To the Editor,We would like to thank everyone who participated in providing supplies and funding for sending Christmas boxes to our troops in Afghanistan. We shipped the packages last week and they should arrive in time for Christmas.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE -
The other day a couple, Ken and Pat Birt, stopped by the Boca Beacon office with a copy of their new book about Useppa Island. When they asked if we would be interested in possibly running a story or promoting it, I was immediately drawn to the book.
Many island residents have spent time on Useppa, considering a boat trip there is only about 20 minutes. Pat Birt has been involved with the development of Useppa for more than a decade. She started as the administrative assistant to the developer of the island, and has now co-authored this book with her husband, Ken.
Boca Grande is the historical birthplace of the tarpon fishery, the center of tarpon reproduction, and a way-station for tarpon that make up the fishery for much of the region. The modern-day recreational fishery for tarpon stretches from Chesapeake Bay, throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and through the Caribbean – a fishery worth billions of dollars a year.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - I’ll bet you weren’t prepared for another tarpon column in the end of November, but it’s time again for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to meet on December 5 and 6, this time in Apalachicola, and one of the items on the agenda is to talk again about whether tarpon should be considered a sport fish.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Some days, it really pays to go to work. Like a day when you pick up the phone to find Jack Damioli on the other end saying, “We’d like the Beacon staff to sample our new bakery menu ...
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