Community History


History Bytes begins with tombstones and graveyards

February 3, 2023
The first History Bytes lecture of the 2023 season, brought to you by the Boca Grande Historical Society and Bank of America, regarded grave matters of the island – literally. The presentation giv…

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February 3, 2023
Boca Beacon backpages FIVE YEARS AGO The cast of Royal Palm Players’ “Don’t Drink the Water” included Lynda Grant, Jim Grant, Ross Witschonke, Jeff Lehrian, Elaine Skypala and others. TEN…

Boca Grande Historical Society announces season schedule of events

January 26, 2023
The history of Gasparilla Island is rich, which is why new events scheduled by the Boca Grande Historical Society are always eagerly anticipated. To begin, History Bytes will be held every Wedn…

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January 26, 2023
Boca Beacon backpages FIVE YEARS AGO Dr. Paul Cox, the featured speaker for a Friends presentation on toxic algae in water, enlightened us to the fact that a tiny organism in said algae coul…

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January 20, 2023
Boca Beacon backpages FIVE YEARS AGO The animals were getting blessed, Royal Palm Players were putting on “The Boca Girls” and everyone was preparing for the Taste of Boca Grande. TEN YEA…

Will the shrimp boat ever be in again? 

January 12, 2023
A look at what happened to the Capt. C.J. It seems like almost every day brings us another reason to get really grumpy with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Just when it seems like your back hai…

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January 12, 2023
Boca Beacon backpages FIVE YEARS AGO The Tesla Quartet was performing at the Community Center, Mote was celebrating their five year anniversary on the island and the Three Sisters’ varia…

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December 29, 2022
Boca Beacon backpages FIVE YEARS AGO U.S. Sugar President and CEO Robert Buker and Judy Sanchez, senior director of Corporate Communications and publications for U.S. Sugar, gave a presentat…

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December 16, 2022
FIVE YEARS AGO The Pink Pony got that really cool machine that presses pennies into different designs.  TEN YEARS AGO Ed Seale passed away, a true Southern gentleman who helped shape…

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December 9, 2022
FIVE YEARS AGO High tea was served at The Island School by volunteers Donna Lutton, Margo Freeman and Susan Bowers, with some help from kindergarten teacher/party planner Megan O’Conner. TEN…