Meet Boots Tolles
Boots Tolles came to Cape Coral when the young community had fewer than 5,000 residents. That was 1967. Now the Cape’s population is edging up to 200,000 and the city has the second-largest landmass in Florida. Tolles describes her adopted hometown as “an amazing place. I love Cape Coral.” Tolles at age 79 keeps busy on civic projects, such as helping find photos, yearbooks and graduate recollections of Cape Coral High School, anticipating the school’s 40-year anniversary. It was the city’s first high school. Cape students until the 1970s were shipped to North Fort Myers or Cypress Lake high schools. Cape High’s first principal was Ida Baker; another Cape high school today bears her name. Tolles also witnessed Southwest Florida history― the 1960s at The Golf Club in Cape Coral, where college tourneys were hosted and future legends such as Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite played, and where icons such as Bob Hope performed. The club was “the place to go,” she recalls. Sadly it closed with the 2008 market collapse, effectively ending an era that will fade as all things do, she says.
Cape's early settler, loves her adopted hometown