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Captiva family collection will share island's colorful history

August 28, 2014
by CRAIG GARRETT ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Captiva Island history will get a huge boost in documenting its colorful history with the release of photos and documents relating to Anthony "Andy" Rosse, owner of the former Andy's Pier who lived in the island through the 1980s. The former Palm Avenue in Captiva was renamed Andy Rosse Lane in Mr. Rosse's honor. Andy Rosse is recalled as imposing man who ran a pier cafe for the tough charter and fishing guides working Gulf waters through the 1970s. His son, Charles, is remembered as a hard-charger with a colorful lifestyle described as old Florida by survivors of that generation remaining in Captiva and across the bay in Pine Island.

Ron Rosse, Andy Rosse's grandson, has shared family photos, documents, maps, fishing tools, files, clippings and other memorabilia relating to the Rosse family and Captiva history with Dave Jensen, a founder of the Captiva Island Historical Society. Jensen also co-owns a popular Captiva marina and resort. Ron Rosse plans to cull the materials that he has collected, share the items that best trace Captiva's unique history, he said.

He met with Jensen on Aug. 21, sharing laughs and stirring memories as the men sorted through the collection stored in containers over the last decades. Jensen expects to photocopy, archive and/or exhibit the items Ron Rosse will loan the Society in coming months. Captiva has a small historical exhibit at the Captiva Memorial Library.

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An Islander story about Andy Rosse

"Ron's collection," Dave Jensen said, "is such an important part of Captiva's history. I am thrilled he shared it."



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