Jeffrey Macasevich just had hip surgery recently and is now rehabbing at Manor Care at Lely Palms on Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. He said the care couldn’t be better and the food is fantastic. I’ve heard those same comments from others who have stayed at Lely Palms as well. The residents all seem very happy and content.
While I went to a ribbon cutting at Lely and visited Jeff, I talked with a 90-year-old lady named Merle Harris. This lady didn’t look a day over 70, neatly groomed and smartly dressed. She told me she moved to Everglades City in 1923, and then up to Naples in 1926. It was so interesting to listen to some of her stories about the old times. Wouldn’t it be fun to just sit and listen to some of these stories from the pioneers of our county?
It is encouraging to see some of the building and remodeling taking place here in East Naples. The Lowe’s is already out of the ground and growing rapidly.
The nine-acre site at the U.S. 41 East entrance to Lely Resort has been cleared and will be graded in hopes of attracting some interest in building boutique retail shops and a nice restaurant overlooking the water to the west. Just watching how packed Carrabba’s is every single night of every single week should be an attraction in itself. I’m sure Lowe’s will follow in Carrabba’s footsteps, which should also be encouraging to retailers. This U.S.41 corridor has been crying out for restaurants and retail businesses to come to the area. Let’s hope it begins to come our way soon.
It is sad to see McConnell’s neighborhood hardware store closing. They have been here for so many, many years. Always helpful, always personal attention to their customers. I will truly miss them. Their kids went to school with my kids! Also, sad to see Mr. Mom’s has closed. We never expected to loose either one of those long established businesses. So sad.
On a more positive note, and talking about building again, have you noticed all of the activity at the old Fitzgerald’s restaurant on U.S.41 E.? I peeked in the window and could see they have been remodeling the inside (although it was such a lovely place as it was). I’ll see if I can find out what business is going in there and let everyone know. Also, have you seen the building going on in the old Three Sisters restaurant on Davis Blvd? Whoever bought it is really working hard to completely renovate the inside. I’ll check on that one as well. Finally, the Krantz BP gas station on the S.E. corner of Airport and Davis Blvd. will become a Chicago Pizza Restaurant with indoor dining. From what I’ve been told, they expect to be open for business by the end of the year if all goes as planned, per Ken Drum who talked with them.
Stan. Everyone knows who I’m talking about when I say Stan, right? Is there another Stan? Is there another Stan’s in Goodland? Well, Stan will be celebrating his 84th birthday on Sunday, April 25, at Stan’s. He’ll also be celebrating 40 years in business at the same time! It should be a big day and a big event. Why not come down and join in the celebration? While you’re in Goodland, take a look at the County’s coming attraction, the Goodland Boat Park. It is well on its way and looking good.
And yes – to those who have asked – yes I will be running for office again in two years.