LETTER TO THE EDITOR: BIPS thanks many for another great season

As our season comes to a close and summer begins, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and our BIPS Board to thank all our friends and visitors who utilized our four parks, lighthouses and gift shops and participated in our numerous programs and activities.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Come to History Center and find out more about Boca Grande’s ties to World War I and World War II in honor of this Memorial Day

In order to not forget the many sacrifices of Boca Grande and Florida residents, the History Center has completed a multivolume collection of many articles pertaining to Florida, Boca Grande and World Wars I and II. The History Center has also compiled a list of over 260 names with relevant data on those who served in the military during WWII and had lived at a specific time in Boca Grande.  

EDITORIAL: The degradation of Sarasota Bay

 The water bodies of Sarasota Bay are designated as an Outstanding Florida Waters (OFW’s). This designation is intended to provide additional protection to special waters recognized for their ecological significance, by providing the highest degree of protection under the State of Florida’s permitting policies. An OFW designation requires that water quality must not be degraded below the level that existed at the time of the OFW designation. However, significant degradation of Sarasota Bay has occurred since its original designation, as documented through water quality data, red tide blooms, areas of seagrass die-off and manatee mortalities.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Oceans of Possibilities’  theme of Lee County 2022 reading program

To the Editor: The 2022 summer reading program, “Oceans of Possibilities,” is free and for all ages. Sign up at your favorite branch location, online at leelibrary.readsquared.com or through the READsquared app.  The summer reading program is designed to nurture and grow a lifelong love of reading and learning. The program is divided into four […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gated communities need to update forms with County in advance of hurricane season

To the Editor: Professional property managers and residential homeowners’ association presidents can take steps now to protect their community in the event of a hurricane or other declared major disaster in Lee County. FEMA regulations require that private or gated communities have a current Right of Entry and Indemnification form on file with Lee County […]

ECOWATCH: Mothers must become Mother Nature’s teachers

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a necropsy found that the dolphin had been impaled in the head with a spear-like object while alive. The agency suspects that by the shape and size of the wound, the dolphin was likely being fed illegally.

Calusa Waterkeeper and Brain Chemistry Labs pioneer collaborative research on HAB toxins in our area

Using the most sensitive technology available for detecting harmful algal bloom (HAB) toxins, the Calusa Waterkeeper (CWK) research team started airborne toxin monitoring in July 2021 at eight locations in Lee County, Florida. Samples were collected with the use of a monitoring device designed and optimized from the ground up, incorporating elements of other design […]

EDITORIAL: A thank you to you, in a very big way

The sense of loyalty to our island community in our newsroom is profound. Whether you are a billionaire from the Northeast or a high school baseball player selling cookies to support the team, we are here for you. We want your news – good or bad – to be printed in our newspaper so we can contribute to the history of this amazing place. We hope that someday 100 years from now, someone sorting through their grandmother’s attic will find an old Boca Beacon news article about how she won the Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament raffle. We hope that someone searching for their ancestors online can find a scanned version of an article about their great-great-grandfather that brings them more information in their search. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lee County Economic Development and community partners offer workforce, technical assistance programs

The Lee County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with community partners, offers Workforce Training and Certification programs and a Small Business Technical Assistance program to assist people, businesses and organizations in response to COVID-19.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Another successful egg hunt in the books!

A BIG THANK YOU to Patricia Bossey, Debby & Duncan Cross, Sue Fuller, Kris Ganong, Jane & Clark Hinkley, Lori Hunter, Marge Laughlin, Anne Lyons, Rebecca Martin, Madonna Merritt and Karen Zarse, as they spent quite a bit of time stuffing over 400 boxes filled with treats for the kids. On the day of the hunt, Georgia & Maddy Aguilar, Debby & Duncan Cross, Lori Hunter, Trent Keisling, Louise Martin, Mary Ann McGowan, Honey Skinner and Karen Zarse provided assistance where needed. Special recognition goes out to Pat Chapman, who when called upon, does anything and everything that is asked of her when it comes to the children. Pat spent her 22nd year volunteering for the hunt by filling goodie boxes on Thursday and supervising the prize table on Saturday. She was wearing her 2004 Smarty Jones winning Kentucky Derby hat too. YOU ARE THE BEST, PAT!