To the Editor:The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd annual Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament celebrated this year’s booming event, with a field of 42 boats and five total tarpon released. On behalf of the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce the Ladies Day committee would like to thank the community for their generous support. This year there were numerous sponsors that helped to make this event successful.Thank you to Sisters Restaurant, the Boca Beacon, Italiano Insurance, Englewood Glass & Mirror, Barbara Anne’s Jewelry & Repair, All About You Salon & Day Spa, James Griffith Salon, Aqua Boutique, Salty Cracker Charters, Cavana Classic Charters, The Seale Family Inc., Boca Grande Travel, Grande Aire, Safety Harbor, Salt Life, Salt Tales by Angie Mills, Barnichol Hardware, The Temptation Restaurant, Props for the Home, Boca Grande Marina, Hooked on SUP, Englewood Bank & Trust, Meredith Haws Jewelry, The Loose Caboose, Key Agency Inc., Zydeco Grille, Boca Grande Provisioners, Fugate’s, Chatham’s Charters, Boca Grande Travel, Florida Sports Fishing Magazine, Photographic Images LLC by Heide Marie, Fishy Itchy, Hudson’s Grocery, BNT Liquors, Kevin Hyde at Michael Saunders & Company, H&H Canvas, Statewide Pest Management, Island Nails, Palmetto Inn, The BRC Group LLC, 3rd Street Cafe and Dolphin Cove- Pink Pony. Media coverage was provided by the Boca Beacon, Michael Vasher at Go Town Around.com, and Heide Marie Burke at Photographic Imaging LLC. Visit Bocabeacon.com or Enjoyphotos.com to browse or purchase mementos online. Kelly Reark-Borza designed the 2013 Ladies Day logo and the tournament art. Her original art is available for purchase at the Chamber of Commerce and is also available on T-shirts, Tervis Tumblers, and posters. Borza also designed the program in conjunction with the Boca Beacon and served on the committee. We are now accepting art submissions for 2014. You may contact the Chamber of Commerce at (941) 964-0585 for more information. The Chamber of Commerce would also like to recognize the officials for their commitment and expertise: Head Judge Sandy Bylaska, Chad Lach, Sam Steyer, Rich Caccavale, Justin Davis and Dennis Oller. The Ladies Day committee is proud to be a part of an all-release tournament and would like to thank the anglers, the numerous volunteers and the community for their continued support. These elements help make this tournament a time to remember. You may find upcoming information for next year’s tournament on our FaceBook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ladies-Day-Tar pon-Tournament/231206316992318. Thank you all!Melissa Laterza, tournament committee director, Boca Grande
The following letter was sent to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairman Ken Wright on May 8, 2013. This letter is reprinted here with Mr. Grubich’s consent.
To the Editor:
The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce wants your readership to be aware of our position on the Gilchrist Avenue parking issue. Below you will see the letter sent to Commissioner John Manning’s office last month.
To the Editor,
I am about to open a can of worms. Image a fisherman doing that.
I have been following online the controversy regarding tarpon fishing in Boca Grande and the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series.
Since I have often been referred to as the guy “who ruined the fishing in Boca Grande,” and then running off to Costa Rica, I feel I am qualified to weigh in on this matter. Wade Stephenson and I introduced the 12 Fathom Jig to Boca Grande back in 1986. Ownership of the company has changed hands several times as well as the design of the jig.
I believe that all residents here in Boca Grande are much aware of the significance of the INN, an enormous economic engine. I would like to point out that they have minimal frontage on Gilchrist Ave. when compared with the individual residents and so it seems to me that the residents should have a greater impact on the parking issues.
I was surprised to read in your paper last week that the INN was proposing a solution, endorsed by not for profit organizations. Why does the INN gain such a strong voice on this issue? If the INN needs more parking they have a large open lot on the corner of Gasparilla Road and Fifth St; this could easily be converted into a major parking lot and could be walled in and landscaped. Additionally the INN still has other undeveloped land yet to be used.
The parking issue is one that should be resolved by the residents of Gilchrist who continually face the ugly appearance of the parking on the median. Many should recall the awful and dangerous parking issue of the median on Fifth St. which was resolved by the county installing a serious curb around it and thus not allowing any parking!
If we must have parking on the median, let us move ahead with the residents’ plan.
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