Brett Gastman, 10, vacations on Longboat Key with his family. His grandparents, Ted and Sara Gastman, have owned a Beachplace unit for more than 20 years.
Recently, Brett wrote a school paper about the Key, and we’d say he aced it. He recommends the cookie dough ice cream at Kilwins on St. Armands Circle, the beaches and renting a condo.
“Now you know about the best vacation spot ever (aka, Longboat Key, Florida). It doesn’t matter what age. If you can’t drive or you can’t take a plane, just smuggle out some cash and take a cab or train. I’ve enjoyed going there every time, and I think you would, too.”
Brett apparently has ink in his blood. His cousin, Jason Rosenbaum, 28, is a political writer for the St. Louis Beacon, and he had a story published in the Longboat Observer when he was 10.
We’ll keep an eye out for his byline in the future
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PHOTO GALLERY: Sun 'n Sea Cottages Cornhole Tournament
The Romanach and Casella families compete in a cornhole tournament July 12, at Sun ‘n Sea Cottages. The families have been vacationing on Longboat Key for over 14 years and six years ago, decided to organize and play in a cornhole tournament during their stay.
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