First Class Petty Officer Elizabeth A. Reid, USCG, and Gunnery Sergeant Curt Lee Ratliff, USMC, met in 2008 while Elizabeth was stationed at Atlantic Beach, N.C. Sector North Carolina in Electronics Support Detachment at Ft. Macon. Curt was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Marine Air Control Squadron.
They both bought homes next door to each other. As neighbors, Liz thought it was easier to cook for two rather than one so they became fast friends, and she cooked for him almost every night. In 2011 they were both transferred to Virginia Beach. Elizabeth is currently stationed in Finance Center, Chesapeake, Va. and Curt is with the U.S. Marine Corps Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group in Virginia Beach, Va.
The two came to visit Liz's mom and dad, Peg and Dan Reid (Peg works at Parsley-Baldwin Realty on the island and Dan works at Gasparilla Marina). On Friday, Dec. 23 all four of them went for a picnic on the beach, and went out to the point by the lighthouse. Curt put on a little music and they started to dance. The next thing Elizabeth knew, he got down on one knee and the rest is history. He gave her a beautiful Vera Wang ring.
No date is set yet, as they plan to enjoy their engagement for a while.
Elizabeth’s sister Katie is also getting married this February 3. According to mom Peg, “ ... it’s gonna be a busy year.”
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Walker Bush never questioned what he was going to do when he grew up. As a child growing up in Alexandria, Va. his whole life focused around sports. If it had anything to do with a ball, he played it.
But being a professional athlete is the stuff that pipe dreams are made of, and as Walker progressed through college he realized he might need a “Plan B” to back him up.
As he sat on his parents’ porch in Boca Grande, he looked just like the laid-back kid he had described himself as being his whole life.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE
A new year is upon us. At the opening of 2012 I would like to wax philosophical about something that is near and dear to my heart. It struck me as I pondered what to write about in this small space that is left over in the editorial section. Should I broach the subject of world peace? Famous visitors to the island? The near-certain, impending doom we face in October of this new year?
These things are all pretty important, but they pale in comparison to the pressing issue I feel I must address.
The Gasparilla Island Water Association’s annual membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Boca Grande Community Center.
As approved by GIWA’s membership at the last annual meeting, we began charging in April of 2011 the $12 monthly assessment to fund relocating our water and sewer mains when the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority constructs new bridges on the causeway.
We have already accumulated $195,000, with an additional $24,575 added to the fund each month.
It may be 85 degrees out, but Boca Grande residents and visitors know how to celebrate the holidays in a big way. We wanted to give you a taste of what we get to see every night around the island, in case you're far away in the snow and the cold. Happy, Happy Holidays!
The Sligar snowflakes on Gilchrist Ave.
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