Puzzles to Ponder


   Some mysterious things are happening in and around Naples and I thought it might be a good idea to bring them to your attention.

   First of all, it is August—a month, some would say, is the hottest and most uncomfortable in Southwest Florida. Yet, over the last week to 10 days, I have noticed not once but several times … are you ready? … car carriers. Yes, those massive trucks bringing a parade of BMWs, Volvos, Cadillacs and Mercedes back to the Paradise Coast.

Car carries - early snowbird season on Naples

   For the life of me, I cannot figure out why folks are sending their wheels now. Could it be that some have finally figured out that the summers are hotter elsewhere (hello, heat waves have been baking states up north) and that our secret about the weather being pretty gorgeous here is actually out? Or maybe some carrier services are offering enticing deals during the otherwise quiet season. I don’t know—your guess is as good as mine. But this phenomenon deserves further investigation.

   The second mystery is the Promenade at Bonita Bay. The shopping center had gone to foreclosure and was sold in July for $5 million to I have no idea whom (an auction was staged). And furthermore, no one is talking about it. There is nothing in any of the local papers and nothing on the local news. Nearly all the retail stores are gone and, from what I can tell, there are only a handful of businesses operating: Robert of Philadelphia salon, Roy’s Restaurant and Molino’s Ristorante. The area looks like a ghost town, although a lush and pretty one to stroll around—despite the lack of revenue, the grounds are well maintained.

   The regular last Thursday art walks and other events conducted by the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs held at the Promenade are still happening. I do know that the Center for the Arts will present a concert there in September, featuring our favorite blues band, Mudbone, although right now, I can’t say where exactly, or how it will play in the midst of a bunch of vacant stores. Very curious.

   So, as you can see, I have some things to work on. I will report to you soon.



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