Scholarship deadline March 20 Have you filled out your application yet?

Don’t forget the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship applications are due March 20. Proof of enrollment must be submitted to the Chamber office for release of the scholarship funds. The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and recommend eligible students to the board of directors. Details of additional requirements and an application can […]

Celebrate World Water Day with us

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 3 percent, nearly 70 percent is locked up in glaciers and icecaps. This means the water source that most of us know, rivers and lakes, accounts for less than one percent […]

Looking for a boat trip? Captiva Cruises has what you’re looking for

Captiva Cruises and our fine Florida State Park Rangers from the Gasparilla Island Administrative Office will present “Legends of Cayo Costa Cruise Program,” and a sunset picnic supper on Saturday, March 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. Passengers will enjoy a narrated tour through Pine Island Sound with commentary on the historic fish houses, history […]

Boca Grande app is here, brought to you by the Boca Beacon

The first complete phone application for Gasparilla Island has finally found its way onto the market. Aptly called “Boca Grande,” it gives information pertaining to all things Boca Grande. Shopping, dining, hotels, transportation and more are listed there. It is now available as a Google application and ready for download. All Android users can download […]

Cuba Part II: House churches

BY JACK SHORT – This is the seond installment in a series of stories regarding the United Methodist Chuch of Boca Grande’s trip to Cuba in February. The second leg of the Cuba journey, after difficulties with customs entering the country, was a short jaunt from the airport to a house church about an hour […]

Boca Norte steps up activity in Cape Haze, buys Grande Tours

BY JACK SHORT – Boca Norte, LLC, owners of the former Mercabo facility have, in the last few months, purchased land in the same region over which Charlotte County is engaged in a lawsuit with conservation groups. The corporation, registered in Venice, Fl., purchased the 1.16 acre lot at 12575 Placida Rd. and easement that […]

Fire chief answers questions about med flights after road shut down

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – The Boca Grande Fire Department has clarified some information that many have asked about regarding aeromedical helicopter landing zones. With an increase in activity on the island there have been medical helicopter landings, and one in particular on Gasparilla Road left some people with questions. According to Fire Chief C.W. Blosser, […]

FOCH v. Charlotte County (re)set for July with new petitioners

BY JACK SHORT – T he lawsuit brought by local conservation group Friends of Cape Haze against Charlotte County, which was to be decided at an administrative hearing in February, was continued. The delay was allowed so FOCH’s counsel could undergo invasive medical testing, regularly performed by only a few physicians in the country, according […]

A post office icon will be no more … at least not here

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – It’s official, one of our favorite faces downtown is leaving us. Sally Pentecost has been at the Boca Grande Post Office for more than 12 years, and knows by name just about everybody who has a home here. On Friday, March 20, she will be heading up to work in the […]

The big event is upon us

This Saturday, March 7, the grounds of the Boca Grande Community Center and the Crowninshield Community House will be abuzz … not with bees but with patrons full of goodwill, a generous nature and a hunger for strawberry shortcake. The Boca Grande United Methodist Women will host their annual Strawberry Festival from 9 a.m. to […]