November 22, 2023 The Sun Bay Paper Page 8 It was a Friday, and I was set to get married the next day. My future wife and I took off the day before our wedding to work on getting our apartment ready to be our home. We were busy cleaning and had the TV on. At about 1:30 EST, a special report came on. Walter Cronkite reported the President, John F. Kennedy, had been shot while in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. From that moment on, we were glued to the TV to keep up with the latest news. It was a sad and somber moment for ALL Americans. We left the apartment and went home to our families. Nighttime came, and President Kennedy had died. My Bachelor party with my friends was canceled as all bars were closed. We had a Chinese dinner and were all sad about the event of the day. We were a nation in collective shock and mourning. Our Wedding Mass was scheduled for 11 am at the Church, and our reception was scheduled for 1 pm. Our wedding party of ten relatives and friends was ready to proceed. The hall wanted a somber aff air, and the music band did not want to play. Fortunately, all was resolved. Despite the sadness of the day, the aff air went very well, and ALL had a good time. We left the aff air at 4:30 pm and it was pouring rain. I guess God was a little sad too. We took a fl ight (our fi rst) to Bermuda and had a wonderful Honeymoon. We missed all the sadness and pageantry going on in the USA, as Bermuda was a British Colony. Janet and I will never forget that date. We will be celebrating sixty years of marriage this year and still will never forget that 24-hour period of our lives! Frank M. Ferraiuolo Since the inception of government record-keeping in 1948, a substantial number of Americans— approximately 27 million each year—have embarked on the journey of relocation. The motivations behind such moves often hinge on personal factors, ranging from the desire to be closer to family and the initiation of new relationships to the need for a more spacious dwelling. Nevertheless, certain regions across the country boast attributes with widespread appeal, leading to a surge in population in the past year. According to data derived from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program, one such area experiencing signifi - cant growth is right here, the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area in Florida. Over the period from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, the infl ux of individuals to this region surpassed those departing by a margin of approximately 32,420. The annual population growth of 4.1%, attributed solely to net migration (excluding births and deaths), ranks as the sixth most substantial increase among all 387 metropolitan areas in the United States. The data presented in this report has been compiled at the metropolitan level, utilizing defi nitions from the Census Bureau for July 2023. The following ranking highlights the top ten metropolitan areas based on population increase from net migration during the period from July 2021 to June 2022: 1, Wildwood-The Villages, FL: 8.7% population increase from net migration, equating to 11,680 individuals. 2. Myrtle Beach-ConwayNorth Myrtle Beach, SC: 4.9% population increase from net migration, with a net gain of 18,100 residents. 3. Punta Gorda, FL: A 4.9% rise in population from net migration, totaling 9,520 new residents. 4. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL: A 4.2% increase in population from net migration, representing 31,960 individuals. 5. Homosassa Springs, FL: A 4.1% uptick in population from net migration, encompassing 6,550 new residents. 6. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL: A 4.1% population increase from net migration, with a net gain of 32,420 individuals. 7. North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL: A 3.9% rise in population from net migration, accounting for a net increase of 33,900 residents. 8. Wilmington, NC: A 3.7% population increase from net migration, indicating a net gain of 16,240 individuals. 9. Ocala, FL: A 3.6% rise in population from net migration, involving 14,030 new residents. 10. Port St. Lucie, FL: A 3.5% increase in population from net migration, resulting in a net gain of 17,780 individuals. Eight of the Top TEN are in Florida Want to bring new customers to your door? That’s our job! Making sure they return is yours! To speak to an Ad Specialist call: 239-267-4000 or email us at: produc t i on@sunbaypaper. com NOVEMBER 22, 1963: MY STORY