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Sundown puts the rest to bed at WRTT

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Capt. Timmy Smith hadn’t caught a lot of tarpon this season up to the time of the 2016 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, held last week on Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20. Maybe that’s because he was saving his mojo up for those two days, because he and his anglers […]

Manatees ‘making merry’ leave beachgoers concerned

■ BY SUE ERWIN – Boca Grande resident Tom Shaffer was taking his regular morning stroll on the beach around 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 when he noticed a peculiar group of manatees frolicking in very shallow water just a few feet from the beach shore. His four-year-old Golden Retriever, Maggie, paused just north of […]

Cars in the trees, a battery and a theft reported

  ■ STAFF REPORT – The sheriff’s office activity log for the island has been a little busier lately, with a vehicle accident, an assault and a theft reported recently. On Friday, May 13 at approximately 5 p.m. the vehicle shown here was southbound on Gasparilla Road at the north end of the island when the […]

Lemon Bay soccer star with island ties keeps going strong

■ BY SUE ERWIN – Stephanie Tieu is a rising senior at Lemon Bay High School, and she’s been an avid soccer player for the past 14 years. She currently plays forward for the Lemon Bay Manta Rays. Her mom, teacher Tammy Tieu at The Island School, couldn’t be prouder. The team had a respectable season […]

Profile: Betty Hill

■ BY SUE ERWIN – Betty Hill distinctly remembers arriving in Boca Grande for the first time in 1955. It was a time when there was, quite literally, nothing here with the exception of about 125 people and a bare-bones infrastructure of a town. She recalls that in the 1950s there was the post office, a […]

Ladies Day committee thanks all for a great time

To the Editor: The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce’s 26th Annual Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament had a successful outcome with a field of 36 boats and 11 total tarpon released on May 7, 2016. Brendan Coudal designed the 2016 Ladies Day logo and the tournament art again this year. A limited supply of his […]

Thank you to all who have served

To the Editor: We will always be grateful and thankful to the Beacon for the story of John Bourgoin and Walter Tatko. Great story about two great guys who contributed to victory in WWII. They were in the same book, but not on same page (the North African campaign, etc.). We are thankful for their […]

Sundown puts the rest to bed in 2016 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament

  BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Capt. Timmy Smith hadn’t caught a lot of tarpon this season up to the time of the 2016 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, held last week on Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20. Maybe that’s because he was saving his mojo up for those two days, because he and his anglers […]

Day One of World’s Richest yields 24 releases

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Day One of the 2016 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament is complete, and in just a few short hours Day Two will begin. Day One, on Thursday, May 19, yielded 24 releases for 26 boats in the competition. The First Fish Award, with a release at 2:51 p.m. , went to Capt. […]

Get thee to the stage at 8 for WRTT winners

■ STAFF REPORT Fishing in the 2016 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament ends at 6:30 p.m. tonight, May 20, and the winners of the competition will be announced downtown during the Boca Grande Invitational Art Festival and Street Party at 8 p.m. Stop by and see if your favorite team won. As of press time, there […]