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44 A series of articles written exclusively for the Boca Beacon by Milton Bell Compiled By Marcy Shortuse BY MILTON BELL PORT NOISE COMPLAINT Milton Bell is a Boca Grande native, born on October 26, 1950, who grew up on the property of the phosphate loading facility at Port Boca Grande. One of six children born to Angelo and Myrtle Padilla Bell, who moved to Boca Grande in 1926. Angelo Bell was born in Punta Gorda in 1904. Myrtle Padilla Bell was born on Cayo Costa in 1913. Mrs. Bell’s family was one of the first non-native American settlers in the barrier islands. The history of the Bell and Padilla family is well documented in both the Boca Grande Historical Society and the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse museum. The history of these families as well as the recollections of personal experiences of Milton Bell appeared in a series of articles written for the Boca Beacon. Historical accuracy is only as good as the memory of those who recall it.


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