Friends moving on
And Richard Issa is a big time attorney now; or at least on his way to being that. I remember when I first met Richard he was sort of the everyman of Coconut Grove, he knew the village inside and out, working for the Chamber and the Arts Festival and BID, basically doing all the grunt work for all the power offices in town. Now he is on his way to being a power player. As for now they both may be around during Arts Festival time, but they are on their new life paths.
And honorable mention goes to Naomi Evans, now Naomi Alonso. Naomi was in charge of CocoWalk's marketing department and head of the BID marketing committee. I worked a lot with Naomi on Grove projects and she was excellent as head of the marketing department, she didn't take any crap from anyone, and trust me, they tried. Naomi is still living in the area, she's just not involved with the Grove anymore.
These four people have always treated me with friendship and respect, when there were times were many others around the village did not.
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