Patti Middleton said she was working at the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse the first time she saw Mote Marine’s research vessel in Boca Grande Pass.
Dubbed the Eugenie Clark, it made its first trip through Boca Grande Pass in the late ‘90s. Patti, a nationally-acclaimed artist, recorded that moment in history.
Once the Mote Marine Office of Boca Grande opened last year with Capt. Phil O’Bannon as its executive director, Patti said she wanted him to have it. He was more than pleased with the offering.
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