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Bird's Eye View of the Bay

At 96, St. Petersburg resident Beverly Wiltshire decided if she was ever going to get to ride in a helicopter, she'd better get going. On March 4 she did just that. Read all about it.

It’s not every day a 96-year old woman takes her first spin in a helicopter, but that’s just what happened in St. Petersburg March 4 when Beverly Wiltshire and five of her neighbors from The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay – Pam Farner, Betty Noe, Eileen Pagano, Ann Metko and Jean Briggs – got a bird’s eye view of downtown St. Petersburg.

Leaving in turns from Albert Whitted Airport aboard a Safari Chopper, the daring ladies whirred over the city, capturing an ideal view of the St. Pete Pier on the picture perfect day. Short months from now, the historic landmark will be torn down to be replaced by a new design. After peering down at Tropicana Field, the newly remodeled Salvador Dali Museum and Mahaffey Theater, one group was thrilled to see a pair of manatees, mother and baby, eating vegetation in one of the bay’s shallows. In the distance toward the Gulf, shining in the sun, they could clearly see the two towers they call home.

Back on terra firma, Wiltshire said “I feel young again.” Months earlier, she had typed a note that she was getting old and wanted to ride in a helicopter before she died. Reading her note, associates from The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay immediately set out to make sure Wiltshire would be able to check off the experience on her bucket list before her 97th birthday. They were surprised when so many others signed up to do the same.

The uplifting experience was more than a thrill for the residents of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay. “It was like a shot of B-12,” described Farner. As they chatted
about their daring adventure over lunch at Jonny Reno’s, they could see out the
window a massive cluster of sailboats heading their way, each adorned with strikingly colored sails. It seemed a fitting finale to an all around exciting day.

About The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay

The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, 1255 Pasadena Avenue South, is an active, full-service rental community overlooking the bay, with on-site care available. It is proudly managed by Watermark Retirement Communities. Long respected as one of the nation’s leading seniors’ housing innovators, Watermark is dedicated to creating extraordinary communities where people thrive. For more information, visit www.watermarkcommunities.com.

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Cherlene Willis March 14, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Wow! Looks like you ladies had a blast up there! What an awesome adventure and great story - thanks for sharing! - Cherlene

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