Local girl Zoey Mills part of elite team of 10 who took regional softball by storm

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – When Zoey Mills steps up to the pitcher’s mound, the opposing team sits up a little straighter. That’s because Mills, a right-handed 10-year-old at The Island School, is a true force to be reckoned with. She helped her softball team, the Englewood Bombers, finish their season undefeated with a 10-0 record […]

New Mote postdoctoral scientist to focus on Florida snook enhancement

SUBMITTED BY MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM – Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to welcome Dr. Ryan Schloesser, a postdoctoral scientist who will be working with the Fisheries Ecology & Enhancement Program to help develop and test responsible stock enhancement technology to help restore depleted snook populations and advance knowledge about wild snook stocks as […]

Swayze Studio Party and Art Lover’s Appreciation Day this Saturday

Carroll Swayze’s 28th Annual Studio Party & Art Lover’s Appreciation Day is Saturday, Dec. 12, from 3 to 11 p.m. at 2373 Donovan Road in the north end of Englewood just off SR 776. You can’t miss it. Just turn at the hanging lighted bicycles! You know the holidays are here when Swayze opens her […]

Obituary: Vaughn Everett McCarthy

  Vaughn Everett McCarthy, 69, was born September 19, 1946 in Portland, Maine. He moved to St. Petersburg in 1957 and died at home in South Pasadena this past Tuesday, Dec. 8. He was a graduate of Northeast High School in St. Petersburg and was a combat United States Marine corporal wounded in Vietnam and […]

Profile: Christina Sexton

BY SUE ERWIN – Island Realtor Christina Sexton was born and raised in Englewood, and she is enjoying watching her real estate career blossom in Boca Grande. She recently joined Michael Saunders & Company’s Gasparilla Island real estate office.

Save Gilchrist: Green space needed

To the Editor: First of all, I want to publicly applaud Buzzy Stevenson and the GICIA for initiating the drive to save the Mercado property for the benefit of all Boca Grande. The outpouring of positive responses proves the conviction that everyone has to protect our island environment and preserve our limited, treasured green space. […]

More Gilchrist clarifications and elaboration

  To the Editor: I was disturbed at the gratuitous use of my name in the lengthy “Gilchrist timeline” article in the Beacon last week. I do not understand just what you were attempting to imply in the following paragraph: “Renowned architect and current president of the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board, Tim Seibert, purchased […]

A Gilchrist timeline: How long will this go on?

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – If you hear the word “Gilchrist” and cringe, you are not alone. As this season begins, the controversy is already starting to heat back up. Before you dive into the cocktail party circuit conversations unarmed, here are some of the facts laid out in a timeline. This shows at least some […]

PROFILE: Dianne Pavia

BY SUE ERWIN – Island employee Dianne Pavia has worked as a cashier at Hudson’s Grocery for the past year. She is originally from Massachusetts and relocated to Rotonda West two years ago. “My twin sister, Donna, moved to this area, and she also works at Hudson’s,” Dianne said. “We used to vacation down in […]

$16 million raised in two weeks for Mercabo purchase

When our community comes together, we come together in a big way. As of our press date the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association has raised more than $16 million dollars in two weeks’ time toward their goal of $20 million to purchase the old Mercabo facility at the entrance to the Boca Grande Causeway. […]