The Isles of Capri is 56 years old. It was the dream of one man, “Doc” Loach, where eight mangrove islands with abundant fish and wild life would live in harmony with people.
Loach developed four of the islands located between Rookery Bay Refuge and Marco River and Tarpon Bay into 550 home sites. The purchase price, $350 an acre. Most of the lots are waterfront. The lots sold for about $2,700 each with 25 percent down and three years to pay.
There were no roads on the Isles of Capri property. There were mosquitoes, sand flies and chiggers. There was also no bridge to Marco.
Next issue will tell more of the story as “Doc” had no idea the troubles that lay ahead.
Today on the Isles of Capri there is one business island with four restaurants, several realty offices, a market, a deli, a couple of marinas, fire hall and community center. The other islands are residential with single family homes as well as apartments and condos.
The CommunityCenter is very active in the winter with exercise classes, card games, parties and meetings. The library is open in the afternoons Tuesday through Thursday. You can select a book or donate a book since this is a free library.
Euchre Card party will begin on January 17th at 6:30 PM. Phone Gary or Darla at 815- 342-6014 if you are interested.
Capri pot luck is January 24th, 6:00 PM. Bocce starts next week with teams formed into two divisions, A and B. Each team in the division plays once a week. Team captains met January 9th for instructions.
The All Island Yard Sale is January 28th. You need to sign up with Bobby Decker at 394-6300 to be a part of it. Note: If you do not want to do your own sale, the Capri Community Church will accept good quality donations on January 26th.
CAPRI CHRISTIAN CHURCH:
• Saturday 5:00 PM
• Sunday 9 AM contemporary service
• Sunday school 10:15 AM
• Sunday 11:15 AM blended worship