BY JIM LABINSKI - Golf and dining packages and artwork are among the featured offerings in next month’s Tennis Ball and Silent Auction to benefit the Suncoast Humane Society.
Set for Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. in the newly remodeled Clubhouse Restaurant of the Boca Grande Club, The Tennis Ball and Silent Auction is the kickoff for the 15th annual Professional Tennis Exhibition Series.
Do you have a family Civil War story? The Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center organization is looking for your input into a celebration called “Civil War Reflections.”
The week-long program will be offered in April, but the planning has already begun.
Lee County Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center will host a youth fishing tournament during the holiday break. Kids, grab your fishing poles and tackle boxes and come join the family fun on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 9 to 11 a.m.
The tournament is free for boys and girls aged 15 and under. This is a catch-and-release tournament and the bait will be provided by Boca Grande Marina (no lures allowed). Children must be supervised by a parent/guardian for this event.
To the editor:
On behalf of the Gasparilla Island Maritime Museum, we would like to thank those whose efforts made the Whidden’s Fall 2012 Memorial Back Bay Tournament and the Pirate Coast Chili Cook-off such a wonderful success.
Sisters Restaurant sponsored our Captains’ Party. Italiano Insurance and The Boca Beacon provided the tournament T-shirts, paper goods were donated by Betsy Joiner, and the goody buckets by the Barnichol.
To the Editor,
Every once inawhile we like to keep the community abreast of our activities at the Boca Grande Child Care Center. We have had several letters from parents lately, and would like to share a few of them with you.
“We have been so happy for our son to be a part of The Boca Grande Child Care Center for the past three years. It has been such an important role in his development, both socially and academically. It has also been important to his overall happiness. We feel confident when he is at school that he is not only being exposed to a great learning environment but that he is in safe, loving hands.” – Daniyelle and Robert Duke
To the Editor,We would like to thank everyone who participated in providing supplies and funding for sending Christmas boxes to our troops in Afghanistan. We shipped the packages last week and they should arrive in time for Christmas.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - After DNA samples recently confirmed that a tarpon weighed during a June PTTS tournament was later found dead and gutted, PTTS founder and sponsor Gary Ingman said he is sure his organization had nothing to do with it.
Earlier this week a not-for-profit corporation called Save the Tarpon claimed it had irrefutable DNA proof of the incident. Ingman’s response?
“We can lie detector test any of our people,” he said. “We did not do this. Who knows who found that fish and did something with it. The people responsible who weighed and released the fish, those are the people who I know have nothing to do with that. Whatever happened to that tarpon, I hope it wasn’t done to make people look bad.”
The article posted on savethetarpon.com says that Capt. T.J. Stewart of Team Castaway Charters and Edgewater Boats caught the 124-pound tarpon during the tournament. DNA samples were taken and swabs sent to a laboratory in St. Petersburg.
The tarpon was found floating in the Gulf the next day, on June 4.
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