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Educational summit features educational celebrities

■ BY SUE ERWIN      At an educational summit held on Tuesday, April 5 at the Boca Grande Community Center, some of the nation’s top educators gathered with islanders to talk about new trends and successful techniques in educating our primary and secondary school-age children. The invitation-only event, orchestrated by Cavendish Global, packed the […]

GICIA begins to unveil plans for The Preserve

■ SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association has an insert in this week’s Beacon to acknowledge and thank the many, many donors who have supported our bold initiative to purchase and protect the 30-acre Mercabo property, now known as the .” Our board and staff are tremendously grateful for your […]

Iguana millage to increase, bidding process to begin soon

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE      Iguana hunting taxes are going up by 0.102 percent, but iguana numbers are definitely going down. At an annual meeting of the MTSBU advisory committee for Gasparilla Island’s street lighting and iguana control Friday, April 1, Lee County MSTBU Coordinator Melissa Geissler told the Board they had to raise […]

Woman’s Club announces more than $649,600 in donations this year

At their Annual Meeting held on Monday April 4, The Boca Grande Woman’s Club announced that the grand total of their 2016 community grants and scholarships is $649,600.  The membership approved community grants totaling $260,600 for 20 local nonprofit organizations, which included assistance in funding the restoration of the 1927 Range Light, support for professional […]

PROFILE: Garry Carley

■ BY SUSAN ERWIN    Boca Grande part-time resident Garry Carley is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and while he enjoys the peaceful island life here, he also has a sincere passion for the revitalization of his hometown. He currently serves as Chairman of Detroit Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. Carley met his wife, Nancy, while […]

OBIT: Sydell Berman Friedman

Sydell Friedman was a Boca Grande phenomenon. She and her husband, Stanley, were well known throughout the island and highly regarded in intellectual, social and tennis circles (and in just about every endeavor in which they participated) for more than 30 years. They were loving parents, grandparents and pet owners, as well as being energetic […]

200 have homes, thanks to the BG Haiti project

Letter to the Editor; Most people know by now about the BG Haiti project that has been taking place for the last seven years. In that time period, this generous community has donated $1,650,000 to build five villages consisting of 200 homes plus schools and community centers/ churches, and to provide fresh water, outdoor lighting, […]

Island Art Days to feature 17 artists this weekend

■ STAFF REPORT Island Art Days will be back for its 11th year on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot next to 431 Park Avenue, home of Gasparilla Outfitters/Special Effects and the Boca Beacon. Featured artists will include Bob and Ruth Wessell, pottery; Carroll […]

Anglers, observers needed for Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament

■ STAFF REPORT Calling all lovers of the tarpon season. The 2016 Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament will be held, as is traditional, on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 7. Can’t fish it this year? Sign up to be an observer. Contact Melissa at (941) 473-4506. Fishing will be held in the Boca Grande Pass from […]

Goss, Graham to speak on Friday

■ BY SUE ERWIN Florida Governor Bob Graham and Former CIA Director Porter Goss will speak about important issues Florida residents are facing in light of the 2016 national elections. The discussion will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8 in the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium. The conversation will cover various topics […]