GICIA announces new information kiosk to grace town park

August 21, 2015
By Marcy Shortuse

The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association has announced plans for a new kiosk to be erected downtown, which will hopefully be complete by October 1.
“As many of you know, Mark Shevitski passed away in early April,” said Misty Nichols, executive director of the GICIA. “Mark was not only a friend but also the owner and operator of Mark Shevitski Landscaping, which managed all of the GICIA’s properties. Mark was especially dedicated to keeping the GICIA Bike Path in great shape, and he and his crew did an exceptional job. Fortunately for the GICIA, Luis Mendoza, Mark’s righthand man, has taken over the business, now called Gasparilla Landscape Service LLC. Luis is passionate about landscaping and determined to succeed. We are extremely pleased that he will continue the very specialized maintenance the GICIA requires of its properties.”
Under the leadership of Lance Isham, the GICIA Land Conservancy has begun work on what Nichols has called an “exciting and fun educational kiosk project.”
The GICIA has contracted Shelly Castle, M.A. of Castlegraphics Art and Design to design and draw custom artwork for the small three paneled kiosk that will be installed in the GICIA’s Town Park between 4th and 3rd Streets.
“The kiosk will feature beautiful renderings of local flora and fauna and the will educate viewers on GICIA’s mission, Land Conservancy and Bike Path,” Nichols said. “Bob Elliott, GICIA Communications Committee Chair, is busy working with Shelly, Lance, Rick Joyce and myself to have the kiosk completed and installed by October 1.”