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This is the last weekend to fish license-free in Florida

SUBMITTED BY THE FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION Every year the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservat…

Near drowning in Gasparilla Pass reported

BY JACK SHORT – Charlotte County Fire and EMS and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office were part of the response team th…

thegicia.org now the internet home of the GICIA

SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA – The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) continues its efforts to …

Delays to be expected when crossing the Boca Grande Causeway on Friday

On Friday, May 29 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. there wil…

Tarpon Festival Weekend coming up! A message from the Chamber of Commerce

BY LEW HASTINGS – Tarpon Fishing. For some it’s an old family trad…

Fires around the island, vandalism at South Beach reported

Several incidents kept area firefighters busy over the Memorial Day weekend, but none of them were on Gasparilla Island. …

The land of shamrocks and leprechauns: Ireland

BY JEAN NETHERY – The Beacon welcomes back our occasional writer, Jean Nethery, who is writing this time about Ireland. …

This Saturday night the howling shall commence …

If you’re anywhere near Boca Grande Pass Saturday night, don’t be surprised if you hear some odd noises. The howling will…

Coupling failure closes bridge to traffic during holiday weekend

BY JACK SHORT – The Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority closed its swing bridge briefly to road traffic and for at least 1…

Memorial Day weekend not kind to island sea turtles

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Island sea turtle patrollers were full of excitement on Thursday, May 28 when they realized they had …