Open enrollment at The Island School wrapping up next week

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Next week marks the end of open enrollment at The Island School for the next school year and, at this time, 57 applications have been received. According to Head of School Jean Thompson, those are great numbers for the island’s little school, as the maximum number of students is 60.  “March 27 […]

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Opposing groups fail to reach consensus on median parking, county awaits new proposals

BY JACK SHORT – The three plans outlined in a recent Beacon story failed to gain traction between the two main sides in an ongoing debate over parking on the Gilchrist Avenue Median. “Our hope was that they could get close enough to agree on one option,” said a representative of Lee County, “but they each […]

Are you ready to catch’em up?

BY MARCY SHORTUSE AND LEW HASTINGS – It’s springtime in Boca Grande and that means tarpon season is rapidly approaching. Two traditional events have been planned by the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as a third event held by Gasparilla Outfitters and Boca Grande Charities, Inc that is rapidly becoming a tradition. The […]

Native Now to host World Water Day Sunday, ‘Reflections’ discussion on Monday

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Water. Every living thing needs it to survive. Almost 97 percent of the Earth’s water can be found in our oceans. Of the remaining three percent, nearly 70 percent is locked up in glaciers and icecaps. This means the water sources that most of us know, rivers and lakes, account for less […]

Legal questions about weight limits still unsettled

BY JACK SHORT – After a charged town-hall-style meeting during which the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority heard input from the public on bridge weight limits, there seem to be more questions than answers. GIBA is still researching the legality of keeping the weight limits on their bridges and causeway at 40,000 pounds, which, according to […]

Who’s the new property owner in town? Questions abound regarding proposed Park Avenue restaurant

BY JACK SHORT – Representatives of the owners of two parcels of downtown land published a notice related to a proposed restaurant and parking lot in the February 28 edition of the Boca Beacon. Since then, rumors may have gotten a little out of hand and the notice has generated no small amount of controversy. […]

County narrows Gilchrist parking proposals down to three, expects to present to commissioners in April

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – We’ve reported this before, but now it looks like it may come true: Lee County Commissioners seem to have plans to move forward with some sort of Gilchrist parking proposal. There are three options on the table now, after a February 9 meeting between Assistant County Manager Doug Meurer, Department of […]

OBGBBC looking for a new book nomination

Help choose the book that the whole island will read! One Big Grande Boca Book Club, a joint project of the Johann Fust Library Foundation and Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center, is now taking nominations for the book that will be featured in next year’s program. This year’s event, which featured three books […]

Profile: Peter Roberts

BY JACK SHORT – Peter Roberts has a small town sensibility, tempered by southern hospitality. There’s also some Texan straight-shooting in there, literally and figuratively, which is something you don’t get to say very often. He grew up in Old Greenwich, Ct., hence the small town influence. But Peter went to lengths to avoid staying […]

The Bike Parade is next Saturday

Next Saturday, March 21, the morning air will be filled with the sweet smells of flowers, the birds will be singing, and the bike path will be humming with activity. It’s time for the 30th annual Woman’s Club Bike Parade and Spring Fair, this year aptly named “Fantasy Island: Live Your Dreams.” The parade begins […]