Thursday's weather was great for flying a kite, lousy if you owned a boat or dared to travel in one. Winds up to 40 mph and seas of 3-4 feet were wild enough to ground these two boats on Davis Islands. Near the Gandy Bridge, a pair of intrepid if unwise fishermen were stranded on a sandbar when their small boat's motor failed. Ronald Rogers of Oldsmar and Faustino Dominguez of Tampa were rescued after about two hours.
See Weekend for the essentials on the 24th Gasparilla sidewalk festival. Turn to Education (Page3B) to read about the works of county school students (like Julie Ann Nydegger's painting at right) at the Tampa Museum of Art.