Just over the bridge: The Boca Beacon holiday shopping guide part II

This week’s shopping guide feature will be the off-island businesses of Englewood and Placida. Now more than ever our small businesses need our support, and we are blessed to have some truly amazing shopping opportunities on the other side of the Boca Grande Causeway. Shopping on the Cape Haze Peninsula and Englewood is something you […]

News, Sports & Outdoors

… and the 2021 GIFT Tournament winners are …

Congratulations to the boys on Capt. Mark Becton’s boat, as they were the winners of the 2021 Gasparilla Island Fly-fishing Tournament! It was held on Tuesday, Nov. 23, and $2,700 was raised for the Boca Grande Historical Center archival program. Shown here are Spencer Becton, Capt. Mark, winning angler Jacob Szatkowski and tournament founder and […]

Buying Bitcoin in Boca Grande just got easier

The next time you’re in downtown Boca Grande, stop by Gasparilla Outfitters and Special Effects to get a glimpse of the future. Capt. Sandy and Robin Melvin have the first Bitcoin DCM, (digital coin machine), on the island, which makes it easy for you to become a part of something that, in the ways of […]

Holiday Hoopla will commence December 10

The second annual Holiday Hoopla! has been announced by Lee County Parks & Recreation, and it is sure to be a holiday experience to behold. Join them on Friday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for an evening of holiday crafts and activities the whole family can enjoy.   There will be five activity stations: […]


2021 Lee County Parks & Recreation Turkey Hoop Shoot

Photos by Dusty and Cheryl Sponsored by Lee County Parks & Recreation and the Boca Beacon

Englewood Invitational Thanksgiving Art Festival back again in new location

The Annual Englewood Invitational Thanksgiving Art Festival, organized by local artist Carroll Swayze, is slated for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a new location – on the grounds of the Englewood Elks Club at 401 N. Indiana Ave. in Englewood.   “I am so excited to […]

EDITORIAL: Lake O update – We made a difference!

Over the past several months many of you joined me in voicing our displeasure with the future management plan for Lake Okeechobee, known as LOSOM. Last spring, the Army Corps of Engineers offered a plan that would have increased damaging discharges to the Caloosahatchee River, which would have had detrimental effects to our water quality […]

EDITORIAL: We say goodbye, and thank you, to Jungle Joe

They say that everyone is expendable, when it comes to a job. No matter how well you do it, how long you’ve been there, whether there’s no one else there who even remotely has a clue as to how to do your job … everyone’s position is fluid. Whoever “they” are never watched “Jungle” Joe […]

What happened to Joe? Parks & Rec director resigns after two decades of service

Heads were exploding and hearts were breaking this week as word slowly trickled out that Joe “Jungle Joe” Wier, an employee of Lee County Parks and Recreation for more than 20 years, was no longer working at the Boca Grande Community Center. There are at least two interim directors taking Wier’s place until everything is […]