BY JACK SHORT - Science blended with art. It’s a passion for Charlie Barr, a retired architect from Illinois who now lives on the island. He has created a whole new world for himself, combining working with shells and marine life.
BY LIZA STROUT - At an emergency meeting on April 19, it was announced that Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority Executive Director James Cooper had resigned on Wednesday, April 17. The resignation was effective immediately, citing "personal reasons."
Fourteen-year GIBA veteran and Accounting Manager Kathy Banson-Verrico was voted unanimously by the board to fill the post of interim director. See Friday's Beacon for more details.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - A mis-scheduled SCUBA class might be one of the best things that ever happened to Gary Allen.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Several Boca Grande fishermen and environmental spokespeople from Boca Grande came together in Tallahassee on Wednesday, April 17 to hear an announcement that gave them hope: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission unanimously voted to move forward with a proposal to make tarpon catch-and-release only.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - For the last 40 years, a kindly smile and twinkling eyes have met with patient, after patient, after patient on the island. Dr. Henry Livingston Wright has been a huge part of the heart and soul behind the Boca Grande Health Clinic, and he is now the subject of a new book, to be released in September.
BY LIZA STROUT - When Lt. Jeff Corkhill received a report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Friday, April 12 that there had been a boating accident in the shallow water of Bull Bay, he sprang into action.
Governor Rick Scott has declared Saturday, April 20, 2013, to be Florida Lighthouse Day. The Historic Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum will be celebrating the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with arts, crafts and activities for kids, gifts, cake and drinks for everyone.
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