Phase I water shortage order declared

BY BONNIE PRINGLE, GIWA – With the past 12-month total rainfall for our area considered severely abnormal, the Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) voted to declare a Phase I water shortage. Rainfall recorded by Gasparilla Island Water Association, Inc. on the Island in 2019 was approximately 12 inches below our […]

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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 […]

Body of man found in waters between Little Gasparilla and Gasparilla Island

STAFF REPORT – On Wednesday, May 6 the body of a 60-year-old man was found by emergency personnel in the waters between Little Gasparilla Island and Gasparilla Island. His cause of death is not being released at this time. According to witnesses the man and his wife were boating just off Little Gasparilla Island. The […]

‘Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step’ plan phase one to be implemented May 4

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday afternoon, April 29, that Florida would take “small, deliberate and methodical steps towards a more hopeful future” by declaring a “Safe, Smart and Step-by-Step” program, set to begin on Monday, May 4. Excluded from the program at this time are Dade, Palm Beach and Broward […]

Boca Grande shows up on COVID-19 tracker

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – A case, or cases, of COVID-19 have finally showed up on the radar of the Florida Department of Health this week, as they are reporting “five or less” cases in the Lee County portion of the island on their dashboard. The addition of island cases showed up on Tuesday’s update. In […]

Angels among us: Woman’s Club has more than 200 requests for funding

STAFF REPORT – With nearly 200 requests for funding continuing to arrive and checks being processed to those in need, the BGWC Emergency Relief Fund is turning its attention to raising additional funds to help the effort. “We knew the need would be great,” said President Vicky Winterer, “and we are committed to helping as […]

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 […]