LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Jupiter, Saturn and meteors, oh my! Get the scoop from Bishop Planetarium experts

To the Editor: Did you know that telescope manufacturers are reporting an exponential increase in sales? It seems the pandemic is leading people to take up backyard astronomy with a vengeance! The Bishop provides great resources for astronomy enthusiasts — from long-time stargazers to those who are just beginning to explore our night skies.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 14th annual Festival of Trees to be held in Fort Myers

To the Editor: Experience one of the most sensational holiday traditions in SW Florida! Presented by Sullivan Benefits, Festival of Trees is a huge holiday event downtown where these beautiful trees are decorated and filled with presents by local businesses to help raise money for Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida and the Sidney & Berne […]

PROFILE: Sharon Ponte

There were no rattlesnakes in Boston…  BY OLIVIA CAMERON- At every Grande Glee session over Zoom, Sharon Ponte and her 10-pound Maltipoo are there to chime in on a few notes. With each puppy howl and octave shift, Sharon is impressed by the improvement and everlasting support of Grande Glee. As the group’s musical director, […]

PROFILE: Annette Adams

She has a knack for being a healer… BY OLIVIA CAMERON- Banyan Tree Pilates and Yoga has recruited a new massage therapist to join in on body and mind healing. Annette Adams shared what it’s like to learn the power of energy healing and the importance of letting your body heal itself.

GICIA v. Lee County dispute settled regarding ‘Damfi’ project

SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA- The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA), in a cooperative effort with Lee County and two island property owners, has agreed to settle a legal complaint filed by GICIA last year.  All parties involved agree this settlement represents the best collective interests of all parties.   

New COVID testing measures announced

STAFF REPORT- New information regarding the collection of Gasparilla Island COVID-19 data has been issued by the Boca Grande Health Clinic, and the Boca Grande 411 Island Community Coalition, to better facilitate our knowledge in how to combat this new and unique threat. The 411 Island Community Coalition was established to support the Boca Grande community […]

Welcome kit aims to keep the island and its community safe and healthy

BY MARK DRISCOLL, BOCA GRANDE HEALTH CLINIC- You can feel a change in the air. The days start getting shorter. Temperatures become more moderate. Winter season is just around the corner. And with it comes the return of seasonal residents and vacationers looking for a sunny spot to stay a while.

B-ball and birds: It’s the 2020 Hoop Shoot!

STAFF REPORT- The Boca Grande Community Center’s 17th Annual Turkey Hoop Shoot Contest, sponsored by the Boca Beacon and Lee County Parks & Recreation, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21.  The event will start at 10 a.m. on the outdoor basketball court. Registration is required on the day of the event from 9:15 a.m. […]

A new and different look at the Christmas Walk this year: Golf cart decoration contest, Santa, shopping and more

STAFF REPORT- This year’s downtown Christmas festivities are a bit different, but that should come as no surprise. All you need to do is come to the business district on Saturday, Nov. 28, follow the luminary-lit sidewalks and visit our local shops on what is known nationwide as “Small Business Saturday.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A message from the sheriff…

To the citizens of Lee County and my family members at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, I want to personally thank the residents of our great county who play a huge role helping keep the peace in our community.  It saddens me to see the social unrest taking place across our nation which places law […]