The following was written by young Boca Grande visitor Belle O’Keefe.
Boca Grande is a small island in Florida, with a population of about 650 people. Going there is like riding the most thrilling roller coaster in the world.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - The weekend starts with five women and a lot of art at the Boca Grande Art Alliance facility on Banyan Street. The “Five Women” show runs through Sunday. It will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The exhibitors will be Dianna Shandorf, Esther Jensen, Dianna Runyon, Cecilia Johnsson-Bisset and Susan Shaffer.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) decided at their February 13 meeting to hold off on any action regarding making new saltwater, game and sport fish designations, and directed staff to develop more specific catch-and-release measures for bonefish and tarpon, which should be discussed at the FWC’s April meeting in Tallahassee.
They did determine that they would continue to pursue the end of “gaff-and-drag” tarpon fishing by designating tarpon as catch-and-release only.That decision was agreed upon by all seven FWC commissioners.
Boca Bargains is looking everywhere and anywhere for donations for their thrift shop. While they are off to an outstanding start of the season as a result of the generosity of the community, they are running low on particular items.
Those items include small furniture pieces, linens, towels, accessories, blouses, decorative household items and jewelry. They also need paper shopping bags with handles.
Don’t forget, handmade card table covers with borders from the south of France and England are available for order through the Boca Grande Woman’s Club, and choices can be viewed at the Boca Bargain’s annex.
Donations will be accepted Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings between 9 and 11 a.m.
All proceeds from the store go toward scholarships and island organizations, so please remember them when you’re cleaning out your closets.
BY LIZA STROUT - Wednesday’s quarterly meeting of the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority board was full of good news.
The executive director’s report, delivered by Jim Cooper with a smile, included the tidbit that the south bridge isn’t the only part of the Orion-run project that is ahead of schedule. Originally planned to wrap up around Christmas this year, the center bridge project is now expected to be finished much earlier, closer to Halloween.
BY LIZA STROUT - Joe Spadaro had a dream. He and his wife wanted to be accepted as guests at the Gasparilla Inn. When they arrived at that fine establishment, they received a rather chilly response. Depending on who is telling the story, the reaction ranged from a simple-yet-obvious disdain for their lack of appropriate dress to the desk clerk informing Joe, in a voice carved of ice, that “applicants should use the back door.”
Regardless of the cause, Spadaro dreamt a new dream, and this one became a reality.
The Johann Fust Library Foundation invites everyone to the March, 2013 free series of programs featuring two authors.
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