Among the few remaining larger-than-life figures in town stands Robert Cabral. Through Cabral Enterprises, he has owned and controlled Fishermen’s Wharf for nearly half a century, never shy about staking his ground. Son of William “Captain Bill” Cabral and Mary (Taves) Cabral — and brother of Reggie — Robert married Yvonne Flores. They built this 4,400-square-foot house in 1985, to Cabral’s design. Their son Vaughn Cabral has followed in the business, and is the principal in the Cee-Jay harbor tour and charter fishing business. In reclaiming a wreck of a pier, the Cabrals have faced upland competitors trying to shackle them and government officials making them jump through regulatory hoops other businesses are spared. (They say.) Critics say that the Cabrals, in the grand local tradition, sometimes acted first and sought approvals later.
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