Meet Boots Tolles

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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

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