Thelma Proctor is a Florida girl, born and raised in Osprey. She has built her career around the natural and historical resources of her home state, including her current job at Gasparilla Island State Park It all started at the suggestion of the local Postmistress.
“I needed a job, it was as simple as that,” Thelma explained. “The Postmistress said that there was an opening at the park down the road, Oscar Scherer State Park. She suggested that I apply, so I did.”
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Downsizing tender houses and catwalks in competition for wider shoulders on the future swing bridge were topics of conversation that prevailed at the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority’s engineering committee meeting held on April 18.
The committee recommended approval of the bridge development report presented by Hardesty & Hanover, after lengthy discussion about cost-saving measures and making a few amendments. They also voted to allow the bridge-building company to continue on to the 60 percent phase of the design plan.
Reports that Hank Wright is finished playing golf are highly exaggerated. The good doctor was on the links Friday, April 13 to compete with the “Wright Team” at the Lemon Bay Golf Course in the 20th Annual Hank Wright Golf Tournament.
More than $170,000 was raised for the clinic at the event this year.
Island School fourth grader Karoline Bellamy was the winner of the official tournament t-shirt for the Gasparilla Island Kids Classic Tarpon Tournament. It was announced on Wednesday, April 18 that Karoline’s illustration won her a fishing trip with Capt. Sandy Melvin.
Nick Mostyn won an essay contest, which will allow him and three other friends places on a boat for the tournament. Their captain will be Capt. Waylon Mills aboard the Blaze on May 19 when they compete in the tournament.
Nick, his friends and Capt. Waylon will represent Team Cradle. The Cradle is an 89-year-old child welfare agency in Evanston, Ill. that has facilitated more than 15,000 adoptions.
The Friends of Boca Grande Community Center presents the film of “The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall” on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium.
This special presentation will benefit the youth programs of the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center. A donation of $10 at the door is suggested.
It’s not too late to enter the Whidden’s Back Bay Tournament, which will be held on Sunday, April 22.
On Saturday, April 21 the tournament coordinators will hold a final registration and will pass out of goody buckets at North Village Tiki Bar and Patricks Thai Bistro. Be there at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Rumor has it there might be live entertainment at the venue as well.
The public is welcome.
So far approximately 10 boats have signed up. Coordinators expect to have between 10 and 15 boats by the time the tournament begins.
A Sundown Colony renter reported that his bicycle was stolen from his condo sometime in the early morning hours of April 14.
According to Lee County Sheriff’s reports, the complainant told deputies that the bicycle was leaning up against the stairway to the condo, which is located in the 400 block of Gulf Blvd., when he last saw it. The bike is described as being a black Trek Hybrid bicycle with straight handlebars and a wireless speedometer. It is valued at approximately $800.
Bicycle thefts are on the rise on the island. Deputies are asking residents and visitors to please lock up their bicycles.
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