Local organizations plan full schedules, keeping fingers crossed

Promotional material has been mailed. Fingers are crossed. Boca Grande’s not-for-profits are hoping that everything can return to the way it was before the COVID pandemic struck – even though they can’t be 100 percent certain. “As much as we want things to be back to normal and have planned for that, things aren’t normal […]

A timeline of a breast cancer warrior, survivor and advocate

It was spring of 2017 and Kathy James was living her best life. “I was a very busy mom of four, plus two chocolate labs & a bunny. I also worked part-time at the free clinic.” In addition to being a mother of four children ranging in age from 12 to 21 years, Kathy was […]

Dollars for Mammograms: Feel for lumps; save your bumps

The Englewood Community Care Clinic wants to spread the word, “Feel for lumps. Save your bumps.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual educational campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. The Englewood Free Clinic, Dollar for Mammograms and RAVE (Radiology Associates of Venice and Englewood) are working together to raise […]

How did Cape Haze become … Cape Haze?

Island travelers come and go to Boca Grande daily and they all must cross over GIBA’s faithful swing bridge. But did you know that once you cross the bridge on your way off of Gasparilla Island you are actually on a land mass that is a “cape”? This particular cape is located on the map […]

Memories of September 11, 2001: 20 years has proved that our lives will never be the same…

On the evening of September 11, 2001, there were many types of reactions taking place in homes across the country, and around the world. Whether you were in New York City, in the middle of Iowa or in Honolulu, you felt what happened on that day all the way to your core. The silence of […]

From the Boca Grande History Center: Delmar Fugate and the Pink Elephant (Part II of a series)

Submitted by the Boca Grande History Center In our August 6 edition of the Boca Beacon we ran part I to this series featuring the Fugate family of Boca Grande, compiled from Boca Grande History Center archives. Last time we talked about Jerry Fugate, and this week we introduce you to Delmar Fugate, Jerome’s son. […]

The question of insurance liability and sidewalks: We may save our pink pump, our outdoor seating and our flowers, but at what cost?

While Lee County Ordinance NO. 21-XX, presented at the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board meeting last Wednesday, sounds like a great way to allow us to “keep Boca Grande, Boca Grande,” and to allow businesses to continue to have tables and chairs, benches, flower pots and other decorations and signage that express our uniqueness, one […]

Lemon Bay Golf Club, giving kids ‘A Better Shot’

BY T MICHELE WALKER – When looking for a quality camp for children, there are certain tell-tale signs that you’ve found the right place. For example, when you walk in while the campers are on a break or eating lunch, check to see where the teachers are sitting.  Are they sitting off to the side […]

Summer is here! Here are five tips to make it a healthy one

BY THE BOCA GRANDE HEALTH CLINIC – Sunday, June 20, marked the official start to summer for all of us that live north of the equator. The June solstice is when Earth arrives at the point in its orbit where the North Pole is at its maximum tilt (about 23.5 degrees) toward the Sun, resulting […]

The healing power of music therapy in correlation with brain health

BY T MICHELE WALKER – Science is finally catching up with what musicians have known since the dawn of time. Singing heals and is beneficial for our emotional, physical, and cognitive well-being. Ruth Henson experienced the magic of music therapy first-hand when she was caring for her father. “About a year ago,” Ruth explained, “My […]