BY MARY ANNE HASTINGS - Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. - Chinese proverb
I was surprised at the overwhelming positive response when I first suggested the idea of bringing a team of children from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home (FUMCH) to fish in the Gasparilla Island Kids Classic Tarpon Tournament, to our Mission Committee and Pastor Brian Brightly at the Boca Grande United Methodist Church (BGUMC) back in January. Our church supports the home through monetary donations and other gifts but I wanted to do something a little different and offer some of the kids a taste of our island.
On June 11 through 13 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will meet in Lakeland to discuss several important issues that will affect fishing for tarpon in waters surrounding Boca Grande.
BY JOHN HEAGNEY - While compromise and cooperation are two inarguable cornerstones of effective governance, communication and caution play equally essential roles if public officials are to address the needs of the community at large.
CONTRIBUTION FROM THE BOCA BAY PASS CLUB - As most Pass Club members are aware, the Boca Bay Pass Club board of directors has been working during the past three months to protect the Pass Club and surrounding properties from being damaged by a tropical storm or hurricane.
The possibilities for taking advantage of the upcoming license-free freshwater fishing day, Saturday, April 6, in Florida are almost endless. That’s because people of all ages can cast their lines into three million acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs and 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals.
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