To the Editor:
Just when things start to quiet down a bit in Boca Grande, the circus known as the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS) rolls into town. When I pick up a paper or turn on the television and see this tournament being glorified and promoted, I get very angry. When I see some of the local media touting the ongoing struggle in Boca Grande to rid ourselves of this scourge as nothing more than locals not wanting to share, I become livid.
On June 12, in the morning of their meeting in Lakeland, the members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will take their final vote on the proposed regulations to make tarpon and bonefish catch and release in the state of Florida. Although that seems like a no-brainer to many, a positive outcome on this vote is far from certain. Even if you voiced your support for these regulations during the draft phase, we are asking you to once again make your support of the proposed regulations known.
To the Editor:The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd annual Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament celebrated this year’s booming event, with a field of 42 boats and five total tarpon released. On behalf of the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce the Ladies Day committee would like to thank the community for their generous support. This year there were numerous sponsors that helped to make this event successful.Thank you to Sisters Restaurant, the Boca Beacon, Italiano Insurance, Englewood Glass & Mirror, Barbara Anne’s Jewelry & Repair, All About You Salon & Day Spa, James Griffith Salon, Aqua Boutique, Salty Cracker Charters, Cavana Classic Charters, The Seale Family Inc., Boca Grande Travel, Grande Aire, Safety Harbor, Salt Life, Salt Tales by Angie Mills, Barnichol Hardware, The Temptation Restaurant, Props for the Home, Boca Grande Marina, Hooked on SUP, Englewood Bank & Trust, Meredith Haws Jewelry, The Loose Caboose, Key Agency Inc., Zydeco Grille, Boca Grande Provisioners, Fugate’s, Chatham’s Charters, Boca Grande Travel, Florida Sports Fishing Magazine, Photographic Images LLC by Heide Marie, Fishy Itchy, Hudson’s Grocery, BNT Liquors, Kevin Hyde at Michael Saunders & Company, H&H Canvas, Statewide Pest Management, Island Nails, Palmetto Inn, The BRC Group LLC, 3rd Street Cafe and Dolphin Cove- Pink Pony. Media coverage was provided by the Boca Beacon, Michael Vasher at Go Town Around.com, and Heide Marie Burke at Photographic Imaging LLC. Visit Bocabeacon.com or Enjoyphotos.com to browse or purchase mementos online. Kelly Reark-Borza designed the 2013 Ladies Day logo and the tournament art. Her original art is available for purchase at the Chamber of Commerce and is also available on T-shirts, Tervis Tumblers, and posters. Borza also designed the program in conjunction with the Boca Beacon and served on the committee. We are now accepting art submissions for 2014. You may contact the Chamber of Commerce at (941) 964-0585 for more information. The Chamber of Commerce would also like to recognize the officials for their commitment and expertise: Head Judge Sandy Bylaska, Chad Lach, Sam Steyer, Rich Caccavale, Justin Davis and Dennis Oller. The Ladies Day committee is proud to be a part of an all-release tournament and would like to thank the anglers, the numerous volunteers and the community for their continued support. These elements help make this tournament a time to remember. You may find upcoming information for next year’s tournament on our FaceBook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ladies-Day-Tar pon-Tournament/231206316992318. Thank you all!Melissa Laterza, tournament committee director, Boca Grande
The following letter was sent to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairman Ken Wright on May 8, 2013. This letter is reprinted here with Mr. Grubich’s consent.
The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce wants your readership to be aware of our position on the Gilchrist Avenue parking issue. Below you will see the letter sent to Commissioner John Manning’s office last month.
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