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World’s Richest 2022 honors Capts. Tater Spinks, Cappy Joiner

May 19, 2022
By Wesley Locke The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament honored two more iconic figures in Boca Grande’s fishing history during the Grande Tradition ceremony …

Boca Beacon Timeline for May 20, 2022

May 19, 2022
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Historical Society elects six new board members at annual meeting

April 22, 2022
SUBMITTED BY THE BOCA GRANDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY At their annual meeting on Tuesday, April 19, the Boca Grande Historical Society announced six new board members – Rick Gans, George Hamrick, Joh…

Historic Preservation Board discusses Journey’s End and possibility of rezoning downtown for multi-use

April 14, 2022
At the monthly meeting of the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board on Wednesday, April 13, the sentinel of 18th street – Journey’s End – was the topic of discussion, as the board voted unanimou…

Catastrophes, accidents and calamaties featured in latest BGHS exhibit

April 1, 2022
On Tuesday, March 29 the Boca Grande Historical Society held another fascinating pop-up “History Under the Stairs” exhibit titled “Accidents, Calamities and Off-the-Wall Events of Boca Grande.” Th…

Shake a tree and a Futch will fall out on March 22

March 11, 2022
BY KAREN GRACE AND THE BOCA GRANDE HISTORY CENTER On Tuesday, March 22, David Futch will return to Boca Grande to speak at the last Historical Society lecture of the season and launch his recen…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A Maritime Exposition Honoring the Whidden Sisters’ Legacy

March 11, 2022
Nestled at the corner of 1st Street and Harbor Drive is an island treasure called Whidden’s Marina. It’s not the most glamorous place on the island, nor the prettiest, but if the walls could talk …

Saying goodbye to two decades of art and love … HUGHES GALLERY PREPARES TO CLOSE AFTER 20 YEARS 

March 4, 2022
Love is the language spoken here. If you know Boca Grande and its diehard art lovers, you know who uses those words on a daily basis. Barb Hughes not only has one of the kindest souls on the islan…

‘Dahling, there’s nothing in life that a little champagne can’t cure’

February 18, 2022
Focus of February 16 History Byte was Eleanor Aherne BY KAREN GRACE, BOCA GRANDE HISTORY CENTER The February 16 History Bytes featured Kelli Becton telling stories of Eleanor Aherne who live…

History Bytes: The Davis brothers remember some of their best years

February 11, 2022
By Karen Grace, Boca Grande History Center Doug and Frank Davis spoke for themselves, their sister Robin Davis Melvin and Doug’s wife Gail Coleman Davis at the Feb. 9 History Bytes presentation…