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February 1, 1983     Boca Beacon
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o r a n d e J_o. urn a T + February, 1949 Boca Grande, Florida PRICE TEN CENT Boca G rande Insists On Readjustment ot Taxes Feb. 1,--The Town turned out en- mass last night to discuss ways and means of having the taxes here readjusted so that everyone would pay their equal share. Harry Stringfellow, Chairman of the Board of County Commission- ers, State Senator Jim Franklin and The County Superintendent of Schools Charlie Bevls, all of Fort Myers, were over here for the meeting. As usual, poor old Harry String- fellow took the blame for every- thing and said that at least, he had fixed the jail up nice and cozy, and that he would certainly feel more comfortable there than at the meeting. Jefferson Gaines was appointed moderator for the evening and started the session at 8:35 with the statement that the meeting was called for the purpose of dis- cussing collection and distribution of taxes. He then introduced in order, C0itamissioner Stringfellow, Supt. Charlie Boris, Senator Franklin, Jimie + Franklin, Jr., Johnnio Ma- ker of the Fort Myers Press and i Mr. Emerson of the Boca Grande Journal. ., Mr. Rodmy Sharp was the first speaker  tle,evening, He spoke l of keeping 'Wn eleaa, o gar-i beige dispoald + how and who paid for iL wh.wes not from Mr. Sharp's Garden To Be Disjlayed In all it's graceful splendor, il- luminated with hidden lights in all the varying color of the rain- bow, Mr. Rodney Sharp's garden of rare tropical plants and foliage will be open to the public next Monday night, February 28th at 9:00 P. M. The admission fee will be $5.00 per person and the proceeds will go to help provide medical ser- vices for the island during the year. Although few people, outside of Mr. Sharps close friends, have ever seen the garden, it is in real- ity one of the show places of Florida. The beauty, arrangement and assortment of the most beauti- ful and rarest of tropical flowers and plants in his sunken garden, raised garden and other gardens that ramble over two complete city blocks, cannot be discribed in cold print. A person would simply (Continued on page 2) taxes. We paid for it or go with- out. "We should get something for our money or refuse to pay the taxes," said Mr. Sharp. "Its tax- ation without representation." Mr. Sharp is from Boston and your re- porter was well reminded of the Boston Tea Party. Mr. Sharp says that he has a twelve acre estate almost in the center of the City of Wilmington, Delaware and that his taxes here are ractally as much as they are on his property in Wilmington. Says Mr. Sharp, in the city of Wilmington or any other city, that police, sanitation and fire pro- tection are given as a matter of course, and paid for from the taxes; while here in Boca Grande, we have to pay for these services out of our own pocket ,as nothing from taxes is furnished for them. We set up our own system here and pay for it or we go without it. Mr. Sharp went on to say that the land company, the hotels and Jerome Fugate were not required to pay such taxes as he was assess- ed. Mack Mickel gave a short talk and Mr. Fugate said that "like Mr. Sharp, he thought that we should have some return on our tax dollar but that we get very little. Mr. Fugate says that we art assessed much more than any other part of the county and that Boca Grande can't carry the tax burden of the whole county. We get no pbllcii, y .,d ,o-x:rt2z- ing from the County nor the Coun- ty site, while Sanibel Island, which pays very little taxes compared to Boca Grande, gets ten times the publicity. Kingsmore Johnson says we don't want a reduction in taxes but we do want a little return on our tax dollar. Mrs. Gordon Dexter said that her taxes were $600-more this year than they were last year. Mrs. Roger Amory said that the Sunset Realty Company has *a lot next to one of her's that they pay one half the taxes that she does. Brad Bylaska says, "Give us fair valuation, keep it equal." Troy Spoor said that his taxes were increased $45 this year with no explanation whatever, the Wiley Crews says that if out' valuattion is out of line with rest of the county, appoint a com- mittee to investigate it. Some should definitely be raised and some lowered. BOCA GRANDE BY REV. R. J. WILLIAMS o. A little bit of Iieaven fell from out the sky one day, And landed in the Ocean, a place called Charlotte Bay. It's the Isle of Gasparilla, named for a Pirate bold, Who scuttled many merchant ships, and took their precious gold. With ninety islands in this bay, he had some