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Looking for your first taste of the ‘Taste?’

Pick up the January 15, 2016 edition of the Boca Beacon to read all about the first six restaurant menus for the 2016 Taste of Boca Grande! Tickets are $90 for the February 1 event at the Boca Bay Pass Club from 6 to 9 p.m.

GICIA announces match challenge and wildlife art auction

SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA – The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) is extremely pleased and encouraged by the outpouring of support toward the purchase of the Mercabo site from residents of Gasparilla Island and the surrounding areas. As of Monday, Jan. 11 the GICIA has received nearly $20.5 million in pledges toward the […]

Pass Club’s Wetzel and returning champ Steck in Tennis Expo

BY JEN FIERS – The 2016 Pro Tennis Exhibition Series will be held this spring each Wednesday at 4:00 pm at the Boca Grande Club from February 3rd to March 16th. The Series, with proceeds benefitting the Suncoast Humane Society, will include eight men and eight women competing for over $5,000 in prize money. There […]

Boca Blooms to host open house next weekend

BY SUE ERWIN – The owners of a new floral shop in town called Boca Blooms will be hosting an open house celebration on Friday, Jan 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be food, drinks and live music at the open house. […]

Suncoast Humane Society Honored with Top 4-Star Rating

The board of trustees and staff are proud to announce that Suncoast Humane Society has received the coveted 4-star rating by Charity Navigator. This top honor, from America’s largest independent charity evaluator, has been awarded for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Out of the thousands of nonprofit organizations Charity Navigator evaluates […]

D strong at The Great Wall

A little 8-year-old boy from Rhode Island is traveling the world without leaving his bed. Dorian Murray has terminal cancer, but his supporters worldwide bring him some comfort. You might have seen him on Facebook, as he has virtually traveled as far away as China, and as close to home as North Port and Englewood, […]

Register now for the Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic

If tennis is your game, you have just a few short days to register for the Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic, sponsored by the Boca Beacon. It will be held from Saturday, Jan. 23 to Saturday, Feb. 6, and residents of the island and members of the Boca Grande Club, the Boca Bay Pass Club and […]

Restaurants announced for TIS Chowder Dinner next week

A good bowl of chowder is hard to beat, and buying one for a good cause makes it taste even better. The Island School’s second annual Chowder Dinner and Auction will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crowninshield Community House, with 12 restaurants participating. The cost is $15 […]

The Crackers and the Yankees duke it out in book by local gardening guru

BY SUE ERWIN – Sitting in his summer home near Asheville, North Carolina, Boca Grande seasonal resident Edd Dean wrote a book called “The Secret Fortune.” The fictional book is about Boca Grande and a powerful secret going back 500 years, telling a story that leads to the present time. The book is inspired by decades […]