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Survey: Respondents against adding bridges to islands

April 19, 2024
Charlotte County Facilities Construction & Maintenance department has released survey results from local residents on accessibility to and from bridgeless barrier islands on the coast. Islands…

Remembering Rob Wells of Cabbage Key

April 19, 2024
Robert Wells Jr., the founder of the modern Cabbage Key and the Tarpon Lodge, died Tuesday. Wells, and his wife Phyllis, purchased Cabbage Key in 1976, after he left a job as director of admiss…

Gaza aid worker caught his first fish here

April 19, 2024
Jacob Alexander Flickinger, a 33-year-old humanitarian food aid worker for the charity World Central Kitchen, was killed April 1, 2024 while delivering food aid in Gaza. He is the nephew of island…

Captains founders visit to talk Clean Water at Eagle Grille

April 19, 2024
Captains for Clean Water held an event at Eagle Grille on Tuesday, April 16 to discuss the organization’s conservation work since its founding in 2016. Hosted by Chandler Converse, Capt. Doug S…

Garden Club final season meeting features talk by landscape restoration specialist Rick Joyce

April 11, 2024
Arborist consults with Edison-Ford, Bahamas gov’t  SUBMITTED BY THE BOCA GRANDE GARDEN CLUB During the 2023-24 season, Boca Grande Garden Club members benefited from horticultural lectures b…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Renowned Paper boy celebrates 80

April 11, 2024
Editor’s Note: This profile has been in the works for a number of years; we realized that in all the years of Dusty and the Beacon, we had not spotlighted him, and thought his 80th would be the pe…

Not an RFK visit, just a bus

April 11, 2024
An RFK supporter came through town last Thursday, playing the famous campaign theme from 1968. It did not have Robert F. Kennedy on it; he happened to be in Boca Raton at the exact same moment.  …

Why Placida matters to Gasparilla Island

April 11, 2024
This week, we have a story on the sale of Eldred’s (pictured here). Of course, we all know it needs a new custodian. Its current, old Florida, charming and useful state, cannot survive when the pr…

Get Fire Department hurricane passes before you head north

April 4, 2024
Hurricane passes allow island residents and business owners to get back into Boca Grande after a major storm or evacuation event. Property owners and commercial businesses can obtain reentry passe…

Charlotte County Parks tour highlights repairs, upgrades

April 4, 2024
The Charlotte County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board replaced their regular meeting with a tour of a few of the west county parks on Tuesday, April 2.   “People have lived here for yea…