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This profile was last updated on 2/5/15  and contains information from public web pages.

City Historian

Local Address: Cape Coral, Florida, United States
 
Background

Employment History

  • President
    Cape Coral Historical Society
  • President
    project and Historical Society
  • Vice President and Community Relations Director
    Gulf American Land Corporation
  • Assistant To the Managing Directo.
    Gulf American Land Corporation
  • Industrial Development and Community Relations Officer
    Gulf American Land Corporation
  • President
    Cape Coral Historical Museum
  • President and Charter Member
    Rotary Club of Cape Coral

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Aubuchon was nominated by Rotary member ...
www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com, 5 Feb 2015 [cached]
Aubuchon was nominated by Rotary member Paul Sanborn.
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Paul Sanborn presents a plaque to Gary Aubuchon, right.
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"Although he probably doesn't know it, I believe Gary lives the four-way test every day," Sanborn said.
Residents get history lesson from those who lived it - cape-coral-daily-breeze.com | News, sports, community info. - Cape Coral Daily Breeze
www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com, 22 Aug 2010 [cached]
The presentation, which began at 11 a.m., was given by Paul Sanborn and Elmer Tabor.
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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.
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"Their philosophy was, 'Build it and they will come,'" Sanborn said.
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"The Rosen brothers, when they did things, they did it right," Sanborn said.
Boy Scout Alex Golod, middle, receives ...
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Boy Scout Alex Golod, middle, receives a plaque for helping restore the Cape Coral Historical Society area. He is pictured with his brother Nicholas, who also helped with the project, and Historical Society president Paul Sanborn.
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The place deteriorated," said Paul Sanborn, president of the Cape Coral Historical Society.
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"This young man also put out about $200 of his own money to pay for paint and supplies," Sanborn said.
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"Special recognition should go to Alex's younger brother, Nicholas, who worked alongside his brother and put in a lot of hours assisting his brother with his Eagle project," Sanborn said.
Council to name venue for Paul ...
www.news-press.com, 3 Feb 2008 [cached]
Council to name venue for Paul Sanborn
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For several decades, Paul Sanborn has preserved history for the city.
On Monday, Sanborn, 84, will make some history himself when a newly opened park on Southeast Third Street will be dedicated in his name.
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"I feel quite honored," Sanborn said."When I found out about it I said, "Why me?"and I guess it's because I've been involved in the city for so long."
Sanborn found out about the approximately 3-acre park being named for him during a Cape Coral Rotary Club meeting last week.Later that day, he visited the facility.
"It's very nice," Sanborn said."It's has a playground for children, basketball courts, open-air pavilion and grill."
Other amenities include horseshoe pits, walking and exercise path, benches, restrooms, bike racks, drinking fountain and lights.
"The playground is very unique with a shade covering so the children can play and not get beat up by the sun," Sanborn said.
Sanborn, a retired bank marketing officer, moved to Cape Coral 45 years ago from Kissimmee with his wife, Mildred, and three daughters.He arrived seven years before the city incorporated as part of his work with Gulf American Corp., which sold land and first developed the city in the early years.
"There were 1,100 people when I came here," Sanborn said.
In his job, Sanborn wore many hats and took over titles of assistant to the managing director and community relations director.He managed the Cape Coral Yacht Club from 1962 to 1966 and the Cape Coral Country Club at the same time.
He also found time to work on community projects for the Cape Coral Rotary Club and the attend the first city council meetings on behalf of Gulf American Corp.
"Because of my position with Gulf American Corp., I did a lot in the community and got involved in a lot of things," Sanborn said.
Sanborn claims his greatest accomplishment was to bring the first high school to Cape Coral.He served as chairman of the five-member Cape Coral High School task force.The school opened at its current location off Santa Barbara Boulevard in April 1980, a month before the first senior class graduated.The students attended classes at North Fort Myers High before moving to the new building.
"That is something I'm truly proud of seeing - Cape Coral gets its first high school," Sanborn said.
Sanborn served on the Lee County Mosquito District board for 20 years, Cape Coral Hospital Board of Directors for 29 years. has been the city's historian for approximately 25 years and a member of the American Legion for more than 60 years.
He was recently named to a fifth term as president of the Cape Coral Historical Society/Museum and a charter member of Cape Coral First United Methodist Church.
"I'm interested in preserving history and contributing things to preserve history," Sanborn said.
Sanborn is a veteran and served in the Army Signal Corps as a radio operations gunman during World War II.
With no air conditioning, Cape Coral ...
www.news-press.com, 2 June 2012 [cached]
With no air conditioning, Cape Coral Historian Paul Sanborn remembers setting up banquet tables and folding chairs at the station when he represented Gulf American Land Corporation in council meetings.
"This'll be a real attention getter," Sanborn said of the mural.
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