UFO meeting: Isles of Capri residents share stories of sighting a strange light

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Isles of Capri Fire Rescue Chief Emilio Rodriguez discovered pictures of the light taken by a weather camera at station 90, according to a report in Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network.
“The camera caught on film last night this large white light shaped in somewhat of a flattened ball that dropped straight down from the sky and then hovered in the same spot without moving until finally after hours, it just seemed to drop to the ground and disappear,” the report quoted Rodriguez as saying.

Isles of Capri Fire Rescue Chief Emilio Rodriguez discovered pictures of the light taken by a weather camera at station 90, according to a report in Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network. “The camera caught on film last night this large white light shaped in somewhat of a flattened ball that dropped straight down from the sky and then hovered in the same spot without moving until finally after hours, it just seemed to drop to the ground and disappear,” the report quoted Rodriguez as saying.

ISLES OF CAPRI -- The sun rises in the east, the moon sets in the west, and over Johnson Bay here, some say a much different light hovers low over the water and then vanishes without a trace.

Tuesday, about 75 residents of the Isles and nearby Marco Island gathered at the Isles of Capri community center to discuss sightings of a strange light, the subject of recent news reports on and off the island. As many as 11 sightings have been reported on the Isles since March 27.

The meeting, led by Morgan Beall of the volunteer organization MUFON — the Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network — sought to encourage more witnesses to come forward with their accounts. It occasionally delved into the other-worldly.

“I do think there’s something going on or I wouldn’t be here,” Beall said at one point.

If the identity of that ‘something’ was left unspoken, it was strongly suggested at times. The hour-and-a-half Q-and-A session diverged from eyewitness accounts of the sightings over Johnson Bay to other sightings in Florida to Beall’s knowledge of potential alien implants, abductions and even cattle mutilations.

A few skeptics made their thoughts known, as well.

“Has your group ever made contact with any of these (objects)?” Carter Smith, 77, an astronomy enthusiast and frequent sky-watcher, asked Beall.

Beall said it hadn’t.

“Well don’t you think they should have by now?” Smith responded.

The recent spate of sightings began with Ann Hall, a columnist for the Marco Island Sun Times who wrote about seeing the object three times in as many days in late March. Local fire chief Emilio Rodriguez thought he captured the object on his station’s weather camera, and Mike Castellano, owner of the Capri Fish House, told Hall that he and some of his employees had seen the same object several times.

Beall documented the reports, and he dug up a pair of older reports from the area dating back to 2008 and 2009. He observed the area several nights for unusual activity, and he tried to identify anything that could be mistaken for a UFO. He traced the arc of the moon, mapped overhead constellations and noted the location of Venus, commonly mistaken for a UFO.

Of the supposed sighting caught on the fire district camera, Beall dismissed it as the setting moon.

But Hall’s account of seeing it on a stormy night suggested people were witnessing something other than a heavenly body, he said.

Isles resident Delicia Craft, 79, gave the crowd her account of seeing a globe-like object by the Gulfview Condominium on April 27. After taking a stroll to watch the moon that night, Craft turned around to see the object hovering by the top floor of the condo, she recalled.

Its round frame was strung with lights, and a metal cube occupied the center, she said. A rope or tether seemed to hang from below, but the condo blocked her view of where it ended.

“It looked like the ball they drop for New Year’s Eve,” Craft said.

UFO witnesses are often reluctant to come forward, Beall said, and he encouraged others to file their reports with the UFO Network.

“These things are not unusual,” he told attendees. “I think people are becoming more — strong word — ‘courageous’ to come out here and talk about it.”

And while his group can discount many reports, it cannot discount them all, he noted. Whether that makes for little green men piloting spaceships across the galaxies, Beall wouldn’t say.

“If it is the real thing, what is the real thing?” he asked.

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u2cane writes:

Speaking of drugs, did anyone look into the idea that maybe this was a drug drop? I mean why would aliens look on the Isles of Capri for intelligent life?

blogsmog writes:

the aliens left and renamed the place 'piles of debris'

captnjimbo writes:

I have seen this several times. It was brighter than a planet...by no coincidence it appeared a couple hours after sunset...what ever it was I believe it was stationary, in orbit around the Earth and the Sun was reflecting off of it.

The object set at about the same speed as a sunset, or moon set and disapeared into the haze created by a humid sky near but above the water line of the Gulf...I had an unobstucted view.

This decent would be in line with something atatioary in orbit, appearing to move because of the rotation of Earth...which makes everything set in the west.

Because the Shuttle was in orbit, I first thought it might be the Sun rays reflecting off the shuttle...but then the shuttle landed and the object continued to appear...so now my guess would be that it is instead the International Space Station.

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