In a five-day period in April 1980, a Palmetto trapper captured 99 raccoons on Longboat Key. He sold the majority of them at $5 a head to a Parrish wholesale animal dealer. He estimated the Key had as many as 5,000 raccoons.
But the traps drew rabid debate at the April 16, 1980, Longboat Key Town Commission meeting.
Police told the commission some raccoons were so brazen they would enter the Hilton seeking scraps from food trays left outside of rooms.
One woman said she tried to put out her own traps but, instead, captured two cats. Other proponents of the traps worried about the possibility of a rabies outbreak and the impact on birds, because raccoons often eat nest eggs. Another woman described herself as a “coon fan,” saying that she raised orphaned raccoons and supported the effort to rebalance the population.
Still, many residents opposed the trappings. One woman claimed the commission had been lied to, arguing that Key raccoons numbered only 2,000.
No word as to whose raccoon census was accurate.
+ Hit by a smooth chiminal?
There aren’t many criminals on Longboat Key, but April 22, 1999, the Longboat Observer reported on what Country Club Shores residents dubbed a “chiminal.”
Several Bogey Lane residents reported someone removed their wind chimes.
One resident suspected a Country Club Shores resident removed them.
Another resident chimed in, saying he hoped the “chime wave” would spread across the street to Beachplace because he constantly heard the clanging of the cable on the condominium’s flagpole.
+ Post office named in Edmundson’s honor
On April 18, 2005, more than 150 people gathered to salute a beloved Longboat Key leader.
That’s when the Longboat Key Post Office was renamed the Lt. Gen. James V. Edmundson Post Office.
Edmundson, who died in 2001, was a former Longboat Key mayor and a highly decorated U.S. Air Force general who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam Wae. He was a survivor of Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway.
+ Classic Cops:
April 16, 1987 — 8:05 p.m. Man reports damage to gas pump nozzle. Left in vehicle as it drove off.
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19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
19 Mote's Party on the Pass
22 Nia with Gail on Anna Maria Island
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
23 Nia with Gail on Longboat Key
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
A Cinderella story
A 10-week-old miniature pinscher puppy found a “happily ever after ending” at the Celebration of Pets April 12, at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
Pharmacy brings dose of medicine to Publix
The in-store pharmacy of Longboat Key Publix opened Monday, approximately 16 months after the completion of the new store at 525 Bay Isles Parkway, in the Shoppes of Bay Isles.
Golfer scores victory with less than a stroke
The Longboat Key Masters Golf Tournament, which took place March 28 through March 31, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Islandside and Harbourside golf courses came down to less than one stroke’s difference between first-place winner Kevin Preston and second-place winner Michael Russell, of Longboat Key.