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History Bytes: Leslie Porter Joiner on ‘Effie’

February 22, 2024
Memories of Effie Sapp Joiner, 1900-96 Artist Leslie Porter Joiner shared stories about Effie Sapp Joiner at a talk at the Fust Library as part of the Boca Grande Historical Society’s History B…

History Bytes: A ‘true Southern lady’ Mary Ellen Vickers Parkinson

February 15, 2024
The second History Bytes program for 2024 featured Boca Grande native Carolyn Parkinson Nabers sharing about her mother’s life on the island. Mary Ellen Vickers Parkinson was “a true Southern lady…

Historic Preservation Board considers two residential projects

February 9, 2024
Two projects, including a signature house at 181 Gilchrist Ave., will go before Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The proposed new house on Gilchrist is a two-story…

History Bytes looks at book, towns of the island

February 9, 2024
Despite the chill in the air, close to 100 people showed up for the season’s first History Bytes program at the loggia of the Johann Fust Library. The topic was the History Center’s new exhibit, b…

From pirates to the Pelican Room

February 9, 2024
The Gasparilla Inn history tour takes guests back in time History Tour Guide Sandi Firtion had a full house on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 6 at The Gasparilla Inn and Club. A crowd of about 30…

February History Bytes topics include Mary Ellen Parkinson, Grandma Effie

February 2, 2024
Each Wednesday this February will be an opportunity to relive some of the most interesting aspects of Boca Grande history. This year there is a twist, as three of the four presentations are bei…

This Date in the Boca Beacon: Boca Grande North construction begins

January 26, 2024
FIVE YEARS AGO The Harry Chapin Food Bank had a mobile food pantry to help federal employees during the federal government shutdown. The focus was on helping employees who were air traffic cont…

Docent tours debut in February, tell story of Amorys and Fust Library 

January 25, 2024
The Johann Fust Community Library has been at the core of the Boca Grande Community for decades, and now, after more than 74 years, the Johann Fust Library Foundation would like to share some of i…

This Date in 1999: Boca Grande decides against incorporation

January 19, 2024
FIVE YEARS AGO, 2019 The Vasher, Simmons, Dowgiallo, Stockdale and Tincher families enjoyed the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins game as both teams vied for a seat at the NF…

Placida Bunkhouse still needs attention, entrance to Boca Grande

January 12, 2024
By JOHN VALICKAS, Guest Columnist Part of the uniqueness and the cultural identity that Boca Grande enjoys comes from its rich historical roots. Although many of the island’s historical structu…