The following is a prepared statement given by Rick Hirsch, an avid Boca Grande angler and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust representative, to the Federal Wildlife Commission at their Thursday, Sept. 6 meeting in Tampa regarding Charlotte Harbor.
Thank you Chairman Wright, FWC (Fish and Wildlife Conservation) Commissioners and hard-working staff. I appreciate the years you have devoted towards the protection of Florida’s ecosystems, its fisheries and specifically the Boca Grande tarpon issue.
BY MELISSA LATERZA - Ralph DiLena Jr. spent the first six years of his life on the Gold Coast of Long Island, in Huntington, New York.
“Huntington was very family friendly,” said Ralph. “I lived on a cul-de-sac with lots of friends. I remember building forts outdoors and riding bikes. It couldn’t get any better for a kid. I used to run with my dad at Walt Whitman High School. Sometimes he would take me for a milk shake afterwards. I recently went back for a visit and decided to relive some of those moments. I skipped the run and had a milk shake at the same place.”
Charlotte County’s Coastal Cleanup of 2012 will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. until noon. Some local beaches, such as Little Gasparilla Island, are working on getting groups together to participate.
Supply pick-up will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the environmental campus, 25550 Harbor View Road in Port Charlotte.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - It started with a whimper and ended with a whine. Tropical Storm Isaac, which many meteorologists thought would have a major impact on our area, essentially passed us by without a hitch.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - On Monday, Aug. 20, Boca Grande Community Center employees walked into a mess. The phones were ringing ... and ringing ... and ringing ... but no one was there. At first they thought it was due to storms that had occurred over the weekend, but they soon found out they were victims of a scam.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - One of Boca Grande’s oldest children’s programs, the Munchkins pre-school, will begin fall classes next Tuesday with a new but very familiar face at the helm. Laquata Meade has stepped down as teacher, and Angela Colosimo will take her place.
Colosimo is currently the youth programs director for Friends. She administers the after-school program, and also works with the summer camp program for kids at the Boca Grande Community Center. Now she will add teaching the Munchkins to that list.
Commander Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 25. He had Boca Grande connections through friends here, and even visited The Island School last February. On Friday, Aug. 31 a private funeral service will be held for one of America’s greatest icons, and it is only fitting it will be held on the same day as a rare ‘blue moon.’ Island resident Mark Futch had the rare opportunity to not only meet Cmdr. Armstrong, but to fish with him all day. Here is his story.
BY MARK FUTCH - Roger Howe, the Chairman of U.S. Precision Lens and longtime customer of Boca Grande Seaplane, chartered Nat (Italiano) and I for a tarpon trip. We arrived at the dock to pick up our people at 9 a.m. Roger mentioned he had a treat for me and, to my surprise, the person who stepped onboard the boat was none other than the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. I was honored and excited.
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