POLICE BEAT: Woman injured after fall from golf cart

STAFF REPORT – In the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 14 a woman was seriously injured after falling off the back of a golf cart and 5th Street and Gilchrist Avenue. According to the report provided by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 1:40 a.m. on January 14 the three-row golf cart was […]

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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 […]

Red tide, rip current warnings issued by FEMA for coastal Lee County

STAFF REPORT – As of January 7 FEMA issued two beach hazards statement for coastal Lee County regarding red tide and rip currents. The FWC reported in their January 6 update that current conditions included a bloom of red tide that persists in Southwest Florida: Background to high concentrations of K. brevis were detected in […]

New COVID-19 vaccines provide a dose of hope

BY THE BOCA GRANDE HEALTH CLINIC – Submission Note: The COVID-19 situation remains fluid. This article reflects information known at the time it was submitted to The Boca Beacon. With vaccines front and center in the news, questions about vaccines – when they will become available and where and how to get them – is on […]

The Island School, Charlotte County schools closed on Monday for Eta

STAFF REPORT – School has already been canceled for Island School students, as well as for Charlotte and Sarasota County students, preceding Tropical Storm/Hurricane Eta. As of 9:20 p.m. Eta was still a tropical storm off the coast of the Florida Keys: There is a probability it could become a hurricane. Projections are still sketchy […]

Meetings set to hear National Historic Register proposal: And still more answers come to light regarding the pros and cons of an NHR listing

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Dates for meetings regarding an ultimate decision to place parts of the residential area of the Boca Grande Historic District on the National Register of Historic places have been firmed up since our report last week, and a bit of new information has come to light. Meetings on this topic, which […]

More answers become available regarding National Historic Register nomination

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – What a difference a week can make, in terms of changing the light shone on a specific, tricky issue like the recent nomination of the Boca Grande residential district to the National Historic Registry. Last week we reported that a nomination to the NHR had been made for parts of the […]

Beacon team wins 13 awards at FPA competition

STAFF REPORT – It was a good showing for the Boca Beacon team at the Florida Press Association’s Better Weekly Newspaper Awards on Friday, July 31, with the virtual presentation announcing 13 awards that went to the island’s hard-working newshounds. This year the awards were even sweeter, as it was a record number of entries […]

Come out and cheer for Island School graduates!

STAFF REPORT- This Wednesday, June 3 at approximately 10:30 a.m. you will get a chance to let our Island School fifth grade graduates how proud of them you are, as a community. Because the traditional graduation ceremony cannot be held, a graduation parade will be held all around town. After a brief presentation on the croquet […]

BGFGA announces Jay Joiner buckle winner to be announced after Quarantine Classic on June 5

The Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association has announced that the winner of the Jay Joiner Memorial Belt Buckle will be awarded this year to the winner with the most releases in El Torneo Mas Rico – The Quarantine Classic – which will be held on the same days the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament was supposed […]