Looking out for island interests, Part I: Some parking problems put to rest by the Boca Grande Parking Panel

The end of 2021 is rapidly approaching, and while it has been a difficult year in many aspects there are still things we need to be thankful for … things we may not even know we should be thankful for, in fact. That’s why sporadically through the end of this year the Boca Beacon will […]

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Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church hold their first official gatherings of the season

Looking to see the holiday lights? Here’s just a few of your choices

Christmas cheer can be found in many ways, but one of the best is by taking in the sights of the season through light displays. While we may not have the snow to go with our holiday, Florida can be festive just the same … sometimes even more so. After all, where else can the […]

Shoot some hoops, win some turkey

Dribble your way down to the Boca Grande Community Center for the annual Turkey Hoop Shoot on Saturday, Nov. 20 starting at 10 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Boca Beacon and Lee County Parks & Recreation. The Turkey Hoop Shoot contest is free to children and adults. The age divisions are: Co-Ed 4 […]

New parcels included in plan for The Village & Marina at Boca Grande

Construction could begin in early 2022 It has been a long, strange, expensive trip for a Boca Grande couple since the day they purchased the property on Gasparilla Road known as “The Fishery.” What started out as a plan to create a bridge club venue has turned into something much more, and this week progress […]

NHR nomination shot down in Tallahassee

On Thursday, Nov. 4 the possibility of the National Register of Historic Places nomination proposed for the residential historic district of Boca Grande becoming a reality faded one more step into the distance … and possibly for good … as the Florida Department of State’s National Historic Review Board unanimously decided that the district was […]

BGHPB meeting includes NHR and sidewalk amendment discussions

Three Special Certificates of Appropriateness were heard at the monthly Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board meeting on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, held at the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium.  However, it was two announcements regarding the proposed sidewalk amendment and the National Register of Historic Places nomination that took center stage in the conversation. Board […]

‘Where is Sophie?’ Island couple’s dog goes overboard in a storm, swims to shore

Where is Sophie? That was the question Michelle Wolfe asked right before she had one of the worst moments of her life … when she realized her standard poodle, Sophie, was no longer on their boat. Michelle and her husband, Rick, were about three miles offshore on the morning of Monday, Oct. 25 when the […]

Florida legislators introduce Safe Waterways Act

To the Editor: Residents and tourists come to Florida’s iconic waters for recreation and enjoyment, but unfortunately many state waterways have become more polluted and dangerous. In fact, nearly one million acres of coastal estuaries and 9,000 miles of Florida’s streams and rivers are verified impaired for fecal indicator bacteria. FIB indicates the presence of […]

Florida DEP says they will begin investigation into Hill Tide fence

Little has changed since last week when we reported on the fence erected on the beach and into the water at Hill Tide Estates on the southern tip of the island. Several agencies have been sent inquiries about the legality of the fence, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection seems to be the most […]