ON THIS DATE: A Boca Beacon Timeline

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FIVE YEARS AGO

School was back in session, Bill Kunkler passed away, and pirates took over the Boca Grande Child Care Center.

TEN YEARS AGO

The Boca Grande United Methodist Church launched their first youth mission trip to Cuba. It lasted nine days, and those who went will never forget it.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

After being warned not to swim around the Causeway, a young man from Port Charlotte drowned trying to get to Bird Key.

TWENTY YEARS AGO

A toddler “missing” from the Innlet Motel initiated a manhunt that lasted more than an hour. The child was found in the room … He had never left.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

The DEP said it had “serious questions” about the proposed dredging of Stump Pass. “Rumpelstiltskin” was performed as a Pioneer Drama Service production. It was directed by Ryan Oliver.

THIRTY YEARS AGO

Two men were charged with destroying the ancient remnants of Calusa Indian settlements in areas that ranged from Tampa to Boca Grande. 

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Christy Maltezo continued to make a name for herself in tennis in the St. Louis Invitational Clay Court Championships. She was 16, the youngest player in the 18s girls singles, and she played the number one seed from Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals.

Gasparilla Fishery in Placida was expected to open a new seafood restaurant. Plans called for the restaurant to be built on the west side of the current fishery building that had served as a seafood wholesale and retail operation since 1944.

That restaurant came to be known as The Fishery.