Old Route 41 runs through the City of Bonita Springs. The City leaders upgraded it from a rickety old local road to an attractively landscaped street that might -- they hope -- stimulate economic development. They even installed a traffic circle that the locals are struggling to figure out.
Damage to roofs and pool cages and uprooted trees, along with the debris piles, are the most visible damage from Hurricane Irma. But, in many cases the storm redistributed beach sand. Friends on Sanibel have had their beach doubled in depth, receiving sand lost by Captiva.
Doctors Pass is at a vulnerable location in Naples, where Moorings Bay joins the Gulf of Mexico. Collier County has approved a $2 million project to rebuild and extend a jetty and replace the
beach sand that was lost. The project has already begun and will take four months.
The Baker Museum at Artis-Naples suffered water damage in Hurricane Irma. It will be closed all season. Greeters are posted at the courtyard entrance to steer visitors to the parts of Artis-Naples
that are still open. I was there for the changing of the guard.
Sally Ann is proudly in her 80s. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she has 11 children (not a typo). After the last child left home, Sally Ann went back to college, got her degree and became a teacher.
She lives now in Florida because New York winters are too cold. Sally Ann is an avid kayaker.
Caroline is a high school senior. This is her first job. She plays saxophone in the high school band and likes working here so she can see the concerts for free. Caroline plans to go
to college next year, maybe the University of Florida.
My laptop is back. The operating system was re-installed and it has a new battery. Whew!