BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Capt. Tom McLaughlin has an affinity for 50-year-old scaly females with big, bulging eyes. He fights daily for their right to live, as a matter of fact. As one of the founders of Save the Tarpon, he feels very strongly about them.
Samuel McClay Yonce, a former Greenwich, Conn. resident, died Sept. 18 in Greenwich due to complications from surgery. He was 81.
STAFF REPORT - Orion Marine Construction, the company building the two new fixed bridges on the causeway, received a very important award at a luncheon held at their Boca Grande construction site on Friday, Sept. 14
The award was presented by Mike Pearson, President and CEO of Orion Marine Group.
Around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 this poor palm tree had a traumatic run-in with a Gulf to Bay truck. The tree, which stands at 3rd St. and Gilchrist Avenue., will never be the same after its decapitation.The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries but refused transport to a hospital. Photo by Liza
To the Editor:
“Warn when passing” is now prominently stenciled on the GICIA’s Bike Path at crucial intervals, approximately every 200 yards. The project was completed on Saturday, Sept. 22, the work of Liam Hugger of Boca Grande (he is the grandson of Rick and Karen Hugger). Liam was assisted by volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 198 of Rotonda.
I am writing as an individual island resident and not in my capacity as a member of the board of the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority. As I am sure everyone knows, there will be an item on the November 6 ballot concerning a proposed real estate tax levy to partially pay for the bridge replacements. There are a couple of matters that seem to need clarification.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - The Coral Creek Airport has had an air of mystery around it since it opened years ago. What used to be an abandoned airstrip full of cracks and overgrown with weeds has become a sleek, modern aviation facility. A new runway project is currently in the works there, one about which many people have been curious.
The runway expansion doesn’t just cover the concrete, though. Steven Busch of St. Louis, Mo., one of the owners of the airport, explained.
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