February 2017 Lifestyle Letter 1

Somewhere up North someone is shoveling snow right now.  Not us here in the Cape! The warm weather is a big draw for many who come here to vacation and play in the winter months.  We all know the term “snowbird” and hear a lot of talk this time of year about “season”.  While Cape Coral may not be quite as seasonal as other SW Florida cities, the roads do get a little busier and the restaurants a little more crowded.

Then there are those of us who live here full time and call Cape Coral home. The Locals! I will admit, it was a big transition to go from vacationing here, to living here.  Florida used to be where we would visit a few weeks a year. Each day consisted of beach visits, dining out, shopping, ice cream and happy hour. Work was the farthest thing from my mind while I walked with my feet in the sand and smelled the salty air. I still look around at the palm trees and canals and am in awe that I live in such paradise, BUT it’s the daily grind. Wake up early, get the kids to school, work all day, cooking, cleaning, etc. (Minus the snow shoveling however!) While I admit somedays I still have the urge to play hooky and go out to Sanibel, the weekends usually pack in enough sun and fun get me through Monday-Friday.

In this issue, we put the limelight on some of our locals! These folks are entrepreneurs who have started small businesses here in the Cape. They are contributing to our city and its economy with their daily hard work and perseverance. Some have been here for decades and have great stories about how they got started.

So, wherever you are right now (the beach, the tiki bar or your office desk), we appreciate you reading! And I’ll say working for a living is a lot better when you don’t have to wear a hat, gloves and puffy coat to do it!

Stay Sunny,

Erika Smiley