To the Editor:
This message is to “Professional” Tarpon Tournament Series, Ms. Sheli Sanders, Mr. Joe Mercurio, PTTS Sponsors and participating anglers
This is to inform you that neither I nor the Doc Ford Restaurants will participate as sponsors in any fishing tournament that allows snag-fishing (‘jig fishing’ is the common euphemism) for tarpon or other game fish. Snag-fishing has, justifiably, been banned to protect numerous game fish world wide, and I am, frankly, mystified why the tarpon (among Florida’s most valuable natural resources) has not been granted the same protection by governing state bodies.
To the Editor,
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the Boca Grande Woman’s Club for the generous scholarship which they awarded to me. I cannot begin to explain how grateful my family and I are for your help and consideration.
This scholarship helps to make it possible for me to attend Florida Gulf Coast University as a full time student this fall. I can never thank you enough for helping me to realize my educational goals.
Yours truly,Kylei Linde EvansEnglewood
I agree with many of the observations Skip Perry made in his well-written letter of May 11 to the Boca Beacon. However, I felt a bit uncomfortable with the tone of the article and, perhaps, being classified as one of those residents whose investment in the community did not extend “beyond a deed and a three-month winter vacation.”
I don’t believe for a second that an older generation of Boca Granders appreciated the island more than its current residents, and that an increased bridge toll would create a “downtown commercial district where real estate offices will take the place of old Florida restaurants, shops and grocery stores.”
I just want to thank the Beacon on behalf of the Art Alliance for the wonderful and timely coverage of our 25th Anniversary Celebration and Spring Show! It helped generate a lot of interest in our beginnings and we really appreciate the support.
Cecilia Jonsson-Bisset, Boca Grande Art Alliance Show Chair Boca Grande
GIBA and its Board are bringing us three new bridges which will be safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing for a projected seventy-five years. During the last five years, and including the coming October toll increase, the board will have raised the cash toll from $4 to $6, a 50% increase, the discounted tolls from $2.25 to $3.90, and annual passes from $450 to $780, both reflecting a 73% increase.
Proceeds from these increases have allowed us to repay previous debt (from the purchase of the bridges) and to finance both the design of the two fixed bridges and part of their construction.
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