BY LIZA STROUT - When Rich Harsh visited Charlotte Harbor with his wife Janeen, they knew that they had found their new home.
“I’ve always been a water junkie,” laughed Rich. “My grandfather took me fishing as far back as I can remember. It’s in my blood. I wanted to live on the water and get into the professional fishing industry.”
The couple sold their house in Michigan, packed up their belongings and family and restarted their lives in Englewood two years ago.
“We knew that we wanted to do it, and we decided that we should do it sooner rather than later,” Rich said. “We wanted to do it while we could enjoy it, because you never know what the future holds.”
There are even more changes to the bocabeacon.com site now, including more photo-viewing opportunities and online subscriptions.
What you won’t see, however, are many of the full stories that you’re used to. Unless you’re a subscriber, of course.
Our new photo-hosting program, SmugMug, is up and running. Most of the 2012 tarpon tournament action is on there, as well as some general photos of random things.
BY LIZA STROUT - For the people of Gasparilla Island, Tropical Storm Debby was more a series of inconveniences than a major event. Streets were flooded, pipes backed up and the sun was not seen for days.
For the animals that make their home on the island’s beaches, though, it was devastating.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Tropical Storm Debby was our first wake-up call of 2012’s hurricane season, and it was a long, wet reckoning. While little damage was reported, flooding up to thresholds had many residents very nervous at high tide.
Hurricane hang tags need to be redone this year, and business picked up a bit this week at the Boca Grande Fire Department with more and more people remembering to get them.
People are counting down the hours and minutes until the 4th Annual Boca Grande Kid’s Reunion 4.0, which will be held on Saturday, June 30, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at PJ’s Seagrille.
On the group’s Facebook page, there is already a flux of activity, as Boca’s native sons and daughters try to find out who is coming, and who is not.
The 2012 BoMo Tournament, a tarpon tournament specifically for island children, will be held on Sunday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
If you’re a boy or girl who lives on the island and want to fish the tournament, Call Melissa at (941) 979-2676. Last year’s first-place winner was Andrew Sanger.
When the old south bridge of the Boca Grande Causeway came down earlier this week, workers were amazed at just how tenuous a situation had developed there. Cars and trucks had been driving over a disaster just waiting to happen.
The pilings that supported the bridge had definitely scoured. One of them was secured by less than four feet of sand.
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