Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Capri: Then and Now

A map of the islands dated 1952. Marco is at the bottom of the map, Capri above it with unconnected islands and one white building. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

A map of the islands dated 1952. Marco is at the bottom of the map, Capri above it with unconnected islands and one white building. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Joan Kelly

THEN

The land did not sell fast on the Isles of Capri in the 1950’s. Doc was not discouraged. One person said he looked across from Marco Island and wondered who in their right mind would want to build on a sand island? But build they did.

Another person told Rosanna that the closer she got to her prospective lot the “lower her spirits sank, being in genuine despair.” It was Doc’s enthusiasm and optimism that brought her around. He extolled the promise of things to come. Doc Loach was in love with the land. This couple bought on the same day that they viewed the land. Rosanna wrote the following comments on the visit.

The woman said, “When we turned

Which ball is closer? The measuring tape is always lost so the Frigates and Beach Bums try to figure out the results.

Which ball is closer? The measuring tape is always lost so the Frigates and Beach Bums try to figure out the results.

off 41 and rattled over a few bridges, I knew genuine despair. When we got out, we found a dredge at work at one end of the island and the bulldozer was scraping mangroves at the other end. I could not see any of Doc’s optimism but my husband could see all of it.”

“It was a case of love at first sight for him. We bought the same day. We both signed those papers in a state of shock-mine from dread (will I ever have to live in this isolation?) my husband’s from elation-he found Utopia.” “We are still living in Utopia.” This was written in the 1980’s. Does anyone know who this couple was?

NOW

As you leave for the north,

Resident sticker is needed to get back on the island after a storm. Free ones are available at Christopher Realty.

Resident sticker is needed to get back on the island after a storm. Free ones are available at Christopher Realty.

home and condo owners should get their car sticker in case there is a storm and you need one to get back on the island. Christopher Realty has the 2012-2013 Capri Residents passes available. There is no charge but you do need to sign in at the office and give your address.

Spring Bocce is in full force. With six teams finding new players to fill their roster as members leave for their respective homes up north. The games are played for fun at 9 AM, Monday through Wednesday. It is good practice and the court is well used.

Calendar

• April 8 – Easter under the big tenton the business island 10:30

• April 10- Capri Meeting 7:00 PM

• April 19 Fire Advisory Board 6:30 PM

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