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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Mar Vista project will be reviewed again
Commissioners will review a Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub project after Mar Vista owner Ed Chiles requested a re-hearing.
Mar Vista approval to be reconsidered today
Commissioners will decide whether they want to take back its approval of a Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub project at a special meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. today.