As we dump daylight time this weekend I’m reminded that a former Eagle editor once suggested Florida use Daylight Savings Time in winter. Makes sense to me.
An extra hour of afternoon daylight would delight seasonal visitors and might persuade some to put off cocktail hour for an hour as well. Nah.
Sure, kids would have to go to school in the dark, but doesn’t school start too early anyway?
What color will Bill Moss paint his Naples office?
A friend, former Naples Mayor Kim Anderson, has good wishes for Bill Moss as he assumes his city manager duties there. She also has questions about how he might decorate his new office.
“When (we) hired Dr. Richard Woodruff as city manager in 1991, he (and his wife) repainted the walls in blue and gray,” Kim reminisced. “These colors are welcoming, can bring down the blood pressure, promote comfort and speak to peacemaking and reason. Dr. Lee (outgoing city manager) repainted his office lilac, an offbeat and surprising color, promoting light heartedness and restfulness.”
Kim has an intense interest in color. Her father was the fourth licensed painting contractor in Naples when he moved there in 1956. So, knowing the psychological effects of color on people, Kim wonders what color Moss might choose.
I’m told Moss’s Marco office has the same bland, beige wallpaper he inherited when the former Bank of America building became City Hall.
So maybe Moss will live with Lee’s lilac in Naples. If not, he might check first with ex Mayor Anderson. She knows her colors, not to mention her Naples history.
Villa Venezia’s new owners hope to get involved in Marco activities.
I’m asked not to reveal the names of the new owners of Marco’s premier single family home — Villa Venezia— but it’s in the public records and you can look it up.
What I can say is that the new owners chose the villa on Caxambas Court over homes they saw and could have purchased in places such as Port Royal and Bay Colony.
They’ve been part-time residents of Greater Naples for several years and did a lot of looking before they found, and bought, Villa Venezia. The deal closed Oct. 17. The reported price, a new record for Marco — $9.1 million.
The designer and owner of the award-winning house, Everett Van Hoesen, is enthused about the family that bought the Villa and will live here seasonally, maybe longer.
“They will take good care of the place,” Van Hoesen said. “They’re good, down to earth people who hope to get involved in the community. They have a home also in New England and are fully retired now.”
Van Hoesen has made Villa Venezia available for charity fund-raisers off and on over the past several years, raising about $270,000.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they continue the practice of making their home available occasionally for good causes,” Van Hoesen added.
Sasso’s is back with expanded menu, new bar treats & more
Sasso’s Restaurant on Winterberry Drive is scheduled to reopen this evening with a new chef, an inventive menu and a special “create your own entrée” offering.
Chef Darwin, will be doing some innovative things with seafood. For example, he’s creating a grilled swordfish on a bed of sautéed calamari with artichokes and kalamata olives in a spicy marina sauce.
The “create your own” option lets the diner choose among six types of fish, pan seared or grilled, plus a choice of sauces and side dishes. The fish? Usually there will be black grouper, tilapia, mahi mahi, salmon, swordfish and yellowtail.
Sasso’s also will have a special food menu for the bar. Happy hour is 5 to 6 p.m. For reservations phone 393-4960.
(Trivia: Kalamata olives are named for the Greek city on the sea. The name may stem from a Greek word meaning, “beautiful eyes.”)
Last hurrah for 2007’s Oktoberfest at house of Mozart
Oktoberfest 2007 goes out in a blaze of good German and Austrian food tonight at the House of Mozart in the Shops of Marco.
Alfred and Manuela Schinagl are bringing in a well-known German band, the Stratton Mountain Boys, to entertain dinner guests, starting at 6 p.m.
Reservations for this special evening are a must. Call 642-5220.
Business is up at SW Florida International
Tourism promoters here must be pleased with the latest passenger figures at our major airport.
More than 387,000 people used the airport in September, up 5.2% from a year ago. Delta had the most traffic at SW Florida International in September: 59,176 passengers.
Don Farmer has been a full-time Marco Islander for eight years and a part-time resident for more than 30 years. He says full-time is better. Farmer welcomes your ideas for column items via e-mail at email@example.com.