Connecticut resident Melissa DiGalbo, who is currently staying on Longboat Key, snapped this photo of a shark Thursday, May 7, on the beach outside of Longboat Harbour Towers.
Beachgoers said that they had spoken to officials at Mote Marine Laboratory, who identified it as a blacktip shark. The shark swam approximately 10 to 15 feet away from shore. After a few minutes outside of Longboat Harbour Towers, the shark headed north.
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Today's Stories: Observer Media Group partners with Tampa Bay Times; Beach project stance shifts; Commissioners OK plan for citywide development code; Manatee County special referendum today
Beach project stance shifts
The town of Longboat Key will re-bid its beach project next year in the hopes of attaining a cheaper price. That project could include three groins.
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