Four new pros in Tennis Expo: Action starts next week

BY JEN FIERS – The 2016 Pro Tennis Exhibition Series starts next Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. at the Boca Grande Club. Matches will continue each Wednesday thereafter until March 16th with donations benefitting the Suncoast Humane Society. Matches will include eight men and eight women competing for over $5,000 in prize money. Four […]

What you’re missing this week: Pet blessing photos, chowder and Taste of Boca teaser

Make sure you pick up this week’s January 29 edition of the Boca Beacon to find photos from The Island School chowder dinner, The Blessing of the Animals and Part Three of our Taste of Boca menu series.   

Island could see emergency services changes

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – In a meeting held on Wednesday, Jan. 27 Charlotte County Emergency Management Services made it clear they are interested in pursuing taking over emergency fire and medical calls from the Charlotte County portion of Gasparilla Island. In the meeting attended by Boca Grande Fire Chief C.W. Blosser, Director of Lee County Public […]

WE MADE IT! GICIA moves forward to close Mercabo on Friday

SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA – The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) is extremely pleased to announce that they are proceeding to close on Friday, Jan. 29th, 2016 on the 30 acre Mercabo site located at the entrance to Gasparilla Island. “The Community of Boca Grande and residents from the surrounding areas have been […]

Notice to Mariners: Bridge closed to boat traffic first week in February

Next week, the swing bridge will be closed to boat traffic from February 1 through February 7 so GLF can remove the steel sections of the old swing bridge. The notice is also posted on the GIBA web site,, and will be posted in the Coast Guard’s Notice to Mariners.

Best-selling author, journalist Hampton Sides to speak at Fust benefit

The JF Library Foundation proudly announces that New York Times best-selling author and journalist Hampton Sides will headline its Annual Benefit on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Boca Grande Community Center. Admission is $75 per person and reservations are required. Seating is limited. Sponsor levels are $150 per person […]

Garden Club to feature world-renowned florist Gaffney at next meeting

SUBMITTED BY THE BOCA GRANDE GARDEN CLUB – The The Boca Grande Garden Club is so pleased to announce that world-renowned floral designer Michael Gaffney, who currently has 13 design schools across the country, and frequently appears on HGTV, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, will be our featured speaker and floral demonstrator at […]

Tennis Classic finals slated for next week

The Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic, sponsored by the Boca Beacon, is down to the final rounds this Saturday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. with Shannon Coe playing Eve Harrison and Jordan Ittersagen playing round-robin matches at the Boca Grande Club.

Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Art Festival this weekend

The 30th Annual Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Art Festival is this Saturday & Sunday, January 30-31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Englewood Bank & Trust’s main branch at 1111 S. McCall Road in Englewood. Well-known local artist, Carroll Swayze is the coordinator of the Art Festival and spends a […]

Don Pedro to provide programs by boat on Tuesdays in February

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center has partnered with Captiva Cruises and the Florida Park Service to provide educational programs at Don Pedro Island State Park which is accessible only by boat. Programs will vary but may include guided walks on plants, shelling, turtles, and shore birds. The programs begin at the pavilion at 9:30 a.m. and […]