Dogs and nesting shorebirds, sea turtles don’t mix

Many kinds of wildlife depend on Florida’s beaches for their survival, including endangered and threatened species. Over 30 species of shorebirds and seabirds use beach habitats for nesting, resting and finding food. Some birds also use the beach during winter or for rest during long migrations.  Sea turtles use Florida’s beaches as nesting sites from […]

Festival furniture event on Gulf Boulevard March 19

The 2022 United Methodist Women’s Strawberry Festival may be over, but the goal of raising money for charity continues with a furniture sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 19 at the home of Jan Myers, 421 Gulf Blvd. Jan’s garage, which serves as a storage area for Strawberry Festival bargain and boutique […]

OBITUARY: Lowell Brockway Dana II

Lowell Brockway Dana II, age 85, passed away Sunday, February 27, 2022 at his home in North Muskegon, Mich. surrounded by his family. He was born in Muskegon, MI on July 12, 1936 to Lowell and Zita Dana (Vos), attended Muskegon Public Schools and graduated from Lake Forest Academy High School in Lake Forest, IL. […]

Climate, catastrophe and faith: Dr. Philip Jenkins to speak at St. Andrew’s March 15

Dr. Phillip Jenkins, a professor of history at Baylor University and considered one of America’s best scholars of religion, will discuss his latest book, “Climate, Catastrophe and Faith,” at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Tuesday, March 15, at 4 p.m.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Remembering a different type of Placida ‘culture’

To the two birds who are now the stewards of Placida, which is an estuary bay of Coral Creek (Caloosa Creek?). Imagine after your bridge card party, you and your mate took off to fly to the tops of 60-foot pine trees that encircled an ethereal small valley of deep ferns (where your babies could fall down safely). Above, another 100 pelicans (pterachtodons?) deafening pelican-Jurassic Park noise all in the pine tree rookery that was, through time, on that point or nearby, where they could fish the Placida shallows.

Last call for Lovelines!

NOW IS THE TIME TO CONFESS YOUR LOVE, WHETHER IT’S RED AS FIRE OR WHITE AS A DOVE;YOUR LAST DAY TO SEND THEM IS FEBRUARY 8, IF YOU KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOU, YOU SHALL NOT BE LATE!Email your lovelines to mshortuse@bocabeacon.com by Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Join in the fun at the Boca Grande 5K walk and run

On Sunday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 a.m. sharp, join us for an island run through historic Boca Grande. Start your run at the Boca Grande Community Center (on the National Register of Historic Places), pass beautiful views of Charlotte Harbor and the famous Gasparilla Inn, go along scenic Gilchrist Avenue (lined with palm trees) and finish on Banyan Street (named for the very large trees that line both sides of the street).

First kids’ fishing tournament of 2022 scheduled for January 22

The first youth fishing tournament of the year, sponsored by the Boca Beacon and Lee County Parks & Rec., will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Boca Grande North Fishing Pier. The tournament is for boys and girls ages 15 and under. Bait will be provided (no lures allowed). All children must be […]

Boca Grande Health Clinic CEO reflects on challenges and blessings of a year of change

By Mark Driscoll, CEO of the Boca Grande Health Clinic As 2021 draws to a close, it seems only appropriate to reflect on the challenging year we have all had! Marked most obviously by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, this year the Boca Grande Health Clinic has seen growth, unparalleled community outreach and a variety of […]