FYI: May 2001

FYI — May 2001
FYI — May 2001
By Brad Dunn

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A beloved marina in Punta Gorda, Florida, burned to the ground in February, taking with it more than a dozen boats and an equal number of cats. At presstime investigators were still searching for the cause of the blaze that devoured the Riviera Marina on an early Sunday morning, but had no leads. Pat Cross, a long-time customer who used to store his boat there, told reporters he would miss the marina and the way it was operated by owner Barry Howard.

“The place used to have a nostalgia to it—a Popeye kind of place,” Cross told the Sun Herald. “He sells gas cheaper than anyone around. He makes it so that a poor man can have a boat. It’s not a polished-brass kind of place.”

A shrimp boat captain reported he saw smoke billowing from the marina’s two-story building. Seven fire engines from two agencies rushed to the scene but were unable to quell the flames, according to Knight-Ridder news service. Howard, a lover of cats, suffered minor burns on his hands while trying to rescue as many felines as possible. In the past he has spent thousands of dollars feeding, spaying, and caring for stray cats. In fact, last year Florida’ Department of Environmental Protection confiscated 150 cats from the marina, citing health risks to the area. Another faithful marina customer, Christine Hall, stopped by after the blaze to help Howard tend to the felines that survived.

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This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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