Sunday, November 29, 2020

CAPRI: THEN AND NOW

One of the new signs at the Capri Park.

One of the new signs at the Capri Park.

By Joan Kelly

THEN

According to Rosanna, the next basic issue Doc had to provide was potable water for a new community. At the beginning, there was a reservoir that was filled with 45,000 gallons of water. Water was hauled in from Naples twice a day.

It was then distributed to the home owners. It proved to be very expensive and would not meet the needs of a growing community. Doc drilled, according to his wife, Rosanna, 175 to 200 test wells searching for good water.

Doc did not know that a carpenter hired by Loach had a well in his yard. One day Doc saw the man with a hand pump. Loach tasted the water, had it analyzed at the Naples Water Department and found that it was good water. The water was traced along a grade called Manatee Road which belonged to Collier Co. He got permits and formed a Capri Water Works which was in effect from 1963 to 1981.

It was a joint venture with interested property owners who, for $450 each,

The water tank as it looks today. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

The water tank as it looks today. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

purchased shares. Doc provided the corporation with a no interest loan. The money provided lines, meters and the plant. The understanding at the outset was Collier County could take over the water facility at any time. This happened in 1981 when a purchase agreement was reached by the utility.

NOW

Eight hundred forty worshipers attended Easter service at Capri Christian Church under the tent on the busy island.

The park has new signs that are tamper proof and clearer to read. There are more improvements to come after the summer. Bocce is still going on.

The last Capri Meeting until November was held April 10th. There are now 483 members. The air conditioner will be replaced this summer. The officers will choose a company at their next meeting. The budget for this project is $7,000 to $10,000. Fiddlers Creek has agreed to ask boat trailer owners to remove their trailers as soon as possible and to clean up the area behind the fence. Hurricane car stickers are still available at Christopher Realty. Canal dredging is still being discussed.


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