The sea turtles of Gasparilla Island continue their remarkable recovery from the effects of Tropical Storm Debby. Already, there are more nests known to be on the island than the total number of nests during the 2011 nesting season.
Last year’s total was 311 nests. There are currently 359 confirmed nests on the island’s beaches. There may be more, since markers were washed out in the high tides of the tropical storm.
The Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board met on Wednesday, July 25, to consider two proposals.
The first was the addition of a porch to a single family home on Lee Ave. The proposal requested relief from the minimum setbacks for the property and a minimum lot width and area requirements for the lot.
BY JILL FELTON CHATHAM - Barbara Chatham left this world on March 21, 2012. We all lost a treasure. She was laid to rest today beside her beloved husband, Pete, and son, Grady, neither of whom I had the pleasure of meeting.
Oh, but the stories she told me of them. That was our favorite thing to do ... tell stories. We spent a lot of time alone together so we would fill the time with story telling. Her stories were always better than mine. And I was glad to hear them.
BY LIZA STROUT - If you have spent any time on the north end of the island recently, you have probably noticed some very full drainage ditches and, occasionally, a lingering scent.
The water from Tropical Storm Debby and before that fills the ditches that line the road has turned stagnant ... and slimey ... and stinky.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - When Capt. Jimmy Robertson was wheeled into surgery at Peace River Regional Hospital on July 12, he thought he would wake up without a leg. When he did come to, he found out that wasn’t to be the case ... at least so far.
Jimmy was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis earlier this month, after sustaining a simple injury which led to infection in his left foot and leg.
Several meetings of local government organizations will take place next week, which is a bit of an oddity this time of year.
On Monday, July 23 the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority are going to have three meetings in one day.
The Boca Grande Fire Department is hard at work preparing for their first Hammerhead Adventure Run on Saturday, July 28.
The 3.5 mile run will travel along the beach and through downtown, with obstacles, ice, mud and water along the way.
The race will begin at 8 a.m., with a new wave every 10 minutes.
There will be prizes for division and overall winners. Everyone who participates will receive a race t-shirt and a goody bag.
So far, more than 65 people have signed up. Anyone can form a team, or you can register as an individual. Registration is at active.com. Search for “Hammerhead Adventure Run,” and it will take you to the page. The entry fee for the run is $65.
The run is being held as a fundraiser for the Boca Grande Firefighters Association, which was created to support firefighters and their families in times of need and hardship.
After the race, there will be a party at the Boca Grande Community Cente with food, games and a bounce house for the kids.
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