Boca Grande Dog Show raises $13,000 for homeless pets at Suncoast

The Boca Grande Dog Show, recently hosted by the Boca Grande Woman’s Club, raised $13,000 for Suncoast Humane Society. The biennial event was held at the Boca Grande Community Center on March 28, with almost 60 dogs competing and many more there to observe.

Profile (revisited): Mark Shevitski

The following is a profile done on Mark Shevitski by the Boca Beacon in August of 1992. It was written by Karen Parker Cromley and has not been adapted in any way. Mark passed away last week, leaving our island cloaked in sadness. You can find his obituary in the April 17 edition of the […]

Suncoast cats jet off to new home in England

BY PHIL SNYDER, SUNCOAST HUMANE SOCIETY – Feline siblings Binx and Little Girl had been available for adoption at Suncoast Humane Society since November 2014. Earlier this month the adoption team at the Society’s Animal Care Center received a call from the United Kingdom. Brian Port reminded staff that he and his wife Jenny had visited […]

A treasured man, a heartbroken island …friends gather to honor Mark Shevitski

BY MARCY SHORTUSE AND KELLI BECTON – Many tears have been shed this week over the passing of a true Boca Grande friend, Mark Shevitski. His death was reported early Monday morning and while not much is known as to how it happened, hearts are breaking all over the island. He was born in Fort […]

Gilchrist meeting postponed – Lee County says ‘talk it out amongst yourselves’

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Lee County Commissioners have once again put the fate of Gilchrist Avenue in the hands of the people of the island, after scheduling and then “unscheduling” a discussion of the matter at the April 21 board meeting. On Friday, April 10 District 3 Commissioner Larry Kiker met with individuals from all sides […]

Four members elected, four members leave: GICIA talks Cape Haze, new projects at meeting

SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA – The GICIA held its 44th Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, April 2. Reports were give by President Stevenson and Treasurer Allen as well as the Chairs of the Bike Path, Land Conservancy and Communications Committee. Bob Elliott, Chair of Communications, introduced the GICIA’s 3.5 minute video “Keeping it Grande,” which […]

Boca Grande Woman’s Club announces 2015 scholarships, donations

The Boca Grande Woman’s Club is pleased to announce the 2015 community grant awards and college scholarship awards, which include a total community grant amount of $490,300. The gifts include a lead gift of $50,000 for restoration of the 1927 Range Light, a grant to a newly organized non profit organization to protect the island […]

Celebrate Lighthouse Day this weekend

Stop by the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse, located at the southern tip of the island, and celebrate Florida Lighthouse Day on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Have some cake and make some memories revisiting a popular island icon.

Local businessman and Garden Club team up to create comfort

Diane Johnson and Melanie Sullivan, Co-Chairs of the Boca Grande Garden Club Community Services Committee and committee members Gina McFadden and Priscilla Masselink, spearheaded the drive to install those” Caribbean blue” benches surrounded by palms and bamboo on both sides of the Post Office building. Marc Spurgeon of Boca Grande Realty supplied three benches and five […]

It’s down to the finals: Vote for the One Big Boca Grande Book

The nominations are in, and now it’s time for you to vote! The second annual One Big Grande Boca Book Club will be held in January, 2016. It will feature a non-fiction book chosen by the community from the nominations submitted by island readers. January’s event will feature a talk and reading by the author […]