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: Observer Challenge Cocktail Party
On Thursday, Dec. 12, the 14th Annual Observer Challenge kicked off with a pre-party at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. Opponents were announced as attendees enjoyed cocktails, wine and hors d’oeuvres catered by Harry’s Continental Kitchen. Guests were also treated to a pro mixed doubles exhibition.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Garden Club Holiday Party
On Wednesday, Dec. 11, members of the Longboat Key Garden Club enjoyed wine, hors d’oeuvres and a potluck-style dinner at their annual holiday party at the Longboat Island Chapel.
Country Club Shores home sells for $4.3 million
The sale was the fifth highest amount paid for a home on Longboat Key in 2013.