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Return of the Snowbirds
October 10th, 2009 10:06 AM

It is fall already?  Where did the summer go?  It certainly flew by for me.  I was Costco shopping about two weeks ago and I heard Christmas music being played in the store!  "Christmas!" I thought to myself. "It is only September!"

In the last week I personally have seen 6 car carriers.  If you are not a full time Florida resident, you might not understand the significance of car carriers.  Florida's snowbirds are people escaping the cold from up North to winter in Florida.  A large number of our snowbirds contract with car carriers to transport their vehicle so they can use their cars while staying in Florida. These snowbirds then fly down to Florida.

Some full time residents might grouse about the increase in traffic and the waits in restaurants but this full time resident says, "WELCOME BACK!"  While I might not look forward to waits in restaurants, I am thrilled for the restaurant owners in Naples who had made it through a tough summer.  I sincerely hope that this season will be a good one for them and the other merchants in Naples.

Speaking of restaurants, my Chicago hot dog and Italian beef loving husband Don, photographed below enjoying a hot dog at one of his favorite Chicago hot dog joints, Gene & Jude's, is still wearing a black arm band for the loss of Cooker's restaurant.  Cooker's made great Chicago Italian beef sandwiches according to Don.  They closed this past May.

Don Wilber enjoying a Gene & Jude's hot dog.

There are a couple of places in Naples that make decent Italian beef sandwiches in Naples according to Don.  His Highness is turning 60. On October 24th I'm throwing him a party.  What would Don Wilber love to have me serve at the party..............Italian beef sandwiches.

Ordering the beef should be a piece of cake I thought.  Up in Chicago land, I would have called up a beef place ordered a couple of trays of beef, some extra juice, Giardiniera peppers and Turano rolls.  Imagine my surprise when I found no one did this in Naples and if they did it for me, it would cost me about the same amount of money if I flew the order in from Chicago! Mr. Wilber will be please to know that he is getting authentic Italian beef flown into Naples by Serrelli Street.  I'll let you know how the party and the food turned out in my next blog entry.

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Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Naples.  Her 31 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources for Naples Sellers and Buyers.  For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber or call 239-594-2780.

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