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FIVE YEARS AGO
Red tide was insane, so much so that we had “fish disposal” dumpster sites available to the public. GIBA talked about changing the name of the Boca Grande Causeway to Gasparilla Road.
TEN YEARS AGO
We lost Bud Amen. Mila’s swim team did a great job in a California competition. Flood insurance rates had residents in an uproar.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
People were obeying village stop signs. Islanders went to a Charlotte County
Commission meeting to protest coastal development.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
The Community Center’s water sports camp was underway and a weekend storm dumped 8.5 inches of rain on the island.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
One pound stood between Capt. Mike Bailey and back-to-back victories in two Millers Marina Tarpon Tournaments held that weekend. He almost had it. But not quite.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
There were 40 entrants signed up for the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, with more coming in at the last minute. Capt. Babe Darna took his team to win Miller’s fifth tournament of the season.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
The Boca Grande Causeway turned 35 years old.
FORTY YEARS AGO
Charlotte County commissioners were backing the idea that Gaspar, Inc. sell the bridge to them, but not everyone on the island was copacetic with that.