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Paul J. Sanborn

Assistant To the Managing Director

Gulf American Land Corporation

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Gulf American Land Corporation

Background Information

Employment History

President of the President

Cape Coral Historical Museum


Affiliations

Rotary Club of Cape Coral

Founding Member


Cape Coral Hospital

Historian


Naples

City Historian


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www.captivasanibel.com

The grand marshal for the parade is Paul Sanborn, the city's official historian.
Sanborn worked for the Rosen brothers, serving as the assistant to the managing director for Gulf American Land Corporation - developer of the Cape - in 1962. In 13 years, he managed the yacht and country club and he served as the director of industrial development and community relations. She noted he was instrumental in building the first school and the first hospital in the Cape. After leaving Gulf American, Sanborn entered the banking profession at Cape Coral Bank, the only bank in the city at the time. He also worked for several other local banks, before retiring in 1993. Sanborn is a past president of the Rotary Club of Cape Coral, a past president of the Cape Coral Historical Society Museum board of directors and a past president of the Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Lee County Mosquito Control Board and was named the Citizen of the Year twice. "He really is Mr. Cape Coral," Meola said, noting that Sanborn was their first pick. On Thursday, Sanborn explained that he has participated in parades before. "But this is a highlight because we're recognizing the early days of Cape Coral," he said. "I am highly honored to be named grand marshal," Sanborn added. Asked about bringing back the annual event, he voiced support for the plan. "I think it's a great idea," Sanborn said. "We used to have night parades and they were very well accepted," he added.


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August 26, 2010 Paul Sanborn said he moved to Cape Coral on May 1, 1962, because he was offered a job to work for Gulf American Land Corporation as the assistant to the managing directo. more >>


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Paul Sanborn said he moved to Cape Coral on May 1, 1962, because he was offered a job to work for Gulf American Land Corporation as the assistant to the managing directo. > Full Story


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Paul Sanborn said he moved to Cape Coral on May 1, 1962, because he was offered a job to work for Gulf American Land Corporation as the assistant to the managing director.
"Our job was to work with the community and as the growth came we needed amenities," he said. "We did things when the population got large enough." There were only 1,100 people living here, Sanborn explained about the early '60s. In the early '60s, Sanborn, who is now the official city historian, said there were only two television stations available to Cape Coral residents. "We started the first cable company," he said about Gulf American Land Corporation. "We provided cable as more people came in around 1967." On June 10, 1962, the Yacht Club was opened to provide recreational activities for individuals to participate in as the community grew. "Prior to that there weren't any facilities for recreation," Sanborn said. One of the interesting things about Cape Coral, Sanborn said, was that there was absolutely no development north of Cape Coral Parkway. As the development of Cape Coral began, they dug the canals and used the fill to put the base of the homes on, which all began around the Yacht Club. "The canal structure is something that could never be done again because of the environmental concerns of today," he said. The opening of the Cape Coral Bridge on March 14,1964, was a turning point for the city because it cut down travel time to Fort Myers and made the progress of Cape Coral much easier, Sanborn said. "It was a major factor of the growth of the community at that time," he said. All the government activities were handled by the county, prior to the establishment of the city in 1970, Sanborn said, which is why the residents needed local control. "That is when the charter was voted on in 1970," Sanborn said. "When the city was established, the county didn't have as much control and there was more local control." Upon Sanborn's arrival, he said the average age of Cape Coral was 62; therefore claiming the city as a retirement community. He said that quickly changed as more families moved into the area creating a need to develop schools within the city. "There was a need for more schools with the new population coming in," he said. The average age of Cape Coral is now 42 years old, which Sanborn said is a very important part of the growth of the city. He said he enjoyed seeing something that started from "absolutely nothing and become one of the largest cities in the state because of what we did in the early days." "I feel proud that I had something to do with the starting of the city ... not that many people have that opportunity," he said. Cape Coral historian and long-time resident Paul Sanborn, right, with sportscaster Bill Stern, center, and Alan Sundstrom in 1968. Sanborn was named Outstanding Citizen that year and Sundstrom Outstanding Teenage Citizen.


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The presentation, which began at 11 a.m., was given by Paul Sanborn and Elmer Tabor.
Sanborn, president of the Cape Coral Historical Society and city historian, moved to the Cape in 1962 to work for Gulf American Land Corporation, while Tabor's family moved to the community when he was a child in 1960 and opened the city's first grocery store. The longtime locals shared with the audience a slideshow of old photographs and tales from times past, while dispelling myths and confirming facts about a city that once had a population of 1,100. It was the late 1950s when Jack and Leonard Rosen set eyes on the area and set their minds to building a city on about 4,800 acres in the southeast portion. "There was absolutely no development north of Cape Coral Parkway or west of Pelican," Sanborn said. "This was the nucleus of Cape Coral." Mail was delivered by boat, trips to Fort Myers involved taking Del Prado Boulevard to Hancock Bridge Parkway to U.S. 41, and everything was about firsts - one of the first businesses was Carriage Cleaners, which is still in operation today, and the first hotel in town was the Nautilus Motel, which once stood where the Holiday Inn Express is now. "We didn't have any traffic lights," Sanborn said. "Their philosophy was, 'Build it and they will come,'" Sanborn said. "The Rosen brothers, when they did things, they did it right," Sanborn said.


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