Entrepreneur returns to her home turf with big dreams for its future
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Zita Cobb at the construction site of the Fogo Island Inn.
Zita Cobb says Fogo Island has the freshest, cleanest air on Earth.
She figures the islet has seven seasons. She loves each of them, but fall is her favourite.
"The winds out of the west are special and amazing," she says. "I absolutely try and not plan anything that takes me away from the partridgeberry hills."
With wealth made in the dot com world, Cobb could be based anywhere on the planet - which she's seen a lot of - but she chooses the small, rural, island where she was raised, without electricity, let alone luxury.
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While some may question her rationale, spend a few minutes with Cobb and her reasons become obvious - she loves Fogo Island.
She talks about its people, culture, heritage, geography, berries, fish, landscape and lichens with absolute passion.
"I spent all my childhood looking at the outside world and then 30 years away looking back at Fogo Island," she says.
"And it really wasn't until I went away and looked at it from the other side that I could really see it."