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THIS DATE IN THE BOCA BEACON

July 20, 2023
FIVE YEARS AGO Friends of Boca Grande announced they had plans to put up a sunshade at the Community Center outdoor stage. TEN YEARS AGO Abbie Turner hooked a giant jumping shark on the “…

THIS DATE IN THE BOCA BEACON:

July 13, 2023
FIVE YEARS AGO A truly handsome alligator was just chillin’ on the beach near Sundown Colony, catchin’ some rays. Waylon took the buckle. TEN YEARS AGO The Boca Grande Marina was closing …

Octopus Tree discussion shelved, urgency of bakery building demo takes center stage at meeting

July 13, 2023
The July meeting of the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board went rather expeditiously, even though the one official item on the agenda was a huge project at 1000 10th Street. It was the discus…

THIS DATE IN THE BOCA BEACON

July 6, 2023
FIVE YEARS AGO The television documentary called “Mullet and Mangroves: The Pioneer Fishing Familes of Cayo Costa” had aired, featuring cameos by Huddy Coleman Capt. Robert Johnson. Effie Joine…

A fond farewell to ‘The Tack Room’ on Gilchrist

June 29, 2023
The old “Tack Room” cottage that sat in the front of the home at 161/181 Gilchrist Avenue is now gone, but the old “Octopus Tree” appears to be completely intact. In fact, it looks even more impre…

Saying goodbye to Father Carosella won’t be easy

June 22, 2023
Fr. Jerome Carosella has been the pastor of Boca Grande’s Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church for more than half of the time he has been a priest. He was ordained 60 years ago and has been pastor on…

Boca Grande Historical Society offers their annual report for 2022-23

June 22, 2023
Submitted by the Boca Grande Historical Society Foremost on our list, we would like to thank all of our supporters at every level for helping us to continue our mission to the community this se…

THIS DATE IN THE BOCA BEACON

June 22, 2023
Boca Beacon backpages FIVE YEARS AGO The Matriarch of Boca Grande took her last ride over the Causeway on June 20, 2018. Isabelle Joiner took her first steps on the dock at Whidden’s, as wel…

Who’s that lady painting around town? It’s local artist, storyteller and writer Leslie Ann Joiner 

June 15, 2023
You might have seen her around downtown or at Whidden’s lately, hair in a bun with a cupful of brushes and her sweet little dog Pearl at her feet. Leslie Ann …

‘Octopus tree’ to be discussed by Historic Preservation Board

June 8, 2023
The Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board has just one item on the agenda this month for their meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14 in the Community Center auditorium, but that doesn’t neces…