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Boca Grande Preschool is open for business

February 3, 2023
The Boca Grande Preschool is back in business. It reopened its doors January 9, and is better than ever. “Little children thrive on normalcy,” asserts Kelli Carpenter, the Preschool Director. F…

Fire at temporary cell tower poses the question – when do we get a new permanent tower?

January 26, 2023
On Monday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. the Boca Grande Fire Department responded to a fire at the generator next to the cell phone tower near 5th Street and Park Avenue. While the source of the fire is u…

Gaston says they aren’t sure when work will wrap up on Gasparilla Island

January 26, 2023
It was hard for Vanita Auville, co-supervisor of Gaston Tree Debris Removal, to pinpoint when they would be able to finish up work at the end of Wheeler Road, but she did say that they would be wo…

Boca Grande Film Festival 2023 lineup announced and it is not to be missed

January 26, 2023
Launch party to be held tonight in conjunction with The Island School Chowder Dinner Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. This year’s lineup for the Boca Grande Film …

UPDATE: Lee County Code Enforcement sweeps island on Friday, closes some complaints

August 9, 2019
■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE UPDATED STORY AS OF THE AFTERNOON OF FRIDAY, AUG. 9 … A Code Enforcement officer was on the island Friday morning, and he has already closed out several of the complaints agains…

Beacon staff nominated for nine Florida Press Association awards

March 22, 2019
The Florida Press Association released their 2019 nominees for the Better Weekly Newspaper Awards, and the Boca Beacon team found themselves nominated in nine categories. Each category contains two…

Farewell, 41: An island mourning the loss of a truly great man

December 7, 2018
■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE Hearts are breaking all over the island with the passing of former President George H.W. Bush on November 30. Many island residents knew him, and even if they didn’t love his…

Snook, redfish to be catch-and-release only until FWC re-evaluates

August 31, 2018
STAFF REPORT – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has temporarily made snook and redfish catch-and-release only from the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island in Manatee …