BY LIZA STROUT - Julia Campo Kelley is a fifth generation Florida native on her father’s side. “On my mom’s side, I’m second generation,” she admitted sheepishly.
Her mother was a high school math teacher, and her father owned a company that ran underground utilities, prepared subdivisions for roads and put in sidewalks for communities.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call late Tuesday night from an island resident. Mr. Gerald Weir called to report that a black lockbox, which contained a gold and diamond ring, a high school ring, cash and several important documents, was missing from his home on Pilot St.
The lockbox was kept in the top drawer of a night stand, and when Mr. Weir went to retrieve it, it was missing. He had last seen it the evening before.
Nothing else in the residence was disturbed.
Vacationers renting the upper level of the home reported that they had not seen or heard anything unusual that day.
BY LIZA STROUT - This weekend, August 3 through August 5, will be the annual sales tax holiday on clothing and school supplies.
Any clothing item, including footwear and many accessories, that are priced below $75 will be tax-free for the weekend.
School supplies, including backpacks, calculators and lunch boxes priced under $15 will be exempt from sales tax as well.
This is only a partial listing of items that are exempt, to see a complete list visit myflorida.com/dor.
Stores on Gasparilla Island will be participating in the holiday, so if there is something you have been thinking about buying, this would be a good weekend to go shopping!
The stacks stand empty, the Children’s Library echoes and the doors are locked. Johann Fust Community Library is ready for work to begin.
But first, a small sale. Many of the fixtures of the library will not be reused, and they are being offered to the public for reasonable donations.
BY LIZA STROUT - The latest numbers from the Coastal Wildlife Club, which monitors sea turtle nesting activity on local beaches, show that this year’s crop of baby turtles is still on pace to finish well ahead of last year’s numbers.
On Gasparilla Island, there are 373 known nests so far this year, compared to 311 for all of 2011.
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