This is in reference to the article that was published in the November 2, 2012 Boca Beacon paper.
To the Editor: It seems that we are reading about the bridge daily, so I thought a true story from the past would be in order.
When I moved here in 1973 to run the clinic, the toll system was like this: 50¢ for car and driver, and 20¢ each for other passengers. You paid that coming on the island, AND going off the island.
Late one night, a resident suffered a fatal heart attack in his home. Because this was an unattended death, the body had to be taken to the medical examiner’s office in Fort Myers. We had no ambulance service at that time, so one of our volunteer EMS members and I put the body in the back of the station wagon we used for an ambulance and headed to Fort Myers.
When we got to the toll booth, I gave the attendant 50¢ for driver and car, and 20¢ for me. The attendant saw the body in the back, and said, “20¢ for the guy in the back.” I told him the man was deceased. He said, “He don’t look dead to me.” He refused to open the gate until I gave him another 20¢.
My how things have changed.
Henry L. Wright
To the Editor:
Who benefits most from three new bridges to Boca Grande that should last the next 75 years? Well, Island property owners of course! If you are an Island property owner and you vote you will have a choice to vote for or against a small tax, approximately $300 per $1,000,000 of assessed value per Gasparilla Island Property.
As some of you may have read in last week's Boca Beacon, the island is experiencing an infestation of spiraling whitefly. This new South Florida insect pest, rugose spiraling whitefly (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus) is evident on almost all of the gumbo limbo and black olive trees along the GICIA Bike Path. It is also on some of the seagrape and many of the coconut palms.
To the Editor:
I would like to thank everyone for their participation in and support of the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce 2012 Fall Golf Scramble held at the Gasparilla Golf Club.
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