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Be a friend of the pelican: Reel, remove, release

December 30, 2021
“A wonderful bird is the pelican; his bill can hold more than his belly can.” – Dixon Lanier Merritt The above excerpt from Merritt’s poem is true: A pelican’s pouch can hold up to three times…

You’re never too old try something new!

December 30, 2021
91-year-old retired United Airlines pilot and Navy Veteran John O’Connell paddleboarded for the first time in his life this past week in Boca Grande waters. He was accompanied by his granddaughter…

Back Country Fishing with Capt. Sandy Melvin

December 24, 2021


Pigskin Pick’em

December 24, 2021


Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic dates announced

December 4, 2021
This year’s Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic will be played over the course of three weeks, from January 22 through February 12. • Week of January 22: Gasparilla Inn & Club mixed doubles; B…

… and the 2021 GIFT Tournament winners are …

November 26, 2021
Congratulations to the boys on Capt. Mark Becton’s boat, as they were the winners of the 2021 Gasparilla Island Fly-fishing Tournament! It was held on Tuesday, Nov. 23, and $2,700 was raised for t…

2021 Lee County Parks & Recreation Turkey Hoop Shoot

November 26, 2021
Photos by Dusty and Cheryl Sponsored by Lee County Parks & Recreation and the Boca Beacon

This weekend the hoops, next week the GIFT

November 20, 2021
On Saturday, Nov. 20 you can show off your hoop-shooting prowess at the annual Turkey Hoop Shoot, sponsored by Lee County Parks and Recreation and the Boca Beacon. The action begins at 10 a.m. …

GIFT Tournament set for November 23

November 12, 2021
Another island tradition is coming up, and if you’re a fly fisherman who loves to fish for redfish you won’t want to miss this one. On Tuesday, Nov. 23 the 26th annual Gasparilla Island Flyfish…

Winners! Manta Rays keeping the drama on the volleyball court, with the help of an island girl

October 28, 2021
Lemon Bay’s girls’ varsity volleyball team, the Manta Rays are on a winning streak and they’re determined to keep it going all the way to the state championship. On Tuesday night, the Manta Ray…