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Front: Kitty Libert, Carlene Johnson and Charles Wickersham; middle: Bob Whitney, Esther Libert, Ramona Johnson, Rae Ferguson and Ethel Libert; back, Charles Whitney, James Libert and Art Ferguson
Longboat Key Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013 4 years ago

FROM THE ARCHIVES: 1990: Village students held 50-year reunion

by: Robin Hartill Managing Editor

School was in session from 1936 to 1943 at the Longbeach Village School on Linley Street.

The school’s days are captured in a 1940 photo, in which 11 of its students are sitting on the steps of the schoolhouse.

On June 16, 1990, Longbeach Village School alumni held a 50-year reunion at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub and even posed in the same positions as they did for the 1940 photo. They held their reunion in conjunction with the reunion for Sarasota High School, which several of the Longbeach students went on to attend.

Approximately 20 students and their spouses attended the reunion, some traveling from as far as Oregon, Atlanta and North Carolina for the occasion.

As they walked down memory lane, they agreed the deserted little island they used to call home had changed “a little.”

+ No Goodwill for Longboat Key
The Longboat Key Town Commission unanimously denied a request from Goodwill Industries to place a 10-by-20-foot donor collection building on Bay Isles Road at its June 22, 1995 meeting.

Commissioners worried that allowing the placement of the facility on public property would open the door for other charities to ask for public space.

“I never in my life thought I would be sitting here voting against Goodwill. My father spent the last 20 years of his life finding donor locations for Goodwill,” Mayor Jim Patterson said at the time.

+ Classic Cops Corner
6/24/00 — 1:59 p.m. 3000 block GMD. Threatening phone calls. Subject said someone called and stated, “I’m heading to Nebraska to get your in-laws.”


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