Saturday, January 16, 2021

Capri: Then and Now

Kurt Larson on his bike in front of Dick and Kay’s marina. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Kurt Larson on his bike in front of Dick and Kay’s marina. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Joan Kelly

THEN

Continuing the discussion, the Larson family who owned the Capri Marina called at that time Dick and Kay’s Marina. The family lived on the Isles from 1962 ‘til 1974.

This is where the adventure began for Kurt. “They used to call me sandspur because I used to get them in my feet,” Kurt remembered. “As a kid we had lots to do. Fishing. We caught more Snook. That is why there are none today.” Everything we caught she (Kay) cooked, which is really funny because she does not like fish!” “I would roll it in corn flake crumbs and fry it to a golden brown. It is a mild, good fish and I did eat them,” Kay added. “I remember it was yummy,” Kurt exclaimed. “They were very busy boating and got caught off tide once in a while,” Kay added. “I remember falling off the sea wall screaming. My dad jumped in, about broke his leg because I was in about six inches of water,” Kurt continued.

“We had a floating dock right next to the ramp. We had these huge Grouper size Jew fish underneath the ramp. Gigantic manta rays with 12 to 15 inch wings that would jump into the air out in the bay.

We explored the island and the beaches chasing the fiddler crabs. The woods at the end of West Pelican were a great place

The Larsons’ pavers were among the first purchased.

The Larsons’ pavers were among the first purchased.

to explore. We would see the birds laying their eggs. We did not destroy the eggs. We just had a good time in the fields. We also explored the old railroad bridge”

“There were about eight to ten children on the Island. We got together all the time, trick or treating or having parties. It was a big happy family,” Kay explained. “We were so safe on the Isles. They did not lock their bikes at the bus stop, nobody locked their doors.”

“We used to ride our bikes all the way to the bridge after dark so they would not see us coming. They (toll collectors) would be yelling at us to pay the toll. (10 cents) Of course, Mother knew nothing about it at the time,” Kurt noted. (The first time she heard about that was during this discussion.)

The Larsons moved off the islands in 1974. In front of the community center there are pavers inscribed in remembrance of families of the Isles. The Larsons bought several: Dick and Kay’s Marina, Keith and Kurt lived here, and one paver for each of their parents.

NOW

Many people are buying pavers to remember their time on the island. The walk in front of the Capri Community Center is lined with history. You can still buy pavers through the community association. They cost $100. Ann Hall is the contact for the commemorative pavers. 389 4000 or ahall7911@comcast.net.

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