Greg Cote

It's a 'PopeFest' as admirers, fans gather Tuesday to honor late Herald columnist

Miami Herald columnist Edwin Pope in 2003 at One Herald Plaza.
Miami Herald columnist Edwin Pope in 2003 at One Herald Plaza.

Hundreds of admirers are expected fill The Clevelander inside Marlins Park on Tuesday night to celebrate the extraordinary life and career of the longtime former Miami Herald sports columnist Edwin Pope, who passed away Jan. 19 at age 88.

Pope chronicled South Florida sports from the late 1950s into the 2010s, though he retired as a full-time columnist in 2003.

A private family service for Pope was held recently in Okeechobee, but this occasion, dubbed “PopeFest,” will be the first public event in his honor.

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Those attending will range from the prominent -- local politicians, team officials and those Pope covered -- to invited longtime Herald readers who never met Pope but were loyal fans and applied to be included.

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Because of the venue’s limited capacity, the three-hour event commencing at 7 p.m. has reached its limit and applications for admission have been shut off.

One of the stadium’s parking garages will be opened to accommodate PopeFest.

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