On Sunday, Sept. 1, tarpon and bonefish became exclusively catch and release in the state of Florida, after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved these new measures at its June 12 meeting in Lakeland.
BY JACK SHORT - Grace Ott has narrowed her focus a little, but the spirit of volunteerism, advocacy and caring for others remains at the heart of what she does. From building a community sports field to organizing fundraising efforts for the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, to volunteering for the Caregivers group and more, she has kept her focus on advocacy and positive contributions to her community in her work and her personal life.
Nelson Anthony Italiano, founder of Italiano Insurance Inc., passed away early Thursday morning, Sept. 12, 2013, surrounded by family in Tampa.
To the Editor:
Now that the FWC has voted unanimously 7 to 0 to ban the snagging of Tarpon in Boca Grande Pass, there are some people I wish to thank publicly, without whom none of this would have happened.
John Heagney says in the Aug. 23, 2013 edition of the Boca Beacon, “Unlike some who would like to silence diverse opinion, we encourage all residents selected as part of the poll to answer questions and address them so that their opinions will be recorded.”
BY JACK SHORT - And the Gilchrist debate rages on ... even in the summertime. Though it wasn't on the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board's meeting agenda, the fate of the Gilchrist median once again dominated the proceedings on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Lee County's thoughts on Gilchrist Avenue parking have been recently clarified in a letter to Mary Gibbs, Lee County's director of community development, from Assistant County Attorney John Fredyma.
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