Tom Dougherty was in the shallow waters of Whitney Beach about a week after Tropical Storm Debby, when he thought he stepped on a seashell. The “shell” turned out to be a shell casing. It is a 50-caliber casing fired from what he believes to be a Browning M2 50-caliber machine gun. The S.L. 42 stamped on the base of the casing suggests it came from the St. Louis Ordinance Co. and was made in 1942. This was another reminder that Longboat Key was a shooting range and gunnery in its early history.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Bird Key Yacht Club Blessing & Lighting of the Fleet
On Saturday, Dec. 7, Bird Key Yacht Club held their annual Blessing and Lighting of the Fleet ceremony. This year’s event was very special, as it fell on the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
PHOTO GALLERY: Men's Senior Clay Courts Tournament
On Monday, Dec. 2, the Men’s Senior Clay Courts Tournament began at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center and continued throughout the week.
PHOTO GALLERY: St. Mary 40th Anniversary Picnic
St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church celebrated their 40th anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 7, with a picnic and special dedication to the man that made it the strong community it is today, the Rev. Edward Pick.