Obituary: James Stanton

James Stanton, 98, of Boca Grande passed away at home on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. An obituary will follow in the near future.

Island School thanks Hazeltine for garden

To the Editor: The Island School would like to thank Hazeltine Nurseries and Leonardo Garcia for helping us prep our new children’s gardening area. We hope to learn a lot from this new endeavor! Karen Kelley The Island School

108 pets adopted at holiday Adopt-a-thon

To the Editor: Sixty cats and 42 dogs have found forever homes during Suncoast Humane Society’s Home for the Holidays Adopt-a-thon. Not to mention that two rabbits, two guinea pigs and two parakeets also found loving forever homes in December. Many of the 108 pets adopted during this special event were long-term residents of the […]

TIS polishing spoons, getting ready for some chowder

To the Editor: The time is coming soon for the second annual Island School Chowder Fundraiser, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crowninshield Community House.

Profile: Mike McMillan

BY SUE ERWIN – Island resident and tennis enthusiast Mike McMillan grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. He went to the University of Alabama Dental School to study dentistry. Mike moved to Florida in 1983 and opened up his first dental practice in Cape Coral. He soon opened another in Bonita Springs. “I always enjoyed Florida […]

Mercabo pledges still needed

SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA – The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) is extremely pleased to announce that we have reached the $20 million mark in pledges toward the purchase of the Mercabo site. This is exceedingly good news, but it is important to stay focused on the goal of $22M, which will not […]

Inn’s Moore and WTA top 100 Miller to return to series

BY JEN FIERS – The 2016 Pro Tennis Exhibition Series will be held each Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Boca Grande Club from February 3 to March 16. 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 will be […]

Danny McKee: He was a good friend who got us through the storm

  This story has been compiled from an interview with Danny McKee that ran in the July 27, 2007 edition of the Boca Beacon, the week that Danny retired after working for 32 years as the island’s Department of Transportation Supervisor. At that time he was headed out to live in Wyoming. Danny passed away […]

Obituary: Jennifer Cook Casner

Jennifer (“Jenny”) Cook Casner passed away peacefully Thursday, December 10 with her loved ones by her side. She was the victim of a choking incident in Ipswich, MA. From 1986 through the rest of her life, Jenny and family spent countless Christmas weeks and spring vacations in Boca Grande with her father, Sackett Cook, and […]

Shark lady to be honored at Palm Island Resort

This is the first part in a series regarding the Exclusive Ocean CREST Alliance Fundraiser Banquet, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6. The cost per person is $1,000 for a “Snook” pass (limited to 150 people) and $1,500 for a “Tarpon” pass (limited to 50 people). To purchase tickets, […]