Saving Florida's oysters could mean killing a way of life
Ward was born the year after his grandfather had the throat cancer surgery. T.J. never heard his natural voice. The seaman’s single clap would cut through the salt air on the docks of Apalachicola louder than words could. When he was a boy, T.J. didn’t draw dragons or superheroes. It was pictures of boats, netting and rigging just so. When he was 10, his grandfather named a boat after him. No one ever named a boat for you unless you were old or dead. But there it was: The Captain T.J.