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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3 Manatee Audubon -- OPEN HOUSE at Felts Audubon Preserve
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FYI Friday — Your weekly news roundup
Catch up on the week's most important and most interesting news stories from Sarasota, Longboat Key and East County with FYI Friday.
Joan M. Durante Park installs new playground
The playground is made from post-consumer recycled materials.
PHOTO GALLERY: Rotary Club holiday party
Members of Longboat Key’s new Rotary Club gathered on Dec. 14 for a monthly meeting and holiday party.