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Boca Grande Preschool is open for business

February 3, 2023
The Boca Grande Preschool is back in business. It reopened its doors January 9, and is better than ever. “Little children thrive on normalcy,” asserts Kelli Carpenter, the Preschool Director. F…

History Bytes begins with tombstones and graveyards

February 3, 2023
The first History Bytes lecture of the 2023 season, brought to you by the Boca Grande Historical Society and Bank of America, regarded grave matters of the island – literally. The presentation giv…

Young Life fundraiser at Inn Beach Club begins new chapter in organization

February 3, 2023
The beautiful sunset capped off the night of fun and faith as the new chapter of Young Life held its major fundraiser of the year at the Gasparilla Inn Beach Club Monday, Jan. 31.  The event wa…

A look at RPP – then and now – and thanks to those outside the ‘regular’ players who have made all the difference

February 3, 2023
Way back in the early 2000s when there were actually two weekly papers in Boca Grande I wrote a column called Backstage with Boots. There I attempted to relate to our Royal Palm Player awesome…

A new way for the Hughes Gallery to live on

February 3, 2023
Over two decades ago when my late husband, Jack, told me he’d shook hands on a lease for a downtown space in Terry Seitz’s new post and beam building, I almost killed him.  After deciding to sell …

GME residents continue to fight eviction after storm

February 3, 2023
The residents of Gasparilla Mobile Estates are still doing what they can, when they can, to clean up their community and deal with an impending legal issue that will determine whether they can con…

X-rays done onsite help identify the best treatment plan right away

February 3, 2023
Broken bones, sprains and fractures are the most common injuries requiring an X-ray. And now that X-ray imaging services are available onsite at the Boca Grande Health Clinic, patients no longer h…

LBHS jazz season hosts big names in the biz

February 3, 2023
Lemon Bay High School band students are gearing up for concert and jazz season and getting the help of some top-shelf professional musicians along the way. Two big names in jazz will be visitin…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: FRAN EDWARDSON

February 3, 2023
The Windy City is where Fran Edwardson grew up, but the balmy breezes of Boca Grande have called to her and convinced her that this is where her home is now. Fran and her husband, John, still spen…

ON THIS DATE IN THE BOCA BEACON

February 3, 2023
Boca Beacon backpages FIVE YEARS AGO The cast of Royal Palm Players’ “Don’t Drink the Water” included Lynda Grant, Jim Grant, Ross Witschonke, Jeff Lehrian, Elaine Skypala and others. TEN…