the backwaters of Wildflower Preserve can be tricky business. It requires a boat, a long piece of PVC and nerves of steel.
STAFF REPORT - Want to make your house smell like a pumpkin? Or spice? Or just autumn in general? In the near future there is a way you can do just that, and help The Island School at the same time.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Boca Grande is known worldwide as a skimboarding paradise, and the guys from Zap Skimboards in Venice come out to the island frequently.
Recently some local and not-so-local skimboarders came to the south end of the island to catch some waves and the Boca Beacon caught up with them.
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