FIVE YEARS AGO
Local water appeared to be healthy, even with some strange shades of gray, black, brown and more types of algae at the beach.
TEN YEARS AGO
Margaret Fugate passed away at the age of 96. The Gasparilla Inn & Club opened for its 100th season.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
Anne Cannon Fairbanks, known for high fashion worldwide, passed away. The toll system was brokedy broke and a hearing was set for the expansion of the Gasparilla Inn Marina.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
A blackout blanketed most of the village for almost three years due to a tree branch falling on power lines.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
The island dodged a direct hit from Hurricane Georges, Millers Marina launched a proposal for an $180,000 tarpon tournament and, for the first time, Boca Grande had full-time firefighters.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
The drawbridge from the old port railroad went to Long Island and the final hearing on the “Pink Docks” was scheduled to be held. The hearing was to finalize details regarding usage, signage and codification.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
The first “Coastal Cleanup” was held, yielding 6,000 pounds of trash picked up on local beaches and streets. John Eubanks became the editor of the Boca Beacon.