The following letter was sent to Lee County Commissioner John Manning by Boca Grande resident Ed Cruz, in response to the county’s parking proposal on Gilchrist Avenue. For that complete proposal story, see the October 15 edition of the Gasparilla Gazette. This is reprinted here with Mr. Cruz’s permission.
Dear Commissioner Manning,
I am writing to express my thanks to you and your professional staff for the effort you all have put into developing the parking plan for Gilchrist Avenue. We all realize this has been a contentious issue in our community with the question being to what extent, if any, the historic median could or should be used to accommodate the parking requirements of Boca Grande. Also, for the sake of transparency, I am copying community participants who have expressed opinions, pro and con, on this issue.
Your DOT decision to ignore the Community Plan for parking on Gilchrist Avenue is simply astounding to me, my husband and so many other Boca long-time residents! Are you not obligated to consider favorably the MAJORITY of residents' opinions and suggestions as our voted-in, FL government Commissioners!? The lengthy discussions over this matter have been conclusive in that the overwhelming number of homeowners, churches and tradesfolks and alsoThe Gasparilla Inn, this latter one's decisions being especially important to our community's prosperity, charm and continued well being.
Are you also aware that the Churches on Gilchrist have been there over 100 years.
Please reconsider your unpopular plan. We, the inhabitants of Boca Grande, are the ones that live there after all!
Thank you, good men, for a possible change of your minds regarding this matter.
Helen FraserDick FraserBoca Grande
To the Editor: The passing of catch and release status for tarpon statewide was a quantum leap for the future protection of our tarpon population. The 7 to 0 vote by the FWC involving the gear restriction proposal is gratifying beyond words. The adoption of the new definition outlining what constitutes intentional snagging of tarpon leaves no questions unanswered to unscrupulous anglers who will attempt to bypass the process of enticing a tarpon to strike “any” lure or bait.
To the Editor:
I was saddened to hear about the passing of an important island resident, Mrs. Margaret Fugate.
To the Editor
On August 17, we joined Grande Tours in Placida for a two-hour guided kayak tour.
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