Pub­lisher’s Let­ter

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - DEPARTMENTS - Daniela J. Jaeger Daniela J. Jaeger Group Pub­lisher, TOTI Me­dia

T he first sign of sum­mer’s ar­rival for me comes the day the throngs of win­ter vis­i­tors de­part South­west Flor­ida. I’m sure my year-round neigh­bors agree that our vis­i­tors are much ap­pre­ci­ated and that it is our plea­sure to not only show­case, but also to share, our sparkling beaches and water­ways with them, as well as join them for an oc­ca­sional round of golf or on a bi­cy­cle ride. Yet once they de­part to their pri­mary homes, an­other side of life in South­west Flor­ida emerges. Dur­ing sum­mer we wel­come more trav­el­ers from the Mid­west and South­ern states who make the drive. And we no­tice the grow­ing num­ber of fam­i­lies with chil­dren out of school who are dis­cov­er­ing our shores as an ideal sum­mer play­ground.

No doubt days slowly be­come hot­ter, more hu­mid and even hazy. Yet, there are al­ways those con­stant Caribbeanstyle trade winds that com­bat the heat and make a bare­foot stroll on the sands a sooth­ing ram­ble. With the change of cli­mate comes the temp­ta­tion to while away the hours float­ing sleep­ily in the bath-warm Gulf wa­ters or to de­light­fully in­dulge in a freshly picked juicy mango from Pine Is­land’s sum­mer bounty.

We all know too well that the punc­tual ar­rival of reg­u­lar af­ter­noon rains al­most daily dur­ing the sum­mer months can be con­sid­ered a bless­ing. They sig­nal that it’s time to slow down and en­joy a si­esta or serve as a re­minder to get out of the blaz­ing sun and per­haps e xplore one of our air-con­di­tioned mu­se­ums. The Bai­ley-Matthews Na­tional Shell Mu­seum on Sani­bel Is­land and the Golisano Chil­dren’s Mu­seum in Naples are both well worth a visit.

In ad­di­tion, it’s the time of year for sum­mer the­ater pro­grams and fun events. Who can re­sist tap­ping their toes to the mu­sic at Naples’ out­door Sum­mer Jazz on the Gulf c on­certs where sea breezes cool? Or sam­pling a va­ri­ety of ex­otic man­gos dur­ing Cape Coral’s Mango Ma­nia fes­ti­val? Then there’s the “Ding” Dar­ling & Doc Ford’s Tar­pon Tour­na­ment, where an­glers get a rush of adren­a­line as they snag a Sil­ver King.

With the change of cli­mate comes the temp­ta­tion to while away the hours float­ing sleep­ily in the bath-warm Gulf wa­ters or to de­light­fully in­dulge in a freshly picked juicy mango from Pine Is­land’s sum­mer bounty.

Our Gulf beaches are es­pe­cially great for young­sters. Par­ents don’t have to deal with roaring ocean waves be­cause the Gulf wa­ters are shal­lower and quite gen­tle. Swim­ming is a plea­sure and hav­ing a pic­nic on the shore or in the area parks is a sum­mer­time rit­ual for fam­i­lies. I could con­tinue to sing sum­mer’s praises, but many of us have al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced the de­lights of the sea­son. So when the tem­per­a­ture starts to rise, head to the beach for a front-row seat and revel in the sun­set glow on the hori­zon or in a bril­liant rainbow streak­ing the sky or even in the power of a sum­mer storm’s thun­der and light­ning as it cracks the core of your soul.

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