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EDITORIAL: CLEANUP AND REPAIR MEASURES ARE MOVING ALONG … BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CELL PHONE SERVICE?

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…

EDITORIAL: Joint statement from the Florida Secretary of State and Florida Supervisor of Elections in response to cybersecurity and infrastructure concerns

July 14, 2022
Submitted by the Florida Department of Elections Recently, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an advisory confirming that Florida is well ahead of the nation on …

EDITORIAL: ‘We have it in our power to begin the world all over again’

July 1, 2022
As we sit perched on the brink of a Fourth of July three-day weekend, it might be a good time to talk about the 800-pound gorilla in the room. For a small local newspaper, trying to keep things li…

Who are these groups of cyclists around Cape Haze?

June 24, 2022
Submitted by Don Elford If you live in the Cape Haze area, you have certainly observed many cyclists while you are out and about. There are many groups of riders and solo riders living or visit…

EDITORIAL: A first time fishing this writer will never forget

June 24, 2022
The intrepid staff of the Boca Beacon took off last Sunday afternoon for a few hours of team-building and camaraderie. We were not informed which boat would be taking us out, so we were highly imp…

EDITORIAL: The degradation of Sarasota Bay

May 19, 2022
Determining the annual pollutant loading flowing into Sarasota Bay is estimated by pollutant loading models. These “estimates” of pollutant loading are based upon uncalibrated and unverified model…