Let’s savor lasting memories of a Thanksgiving Day

EcoWatch                                                                   “I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and without, and be happy and thankful.”          – Anne Frank, author and victim of […]

What happened to Joe? Parks & Rec director resigns after two decades of service

Heads were exploding and hearts were breaking this week as word slowly trickled out that Joe “Jungle Joe” Wier, an employee of Lee County Parks and Recreation for more than 20 years, was no longer working at the Boca Grande Community Center. There are at least two interim directors taking Wier’s place until everything is […]

Army Corps of Engineers makes decision on basic plan of Lake O outflow … and not all agree

BY T MICHELE WALKER AND MARCY SHORTUSE – After years of research by the United States Army Corps of Engineers a decision was announced this week that Lake Okeechobee runoff would be headed south and west in what is known as “model 260467.” It is the basis for the final Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual […]

This weekend the hoops, next week the GIFT

On Saturday, Nov. 20 you can show off your hoop-shooting prowess at the annual Turkey Hoop Shoot, sponsored by Lee County Parks and Recreation and the Boca Beacon. The action begins at 10 a.m. and the event is held on the basketball court at the Boca Grande Community Center.  The Turkey Hoop Shoot contest is […]

Shopping local is more important than ever

Support your local businesses at the Christmas Walk next Saturday This feature is part one in a series that recognizes how different this year’s holiday shopping might be for many. With shortages of all kinds in the stores and much longer than average wait times on gifts that ship from far away, keep these tips […]

Lee County proposes potential year-round manatee zone on the bayou

Lee County Commissioners want to place year-round slow-speed zones for boaters in certain areas to help better protect manatees. The proposed slow speed zone ordinance would be applicable to, among other Lee County waterways, the Boca Grande Bayou. Manatees disperse during summer months, but when waters elsewhere grow too cold for them to survive they […]

Looking to see the holiday lights? Here’s just a few of your choices

Christmas cheer can be found in many ways, but one of the best is by taking in the sights of the season through light displays. While we may not have the snow to go with our holiday, Florida can be festive just the same … sometimes even more so. After all, where else can the […]

Love the bees but hate the sting? Here’s how to keep the relationship amicable

Who would ever dare to imagine putting oneself in a situation that would purposely trigger the flight or fight response typically associated with an unexpected encounter with bees be therapeutic? If you have ever experienced the unwelcome and unwanted presence of bees in or anywhere around your perimeter, you know the terrifying feeling first hand. […]

Garden Club installs new officers, leadership team

SUBMITTED BY THE BOCA GRANDE GARDEN CLUB – Boca Grande Garden Club members are anticipating a packed slate of in-person meetings, events and workshops for the 2021-2022 season. A new board and leadership team is spearheading the busy calendar.  Officers are: • Gail Miller, President • Tanny Clark, 1st Vice President • Kris North Mampe, […]

A bug’s life: A ride-along along with Lee County Mosquito Control

(Warning, a multitude of mosquito larvae were harmed during the writing of this story) Three warriors step forward, cross-armed, ready to take flight. Cue Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.” The warriors’ names are Jamie Fowler, Scott Shanks, and pilot Mike Haslam, members of the Lee County Mosquito Control District (LCMCD or nicknamed “The District”) team. […]