rendezvous, Until caught up by Uncle Sam, who hung that Pirate's crew. On this little Isle of sunshine, with its palms and silvery sands, You'll get a hearty welcome to the Town of Boca Grande. A happy retreat for tired nerves, fine Hotels and golfing course, iBask in Florida's sunshine, or swim in a refreshing surf. JRest beneath great palm trees, pick shells along the strand, And watch the rolling waves caress, the shores of Boca Grande. ::For sport that's really thrilling, get a Tarpon on a hook, And for proof of many battles, you only need to look +At the many scales as trophies, at the Inn and the Hotel, And hear those thrilling stories, that only Fishermen can tell. YOU can see something of the Natural, at the wildbird Sanctuary, here many types of waterfowl, sing their good-night Rosary. tnd see those big billed Pelican, by habit or decree, rake the look-out branches, as they nestle in a tree. hen Moon-beams scatter Star-dust, upon the Milky Way, 'nd Angels from their Paradise look down on Charlotte Bay, They see this peaceful Island, with its flowers, palms, and pines, And send a message to Boca Grande, health and peace of mind. The Johann Fust Community Library o| Boca Grande. Florida O An idea of establishing a free public library in Boca Grande, Florida, for the purpos-e_ creasing the opportunity for in: tellectual enjoyment, has been conceived. James A. Franklin of the law firm of Henderson, Franklin. Star- nes and Holt, Fort Myers, Florida is forming a corporation to be known as The Johann Fust Com- munity Library of Boca Grande, Florida, and the following are ask- ed to be incorporators:- Roger Amory, Delmar O. Fugate, Jeffer- son Gaines, H. Rodney Sharp, Per- shing Thompson and Michael M. Van Beureri. Mr. Gaines will be asked to be President, Mr. Amory to be Treasurer, Mrs. Amory to be Secretary, and Roger Amory and Louise L. Amory to be joint Li- brarians. It is planned that the corporation will acquire lots 2 and 4 of Block 35, Boca Grande, Florida, being the corner of Ninth Street and North Park Avenue, and being property now owned by Jefferson Caines, as a site for the library building. Henry R. Shepley of the archi- tect firm of Coolidge, Shepley. Bul- finch and Abbott of" Boston Mass- achusetts is preparing plans for a building which, it is hoped, can be constructed by local industry dur- ing 1949. A collection of books on the de- velopment of methods of rcording" thought +has been promised by the Librarian. Otherwise, it is contem. plated to start out the Library largely of newspapers, magazines, current novels, children's books, and phonograph records, and de- velop it into a library of books whose appeal is pleasure. Funds for the ocquisition of the site and the construction of the building are to be provided by the Treasurer, and the books mid main- tenance expense are to be pro- vided by the Librarian. Plan are NEW THEATRE The San Marco Theatre, a casual- ty of the Hurricane is now restored and with a new coat of paint and a new roof is again patronized by young and old of Boca Grande. This theatre was originally own- ed by four people. Mr. F. B. Crow- nishield, Mr. H. Du Pont, Mr. Rod- ney Sharp and Mr. Riley, who op- erated it for many years. After it was destroyed by the Hurricane ,the owners were not interested in repairing it, as they had already invested a good deal of money and it had never been a paying proposition. However as the Theatre was greatly missed by all on the is- land, the following solution was worked out by Mr. Roger Avery. Mr. Avery bought the shares owned by Mr. Riley and Messrs. Crowinshield, Du Pont and Sharp. Then after Mr. Avery had had the building restored and a new ma- chine installed, he in turn present- ed the whole property to the Boca Grande Clinic to be held as a spe- cial Trust. The Clinic rents the Theatre to Mr. Wiley Crews for 15% of the. gross intake at the box offic + which rent is to be used to mak. available medical service for ,. people of Boca Grande, particula ly when the Hotels are closed A group of property owners was organized to be Friends of the Theatre. These Friends contributed to a fund which now pays for the for- eign films now being shown this year. In appreciation of their cooper- ation, boxes were named after the first subscribers of $150 or $100. The subscribers were invited to bring their own chairs and occupy the boxes, for the cost of admis- sion. A list of foreign films suggested by several professional movie cri- tics was submitted to the Friends and the films chosen by vote. The American fihns are chosen by the mazmgement. Relic of CH & N Days To Make Room For New Modern :Building O The Seaboard's office building at Port Boca Grande, where the of- fices of the Port Agent and other officials of the railroad are sit- uated, will be razzed, to clear the ground for a new modern and beautiful building to be erected on the same cite as the old. The present building that houses the Port Agent, was built in 1905 by the Charlotte Harbor and Northern Railway Company, and has more than served its purpose. In fact, it has served more than one purpose. When the S. S. Dorothy, Bull Steamship Line, un- loaded the first cargo of rails for the present railroad on the beach at South Boca Grande in May, 1905, there was built a couple of small houses .for tool and store room at what is now called the port. After the rail laying gang had completed its mission and the tool and store teem'sheds were no longer needed, they decided that an office might be of some use at the "dock" and so they moved these two houses together and con- nected them with an open breeze- way. This breezeway was later boarded up to make more office room. This formed the offices for what was then called the Boca Grande Terminal Company, later to become the offices of the Port Agent for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company. Years have passed and 'old Time has took its toil', as James Witcomb Riley would have said. The once new and shiny tool sheds have weathered many a hurricane, and forty-four years of the tropi- cal sun haven't improved their beauty any. The house was placed upon soft sand that had been pumped from the bay and the hurricane winds (Continued on page 2) from three to ten thousand vol- umes. If, later, funds are made avail-  able, it is lloped that scholarships for higher education might be made available on some basis for young people of the community of Boca Grande. Johann Fust was horn in Nantes in about 1400, and became throtrgh his own labor a rich and respected goldsmith and banker In 1450 or thereabouts, he financed Johannes Gutenberg, an invenior of his own age, in the development of mov- able type. It is the recording of was really Gutenberg's or that of his deceased partner is in doubt, but Gutenberg was not a very practical person ,and five years of unsuccessful development Johann Fust had to take over the enter- doubtedly the workman of Johann Fust who developed the beautiful type and printed what is now known as the Gutenberg Bible, or the 42 line Bible, which was the first book to be printed with mov- able type. It is the recordin gof thought by means of printing with movable type teat stands as the great landmark in general educa- tion, and in modern civilization. It is in honor of the banker, Johann Fust, and of all men who by their intelligence, industry and self denial acquire wealth and use the same for the enlargement of opportunity for pleasure, and ad- vancement of their fellow men, that the Library is named:- The Johann Fust Community Library of Boca Grande, Florida. THE WHOOPING CRANE I ('ru Canaden,is Pra4ensi. Me.-er)e (Photo by Allen Gruickshank) The Whooping Crane, Sand Crane, and known by various other local names, is one of the largest birds of the South. Wauchula, Florida was named from the Whooping Crane, as the Indians say that the crane says "Wauchula" when he holloas. They holloa a great deal, and especially early in the morning, and may be heard for miles across the prairie. The length of the Whooping Crane is nearly four feet and his wing spread is from five to six feet. Bill about six inches long. Red chin, white throat, with the rest of the body a smoky grey. They fly with an outstretched neck and a quick jerk of the wing as they complete the stroke. They range the whole state of Florida, mostly on the parairies where the soil is damp or wet. They feed on worms and other life that pick from the soil. They are very shy, and probably frequent the praries so that they can see the enemy for a long distance. But they are very easy to fool, as one person can stand at a distance from them and keep waving a handker- chief at them, and they will watch him all day, neglecting to watch in other directions, while another party may slip upon them easily Or you can hide and wave a white flag at them occasionally, and they will walk right up upon you. Their breast meat Is considered a delicassy, and there is about four pounds of nice meat on one. The legs, wings and other parts of the body are so full of fine bones that it is almost impossible to eat it, and one seldom tries. They are protected by law now; but the early settlers depended a great deal up- on them for their diet. February, 1983 -- THE BEACON -- Page 11