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EcoWatch: What does Memorial Day symbolize in 2024?

May 23, 2024
“We are notorious for ‘running around self-righteously declaring our rights to this and to that. But if we were to reflect upon the millions ‘ran’ across bloodied battlefields so that we would hav…

SW Florida Fishing: All areas ready to fish

May 23, 2024
BY CAPT. WILL WATERHOUSE As the wind has started to lay down a bit, lots of tarpon are being caught on the beaches, in the passes, everywhere. The ‘World Richest’ Tarpon Tournament was held thi…

Essay: Tarpon memories imprint deeper with a trophy on your line

May 23, 2024
BY CAPT. VAN HUBBARD Tarpon were so abundant that big game sportfishing was created here. The giant fish splashing and jumping everywhere, driving fishermen crazy. Teasing spectators because…

Letters: Island’s blue barrels were help to Englewood Helping Hand charity

May 23, 2024
To the Editor:  Thank you for weekly coverage which reminded Islanders to donate their non-perishable food to Englewood Helping Hand, Inc. The donations in the blue barrels were taken to t…

Pink Pony sweatshirt brightens up a Dark Horse podcast

May 23, 2024
This week, the English comedian and actor Russell Brand held a podcast discussion on God with scientist Bret Weinstein.  Most do not know Weinstein. Many do not know who Brand is; he is a Briti…

Sea Turtle Report: Volunteer catches live nesting, egg laying

May 23, 2024
BY ARLENE HALL BGSTA SECRETARY  Timing was everything for BGSTA Turtle Patroller Tammy Rigney. She was running a little late getting onto the beach for her morning patrol, but it paid off for h…

SW Florida Fishing: Tarpon, anglers and tourneys

May 20, 2024
BY CAPT. SANDY MELVIN Tarpon season continues in full swing. There are thousands of tarpon around right now and you can catch one just about any way you want. The traditional pass fishing has b…

EcoWatch: What shade of green do you prefer?

May 20, 2024
“As crude a weapon as the cave man’s club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life – a fabric on the one hand delicate and destructible, on the other miraculously tough and…

OP-ED: Hook Line and Sinker: A return to these pages, just in time

May 20, 2024
BY CAPT. VAN HUBBARD Editor’s Note: Van Hubbard’s column Hook, Line and Sinker appeared in the Beacon beginning in 1988. We are delighted to welcome him back. I’m returning to the Boca Beaco…

Fit to be fly tied at an evening Boca Grande Outfitters workshop social

May 17, 2024
Last Wednesday evening, May 8, Boca Grande Outfitters hosted a fly tying social above the store. As someone who has never fly fished, let alone tied a fly, I was the obvious choice to go repre…