Bobcats, deer and bears, oh my!
Although you won’t find these creatures on Longboat Key today, they probably inhabited the island before European settlers arrived and began logging in the early 1500s.
Lands End resident Tom Mayers spoke about Longboat Key’s past Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Longbeach Village Association meeting. He provided a brief environmental-and-wildlife history of the Key before speaking about his childhood on the island.
“We never imagined things would change so much,” he said. “But they sure have.”
The Mayers family moved to Longboat Key permanently in 1959. Mayers showed pictures that spoke of his childhood memories, including hunting for rattlesnakes and floating a boat through the outside of Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub after a hurricane. A few of the slides generated whistles from the group: They featured Mayers’ sister, Joan Mayers Bergstrom, who was in the audience, when she was Miss Longboat Key in 1963.
Mayers encouraged the audience to join the Longboat Key Historical Society and to take care of remaining wildlife.
“Think about the animals that are here and that are left,” Mayers said. “Be kind to them.”
Contact Robin Hartill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently 0 Responses
17 Night of Fish, Fun & Fright
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Durante dog, owner well after raccoon run-in
Last week, we reported on a scuffle between a black dog and a group of raccoons that occurred at dusk near Joan Durante Park.
Golfer scores her first hole in one
Liz Lang scored her first hole in one July 8, on the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside White Course, while celebrating her friend, Jane Hunter’s birthday.
Tiny trio tours safety facilities
Commissioner Lynn Larson’s three grandchildren, Zander, 9, Zora, 8, and Zoe Ramsey, 5, got a close-up look at what Longboat Key police and firefighters do to keep residents safe earlier this month, during a tour of the police and north fire stations.