The Boca Beacon’s Hurricane Watch

UPDATED 2330 SEPT. 26 … The Boca Grande Causeway does NOT close to CAR traffic. It closes to BOAT traffic when winds reach sustained 40 mph. That means if you are in a boat and the winds are 40 mph or higher, you aren’t coming under the Boca Grande Causeway swing bridge. Officials will sometimes close the bridge to general traffic after a storm has passed and officials have declared it unsafe to come on the island.

Jackie B, Sam D to be celebrated

Next weekend, October 1 and 2, is dedicated to honoring two men who devoted much of their lives to our fishery, as well as to their families and friends.  On Saturday, Oct 1 a celebration of life for Sam Dixon will be held at 2 p.m. at Eldred’s Marina. Anyone who would like to attend […]

As the Bike Path becomes more bare, more questions come with it

Besides new plants, the project includes what is called “structural pruning” of already established trees. This kind of pruning focuses on improving the architecture of the branches within the crown of the tree. Most trees grow stronger without branches at different levels. These lower branches tend to cause problems, using nutrients and presenting problems for the overall health of the tree. Structural pruning not only protects the tree, but also protects people and property from weaker limbs falling or otherwise being a nuisance. Bartlett Tree has headed this part of the project.

Set a time to seek  the spirits with BIPS

The past will live again this Halloween as the Barrier Island Parks Society (BIPS) scares up stories from Boca Grande’s history for its premier Haunted History Tour. The tour will be offered twice, both on Sunday, Oct. 30, one at 5 p.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m. Each will run about one hour and […]

The new pro on the court at The Inn is ready to fill some big shoes

Cappabianca has been coaching for many years already. After completing his first year-and-a-half at Lander University he transferred to Rollins College, where he competed for just a semester. He then pursued his college coaching dream as their student assistant.

OBITUARY: Steve Gribble

John Steven “Steve” Gribble made his transition, as family communicated their love for him, on July 23, 2022. Though his body experienced medical issues over the last several years, Steve’s mind remained creative and clever. His heart, genuine and generous, and always a story on the tip of his tongue.   Steve was born October […]

OBITUARY: Celebration of Life for Sam Dixon

A celebration of life for Sam Dixon will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. at Eldred’s Marina. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome to do so. Please bring a covered dish and a story of Sam to tell. Sam passed away on August 12, 2022. He was born September 30, […]


Sandi is one of many volunteers who dedicate their time to helping out at the Lighthouse and at other Barrier Island Parks Service facilities. At the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse these volunteers help visitors learn all about the workings of the Lighthouse, the history connected with it, the creatures who live in the area, and the workings and mission of BIPS.