Lee County commissioners to discuss sidewalk amendment, beach erosion measures and more for Gasparilla island

When Lee County Commissioners sit down for the monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7 they will not only be discussing the finalization of Boca Grande’s sidewalk ordinance amendment, but also the renewal of lease agreements with three island organizations and a beach renourishment project at the south end of the island. The Boca Grande Historic […]

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Island tree-lighting tradition to take place this Sunday, Dec. 5

Join family and friends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5 for the annual Lighting of the Boca Grande Community Christmas Tree. Sponsored by the Boca Grande Woman’s Club, the event will be held across the street from Hudson’s Grocery on Park Avenue.  This year’s ceremony features Christmas messages from our local clergy. Christmas caroling […]

Holiday cheer

I was considering writing an article about COPD and lung cancer since those diseases are featured as the Awareness Diseases for the month of November. After a try or two, I decided that I was not up for suggesting that people stop smoking, given my failure at suggesting that people get vaccinated and attempt to […]

Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic dates announced

This year’s Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic will be played over the course of three weeks, from January 22 through February 12. • Week of January 22: Gasparilla Inn & Club mixed doubles; Boca Grande Club 70+ mixed doubles • Week of January 29: Gasparilla Inn & Club mixed doubles; Boca Grande Club men’s doubles • […]

Local Roots Farmers Market to return this month

Mark your calendars for the reopening of the Boca Grande Farmers Market, Friday, Dec. 17 at the Ball Field on Wheeler Road. “Local Roots, the company that manages Lee County Farmer’s markets, is excited to be returning and bringing the farmer’s market to Boca Grande for the season,” said Jean Baer, co-owner of Local Roots. […]

Part III, Boca Beacon Holiday Shopping Guide: Give the gift of experience, practicality for those who have everything (and dislike clutter)

This week’s shopping tips include gifts that are more of an intangible nature, or gifts that are more unique or homemade. While supply shortages don’t seem to be as pronounced as we were told they might be, shipping from overseas locations is definitely “iffy” at best. Here are some ideas for people on your list […]

Man who lost his wallet found out the kids are ‘alright’ in Boca Grande

Frank Koffend isn’t the kind of man to make a big fuss. “You know, I’m not looking for publicity, you understand,” he explained.  But when four Boca Grande teens went out of their way to reunite him with his lost wallet, he felt compelled to sing their praises. “I was thinking about how many bad […]

Lost pet leads to pet scanner purchase for Boca Grande Fire Department

It was a near miss for Michelle and her husband Rick Wolfe last October. They were in their boat, about three miles offshore on the morning of October 25 when the unthinkable happened. Their precious standard poodle, Sophie, was nowhere to be found. “We started looking for her, and we were about to run out […]

Help the children of Haiti, give the gift of art for Christmas at the same time

Smart Studio will be hosting Missionaries Mitchell and Debbie Martinez on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 9 and 10 at the gallery on Park Avenue.  The missionaries will be on hand both days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss helping Haitian children who are displaced in the Dominican Republic. They will also have a […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pain at the pump could be assuaged by crude oil dip

To the Editor: Florida drivers could soon receive deep discounts at the gas pump. Crude oil prices were slashed on “Black Friday” and unable to recover on Monday. The crude price cut was sparked by concerns about the emergence of a new strain of COVID-19 and the implications it could have on future fuel demand. […]