What happened to summer? 1

I blinked my eyes and it’s gone! A few trips up north, a few camps for the kids and next thing I know it’s September. I don’t feel like I got much downtime and quite honestly, I want a do over! The good thing is, in Southwest Florida you are really only five work days away from your next vacation, or shall I say “Staycation”. One of the things I looked forward to most when I lived up North, were my vacations to Florida. Now, my family makes every weekend a vacation. There are so many great local places to explore.

While I always encourage our residents to “Keep it in the Cape”, sometimes you just gotta cross the bridge and head to FMB or the islands for some sand under your feet. Traditionally, the months of September and October are tough in the travel industry. The kids are back in school and there are no more summer vacationers. You can find some really great deals on local resorts and hotels. Soon the Cape will be buzzing with snowbirds and “in season” hustle. Why not take a long weekend now?

In this issue we outline some of the best places to eat, play and stay in Fort Myers and the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. Even though I’m less than 30 minutes away from the Cape, when I go boating, rent bikes on Sanibel or grab ice cream at Love Boat, I’m in “vacation mode”. Don’t have a boat? We’ve given you the lowdown on how easy it can be with Destination Boat Club. If the beaches aren’t your thing, there is always shopping and a night at the theatre in Downtown Fort Myers.

So, consider it stimulating the local economy. Call in sick (your secret is safe with us), pack a bag, and book a long weekend get away! Like the T-shirts in the storefronts say…YOLO! (You only live once.)

Stay Sunny,