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Church seeks return of statue

A statue at the Longboat Island Chapel garden honoring the Rev. Charles Shook was recently stolen and the chapel is seeking its return. Islander Photo: Courtesy Longboat Island Chapel

Church leaders at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, are seeking the return of a statue stolen recently from the chapel garden at the rear of the church.

The statue was dedicated to the Rev. Charles Shook, Minister Emeritus of the chapel, and, according to church leaders, is a “reflection of who we are.”

The church, a non-denominational interfaith church, has asked that the statue be returned and no questions will be asked.

The statue is a bubbling fountain waterfall made of basaltic rock and “has a deep meaning for all who see it,” a church press release said.

“If replaced directly to us, no questions will be asked,” church leaders said.

Anyone with information on the statue is asked to call the chapel office at 941-383-6491.




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