The Boca Beacon’s Hurricane Watch

The Boca Grande Causeway does NOT close to CAR traffic. It closes to BOAT traffic when winds reach sustained 40 mph. That means if you are in a boat and the winds are 40 mph or higher, you aren’t coming under the Boca Grande Causeway swing bridge. Officials will sometimes close the bridge to general traffic after a storm has passed and officials have declared it unsafe to come on the island.

Jackie B, Sam D to be celebrated

Next weekend, October 1 and 2, is dedicated to honoring two men who devoted much of their lives to our fishery, as well as to their families and friends.  On Saturday, Oct 1 a celebration of life for Sam Dixon will be held at 2 p.m. at Eldred’s Marina. Anyone who would like to attend […]

As the Bike Path becomes more bare, more questions come with it

Besides new plants, the project includes what is called “structural pruning” of already established trees. This kind of pruning focuses on improving the architecture of the branches within the crown of the tree. Most trees grow stronger without branches at different levels. These lower branches tend to cause problems, using nutrients and presenting problems for the overall health of the tree. Structural pruning not only protects the tree, but also protects people and property from weaker limbs falling or otherwise being a nuisance. Bartlett Tree has headed this part of the project.

Set a time to seek  the spirits with BIPS

The past will live again this Halloween as the Barrier Island Parks Society (BIPS) scares up stories from Boca Grande’s history for its premier Haunted History Tour. The tour will be offered twice, both on Sunday, Oct. 30, one at 5 p.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m. Each will run about one hour and […]

30 percent above 2021: Lee County Property Appraiser announces 2022 property value estimates

“Everyone in Lee County could feel that property values have been increasing rapidly, but this confirms the fact that 2021 saw unprecedented increases,” Caldwell said. “Thankfully, homeowners are protected at essentially a maximum of only a three-percent increase through their homestead exemption.”

Connie Mack presentation to be given by ‘Friends’

STAFF REPORT – On Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 4:30 p.m. Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center will host a livestream event, “Connie Mack, former Republican U.S. Senator.” The presentation is subject to opening guidelines, and an in-person event may be added. Stay tuned for announcements. Connie Mack III has had many titles throughout his […]

More than $600,000 donated by Boca Grande Woman’s Club through Emergency Relief Fund

STAFF REPORT – Over the past several weeks, the Emergency Relief Fund Task Force has quietly been at work in Boca Grande. Established by the Boca Grande Woman’s Club in early April, the fund has provided financial assistance to 191 individuals and 28 local businesses. In addition, as a part of the effort, Hudson’s Grocery Store […]

Family Tradition takes first in Quarantine Queens Classic

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Never let it be said that William Woodroffe doesn’t know how to put a tarpon tournament together. When he heard that Ladies’ Day wasn’t going to be held this year, he couldn’t stand by and not give the ladies of the Pass their day of fishing … and so the Quarantine […]

COVID-19 antibody testing set up by Boca Grande Health Clinic through Quest Diagnostics

STAFF REPORT – The Boca Grande Health Clinic is pleased to announce a COVID-19 antibody test offered through Quest Diagnostics. The test is performed by blood draw. It is an ELISA test (an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, also called ELISA or EIA, is a test that detects and measures antibodies in your blood) for SARS-CoV2 IgG, […]

Calling all ‘Quarantine Queens’ … the time to fish is this weekend!

STAFF  REPORT – Island resident Capt. William Woodroffe has come through for the ladies of the island this weekend, as he has put together the 2020 Quarantine Queen Classic, scheduled for Saturday, May 9. After all, it wouldn’t be Mother’s Day on the island without some tarpon fishing going on. For a $400 cash entry […]