ON WHEELS

Trans­porta­tion, Trends, Toys for Girls and Boys

Times of the Islands - - News - BY BRIAN WIERIMA

WHAT TO EX­PECT ON AND OFF SWFL STREETS

While walk­ing and horses are won­der­ful recre­ation, we mod­ernists mostly look to a de­vice with wheels or a mo­tor for get­ting to where we’re go­ing. And con­sid­er­ing there are some 164,000 miles of high­ways on a 4-mil­lion-mile road­way net­work―and that the feds will spend some $50 bil­lion each year through 2020 just on main­tain­ing and im­prov­ing fed­eral high­ways― we’re glee­fully fused to our ve­hi­cles. TOTI Me­dia presents On Wheels, a look at the ve­hi­cles you may spot on our roads, what’s hot or un­usual, or what best tell sto­ries of grow­ing up or liv­ing in South­west Florida.

REAL GEM Few are as no­to­ri­ous as Lily, a spokes­dog for Lily & Co. Jew­elry on Sani­bel. The choco­late Labradoo­dle is char­ac­ter­ized on com­pany ad­ver­tis­ing with a hel­met and ear­rings while rid­ing a mo­tor-scooter. Lily has been so ef­fec­tive, coowner Dan Schuyler says, that a cus­tomer asked to pur­chase the pearls that had been placed on Lily in an ad­ver­tise­ment.

SMOOTH TRAN­SI­TION Billy Kirk­land started with beach chairs, ended up on Sani­bel as king of bike rentals. Vis­i­tors to Billy’s Bikes in­creas­ing rent his beloved Seg­ways to ex­pe­ri­ence the is­lands. You’ll see the conga line of stand­ing Seg­way rid­ers on the path­ways, their guide like a mall cop turn­ing on a dime to dis­cuss in­ter­est­ing things. LOVE BUG Billed as the only mo­bile Sailor’s Valen­tine, the 2005 con­vert­ible Volkswagen Bee­tle is the brain­child of Pam Rambo and Clark Rambo, Sani­bel founders of iLoveShelling.com and shelling ad­ven­tur­ers.

SOUTH SEAS TROL­LEY Avail­able only at South Seas Is­land Re­sort, trol­ley ser­vice from one end of the gi­ant com­plex to the other is vi­tal. And au­thor­i­ties ex­pect trol­leys to gain ground as more of us choose to car­pool or vis­i­tors park else­where to avoid sea­son’s traf­fic. There’s a phone app to as­sist users.

STORE MODEL Few things de­fine Bai­ley’s Gen­eral Store on Sani­bel like its faux wood floors and its Model T Ford trucks. The vin­tage ve­hi­cles are in pa­rades, fall fes­ti­vals and in pro­mo­tional ad­ver­tis­ing for the gro­cer founded four years be­fore Henry Ford started his firm in Dear­born, Michigan, in 1903.

S-CAR-GO Funny name, good idea. The free tram on Cap­tiva is for rides to the beach, other venues within the small vil­lage. It’s cour­tesy of Stil­well En­ter­prises & Restau­rant Group.

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