BY MARCY SHORTUSE - In a decision that will change the face of tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 4-3 to pass a proposal to create new definitions for the term “snagging,” and decided to proceed with a draft ruling that would prohibit the use of bottom-weighted jigs as well.
The Boca Beacon, Boca Grande’s locally-owned newspaper for 33 years, has purchased the Gasparilla Gazette. The purchase agreement with Breeze Newspapers of Cape Coral was made final this week.
Representatives from Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo made a very special trip to the island on Thursday, June 13, with some very unique cargo.
Scientists from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science will be in our area this weekend, June 14 to 16. They will be looking for qualifying adult tarpon caught in and around Boca Grande Pass and Charlotte Harbor by recreational anglers and attaching tracking tags on them.
Once again, Boca Grande finds itself on a list of top 10 places, this time as one of America’s best little beach towns as listed by CNN.
Some architectural issues have arisen at the Johann Fust Community Library, delaying their anticipated opening date of June 10. Not to worry, though, with a little luck the newly-renovated facility should be open in days.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - The Gasparilla Island Turtle Patrol has had a bit of bad luck lately, between Tropical Storm Andrea and a new development that has stopped their funding cold for the moment.According to Grace Harvey, the permit holder for Gasparilla Island, the Coastal Wildlife Club has taken away the money they need to operate ... and all because of a matter of security.
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