Counter Intelligence: Family Is Lone Tenant in Fla. High-Rise

Family has luxe digs -- and not a single neighbor

By Xana O'Neill
|  Monday, Aug 3, 2009  |  Updated 12:15 PM CDT
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Victor Vangelakos, a New Jersey firefighter, looks out from his seventh floor apartment balcony in downtown Fort Myers, Fla. He doesn't have a single neighbor.

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