An Up to the Minute Snippet

Hi, everyone — Happy Friday. I hope you all are enjoying your summer as it passes by at what seems to be warp speed.

This is going to be a very short “snippet” — more importantly, a PSA (Public Service Announcement)….so please make note of this…..ESPECIALLY those of you who live in Naples.

As of September 2, the Apple Store at Waterside will be CLOSED until further notice. Even though no official announcement has been made….and since Talbot’s has packed up and moved from their former location just adjacent to the Apple Store….I think it is safe to assume that Apple will FINALLY be making their Waterside location bigger and better. The sign out in front of the Apple Store says as much without going into detail. The sign does not say how long the work will take but does say that customers should log onto Apple’s web site to find another store for the time being. I think the closest store is at Coconut Point Mall. September 2 is two weeks from this coming Sunday so again, please make a note of this closing. Those of you who shop at Talbot’s can still access those fashions at the Talbot’s Petite Shop which is right next to True Food Kitchen.

In other news, work is ongoing at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort with worker bees and scaffolding everywhere and nearly 24/7. The red tide issue, which you may have seen covered on the national news, is still a hot mess. The good news for Naples beaches is that the problem is subsiding and getting better. A friend told us at dinner last evening that she was at the beach in Bay Colony a day or two ago and the beach was beautiful and totally clear of any dead fish. Our poor neighbors to the north are really getting the brunt of this horrible plague.

Cibao Grille is back open after a month of well-deserved summer vacation. We could not wait to get back to this true favorite to indulge in that fabulous black bean soup. Yum.

A University of Miami eye institute with a branch in Naples has received a top ranking. The University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked the #1 ophthalmology hospital by U.S. News & World Report in its annual rankings. Bascom Palmer has received this #1 designation for 15 years in a row. Wow.

Finally, I am happy to report that the banyan tree in front of St. William’s — the one that has been half tipped over for almost a year (since Irma) AND the one I have been harping at Pelican Bay & Collier County about all spring and summer — has FINALLY been removed and the sidewalk adjacent to the tree has been repaired. I was told by Collier County that a supervisor had
“lost sight” (my interpretation is that the supervisor forgot all about it) of the hazardous area since Irma passed through our area. Hmm….interesting.

Have a great weekend, everyone. I will be back with more news “as it happens.”

Cheers –