OBITUARY: Norman George

Norman Darrell George, 83, passed away on July 24, 2022. As a native of Pennsylvania, it is not surprising that Norm received his bachelor of science degree in business at Bucknell University. It is there that he would meet the love of his life, Carolann Buquet. In college, Norm loved skydiving and was the president […]

OBITUARY: Marjorie Ann Triebold

Marjorie Ann Triebold (Schonath) went to her eternal home on July 22, 2022. Marge was born on January 6, 1937 to John and Martha (Hoppe) Schonath in Whitewater, Wisconsin. She graduated from Whitewater City High School in 1954 and then went on to graduate from UW Whitewater in 1958 with a degree in kindergarten/ primary […]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A new TIS teacher for the ‘littlest’ students has arrived in a big way

“I am an outside-the-box thinker,” Gretchen declared, and she backs it up with evidence. She has received multiple grants to create unusual learning experiences with her students, including creating and performing a musical with her second-grade students not too long ago. The musical is called “Squirm” – which sounds appropriate for second graders. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let’s give the ‘Emerald Tutu’ a try if what we’re doing isn’t working 

Please open a new window of opportunity to embrace a new concept promoted by Northeastern University, and a fresh new approach introduced by Gabrial Cira, architect of the new “Emerald Tutu,” made of biodegradable recycled wood, burlap canvas and coconut fiber held in place by sequences of ropes. It becomes a floating network of interconnected, anchored massive organic growing modules, which dampens wave energy and reduces flooding, storm damage and erosion on shore while improving nearshore water quality. These biomass modules are seeded with marsh grass at the surface and are home to many seaweeds below the waterline, all of which add significant mass and frictional surface area and provide habitat for many types of creatures, human and marine.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Documents available instantly through new Lee County program

To the Editor: Lee Clerk customers can now get their official records certified from the convenience of their home computer. The new service produces electronically certified documents, such as affidavits, deeds and marriage licenses. Now customers don’t have to wait for a paper document to be stamped and mailed, which could take days to receive. […]

DOG LIFE: A billion dollar industry

A dog does not need a Louis Vuitton or Versace leash or a collar from Saks 5th; that’s more for the owner. The dog does not need Baccarat crystal food/water bowls; again it’s catering towards the owner and not the dog.

ECOWATCH: Sharks are not bad guys … we are

Florida has topped the global charts in shark bite numbers for decades. The trend continued in 2021 researchers said. Out of 73 reported unprovoked incidents around the world last year, 28 were in Florida, representing 60 percent of the total cases in the U.S. and 38 percent worldwide. That number was consistent with Florida’s most recent five-year annual average of 25-shark attacks.

This Date in the Boca Beacon

FIVE YEARS AGO A Port Charlotte youth visiting with a church group drowned at the south end of the island. In another scenario, two lives were saved from drowning when beachgoers formed a human chain (with some help from a pool noodle) out into the water. This incident occurred in the same spot where the […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A beautiful new license plate option could be available soon 

BTT has partnered with the Columbia County Tax Collector to process online orders. Regardless of where you live in Florida, you can conveniently reserve your voucher by completing the simple form below. After you complete the form and submit payment of $33 the Columbia County Tax Collector will mail you your voucher within 2-3 weeks. You can also use the form below to order a voucher as a gift for someone else! 

A summer ‘thank you’

Recently the Boca Grande community said goodbye to Pete Nicholas. In the words of Charles Dickens, “He was as good a friend as the old town ever had.” He is missed by all who knew him and the community issues that benefited from his generosity and vision. From a physician’s point of view, Peter was a pleasure to know. Not only was he a leader in the science of medical engineering, but also he really liked medicine. Not many board members have found it pleasurable to show up in the Clinic, have a cup of mediocre coffee (doctors love free mediocre coffee), and ask what is new or interesting. He would challenge me with “What can we do better for the patients?” He would ask us to “put our thinking caps on.”