Annual Christmas Walk Saturday

The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 2015 Christmas Walk in downtown Boca Grande on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Taste of Boca Grande tickets available Dec. 1

Want to be one of the first to have your 14th Annual Taste of Boca Grande tickets? The event will be held on Monday, Feb. 1 at the Boca Bay Pass Club. The event starts at 6 p.m. Enjoy fabulous food from over 20 local restaurants, great beer and wine and live music from the […]

GICIA asks everyone to consider the importance of Mercabo purchase

■ BY MISTY NICHOLS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GICIA The GICIA has set its sights on Mercabo (the 30-acre parcel at the entrance to the Boca Grande Causeway). With the threat of development looming and Charlotte County again amending their comprehensive plan to allow for an increase in density from the current 3.5 units up […]

Save The Tarpon suit laid to rest when PTTS walks

SPECIAL REPORT – After seeing its case gutted and its lawyer publicly called out by a Charlotte County judge, the owners of the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series capitulated and walked away from its nearly three year old lawsuit aimed at silencing Save the Tarpon and the group’s more than 28,000 supporters. The sudden PTTS surrender […]

Hill Tide Estates developers disclose details of proposed gated community

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Approximately 100 Boca Grande residents attended a public information meeting on Monday, Nov. 16 regarding a proposed residential development on the empty 10 acres at the southern tip of the island, currently owned by Florida Power & Light. The presentation was brought to the public by the Seagate Development Group, LLC […]

This weekend Turkey Hoops, next weekend Christmas Walk

■ STAFF REPORT The Boca Beacon and Lee County Parks & Recreation is proud, once again, to sponsor the 2015 Turkey Hoop Shoot. It will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21 and begins at 10 a.m. Register the day of the event between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m. on the basketball courts of the Boca Grande […]

GICIA sets sights on $20 million Mercabo purchase

  ■  STAFF REPORT – The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association announced this week that board members will be working in earnest in the next few weeks to secure pledges from community members to purchase the Mercabo facility at the base of the Boca Grande Causeway. The purchase price of the property is $20,600,000. According […]

GIBA discusses swing bridge construction progress at quarterly meeting

■ BY SUE ERWIN The Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority held their quarterly board meeting on Wednesday. Items on the agenda included an explanation of swing bridge change orders, an update on the southern roadway construction project and a review of the 2015 fiscal year audit.

Are outboards changing the landscape of the sandbar?

To the Editor: I might be mistaken, but I have recently noticed, crossing the second bridge heading toward Boca, and looking to my left next to where numerous “redneck yacht club” outings have been held, the sand has filled in across the channel in front of the trestle. Perhaps this has been like this and […]

Thank you to all who played the 2015 Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce Fall Golf Scramble

The 2015 Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble took place on October 12 on the links at The Gasparilla Inn & Club. The format was an 18-hole, four-player scramble with three flights and no handicaps. Teams were flighted by club pro, Robert Duke, based on front or back scores. Chamber Board Member Brian Corcorna, coordinator of […]