After 11 years, the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library will close its doors Wednesday in Cape Coral.
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Ralph Santillo, center, leads guests in the Pledge of Allegiance, Tuesday, Sept. 29, as staff and volunteers hosted their final luncheon for veterans at the museum. The Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library will be closing Wednesday, September 30, 2020 after a bitter dispute with its former business partner. Now its organizers are figuring out what to do next, including possibly finding a new space.
“It’s just the end of the road,” says founder and CEO Ralph Santillo. “That’s it.”
The closure comes after a financial dispute with the museum’s former business partner, which owns the building and had wanted the museum to pay $5,000 a month in rent, which would go up to $8,000 next year. Until recently, the museum wasn’t required
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