BY LIZA STROUT - Jane Shanley has come full circle. Born in a small fishing village in Rhode Island, she watched her father head out the front door and go to his boat each morning, a calling he followed for 75 years. Her childhood home was almost a mirror image of where she lives now.
“The reason that Boca Grande suits me so much is because I grew up in a fishing village,” Jane said. “Our front yard was water, and the backyard was a railroad track. The track there is now a bike path.” She continued. “We grew up without a car, because my dad had a boat, so we walked everywhere. I think that’s another reason that I’m so comfortable here. I can either just walk or get on my bike and everything is in reach. There is certainly no need for a car living downtown with everything right here.”
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - If you attended the three-hour Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority meeting on Valentine’s Day, and many people did, it was a pretty typical bridge authority meeting. There were lots of words. Enough to make your head hurt. Lots of opinions, from board members and audience members alike. Lots of questions, too.
I understand there are a lot of questions. Sitting through a bridge meeting is a bit like walking into an advanced physics class with a basic knowledge of how to make Kool-Aid.
To the Editor:
Gasparilla Island Water Association, Inc. (GIWA) will begin work to relocate their water and sewer mains at the south bridge on the Boca Grande Causeway. This is a requirement for (GIBA) Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority to begin demolition and construction of the new south bridge in June of 2012.
Congratulations to the Reference Room and the Fust Library on their intention to merge. Also, congratulations to Alice Gorman for her column, which explained the merger in detail. The Fust Library is such a very special Boca Grande institution. It will be even more so with its planned restoration.
As a year ‘round resident, it will be a great asset to us to have the library open in the summer.
This Sunday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meander down to Hudson's Park and experience some of the finest delicacies that the island has to offer.
Hudson's Relay for Life Team will stimulate your taste buds with a bake sale to be remembered. Everyone is invited.
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