ON THIS DATE IN THE BOCA BEACON
FIVE YEARS AGO
The animals were getting blessed, Royal Palm Players were putting on “The Boca Girls” and everyone was preparing for the Taste of Boca Grande.
TEN YEARS AGO
Elvis played to a packed Boca Grande house (it was really Dwight Icenhower). Island son Jarrett Bottjer paints that giant tarpon on the post office floor.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
A crackdown on live-aboards in the Bayou was coming. The giant pile of dirt they called “Mount 7th Street” flunked the soil test.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
Tori Kittredge, Lynda Lancaster and Lucy Gaudioso were finishing up an artwork extravaganza at South Beach.
Local bars were trying to cope with the new “no smoking” regulation. It was hard.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
The Boca Grande Woman’s Club celebrated its 50th birthday and Lee County Commissioners set up a town hall meeting on the island regarding public right-of-ways.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
A circuit judge ruled that Charlotte County would have “permanent regulatory authority” over the causeway. Lee County commissioners approved a plan to allow golf carts on downtown streets.
FORTY YEARS AGO
Smart Studio opened in a new location – just south of The Temp on Park Avenue. Southwest Florida senators were looking to sponsor legislation to grant the Department of Natural Resources more land, including land on Cayo Costa, Charlotte Harbor State Preserve and more.