Beacon staff nominated for nine Florida Press Association awards

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 or three nominees from every newspaper in Class C subscription volume in the state. Beacon Publisher Dusty Hopkins and Editor Marcy Shortuse were co-nominated for “Best […]

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

■ 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 politics they loved him as a man, a neighbor and a lover of Boca Grande.  It’s easy to dismiss the […]

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

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 County to Gordon Pass in Collier County. This was done through an executive order in response to the red tide bloom in Southwest Florida and is […]



Be an ‘ark’ angel with heifer.org

■ BY SUE ERWIN Boca Grande resident Libby Frazier is spearheading a campaign to “Build an Ark” to help a community of people who are lacking the basic necessities to sustain healthy lives. For the past few years, she had been receiving pamphlets in the mail from Heifer International, an organization that brings help and […]

BIPS announces new 2017-2020 strategic plan

PROVIDED BY THE BARRIER ISLAND PARKS SOCIETY – Nearly 30 years ago, a group of concerned island residents set out to rescue the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse at the south end of the island from decades of neglect and the effects of an eroding beach. By working together, the historic lighthouse was restored and the legacy […]

Chamber Christmas Walk this weekend

All are invited to attend the annual Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk this Saturday, Nov. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Boca Grande village will be ringing with Christmas cheer. Stroll down the luminaire-lit town and visit our local businesses. Enjoy performances by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, and share […]

Lighthouse up for state funding, Benacquisto amendment to bill accepted

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE Last week a proposed amendment to Session Bill 2500 by Florida Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto was adopted, which means the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse is now in line to receive some financial help from the State. Technical Amendment 995131 refers to the addition of the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse to a general […]

Woman’s Club awards more than $200,000 in grants for 2017

The Boca Grande Woman’s Club announced this week that more than $200,000 will be awarded to 20 local nonprofit organizations through the Club’s 2017 Community Grant program. The funding will provide assistance for a range of programs, including renovation of facilities at the Boca Grande Health Clinic, increasing patrols on the Bike Path, Lee County […]