The Early Days of Pelican Cove
The first purchasers in the Cove were a mix of all ages and professional backgrounds. According to reports, there was always a great number of creative owners attracted to Pelican Cove. Among the recent retirees, there were a few children, newborns, and teenagers. It was also reported that the units “sold like hotcakes” even though the country’s economic times were tough in the mid 1970’s. Soon after Mae Wilbanks passed away (remember that she was still living in the Wilbanks home on the property) remodeling plans began immediately after the building reverted to Pelican Cove. Ramon Berrios, a talented interior designer who decorated most of the models for the community as well as the Recreation Pavilion, was picked to do the restoration. The Wilbanks conversion from a home to a clubhouse was completed in December of 1976 and a Christmas party for the residents was held there.