Receiving history from a reader

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By Bob Stein

Siesta Sand recently received a letter accompanied by a full edition of the Siesta Key Pelican April 20, 1978 paper.  The Sarasota resident is Larry Rider.

In his letter, Rider stated “I was rummaging through my late mother’s stuff and discovered the enclosed Siesta Key Pelican. Rider went on to say, “My Parents bought a rental house in 1955 upon return from their overseas Army assignment, but didn’t retire and move here until 1971. In 1955, my sister and I thought that the house was so far out in the boondocks… “

Rider believed his mother may have saved the copy because of advertisement from her husband’s real estate office, Rider, Opitz & Seale Realty, Inc.  The ad appeared on page 19 of the paper.

In the letter Rider went on to say “I believe his old office is now the Siesta Key Oyster Bar.”

It was interesting looking at the real estate prices of the day. A 2 bedroom 2 ½ bath 100 foot waterfront home was listed for $54,500. A home on Casey Key with access on both the Gulf and bay with a swimming pool was listed for $79,900. Another ad was listing beach front waterfront lots on Beach Road for $27,900.

The featured article on the cover was “Now We Are 7” celebrating the seventh anniversary of the paper. As you can see with the accompanying photo, the cover had 7 pelicans floating in the water. Another article on the cover was the expansion of St. Boniface, “St. Boniface Launches Building Program.” 

Paging through the paper was the “Sheriff’s Report” listing four crimes. The crimes of the day had three burglaries and one assault of a woman outside her place of employment. Some things never change.

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