Good Samaritans save the day when pontoon boat sinks in Pass

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE Spring break has sprung as far as Boca Grande firefighters are concerned, as this past week’s roster of events included several boat-in-distress calls and one brush fire in Boca Bay. On Saturday, March 11 at approximately 5:30 p.m. the Boca Grande Fire Department responded to a call from a vessel sinking […]

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Kids catch ’em up at the Pier during youth fishing tournament

About 15 kids participated in the youth fishing tournament on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Boca Grande Fishing Pier. The Boca Beacon teamed up with Lee County Parks and Recreation staff to host the last tournament of 2016. A total of five fish were caught. Lily Vacopoulos won the trophy for the biggest fish caught. […]

Obituary: Lew Morgan

Lewis William Morgan, Sr., 78 of Englewood passed away on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 at Tidewell Hospice in Englewood. He was born on September 18, 1937 in Guyton, Georgia.

OBITUARY: John Bourgoin

Our long-time friend and island resident John Bourgoin passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 at his island home. Arrangements and official obituary are pending.

Fire Department, EMS rescue fisherman from sharks, transport jet skiier from Range Light

The Boca Grande Fire Department responded to two calls recently involving the water, including a man stranded among sharks and another who suffered a medical issue while jet skiing. A day of fishing went off on kind of a crazy tangent for a local fisherman after the Boca Grande Fire Department had to rescue him […]

Range Light now officially a work in progress

Work has already begin on the Gasparilla Island Light, a.k.a. Rear Range Light, on Gulf Boulevard. According to Sharon McKenzie, the executive director of the Barrier Island Parks Society, Inc., the fence has been put in place around the structure, and over the next few weeks they will be working on various metal parts of […]

Lightkeeper’s Open Golf Tourney scheduled for October 17

The Barrier Island Parks Society will host The Lightkeeper’s Open, a Gasparilla Island Lighthouse charity golf outing, on Monday, Oct. 17 at The Gasparilla Inn Golf Course. Registration will begin at 11 a.m., and a 50/50 putting contest will be held at noon. Shotgun start of the tournament will be at 12:30 p.m. The tournament […]

Cayo Costa visitor dies while swimming

  The Boca Grande Fire Department responded to an emergency call concerning a man who was found unresponsive in the water while swimming off the beach on the harbor side of Cayo Costa on Saturday, Aug. 20.

GIBA gives notice: Traffic patterns to change this week on bridge

The final paving on the north side of the new bridge of the Boca Grande Causeway will be happening Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week. There will be one lane traffic and at various times stopped traffic during the next few days.