STAFF REPORT - You’ve seen this little square on a lot of products in your shopping cart but do you know what it is good for? Since 1996, Box Tops for Education has been giving a lot of money to schools. For each of these little squares a participating school submits to the program, the school earns 10 cents.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - I’ll bet you weren’t prepared for another tarpon column in the end of November, but it’s time again for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to meet on December 5 and 6, this time in Apalachicola, and one of the items on the agenda is to talk again about whether tarpon should be considered a sport fish.
BY DANIEL GODWIN - Two pickers made the most of the full schedule with a 13-3 score: BOCA BOB (Bob Green of Lee County) and THE AGENT (Richie Edwards of Key Agency of Boca Grande).
Russell A. Smith, 85, Boca Grande, passed away Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Englewood Health and Rehab Center in Englewood.
BY LIZA STROUT - Dustin Bates moved to North Port five years ago, but his connection to the Boca Grande area goes back to his childhood.
“I caught my first tarpon when I was 10 years old,” he said. “I was in the Pass, using live bait. That’s when my addiction to fishing began. Gasparilla Island back then wasn’t nearly as developed as it is today. It wasn’t as modern. It was simplistic. But it’s still a wonderful place.”
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - In just a few weeks, dramatic improvements are scheduled for the ditches north of 45th Street on Gasparilla Road. If all goes as planned, crews will be working on draining and improving the swales full of water in the first week of December.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - When 12 boats headed out into Boca waters for the Whidden’s Back Bay Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 18 they weren’t just there to benefit the Gasparilla Island Maritime Museum. They were also paying tribute to several fishing loved ones lost.
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