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GUEST EDITORIAL: It’s been … a year

January 20, 2023
BY SHERIFF BILL PRUMMELL, CHARLOTTE COUNTY It’s been a year. A year of highs and lows, leaving us with a broader appreciation for this journey we are on and those with whom we choose to surroun…

Reflecting on the recovery from Hurricane Ian

December 22, 2022
By Hector Flores, Charlotte County The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are a time of celebration and reflection. I wish you and your loved ones health, happiness and a deserving respite from …

T’was the Night Before Christmas on Don Pedro Island

December 22, 2022
T’was the night before Christmas and all around No noses were frozen, no snow fluttered down. No children in flannels were tucked into bed, They all wore their shorty pajamas instead! …


December 22, 2022

EDITORIAL: It’s Christmas: Are we allowed to feel joyful this year?

December 16, 2022
This has been a strange year. So was the year before it … and the year before it … and so on. It’s been a non-stop parade of “unprecedented” situations we’ve been experiencing, all the while t…


December 2, 2022
What started out as the slow process of returning to “normal” (were we ever normal?) after Hurricane Ian, has been speeding up over the last few weeks. When they started the construction and demol…

EDITORIAL: Gasparilla Mobile Estates residents still struggling with storm damage

August 25, 2022
It has been more than seven months since the morning of January 16, when an F1 tornado swept the bottom of Cape Haze Peninsula, damaging more than two dozen mobile homes in Gasparilla Island Estat…

GUEST EDITORIAL: BTT to study juvenile tarpon habitats in Charlotte County to study juvenile tarpon habitats in Charlotte County

August 11, 2022
Knowing where juvenile tarpon live is only part of the challenge. We also have to assess the threats to their habitats. We know that coastal habitats and water quality are on the decline worldwide…

EDITORIAL: Readers, please take note of our obituary policy changes: There’s good news, and there’s not-so-good news

August 5, 2022
Since the Boca Beacon began in 1980, the Boca Beacon has had the distinct honor of running obituaries free of charge. This policy has been adhered to without question until recently, when we reali…

EDITORIAL: NOAA releases proposal to restore protected Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

July 14, 2022
Submitted by NOAA This week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the “Restoration Blueprint” for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Once finalized, it will be the f…