It’s time for some of our early birds to be returning to “paradise,” so welcome back! The lack of traffic is beautiful and refreshing, which is also a little treat. Soon it will change, and we’ll be enjoying all of the holidays and parties and events… and FRIENDS! That’s the best part – our friends. Speaking of returning and friends: Eurasia reopened on Thursday the 5th with a royal welcoming! First day back and the place was already hopping. My friend Jean Kungle called to say she got an email about the reopening after a nice summer break, so we went over. Then the next night a group of gals (Jean, Sue, Angie Davis) and I went to DiJulio’s, and the NEXT night I went to dinner with Karen Homiak and Alan Wittenauer and we also went to Eurasia! Every meal was outstanding at all the restaurants! All of the Eurasia trusted staff are back once again, thankfully, including Rob who looks like a tall movie star. They always have great food, but I love their Filet Eurasia the best, with their outstanding garlic bread. I saw Lois Kasper and her husband there also. Well, every night I saw people I knew, which is a popular place for my Marco Island special friends also! Now I owe Marco a visit! The problem with Marco is that they have so many outstanding restaurants that it’s hard to choose!
- A new event will be held by East Naples Civic Association called East Naples Dine Out on Thursday, September 26th. It’s a fundraiser to recognize outstanding individuals in the education field who are dedicated to the success of students of Avalon Elementary, Calusa Park Elementary, Lely Elementary, Manatee Elementary, Parkside Elementary, Shadowlawn Elementary, East Naples Middle School, Manatee Middle School, and Lely High School, plus Lorenzo Walker High School.
Participating restaurants will donate a portion of sales to support the E.N. Excellence in Education (ENEE) Awards. They include: Sam Sneads, lunch and dinner in Lely Resort; 21 Spices by Chef Asif – Sugden Plaza; Napoli on the Bay; Hitching Post Plaza and Sugden Plaza and 910 Collier Blvd on Marco Island, take- out and delivery all day; Five Guys in Stock Plaza on 951 at Lely Resort; Rib City in Naples Towne Center – dinner; Burger Fi at Eagle Creek Plaza – all day; Brooks Burgers – Freedom Square, lunch and dinner; Palumbo’s Pizzeria – Stock Plaza, lunch and dinner; Crooked Shillelagh – Courthouse Shadows, dinner; Mitch’s Cookies – King’s Lake Square, all day; Foxboro Sports Tavern, Shops at Hammock Cove – lunch and dinner; The Real Macaw – Bayshore Dr., dinner; 485 Degrees – Pelican Larry’s Plaza – All day; and Flavors by Brazil – St. Andrews Square, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Just mention you are participating in the Dine Out for ENEE Awards Fundraiser
- Please nominate and recognize outstanding individuals in the education field who are dedicated to the success of the students at the above schools. Nominations will be accepted from September 3rd through November 15th, 2019. Please log on to www.ENEEAwards.org and click on “Nominations” on the top tool bar. The Nomination Form can be typed and submitted online, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed directly to 8595 Collier Blvd., Suite 107-109 Naples, Florida 34114.
- It will be interesting to see what the Collier County Commissioners have to say about the issue of storage unit facilities along US 41E during the Commission meeting on Tuesday, September 10th. As I write, we have no idea how that discussion will turn out, but it is a dilemma we are dealing with here in this section of the county. First, the storage facilities want to locate on the main thoroughfares in a community where restaurants and ice cream stores and retail stores would be built. What is their advantage? People don’t drive by and stop to rent a storage unit because of eye appeal… that’s for an ice cream store or barber shop or shoe store, or grocery store. Who, on an impulse, will stop at a storage facility? But they are grabbing up prime property all over rather than “second row seats” and our main streets are narrow, so there is no other place for the goods and services we need. They are nice looking, but in this area, when they take the prime property, there isn’t anything left for shops that NEED to be seen, and they hire very few employees, so they aren’t really an employee generator. With all that have already been built, are being built, or have been approved and you don’t even know they are coming in yet, why would anyone want to build a much needed restaurant next door, or a shoe store or an ice cream parlor? These commodities are so needed, not 20 three-story storage unit buildings that don’t support the needs of the surrounding community. The discussion will be interesting, to be sure.
- I know I’ve talked a lot about the East Naples community, but so much is happening here right now, and I needed new news! The last bit of news is the East Naples Civic Association will be holding their regular monthly luncheon on Thursday, September 19th at the Player’s Club in Lely Resort at 11:30 AM. The speaker this time is quite unusual because she will be speaking about the history of the area and how it has built up through the support and encouragement of the East Naples Civic Association. Hopefully others with background in this area will also offer some information and memories about the past. Donna Fiala (our speaker) will also bring actual newspaper clippings starting after Hurricane Donna, and the county decision to move the county seat from Everglades City to East Naples. I want to thank Lila Zuck for these newspaper clippings. She sought me out and brought them over in perfect condition! Thanks so much, Lila. She seems to hold the place of “chief historian” in our community! If you’re in the neighborhood Lila, stop by the luncheon, my treat, to add other tidbits of knowledge! You’re always welcome!