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.  

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 […]

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!

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A quick follow-up on the Gasparilla Mobile Estates letter …

Donations made out to the Charlotte Community Foundation cannot be designated for the benefit of Gasparilla Mobile Estates. They can be designated for Charlotte County Tornado Victims and therefore may be used to assist any tornado victim in Charlotte County.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We don’t need to use the ‘B’ word when it comes to blowers

The Beacon has periodically published letters to the editor about leafblowers. Most of those have appealed for something close to an outright ban on all leafblowers. The problem with that position is, too much is invested in good-looking properties on Gasparilla Island … and lawn crews gotta work.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: TIS PTO thanks community for a great turnout

The Island School PTO would like to thank the generous customers who visited the Lemonade & Lunch event last Sunday.  A special thank you to Hudson’s for graciously offering their courtyard space for the event.   

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Purchase of two lots for excess boat parking another nail in the coffin of our environment

Let me get this straight. We already have an excess of boats using the existing parking facilities at the Placida boat ramp. This purchase will support, and encourage, more cars on our roads, more boats on our precious waters, and more pressure on the fish. More fossil fuels being burned, more destruction to the natural grasses that are essential to a healthy fishery, more insensitive boaters abusing what used to be so very special, and more congestion on the causeway — because this additional excess will further congest access to the causeway.