Save Gilchrist: Green space needed

To the Editor: First of all, I want to publicly applaud Buzzy Stevenson and the GICIA for initiating the drive to save the Mercado property for the benefit of all Boca Grande. The outpouring of positive responses proves the conviction that everyone has to protect our island environment and preserve our limited, treasured green space. […]

More Gilchrist clarifications and elaboration

  To the Editor: I was disturbed at the gratuitous use of my name in the lengthy “Gilchrist timeline” article in the Beacon last week. I do not understand just what you were attempting to imply in the following paragraph: “Renowned architect and current president of the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board, Tim Seibert, purchased […]

A Gilchrist timeline: How long will this go on?

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – If you hear the word “Gilchrist” and cringe, you are not alone. As this season begins, the controversy is already starting to heat back up. Before you dive into the cocktail party circuit conversations unarmed, here are some of the facts laid out in a timeline. This shows at least some […]

PROFILE: Dianne Pavia

BY SUE ERWIN – Island employee Dianne Pavia has worked as a cashier at Hudson’s Grocery for the past year. She is originally from Massachusetts and relocated to Rotonda West two years ago. “My twin sister, Donna, moved to this area, and she also works at Hudson’s,” Dianne said. “We used to vacation down in […]

$16 million raised in two weeks for Mercabo purchase

When our community comes together, we come together in a big way. As of our press date the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association has raised more than $16 million dollars in two weeks’ time toward their goal of $20 million to purchase the old Mercabo facility at the entrance to the Boca Grande Causeway. […]

The bridge was stuck for a little while, but it’s all better now

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – On Tuesday, Dec. 1 at around noon motorists had what some would refer to as a “bonding moment” when the new swing bridge, which was being tested by engineers, failed to swing shut. No traffic could cross the old bridge for approximately 90 minutes. Some drivers stayed in their vehicles and […]

Gulf Coast Symphony to perform at Fust Library

A traveling quartet from the Symphony will perform in the library’s gardens and loggia at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Johann Fust Community Library.

Another amazing Christmas luncheon held by the Boca Grande Garden Club

SUBMITTED BY THE BOCA GRANDE GARDEN CLUB – The holidays are off to a “Grande” start at the Boca Grande Garden Club! On Wednesday, at its annual luncheon, the Club’s designers showed we can celebrate with everything from red roses and berries, to orange or blue coral with white orchids, to red bromeliads and candy […]

A message to Lee County Commissioners: Listen to reason when it comes to Gilchrist parking, but please make a decision

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Just when I thought nothing more about the Gilchrist parking situation would surprise me, I found I was wrong. The proposal by the Gilchrist Neighborhood Association has really left me scratching my normally objective head. It’s time again to bring this to people’s attention, because there’s a slim chance Lee County Commissioners will […]

Obituary: Theresa Matos

Theresa Matos of Boca Grande passed away peacefully at her home early Tuesday morning, December 1, 2015. She lost her battle to lung cancer, though she fought to the end. Theresa was surrounded by her family as she went to be with God.