The phone books are here! Here’s how to get them

STAFF REPORT – The new phone books are at the Boca Beacon office, and will be available today, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on Monday, April 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The pick-up option this year will be by golf cart or car and will be set up in […]

Please, let us know how you feel about a May 1 date to re-open our economy

Click on the link below to vote in our poll. https://bocabeacon.com/poll/do-you-think-the-states-non-essential-businesses-and-schools-should-open-on-may-1/

A word from the Clinic: Any light at the end of this tunnel?

BY TOM ERVIN, MD – It is April 8, 2020, five days after Governor DeSantis initiated a “safer at home” status for the state of Florida. COVID-19 cases continue to increase in our state and nationally. The specifics of the pandemic and its mortality consequences are quoted daily. State directives regarding travel, work and public […]

Home is where the health is: Governor issues Executive Order ‘Safer at Home’

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – In a move that surprised many, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 2020-91, the “Safer at Home” Order, on Wednesday, which means that all people in the state of Florida at this time should “limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or […]

Angels among us: Woman’s Club initiates much-needed relief fund

STAFF REPORT – The Boca Grande Woman’s Club announced today it will establish a $250,000 Emergency Relief Fund to provide immediate relief for the economic hardships incurred due to the shuttering of businesses and all economic and social activity in order to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.   “Funds will be available to […]

Beaches closed, Inn closed: Clinic warns, don’t ‘stick your head in the sand,’ COVID-19 could be here

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Effective Thursday, March 19 all Lee County and Gasparilla Island beaches are closed due to concerns regarding COVID-19. This went into stringent effect at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. An emergency meeting of all mayors of Lee County municipalities and cities, Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman, Lee County Manager Roger […]

Gasparilla Island county beaches are closed

Effective Thursday, March 19 all Lee County and Gasparilla Island beaches are closed due to concerns regarding COVID-19. This goes into stringent effect at 6 p.m. today, March 19. An emergency meeting of all mayors of Lee County municipalities and cities, Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman, Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais and Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto and local […]

Primary election results in for Gasparilla Island

The presidential primary results are in for both Lee and Charlotte County portions of Gasparilla Island. In Lee County the voter turnout was 24.39 percent county-wide; in the Republican primary 92.94 percent voted for Donald J Trump and in the Democratic primary Joe Biden took 57.05 percent of the primary vote. Michael Bloomberg took 13.25 […]

Health Clinic says, ‘Don’t bury your head in the sand’: Inn has an interesting week in light of COVID-19 concern

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – If you don’t believe that COVID-19 is on the island, you should think again. That is the message the Boca Grande Health Clinic is putting out to everyone on Gasparilla Island right now, and if you need proof of that keep reading. “All I can say is get your head out of […]

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

■ 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 against businesses that have been lodged in the past few weeks. As of Friday, Aug. 9 complaints against Seale Family […]