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Updated: 01/27/2017 08:22:08PM

Looking back at events of the past

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The Portofino development commissioned a sculpture to be designed for its entrance. The enormous splendid steel shrimp, rearing up on its tail in high weeds, remained a Placida Road oddity for several years after Portofino canceled the planned development. Photo 1975.

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It was 1914 when the first resident of Englewood, Stanley Lampp, bought an automobile, a 1914 Model T Ford. And it was Stanley who brought the first electric lights to town. He installed a Delco light plant at his small hotel, the Tamiami Lodge which would have been located on the bayfront on what is now Cherokee Street.

It was 1925 when Englewood got its first bank. It was the talk of the town. However, just a couple of years later, the town woke one morning to hear startling news. Mr. Silkey, the bank’s cashier, had taken all the bank money and high-tailed it out of town. Englewood would not see another bank until 1957.

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