The first reports trickled in late last year. An odd insect had been spotted on the north end of the island, near Peekins Cove.
Then, cars downtown started showing the sticky signs of an advance, though at the time no one knew what the little spots on their cars were.
Recently, a call came in from the Gasparilla Inn, and the invasion was confirmed.
The Rev. C. Read Heydt is retiring from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church after serving nearly seven years as parish rector. He will be the preacher and celebrant on his final Sunday, July 29th, at 9:30 a.m. Fr. Heydt will turn 75 in August.
While summer attendance is greatly reduced from seasonal highs, some parishioners are planning to fly down to Boca Grande for the occasion ... including members of Vestry, and old friends. A bagpiper, Gary Reinstrom from Sarasota, will add to the festivities.
It always comes down to the money. In this case, it is the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority’s hope that a potential new funding source will relieve the need for any toll increases beyond the one already scheduled for October.
It was a busy day for the GIBA board. From a 9 a.m. Engineering Committee meeting to a 4 p.m. executive session, with a special board meeting sandwiched in between at 2 p.m., it was a day full of updates and information for the board and members of the public who attended.
Noah Agles has a long history of concern for the environment.
“I first became interested in the environment when I was five years old,” said Agles. “I have always wanted to protect and preserve it. I learned about reusing, reducing and recycling when I was four. I have done all three since.”
BY NOAH AGLES -
Electric vehicles are good for the environment. People should know about the benefits of driving green, which will help us in the long run. I am an environmentalist and care very much about our ecosystem. Planet Earth is more sensitive than you would think. It reacts in different ways depending on what we do to it. Electric cars run on electricity and are CO2 free. They do not use fossil fuels, which hurt our environment, both land and sea. Gas powered cars run on an engine, and pollute everywhere they go. That is a huge comparison.
To the Editor:
Lately, it has been rare that our small family is together. With three in Florida, and two of us in Pennsylvania, we do not get much quality time. In early June my twin sister, Brittany, and I came down for our younger sister, Pam’s, high school graduation. The family was finally all together. With only one free night in Boca Grande, Papa Lew decided to call Capt. David Chatham to take us on a tarpon charter.
Capt. Dave had his work cut out for him as we boarded the Jill Marie. Papa Lew was the only pas- senger who had fished for tarpon before. Pam and I were up first for our tarpon lesson. Our first mate, Paul Wagenseil, showed us both how to use the equipment and baited our lines.
BY MELISSA LATERZA -
Living in a big city couldn’t hinder Keri Saeger’s love for nature and the outdoors.
“It’s not Philadelphia and it’s not New York. My hometown in Allentown, Pennsylvania is kind of in-between,” said Keri, owner of Sea Squirts, a children’s store in Boca Grande. “It’s a fairly large city, the third largest city in Pennsylvania. “We lived in the suburbs surrounded by woodland,” she continued. “We had a pool, so we either swam or made something up in the woods. I played outside a lot, went to summer camp and vacation bible school as a kid.
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