‘A special essence’

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 09:59 AM.

“It is a special essence you find in Port St. Joe,” Silva said. “It is such a unique experience. A lot of towns don’t do this. But people in Port St. Joe put aside all their differences to put on something special.

“It touches you on a personal level.”

That is often not the case in larger towns, at larger events, Silva said. Folks participate in smaller numbers, unwilling or unable to put work, school and kids and the treadmill of life aside.

“They mean to do well, they want to do well, but sometimes in a bigger town the event is kind of drowned out by so much going on in life,” Silva said. “In Port St. Joe that is not the case at all.”

Silva has an unusual perspective on the community in that Port St. Joe has become a frequent traveling destination.

He has been here when the Wounded Warrior Weekend, when the Semper Fi Sisters Beach Blast in the fall was not underway, and he has been in the shops, been in the restaurants, walked the streets.

“The locals remember you and talk to you and you see how much they support you,” Silva said. “It is wow. That is something you don’t see much anymore. I have been all around the world and that is something unique to Port St. Joe.”

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