* Featured Story *SUNKEN TUG TILLY COULD COST HALF-MILLION DOLLARS! WHY WAS NOTHING DONE?
The storm forecasted for Thursday of last week arrived during the night. For those who knew of the Tug Tilly, the gusts of wind unraveling through the trees on the island meant that a few miles offshore, in the dark of night, completely exposed to the waves building against the tide, the abandoned tugboat would probably meet with the end of its voyage.
What was going to happen was no secret. In rough seas the tug would soon start shoveling water over its stern deck. The water would roll forward (as the bow began plunging into the waves). It would find those large holes rusted through on the midship deck and begin to flood the boat. With no pumps and no one aboard to call for help the boat was going to sink and that’s what it did, early Friday morning.
Of course, we had predicted Tilly’s demise in our previous article but somehow “we told you so” just doesn’t quite say it.
The cursed 81’, 150 gross ton tug is now sunk about one-half mile west of the Main Ship Channel. It has been declared a hazard to navigation, the engine oil has leaked into the ocean, the removal costs, according to local salvor John Coffin, could reach a half-million dollars and the County might have to foot the bill (since the last known owner, Stephen Freer, appears to be a penniless homeless man). [...full article]
NewsWISTERIA ISLAND FOR SALE?
Turns out the mysterious “For Sale” sign that appeared last week on the beach of Wisteria Island was a hoax. The Blue Paper spoke with Bob Cardenas, General Manager of Sunset Key Development Corporation. ”We had thrown a pile of old signs away in a dumpster. When we heard about the sign we went out and took it down immediately. We had absolutely nothing to do with it. Someone must have taken it out of our dumpster and put it there as a joke.”