Transportation, Trends, Toys for Girls and Boys
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.