Gasparilla Follow-up

The recent column on Gasparilla brought a spate of e-mails and a couple of letters that were all variations on the same theme: Thanks for the “sobering” look. Well, thanks, in turn, for the sobering feedback. It matters.

Most of the correspondents provided first-hand observations of disgusting behavior.

One, in particular, referenced a long day’s Gasparilla journey into a nightmare that ultimately resulted in a teen’s death by alcohol and drug poisoning.

“The paramedics and medical staff (in St. Joseph’s Hospital emergency room) were brilliant,” said the writer.

Alas, nobody else was.

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