From the Editor
Too much of a good thing? i don’t think so. This issue is devoted to the best of Southwest Florida and we editors aren’t finished—even after reporting on our readers’ choices and offering the hot selections based on the experiences of the Gulfshore Media team and our board of experts.
So here are more, more, more.
Best Stroll to Discover Dazzling Arts—Fort Myers gets folks out for monthly Art Walks and Music Walks and not only delivers vibrant cultural nights out but also great times in a very lively downtown scene.
Best Local Key West Experience—At the friendly Real Macaw in Naples, you can sit in a tropical courtyard eating tasty Caribbean food while listening to a live blues band. You may even catch a glimpse of a real macaw on her perch.
Best Literary Take on Everglades Ambiance—Karen Russell’s novel Swamplandia! captures the people and the place in a way that’ll keep you smiling and nodding at her uncanny feel for our cherished River of Grass way of life.
Best Coddling at a Supermarket—Hail to the customer service at our Publix stores, where, for example, manager David Zamzow’s people at Publix at The Strand in Naples not only tell you where to find the item you’re seeking but invariably take you right to it, as well.
Best Laugh at Human Folly to Start Your Day—The "Morons in the News" segment on Bob and Sheri’s morning show on 93.7 FM will have you chuckling and shaking your head at the extraordinary foolishness of our fellow citizens.
Best News Re: the Middle East—The joys of Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro in Naples with the saffron, curry, cumin, cinnamon and garlic flavoring its lamb, beef and chicken—and the dining experience warmed by the charm of chef/proprietor Micheal Mir.
Best Rep to Be Proud Of—Bob Cacioppo’s Florida Rep Theatre in Fort Myers. Justly praised locally for its quality productions, it continues to build a national reputation, too, thanks to rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal.
Best Wildlife Safari—The Naples Zoo packs off locals to exotic spots in the wilds of Africa for times they will never forget. Thanks to Zoo Director David Tetzlaff’s knowing guidance, this year’s trip to South Africa in September will, as ever, be illuminating as well as a terrific adventure.
Best Way to Court Tennis Players—The nice people at JusTennis in Naples can’t do enough for your game—getting you back out there with rapid re-stringings, nifty loaner rackets when needed, and even a great purchase price on a favorite brand when reducing inventory.
Best Place to Adopt a Pet—The Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs, where you can give a nice home to a retiring greyhound that could set speed records fetching your newspaper, if you—and he/she—so wish.
Best Way to Add Spice to Your Life—Passage to India in Naples moved to new and bigger quarters and continues to bring the zip to your taste buds with its spirited flavors.
Here Comes the Judge
We’re privileged and delighted to report that Judge Judy Sheindlin, who has a home here, will be answering your most nagging everyday questions in this issue (see "What Would Judy Say?") and again in June. Who better to cut through contentious differences with no-nonsense solutions that will set you right? When Judge Judy rules, our paradise gets even better.
In our mission to cover the fashion forward, we’re presenting a new feature—"Shopportunities"—as a regular service in the magazine. It will provide alerts on the coolest new things to buy, highlight local women who set the style at our social events, and give you a chance to have your questions on smart dressing answered by internationally acclaimed arbiter of good taste Cheryl Lampard. Consider it a kiss on the chic …and enjoy.