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Dam … dam … dam The story of three island streets and how they got their names! By Marcy Shortuse Photos by Christine Cunningham and Marcy Shortuse It’s a tricky existence living on three particular streets in Boca Grande. They are all next to each other and the locale is beautiful, but it can sometimes be difficult to give a stranger your address. “What street do you live on?” “Damfino.” “You don’t know where you live?” “Damficare.” “You seriously won’t tell me?” “Damfiwill.” Seriously, these are street names on the island. We aren’t joking. So how did these streets get these names? You can probably guess something along the lines of what really happened, but we will go ahead and tell you. The streets have been spelled different ways throughout the years, including the typical “damn” and the notso typical “dam.” According to current Lee County tax records the streets are all “dam” streets, but someone recently put up a new sign that says “damnfino,” which isn’t right at all. In November of 2006 the Boca Beacon received a letter from a lady named Martha Hall. Here are her exact words from the letter: How did Damfino get its name? It has been spelled several different ways. Now it seems Damfino is here for keeps because Lee County has it spelled that way on the tax bill.


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