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FIVE YEARS AGO

There was water, water everywhere, with approximately 13 inches of rain falling on the island. However, everyone here was looking to Texas, where flooding was a very dangerous situation because of Hurricane Harvey. Locals gathered to round up donations, which were taken to Texas by local volunteer organizations.

TEN YEARS AGO

It was a sad good-bye to Miss Laquata after she resigned after many years of service. Tropical Storm Isaac was officially named “The storm that wasn’t” after locals boarded up and hunkered down … for a bit of wind and rain.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Two residents on 5th Street, one of them being Bonnie McGee, were more than a little irate after a roadwork company dug up their brick driveway pavers and simply left them there, tossed to the side. Lee County said they would pay replacement costs for any type of driveway material except those, which are considered to be “nonconforming.”

Just like Bonnie McGee.

TWENTY YEARS AGO

Labor Day features in the Boca Beacon included Temp bartender Danny Kahl, preschool teacher Judy Prince and UPS driver George Fox.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

The last major net ban legal battle was found – and lost – in the Florida Supreme Court. A group of commercial fishermen brought action in circuit court against the State, challenging the amendment’s constitutional validity on procedural and substantive grounds. The ban went into effect two weeks later.

THIRTY YEARS AGO

Hurricane Andrew breezed by Boca Grande with little damage except some trees that came down. Some lobstermen from Marathon played it smart and came here to ride out the storm.