Longboat Key resident George Ceshker was in the cockpit of an American Airlines Boeing 767 on Sept. 11. The plane took off from Manhattan, N.Y., seven minutes after the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Ceshker retired four years after Sept. 11 and later opened a Secur-All Insurance branch. But the events of that tragic day stay with him.
Former Longboat Key Police Chief John Kintz was prepared for business as usual as he planned for President George W. Bushâ€™s stay on Longboat Key. But Bushâ€™s overnight stay on Sept. 10, 2001, turned out to be anything but routine.
Robert Dinan, co-owner of Kitchens by Kerrie on Longboat Key, served on the New York Police Department from 1996 to 2010. He was at his Long Island, N.Y., home Sept. 11, 2001, when he learned that a plane had hit the first tower.
Claire Hunter and her husband, Ralph, who founded the Longboat Observer, were among volunteers on-hand Sept. 10, 2001, at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort to greet President George W. Bush.
The Observer recounts the events before and after Sept. 11, 2001, as they unfolded locally.
We asked you to submit your memory of where you were for 9/11. Here is what you sent.
Town Hall will re-open Tuesday, Sept. 6.