Newsy News

I have lots of newsy things to get to with this post. As the snowbirds begin to return to Southwest Florida, there are a few “housekeeping” items you need to know about, so here we go:

First—and it took me a few trips around Southwest Florida International Airport to figure this out when I was attempting to pick up Bob Harden one Sunday—the cell-phone waiting lot has been moved. In addition, there is actually a gas station inside the airport grounds that seemed to spring out of nowhere. The lot and the gas station are in the same location. So, instead of making a right turn into the old cell-phone lot, look for the gas station and the cell phone lot on the left as you approach the terminal. Now, folks who are waiting for their arriving guests to call will have access to snacks, beverages, etcetera at the little store that is attached to the gas station. Even more important, they will have access to bathrooms. In case you may be wondering has become of the old cell-phone lot, all of the limos and taxis get to wait there—with no food, drink or “facilities.”


Images: Southwest Florida International Airport,

Second—When your guests, kids, grandkids, or all of the above are visiting during the season and you are searching desperately for something for them to do, I have found out about a terrific place where they can rent their own boats for hours at a time. It is called Brookside Marina Boat Rentals and it is on Davis Boulevard. Mike Randall, the owner, provides maps, instructions and three different kinds of boats in which people can toot around Naples Bay. There are Hurricane Duck boats, which can accommodate up to eight passengers; Pontoon boats, which can accommodate up to 12; and Center Console boats, which can take four folks. Brookside Marina is open from 7:30 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week. For more information, log on to or call 239-793-BOAT (2628).

Third—Through a friend, I happened to find out about a terrific money-saving card that offers benefits at more than 400 restaurants and businesses throughout Southwest Florida. It is called the Resident Club Card. For as little as $35 per year, you receive a card similar to a credit card, which can save you money at many great places like the Naples Princess and Gulfshore Playhouse. It also offers discounts at some great restaurants like Sea Salt, Inca’s Kitchen, ALTO Live Jazz Kitchen, HobNob and Barbatella, to name a few. In order to peruse all of the benefits of this little card in addition to all of the business partners RCC has in the area, log on to I had never heard of the Resident Club Card before, and am so pleased to share this new discovery with you!

Alto Live Jazz Kitchen, Bayfront, Naples

Photo: Alto Live Jazz Kitchen

Before I sign off, I want to give a shout out to our favorite funky blues band ever, Mudbone, who appear at our every-Tuesday-night destination, Weekend Willie’s Sports Bar & Grill, Naples. Even in late September—in the height of the deadest (not a great word, but it works) part of the year here in paradise—Mudbone was playing to a nearly sold-out crowd who were on their feet most of the evening.

Mudbone at Weekend Willie's Naples

Photo: Mudbone

For those who have not arrived from the north yet and want to hear this amazing team of musicians, I recommend you call for reservations. The phone number for Weekend Willie’s is 239-597-3333.


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