It’s easy to forget property lines when you’re spending time on a boat, and one of the joys of having one is that you can simply “be” where you are at the moment. What happens, though, if you drop anchor and are told that it’s private property?
An ongoing dispute as to whether or not the bottom lands of the Boca Grande Bayou across from the Pink Elephant are private or public use has come to light again. The waterway is popular with boaters, and many come to drop anchor, spend a night or two in a sheltered place and have close proximity to the island.
The Wyoming representative who was arrested on charges of abusing a disabled adult at the Gasparilla Inn Beach Club on November 23 will not be convicted of the crime.
In fact, charges were never even filed by the State Attorney’s office.
Island churches have announced services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
It was a winter recital to remember at The Island School on Friday, Dec. 9. Music teacher Diana Donlon had the kids show their parents how they warmed up their voices, their minds and their bodies with a little yoga (top left). The little ones also did the “Round and Round” dance (top right).
Charlotte Chatham, one of the school’s youngest students, showed she had some of the biggest talent (top left). Theresa Caccavale’s kindergarten class sang “Up on the Housetop” (top right).
The kids in the fourth and fifth grade classes really got into “Jingle Bell Rock."
Photos by Marcy
Here in Boca Grande, we are experiencing what we refer to as the calm before the Christmas and New Year’s “storm.” Historically, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is a bustling time for the island.
The Inn is at full capacity, island shops are filled with great merchandise, restaurants are rocking, the bike path is filled with young athletic types, and everyone has some extended family members or friends visiting from out of town.
All in all, it’s a great time of the year! But until it arrives, enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the island, shop and dine locally and get plenty of rest, you’re gonna need it!
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