Saturday, January 16, 2021

Capri: Then and Now

Fishing was great on the Isles. This Snook catch was legal then. It would not be today. But what fun it was to catch these fish. Dick Larson is on the left. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Fishing was great on the Isles. This Snook catch was legal then. It would not be today. But what fun it was to catch these fish. Dick Larson is on the left. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Joan Kelly

THEN

The request for Capri residents who lived on the Islands in the 1960’s was answered by Kay Larson and son Kurt who spoke to me about their experiences during this time. Husband and father, Dick, died a few weeks ago.

Kay and Dick Larson owned the Isles of Capri Marina from 1962 to 1965. They called it Dick and Kay’s Marina. The Larsons lived above the business with their children. The building was later known as Jim and Edie’s and no longer exists. The Larsons bought the business from Walter Morgan who first established it.

Half of the building was a tackle shop the other half a snack bar with beer, sodas and sandwiches. In the back was a garage with ten Lone Star 14 foot aluminum boats with Evinrude motors and a free boat ramp. There were four efficiency apartments. They also sold shrimp and gasoline.

Next to the marina was Winchell’s (Paul Winchell), another marina. Al Tateo had a couple of efficiency rentals. There were a couple of real estate offices too, the Larsons remembered.

“The Isles of Capri Road was very narrow and they widened it two or three times. The bridges were wooden with nails were sticking out of them. In order to get to Marco you either had to go by boat or all the way around through Goodland.

There was a lot of wildlife and a lot of mosquitoes,” Kay recalled. “The no see’ums were horrific.”

Kurt was about 3 years old at this time. The older son Keith had just started kindergarten. The bus came

The exterior of the Capri Christian Church is finished. They even hooked up to the sewer system and put in a new sprinkler system.

The exterior of the Capri Christian Church is finished. They even hooked up to the sewer system and put in a new sprinkler system.

from Naples to take him to school because there was no bridge to Marco. He started at Shadowlawn and when that was overcrowded went to Lake Park.

By the time Kurt went to school it was Avalon. Then they went to East Naples Middle and Naples High and then Lely.

“They were switched around a lot,” Kay explained. “After we sold the marina we moved to 5 (possibly 7) W. Pelican which is now a vacant lot,” Kurt noted.

A chat with the Larsons will continue next issue. If there is someone else who lived on Capri in the 1960’s, or if you have any photos of Jim and Edies restaurant or Paul Winchell’s store, please call Joan at 239-389-0936. We are also looking for any Hurricane Agnes (1972) pictures as well.

NOW

Dale Williamson, board chairman of Capri Christian Church, explained the sanctuary addition of the church is completed on the outside. It looks great.

The interior, he hopes, will be finished by the end of May with a preliminary dedication in early June and a formal dedication in January.

The first building was dedicated in 1980 with an addition in 2001, he noted. The sanctuary addition added 13 feet to each side with about 75% more seating. It took 13 months to get permits for the new construction which started in October of 2011.

Church services remain the same: Sunday 9 AM contemporary, 10:15 Sunday School and 11:15 blended service. The Saturday services are discontinued for now. The church is located on the corner of Capri Blvd. and Hilo and is the only church on the island.

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