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: Night on St. Armands
On Friday, Dec. 6, St. Armands Circle transformed into a perfect winter wonderland with bright lights, classic holiday decorations and innumerable red Santa hats for their 35th annual Night on St. Armands. The entertaining evening was filled with music, dancing and of course, Christmas cheer.
VIDEO: Dead manatee discovered near Bird Key
Mote Marine Laboratory staff removed the body of a juvenile male manatee from Bird Key waterways before noon Friday, Dec. 6.
WEEKEND BEST BET: 35th Annual Holiday Night of Lights
St. Armands Circle will light up tonight in celebration of the holiday season.