To the Editor:
At the end of every "Gilchristian" meeting last season, Lee County requested that a consensus of islanders' opinions as to parking on Gilchrist be sent to the county commission. It seemed every meeting closed with a debate on just what is a consensus.
BY LIZA STROUT - The trip started at 9:45 a.m. sharp(ish) at the Pink Docks on Fifth Street, when the Katara, owned by Boca Boats and operated by Capt. Scott Sails and Kathleen Wolcott, picked up a dozen descendants of Francis Vickers Coleman Johnson.
Doris Kasnias, 91, the matriarch of the group who now lives in northern Florida, made a pilgrimage to her childhood haunts on Saturday, Aug. 17 accompanied by her nieces, nephews, children and their spouses. From Cayo Costa to Useppa to Cabbage Key, then back to Gasparilla Island, Doris and her extended family took a trip through time and down memory lane.
BY NIKKI HEIMANN - Boca Grande teen Taylor Heimann has completed Marine Corps basic training.
After enduring 13 weeks of the most physically grueling and mentally challenging military standards our country has to offer, Pfc. Heimann was honored to guide November Company onto the parade deck of Parris Island military base for its graduation ceremony at Parris Island, S.C.
The following letter was written to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commissioners on Aug. 14 by Tweed Roosevelt, great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt; chairman of Roosevelt China Investments; and president of the board of trustees of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. He is very familiar with Boca Grande fishing and the island and gave his approval for the Beacon to run this letter.
I understand that you are considering various alternatives for regulating the Boca Grande Jig. I know a little about the controversy but not in depth. Others who are far more knowledgeable will address the specific issues relating to this. My purpose is to provide some context for making the decision as to what is best for all parties concerned based on my great-grandfather Theodore Roosevelt's leadership applicable to situations such as this.
Early this summer, our firm was contacted by a Boca Grande resident to conduct a poll to ascertain the opinions of local residents about the use of the Gilchrist Parkway. Although the future will be decided by the county DOT, law department and primarily our county commissioners, the client believes that all residents should weigh in on the issue.
Various commercial and not-for-profit organizations have maintained that they know what is best for all islanders; however, until a scientific survey is completed, there is no data showing how all stakeholders feel.
The survey also is an attempt to broaden the scope of discussion to include islanders' views on preservation, private use of green space and a host of other issues. Neither our client nor our firm has any control over who was included by the pollster as part of the survey.
Unlike some who would like to silence diverse opinion, we encourage all residents selected as part of the poll to answer questions that interest them so that their opinions will be recorded.
We appreciate your interest in this important issue.
John HeagneyJohn Heagney Public RelationsHoliday, Fla.(Representative of GIFT - Guarantee the Island's Future Today)
Construction of the fixed bridges is progressing nicely. The new center bridge opened to traffic on August 1, 2013, and the view is spectacular. Please remember – the entire area still remains a construction zone which means the speed limit in the area remains at 15 mph.
At approximately 6:30 this morning the Boca Grande Fire Department responded to a house fire at 311 Pilot Point in Boca Bay, the Talbot home.
After arriving onscene at 6:41 a.m. firefighters found a fully involved home. The home next door at 315 Pilot Point was also damaged.
Englewood Fire was called upon for mutual aid in the incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The state fire marshall was onscene by 9:30 a.m.
It is believed that no one occupied the residences at the time of the fire.
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