2021 Lee County Parks & Recreation Turkey Hoop Shoot

Photos by Dusty and Cheryl Sponsored by Lee County Parks & Recreation and the Boca Beacon


‘Walk with Me’ for the Lemon Bay Wrestling Club

BY T MICHELE WALKER – Michael Schyck can’t believe how much his beard has grown. “I’ve never gone past stubbles. It’s crazy,” he said. That’s what happens when you spend three months on the Appalachian Trail raising money for the Lemon Bay High School Wrestling Team. On March 22, Lemon Bay High School’s wrestling coach, […]

Our Lady of Mercy new Parish Life Center will be taking shape soon, lot razed and ready for repurposing

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Work has begun on the expansion project at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, and the home next door has been razed and the lot cleaned. Owen-Ames-Kimball Company, a general contractor with a longstanding presence in Southwest Florida, is doing the work. The new Parish Life Center will be built on […]

Bombenger named as 2021 recipient of Jay Joiner belt buckle

According to Capt. Waylon Mills, president of the Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association, Capt. Chad Bombenger will receive the 2021 Jay Joiner Memorial Belt Buckle. Bombenger had seven releases this season during the qualifying tournaments. Details for the presentation and party have not been announced yet, but congratulations to Capt. Chad!

Lloyd A. ‘Bud’ Wampach

Lloyd A. “Bud” Wampach, age 92, died Friday, April 9, 2021. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Boca Grande, FL on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10 a.m. Burial will be scheduled at a later date in Eden Valley, MN. Bud was born in St. Cloud, MN on August […]

Island Booknotes Live 2021 to continue on in March at the Fust

BY T MICHELE WALKER – Following the success of their last “Island Booknotes Live 2021” featuring author Fred Rich, The Johann Fust Library Foundation will present the second event in their literary series on Thursday, March 4 at 4 p.m. “Author’s Unmasked” will feature Island authors Daly Walker and Lucinda Dixon Sullivan, who will discuss […]

Boca Bay Pass Club’s $3.5 million renovation begins April 12

BY SUSAN HANAFEE – The Boca Bay Pass Club’s $3.5 million renovation project – delayed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic – will kick off April 12, with completion expected this November. “Why are we doing this? It’s the Pass Club’s 30th anniversary this year,” said Larry Hannah, chair of the renovation committee. “And […]

Everything you need to know about the upcoming Boca Grande Film Festival 2021

STAFF REPORT – Introducing the 3rd Annual (but first-ever virtual) Boca Grande Film Festival! This year’s festival will span five days with a diverse selection of riveting films and documentaries, viewable through the Friends of Boca Grande online film hub. To keep the festival vibe alive, Friends of Boca Grande Community center will be hosting […]

Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic canceled for 2021

STAFF REPORT -It is with sadness that this year’s Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic, sponsored by the Boca Beacon & participated in community wide, has been canceled. Tennis surely continues to be a safe outlet for many of us, but we can’t quite put an island wide tournament with spectators together during these COVID times. We […]

PROFILE: Scott Cotherman … from the classroom, to the board room, to the golf course …

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Scott Cotherman is a man with a professional past that many could only dream of. He has worn many hats, received many kudos for his accomplishments and has led some of the most impressive corporations in the world to become more successful through his actions. But if you ask him how […]