ECOWATCH: It’s never too late to be charitable

                                                                                                                    ‘’The hope of the future lies not in curbing the influence of human occupancy – it is already too late for that –but in creating a better understanding of the intent of that influence and the new ethic for its governance.”                                                                       – Aldo Leopold,                 author, philosopher, naturalist, scientist  Recent news reports on November 27 […]

OBITUARY: Ann Berry Fitzgerald

Ann Berry Fitzgerald, 82, of Boca Grande, formerly of Northfield, Ill., died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at the Glenridge on Palmer Ranch in Sarasota, where she had resided for the last year. Mrs. Fitzgerald, daughter of the late Robert Gregg Berry and Margaret Berry Cotton, is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Walter […]

PROFILE: Michelle Hubbs

After years of high intensity interval training and military workouts, Michelle Hubbs knew that she was due for a change. While she was still fit and in her prime, it started to feel like those types of workouts – with quick movement and maximum muscle development, were more for someone in their 20s. The newest […]

Santa Claus, sales comin’ to town on Saturday!

The 2021 Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk Break open your piggy bank and get your Christmas wish list ready, because the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk is happening this Saturday, Nov. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. This long-awaited holiday tradition features Christmas lights, sweet treats at many of […]

Iguana Panel adds it up: About 2,000 less spiny-tails since February of this year … and 2021’s not over yet

There was a lot of lizard talk going on at the most recent meeting of the Gasparilla Island Municipal Services Taxing Benefits Unit (advisory committee), including the fact that more than 2,200 spiny-tailed iguanas have been handed their earthly walking papers since February of this year. “We are never going to get rid of all […]

Looking out for island interests, Part I: Some parking problems put to rest by the Boca Grande Parking Panel

The end of 2021 is rapidly approaching, and while it has been a difficult year in many aspects there are still things we need to be thankful for … things we may not even know we should be thankful for, in fact. That’s why sporadically through the end of this year the Boca Beacon will […]

Get ready for a Miracle on 34th Street: WRPP to host radio adaptation of Christmas classic at three venues

BY BOOTS TOLSDORF – The Royal Palm Players are always looking for new and exciting ways to entertain audiences, and this holiday season we are performing the enchanting, delightful, heartwarming musical version of “Miracle on 34th Street” at three different venues!  The Miracle on 34th Street cast and crew are traveling off island to Lemon […]

Check out the new for your introductory sneak peek

If you haven’t been to for a while, now is the time you will want to check it out, as the transition to a new format is now complete. It’s been quite a bit of time since any changes have occurred, but even old dogs have to learn new tricks sometimes. The new site […]

Just over the bridge: The Boca Beacon holiday shopping guide part II

This week’s shopping guide feature will be the off-island businesses of Englewood and Placida. Now more than ever our small businesses need our support, and we are blessed to have some truly amazing shopping opportunities on the other side of the Boca Grande Causeway. Shopping on the Cape Haze Peninsula and Englewood is something you […]

… and the 2021 GIFT Tournament winners are …

Congratulations to the boys on Capt. Mark Becton’s boat, as they were the winners of the 2021 Gasparilla Island Fly-fishing Tournament! It was held on Tuesday, Nov. 23, and $2,700 was raised for the Boca Grande Historical Center archival program. Shown here are Spencer Becton, Capt. Mark, winning angler Jacob Szatkowski and tournament founder and […]