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BY ALICE GORMAN - Amazing and wonderful things keep happening in Boca Grande. The Johann Fust Community Library has announced that a special presentation will be made by former Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, in Boca Grande on November 15.
This event is to be held at the auditorium of the Community Center, with a reception at a special home in Boca Grande to follow is made possible by a generous grant from the Park Foundation and Northern Trust. It will serve as the kickoff of a community capital campaign to raise the funding necessary for the renovation project to preserve the library and to assure its future. Seating will be limited. Tickets will be available in the fall of 2012.
BY LIZA STROUT - John Donoghue, better known as JP, is a busy man. As project manager in charge of replacing the fixed bridges on the Boca Grande Causeway, he has a lot on his plate.
“I’m in charge of scheduling, cost control, logistics and personnel,” said JP. “Basically, day-to-day operations for the demolition of the old bridges and the construction of the new ones.”
The son of a healthcare administrator and a CAT scan technician, JP’s career in construction might seem unusual, until you hear about his grandfather.
“He was a homebuilder in Venice in the 1950s and 60s,” explained JP. “I took to marine construction. You have the water, the tides, so many variables that you don’t have to deal with on land.”
BY LIZA STROUT - Capt. Willie Mills knew what he had to do to remain sane when his team was in first place on the second day of the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament.
He turned the radio off. With fierce competitor Capt. Wayne Joiner and the Hey, Moma! team breathing down their necks, it was all they could do to sit in slience and hope for the best.
BY LIZA STROUT - Four children sat at the stern of the Boca Blue last Saturday afternoon, holding their breath with every radio transmission. Known as Team Gasparilla Outfitters, they were in the lead in the Gasparilla Island Kids Classic, and the excitement on the boat was palpable.
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