Above are one of the pictures from Jack Scott's memorial service, taken by his Boca Buddies on the beach at Sea Oats on January 5, 2012.
According to many within the Boca Buddies family, Jack was the main person who brought together this group of friends, which includes over 20 couples from 16 states. This group has always been inclusive, not exclusive, and each year they welcome new friends. Through the years they have bonded, and many have traveled across the country to celebrate weddings and birthdays. In 2011 some members of the group gathered in Princeton, Il. to honor Jack, who passed away several weeks after leaving Boca Grande.
Jack has always been our main organizer and cheerleader. Jack and his wife Nancy, who passed away several years ago, had been coming to Boca Grande for well over 20 years. How many of us have been friends for that long. - Ann Howard
We love you and miss you, Jack. You were one in a million. - From your northern Illinois buddy, Marcy, and from Karen.
BY LIZA STROUT - Asanas. Pranayama. Savasamas. You don’t need to know the definitions of these Sanskrit words that are associated with yoga to enjoy the benefits of the ancient art.
Patty Seidensticker is a long-time practitioner and newly-minted instructor of yoga, who came to the practice of yoga as a warm-up routine to use before she hit the slopes to go skiing or hiking in the mountains of Colorado. She is also a life coach and business owner.
BY L. JENKINS - I would like to thank The Friends of Boca Grande for hosting the Film Forum at the Boca Grande Community Center on January 20 that discussed the public education system.
The 2010 film, Waiting For Superman, and the 2011 film, American Teacher, were truly "something worth talking about."
To the Editor: This letter is a thank you to everyone who helped make the Friends of Boca Grande Community Picnic a great success on January 21.
First we thank our sponsors, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Tim Dumas, for helping fund the event. Thank you Lee County Parks and Recreation for providing the tent, and to the Gasparilla Inn & Club for 200 chairs to go under the tent.
To the Editor: Please consider the following open letter I recently sent to all members of the bridge authority.
My wife and I recently made Boca Grande our permanent residence. As such, we will be using the bridge almost daily. Therefore, we have taken a more active role in following the progress of the new bridge plans.
We would prefer that the toll structure of the bridge remain as it is and pay our fair share of the cost for the bridge construction through a millage increase. I understand it would be in the range of 1 mill. I am sure you folks are receiving many suggestions and they most certainly span many alternatives. The reasons for our decision are highlighted below:
1) The use of a millage increase is deductible on our Federal 1040 taxes. This indirectly forces the federal government to partially fund the bridge re-construction. This is one of the few ways that islanders can ever expect a federal subsidy for our bridge.2) The bridge is used daily by many employees and workers on the island. These are the folks that can afford a bridge toll increase the least.3) We feel that an increase in the toll will result in decreased usage of the bridge which is the start of a downward spiral for bridge revenues.4) It will be embarrassing to invite off-island guests to our home when they have to pay an excessive toll just to keep island real estate taxes in check.
Thank you for considering our suggestions in your future decisions. Gerry Getman Boca Grande
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