LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Look for new programs at Cedar Point

To the Editor: Did you know that pelicans’ beaks can hold more than their stomachs? Or that Brown Pelicans almost went extinct and Florida was instrumental in saving them? How about that our American white pelicans migrate to Florida every year all the way from the Canada? These truly are remarkable, unique birds, and we […]

OBITUARY: Cameron Lombard

Cameron Lombard passed away at his home in Sarasota on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021.His wife of 56 years, Patricia, and his two daughters, Heather Felicity and Penelope Cameron, were lovingly by his side.  Cameron grew up in Detroit, Mich., the son of Nile Lombard and Christine Cameron Lombard, and brother to sisters Joyce and Carol. […]

PROFILE: Laura Wilmerding

They were the halcyon days before social media. A time when one would go away for a beach vacation, meet that special friend for life and you’d pinky swear, usually through tears, to stay in touch. Back then, the only option to communicate when you were apart was by being an old-fashioned pen pal. “What […]

ECOWATCH: It’s never too late to be charitable

                                                                   – Aldo Leopold,                 author, philosopher, naturalist, scientist  Recent news reports on November 27 listed last Tuesday as Giving Tuesday, which will last until December 3. However, there should not be a cutoff time to be charitable. It is never too late to be generous.                                                The idea is simple: After days of shopping […]

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 […]