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Carillon bells ring again, parsonage restored at First Baptist

March 21, 2024
Those on the island at noon and 5 p.m. will know what time it is without a watch or iPhone, as the carillon is now ringing at First Baptist Church of Boca Grande. “The Baptist Church carillon i…

Iguana removal takes chummy approach

March 21, 2024
There is officially a new person to call on-island for iguana removal, with former iguana hunter, George Cera, named as the secondary vendor.  The new iguana hunter in town, Brian Ambrose,…

Turmeric, spicy recipe ingredient for red tide?

March 21, 2024
Panelists at the annual Red Tide Forum shared that the latest word on red tide could be turmeric. The fourth in-person Red Tide Forum was held in the Community Center Auditorium on Tuesday afte…

Classical garden surrounds shed approved by board 

March 14, 2024
It was perhaps the briefest of Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board meetings. The Wednesday, March 13 meeting included just one item on the agenda, an accessory building for a garden by applica…

Construction begins again at revamped Coral Vista on Coral Creek

March 14, 2024
Construction is set to begin within the month on a community in Coral Vista Circle off Placida Road. Lewis Maguire Homes LLC, a construction company specializing in single- and multi-family proper…

Charlotte County cleans up at Coral Creek

March 14, 2024
A property at 12555 Placida Road, just across from Placida Park at the entrance to the Boca Grande Causeway, is getting a cleanup courtesy of Charlotte County.  “Our county demolition vend…

Suncoast Humane ‘Dogs for Dogs’ event builds momentum for new campus construction

March 7, 2024
A Dogs for Dogs fund-raiser is being held on Saturday, March 16 to raise funds for the last 25 percent of Suncoast Humane Society’s capital campaign for their new campus. “There is no other pla…

Friends of Tennis Committee report next volleys 

March 7, 2024
BY CAM WATTS, NANCY LECKERLING, JON LECKERLING AND MARK HORAN Since the last reporting in the February 2, 2024 Boca Beacon, the Friends of Tennis Committee, led by Cam Watts, Nancy and Jon Leck…

Island deputies now wearing bodycams

March 7, 2024
Sheriff’s office had held off on adopting Motorola recorders As a result of a county-wide purchase of bodycams from Motorola, Lee County deputies on Gasparilla Island are now wearing body cams….

Lee and Charlotte early voting locations, primary dates

February 29, 2024
Early voting for the upcoming presidential preference primary begins Saturday, March 9 for Lee County and Monday, March 4 for Charlotte County. Florida is a closed primary state, which means th…