Chamber office has moved, but closed until October 1

The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce office has moved into a new location, but will remain closed until October 1. The Chamber’s new location will be on Park Avenue adjacent to the Pink Pony (a.k.a. Dolphin Cove). Step into the courtyard on the south side of the building and you will see the new […]

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – So this week we had a lesson in social media. The tale of Sam Samsonov, “our Sam,” as we call him, went viral worldwide. The story of a man who collected tolls for the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority for almost 30 years was picked up and made it into the worldwide […]

Charlotte vs. FOCH will not have a hearing … for now

BY JACK SHORT – In spite of at least a year of discovery and preparation for a hearing between Charlotte County and certain property owners, and local conservationists, all parties agreed to terms that prevented a hearing. Representatives of some parties seemed to consider the rescission of objectionable amendments more of a temporary obstacle, however. […]

FWC investigates boating accident in Bayou

On Saturday, July 11 at approximately 8 p.m., the Boca Grande Fire Department responded to a report of a boat that had run into the mangroves on Boca Grande Bayou. When firefighters arrived, by water and by land, they found a boat with three people onboard set far back into the mangroves. They reported they […]

Profile: Christine Stites

BY JACK SHORT – She’s Chrissy to most, but only if you knew her after she moved here. Or before she became a professional. It’s a little confusing. She had switched to Christine in order to be taken more seriously, but Boca Grande apparently has a surfeit of Christine’s (or Christina’s), so it was back […]

Want to see some Boca Grande Independence Day fun?

We had another amazing Independence Day, and wanted to share some of our photos from the fireworks and the golf cart parade. If you’d like to see them, go to our website,, click on the “media” tab, then “photos.” Or, just click here: Boca Grande Independence Day

Boca Grande, made famous once again … this time for sharks

BY MARCY SHORTUSE AND JACK SHORT – We’ve been famous before for having one of the most expensive zip codes, and for having some of the best beaches. We’ve got celebrity status for many reasons here on Gasparilla Island, and now we’ve got a new reason to be chatted up on the Today Show and […]

STEM camp kids research with Guy Harvey

BY MIKE VASHER – When was the last time you had the opportunity to be invited onboard a fishing vessel to get to meet and speak with one of the world’s most well-known artists, scientists, explorers, and conservationists, Dr. Guy Harvey? With a little perseverance, Capt. Sandy Melvin, owner of Gasparilla Outfitters and a director of […]

Beaconcam is up and running!

Remember back in the day when you used to be able to go to our website and watch the world go by in downtown Boca Grande? Those days are here again, my friends, because the Boca Beacon webcam is back in business.

Friends of Cape Haze vs. Charlotte County may not go to hearing

BY JACK SHORT – A dispute between Charlotte County and nonprofits Sierra Club and Friends of Cape Haze that originated prior to 2011 may be resolved at the next board of county commissioners’ meeting. After discussions with FOCH and others, Charlotte County staff and the county attorney’s office is proposing the rescission of five ordinances […]