Boca Grande NHR proposal future uncertain

BY SUSAN HANAFEE The proposal to put a portion of Boca Grande’s residential district onto the National Register of Historic places has been removed from the May 6 agenda of Florida’s National Register Review Board, the Boca Beacon has learned. The item had been up for discussion by state officials based on an indication there […]

GICIA bike path – speeding? There is an App for that

BY MISTY NICHOLS, GICIA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR   In 1985 the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) completed construction of the 5 miles of paved bike path that run from First Street north. In the 36 years since the dedication many things have changed. Boca Grande has increased its resident and visitor populations, the GICIA […]

BGAC announces new proposed bylaw changes and a unique way of holding annual meeting

BY SUSAN HANAFEE   Best to avoid too much of the free wine when attending an opening night at the Boca Grande Art Center next season. According to their recent annual meeting notice, the Center is suggesting that members will have to be on their best behavior if they want to be part of the […]

BGHPB has positive input on local construction projects

BY SUSAN HANAFEE   A metal roof, an 8-foot wall, a small addition and a new pool and cabana for a home on East Railroad Avenue all received unanimous approval from the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board in what was a fairly routine meeting on Wednesday. The board also welcomed Earl Hahn, the new principal […]

Mote scientist talks about future of our sea turtles

BY TONYA BRAMLAGE   Mote Marine Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program, Dr. Jake Lasala shared the findings of his research on “Exploring the Mysteries of Sex Ratios in Sea Turtles to Better Predict Their Future” during the final virtual presentation of Coffee with a Scientist on Wednesday, April 14. […]

Commissioners vote to oppose NHR nomination

BY SUSAN HANAFEE Lee County Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday, April 6 to oppose the nomination of 129 individual homes and structures in Boca Grande to the National Register of Historic Places. Their vote supported two previous rejections of the proposal by the local Historic Preservation Board. But by noon on Wednesday, April 7, supporters […]

Parsonage Complete

BY TONYA BRAMLAGE From the demolition of the Fellowship Hall, to the lifting of the old church building, to clearing the site for foundations, the vision of the Lighthouse Methodist Church parsonage building has now become a long awaited reality. “Parsonage” may be an old fashioned term for the housing a church provides to its […]

Citizen Mack Part 2

BY T MICHELE WALKER “Citizen Mack” is a two-part series on Connie Mack and his new memoir, “Citizen Mack: Politics, an Honorable Calling.” Connie Mack is sitting across from Richard Nixon. They are discussing whether or not Mack should run for the Senate. As Mack told the story, “I said to him, ‘I don’t think […]

RPP’s Pandemonium is infectious laughter and fun

BY ERICA RESS MARTIN From the moment Margaret Bush says, “It’s 5 o’clock, so it’s time for the Stan Ikenberry Amateur Hour,” you know you’re in for a fun evening. As you know, RPP was forced to cancel the entire season, so a very bored Board member (Alice Court) came up with the idea of […]

April 12 Talk with Dr. Virani

SUBMITTED BY THE BOCA GRANDE HEALTH CLINIC The Boca Grande Health Clinic and the Boca Grande Health Foundation are proud to welcome Salim S. Virani, MD, Ph.D., a tenured professor in Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research, Director for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, and Cardiologist at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs […]