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FP&L announces port land now for sale Friday, 18 April 2014 14:21 BY MARCY SHORTUSE - How much does a relatively pristine parcel of land at the southern tip of Gasparilla Island go for these days? According to Florida Power and Light, about $20 million. That’s the price tag FP&L put on the land where the old fuel tanks used to stand. Discussions between the GICIA and FP&L began in late March. The power company honored their handshake agreement with the GICIA made years ago, when FP&L said if and when the land would be put up for sale they would give them “first dibs.” Read the Full Story
GIKC to add LBC to their charity list Friday, 18 April 2014 14:19 BY JACK SHORT - The youth tarpon tournament known as the Gasparilla Island Kids Classic announced that it will expand it’s list of charities. The upcoming tournament, on May 17, will be the fourth. It had previously split its donations between Moffit Cancer Center's Families First program and a musical therapy program for seriously ill kids at All Children’s Hospital. Read the Full Story
Local lfishermen save lives in rip tide incident in the Pass Friday, 18 April 2014 14:16 BY MARCY SHORTUSE - It was a classic case of why not to swim in Boca Grande Pass recently, as the rescue of one boy almost turned into the demise of six people. On Sunday, April 13 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Dick Bania and his family were visiting the beach at the south end. Dick is a resident of Boca Vista Harbor, and was enjoying the day with his son, John, of Whitefish Bay, Wis. and his daughter, Melissa, of Venice, Calif. Read the Full Story
Local surfer and her FAU team strong competitors at several venues this year Friday, 18 April 2014 13:46 BY NIKKI HEIMANN & MILA WYMAN - The 2013/2014 Florida Atlantic University surf team members include Boca Grande resident Mila Wyman, Melanie Gannon, Jacob Rose, William Warren, Anthony Cox, Peter Kirn, Austin Chachko, and Jake Snydor. All eight of these talented young surfers are also hardworking students, who continue to maintain a solid grade point average while balancing work and daily life. The team travels to New Smyrna Beach once a month to participate in competitions held by the National Scholastic Surfing Association, a non-profit organization. The FAU Owls compete against other well-known Florida institutions such as UCF, UNF, FSU, UF, USF, FIT, Flagler, and more. Read the Full Story
Profile: Lona Kissinger Friday, 18 April 2014 13:40 BY JACK SHORT - In a small apartment on the second floor of the old railway building, you can find Las Pintoras, “The Painters,” working away in the quiet, but bright and open studios, sometimes to classical music and sometimes to silence. It is a small group of eight women, all artists, many of whom have found art after long careers in varied sectors, from law to healthcare, to homemaking. They are all exhibiting members of the Boca Grande Art Alliance, and some, like Lona Kissinger, are board members as well. Lona is also president of the Guild of Chatham Painters and is involved with the Creative Arts Center (similar to the BGAA) on Cape Cod, where she and her husband, John, spend their summers. She said she now spends time every day, at least for a few hours but often quite a bit more, painting. She wasn't always able to, though. She spent a great deal of time helping raise a family of four children – and now she has 16 grandchildren – and earning several degrees over the course of her career in nursing and healthcare administration. Read the Full Story
The last auction item is ... wow Friday, 11 April 2014 13:33 BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Boca Grande has seen its share of amazing charity auction items and raffle prizes, but last week we had one that quite possibly took the cake. One item in the Boca Grande Health Clinic Hank Wright Auction went for $165,000 ... and the prize was pretty spectacular. Not too long before the auction took place Mary Anne Hastings, executive director of the Health Clinic Foundation, found out that August Busch would be donating use of his private plane in regard to an auction item. To read more of this story, pick up a Boca Beacon on newsstands today or click here to visit the Boca Beacon online, where you can subscribe to our print or e-edition. Take the Beacon anywhere with our new apps, available for Apple and Android. Read the Full Story
Special Republican primary, April 22: Meet the candidates Friday, 11 April 2014 13:30 BY JACK SHORT - Special elections to decide who will replace former Representative Trey Radel in the United States House will take place in April and June on the 22 and the 24, respectively. The first date is a special primary election to decide which republican candidate will run. The second will determine the race. Candidates in the special primary election are state Senator and majority leader Lizbeth Benacquisto; Curt Clawson, chief operating officer of American National Can; Michael Dreikorn, founder of IPL Group, LLC, a consulting and engineering firm in Lee County; and Paige Kreegel, who represented district 72 in the state House from 2004 to 2012. To read more of this story, pick up a Boca Beacon on newsstands today or click here to visit the Boca Beacon online, where you can subscribe to our print or e-edition. Take the Beacon anywhere with our new apps, available for Apple and Android. Read the Full Story
Too close for comfort for swimmer in Boca Grande Pass Friday, 11 April 2014 13:28 BY JACK SHORT - An incident on Sunday, March 30, during which a man had to be rescued from the Boca Grande Pass by a local skimboarder after drifting south along the beach into the channel, warrants another reminder about swimming safety – particularly in that area. Boca Grande Area Fire Department Chief C.W. Blosser said that there have been at least three drownings in or near the pass in the last three  to four years. “The water in that area is extremely dangerous,” he explained. “The current is very strong, and people do not realize how dangerous it is.”   To read more of this story, pick up a Boca Beacon on newsstands today or click here to visit the Boca Beacon online, where you can subscribe to our print or e-edition. Take the Beacon anywhere with our new apps, available for Apple and Android. Read the Full Story
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BY MARCY SHORTUSE - How much does a relatively pristine parcel of land at the southern tip of Gasparilla Island go for these days?

According to Florida Power and Light, about $20 million. That’s the price tag FP&L put on the land where the old fuel tanks used to stand. Discussions between the GICIA and FP&L began in late March. The power company honored their handshake agreement with the GICIA made years ago, when FP&L said if and when the land would be put up for sale they would give them “first dibs.”


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BY JACK SHORT - The youth tarpon tournament known as the Gasparilla Island Kids Classic announced that it will expand it’s list of charities.

The upcoming tournament, on May 17, will be the fourth. It had previously split its donations between Moffit Cancer Center's Families First program and a musical therapy program for seriously ill kids at All Children’s Hospital.


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Read more...BY MARCY SHORTUSE - It was a classic case of why not to swim in Boca Grande Pass recently, as the rescue of one boy almost turned into the demise of six people.

On Sunday, April 13 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Dick Bania and his family were visiting the beach at the south end. Dick is a resident of Boca Vista Harbor, and was enjoying the day with his son, John, of Whitefish Bay, Wis. and his daughter, Melissa, of Venice, Calif.


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“Imagine if Easter would last forever.

You'd eat candy and chocolate everyday.
And have Easter hunts, and be very clever
about where to hide your Easter prey.”


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Read more...Holy Week started on Palm Sunday, April 13. Here is the rest of the week’s schedule for local churches:

Stations of the Cross for all island churches will begin at noon on Good Friday, April 18, at Our Lady of Mercy Church on Park Avenue.

Sunrise Service for all island churches will begin at 6:45 a.m. at the beach in front of the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse.

St. Andrew’s schedule is as follows:


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