LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Taste’ committee presents 2020 financials

To the Editor: The committee of the “Taste of Boca Grande” is presenting the following report regarding our financial results for 2020. Over the past 18 years we have made $610, 650 to present to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Amazingly, the Food Bank is able to buy $8 worth of food for every $1 […]

Beach Ball Rolls in to Benefit Boca Grande Preschool Beach Ball rolls in to benefit Boca Grande Preschool

STAFF REPORT – The Boca Grande Preschool will hold a “Beach Ball” fundraiser for the school on Monday, March 2 at The Gasparilla Inn Beach Club, in the hope that the community will realize the island’s littlest learners are quite a worthy cause. “A year ago, we announced a new name and identity,” said Angela […]

They call him ‘Dumplin’: Captain reminisces on the original Boca Grande

BY OLIVIA CAMERON – The Naples Sailing and Yacht Club visited the island to hear a special guest speaker, and they may have gotten more than they bargained for. “Captain Dumplin’ ” gave an inside look at being a Boca “Bad Boy” before the Causeway was in existence. Whether on land or sea, everybody around here […]

A Promenade compromise has been reached! ‘Stonehenge’ has been moved to allow safe passage

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – In an act of good faith and a love of our island community, the owners of the property located on the Promenade at 3rd Street and the beach have moved the rock structure that was blocking the historic walking path. Doug and Carolyn Comrie’s representative told the Boca Beacon that they were […]

PROFILE: ‘Taste’ Chefs, Part II

This week’s profile may seem a bit confusing on first perusal, but there is a method to our madness. We want to introduce you to the chefs behind “The Taste of Boca Grande,” a few at a time, in the weeks leading up to the event on February 3 at the Boca Bay Pass Club. […]

In response to an earlier letter

To the Editor: Responding to the article the “Gift: published 12-20-19. God’s “Gift of Grace is revealed in the bible in John 3:16 and Ephesians 2:8 & 9 which states – For it is by Grace you have been saved through faith – and this is not of yourselves, it is the Gift of God […]

Join in the fun at the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse lighting

■ STAFF REPORT Join the Barrier Island Parks Society at the annual lighting of the Lighthouse on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. for an evening of holiday festivities at the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum. The Lighthouse is located inside the Gasparilla Island State Park on the southern tip of Gasparilla Island, 880 […]

Obituary: Janet M. Thibodeau

Janet M. Thibodeau, 83, wife of Gerald Thibodeau, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, a the Sussman House in Rockport. Born in Camden, July 17, 1936, she attended Camden Schools. On July 3, 1954 she married Gerald Thibodeau. Together they raised six children and were married 65 years. Janet was a great cook and […]

Another terrific World’s Richest event has come and gone, thanks to the help of many

To the Editor: The 37th annual World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament was filled with Grande traditions, exciting tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass, expert captains, mates and anglers, generous sponsors, incredible judges, talented artists, hardworking volunteers and the love and spirit of the Boca Grande Community. The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce was honored to […]


Anglers asked to please stow their gear, secure their vessels in light of large number of marine thefts in our area ■ STAFF REPORT Because of recent thefts of fishing tackle around the island, both the Charlotte and Lee County Sheriff’s Offices are asking anglers and captains to make sure they remove gear from their […]