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
BY LEW HASTINGS - At the time of this writing the partial government shutdown entered its 13th day. While this is not the longest of the 18 times the government shut down since 1976, we are getting close.
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.
Visitors to The Gasparilla Inn & Club were welcomed by pirate Jose Gaspar Wednesday evening as they entered to celebrate and enjoy The Inn’s annual open house and centennial celebration. There were fireworks, the food and beverages flowed, and the company was fabulous.
BY JACK SHORT - The Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board met on Wednesday, Oct. 9 to give its stamp to several projects, review changes to the Historic Preservation Element of the Lee County Comprehensive Plan, and had a mercifully brief discussion about matters pertaining to Gilchrist Avenue parking.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Attention all island kids: The Boca Bunch is back this year, with Coach D.J. Keisling at the wheel. Their first planned activity is on Saturday, Oct. 19, when they will head to Busch Gardens in Tampa for the 2013 “Howl-o-Scream” event.
This is part one in a two-part series concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. See the October 18 Boca Beacon for part two.
BY JACK SHORT - The Boca Grande Caregivers Group presented their monthly discussion Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center. This month’s topic was an overview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, appropriately held on the day the act went into effect and on which the insurance exchange in Florida went live.
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