Historic Board elects new chair and vice chair … and finally realize Bob Vila’s greatness

_Tim_Seibert_ImageThe Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board met on April 8 to grant one property contributing status and to elect a new chair and vice chair.


Tim Seibert, an outspoken member of the board who can always be relied on for his candor and incisiveness, is the new chair.

Bill Caldwell was elected as the new vice chair. He has served on the Historic Board for many years, and has held positions on many other island boards as well.

After those positions were decided, the board quickly dispatched its remaining task: a change of status of 351 Gilchrist Ave. from contributing to non-contributing, in accordance with Lee County Staff recommendations.

Caldwell said he believes the goal of the BGHPB is “ … not to be obstructionist but to add to the quality of … life in Boca Grande.”

He continued, “This is the sort of thing we should be enthusiastically approving.”

Lee County Staff present noted the string of interesting owners, including members of the McVickars family and Bob Vila, who hosted the nationally syndicated program, “This Old House.”

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