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Cars in the trees, a battery and a theft reported

May 27, 2016
  ■ STAFF REPORT – The sheriff’s office activity log for the island has been a little busier lately, with a vehicle accident, an assault and a theft reported recently. On Friday, May 13 at ap…

Lemon Bay soccer star with island ties keeps going strong

May 27, 2016
■ BY SUE ERWIN – Stephanie Tieu is a rising senior at Lemon Bay High School, and she’s been an avid soccer player for the past 14 years. She currently plays forward for the Lemon Bay Manta Rays. He…

Profile: Betty Hill

May 27, 2016
■ BY SUE ERWIN – Betty Hill distinctly remembers arriving in Boca Grande for the first time in 1955. It was a time when there was, quite literally, nothing here with the exception of about 125 peop…

Ladies Day committee thanks all for a great time

May 27, 2016
To the Editor: The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce’s 26th Annual Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament had a successful outcome with a field of 36 boats and 11 total tarpon released on May 7, 2016. Bre…

Thank you to all who have served

May 27, 2016
To the Editor: We will always be grateful and thankful to the Beacon for the story of John Bourgoin and Walter Tatko. Great story about two great guys who contributed to victory in WWII. They were …

Sundown puts the rest to bed in 2016 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament

May 23, 2016
  BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Capt. Timmy Smith hadn’t caught a lot of tarpon this season up to the time of the 2016 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, held last week on Thursday and Friday, May 19 a…

Day One of World’s Richest yields 24 releases

May 20, 2016
BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Day One of the 2016 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament is complete, and in just a few short hours Day Two will begin. Day One, on Thursday, May 19, yielded 24 releases for 26 bo…

Get thee to the stage at 8 for WRTT winners

May 20, 2016
■ STAFF REPORT Fishing in the 2016 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament ends at 6:30 p.m. tonight, May 20, and the winners of the competition will be announced downtown during the Boca Grande Invitati…

BIPS update: Progress on the Range Light acquisition

May 20, 2016
■ BY SHARON MCKENZIE      BARRIER ISLAND PARKS SOCIETY The Barrier Island Parks Society (BIPS) reported that thus far the fundraising for the Gasparilla Island Light restoration project has brought…

Fire Department rating improves, homeowners insurance could see drop

May 20, 2016
■ BY SUE ERWIN The Boca Grande Fire Department took part in a Public Protection Classification survey in March. The results are expected to lower island homeowners’ insurance premiums. The survey w…