About 60 island property owners recently called on our bridge authority to break a promise we, as a community, made to the state in 1995 and once again in 2000.
Who is responsible for operating, maintaining and replacing Boca Grande’s bridges and causeway? Based on that promise, we are. In 2000, the Florida Legislature passed an act re-creating the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority it had originally established in 1995. Most of the statute's language is technical. Not what you’d consider bedtime reading. But the rest is easy to comprehend for anyone interested in taking the time to understand what we told the Legislature we would do back in 1995 and again five years later.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - After the April 25 meeting of the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority, I had some questions about where the bond issue would be going if the tax referendum didn’t pass. I spoke with some of the GIBA board members, and I wanted to share with you what information I gleaned from them.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Ax is a harsh word. Maybe it gets people’s attention in a negative way. Was it appropriate in last week’s headline? That depends on who you talk to.
The streets are full of golf carts with canine backseat drivers, the sidewalks are filled with all ages of snowbirds and, once again, it is Christmas time in Boca. It’s a time that isn’t quite season, but the group of us that are here year-round, or who come religiously to experience an island Christmas, know that there’s a feeling like no other time of year.
I call for immediate and substantive Professional Tarpon Tournament Series rule changes, or else for the immediate termination of the entire series.
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