If you’ve ever surfed at Las Olas you’ll remember Roberto “The Coco Guy” Martinez, the stocky chilled-coconut salesman parked at the corner of the Las Olas clubhouse. He was a man of many talents not the least of which was his skill cleaning and opening coconuts. After years of swinging a sharp machete at coconut husks all day he still had all his fingers!
He’d arrive every morning in his battered green pickup with a surplus refrigerator on its side loaded with fresh coconuts on ice. Although selling goods on the street is not permitted, he struck a deal with Bev to set up shop in front of the Las Olas Casita. He had the best location in town between the Plaza and the beach. In return, he’d keep the corner tidy and promised not sell to chihuahuas (true story). Las Olas ladies bought a lot of coconuts from Roberto. In appreciation, he’d always slip Bev a free one.