I’ll e-mail you as soon as I get the shirts. As for the restaurants, here’s the story. A few years ago, McDonald’s decided that they wanted to open a franchise on the island. This upset many islanders to no end, so the city council decided that they would hold hearings on it. They finally decided that there would be no McDonald’s on the island. the group from McD’s came back with a more “island-friendly” design, w/o a drive thru, etc., but the council voted them out of town. Shortly after that, an ordinance was passed stating that no restaurant franchises made up of more than 3 restaurants could be built on the island. So, if you have 3 restaurants in Fort Myers, and you want to build another on the island, no dice. Of course, restaurants thet were already on the island, like Cheeburger Cheeburger, are now “grandfathered”, meaning that they can stay on the island, but if they get wiped out in a hurricane, for example, then they can’t come back. (Dairy Queen has been here since the dawn of time, and since it’s the only fast-food place on the island, they can charge $2.50 for a cheeseburger. they have plaques all over the inside walls with “Golden Awards”, which I guess means the highest-grossing Dairy Queen in the country.) As for Marco Island, no, I haven’t been down there, but I think you basically described it - all high-rises and condos - Ft. Lauderdale without the signs.
Manhattan: The island has 2 public/private courses and 1 private only course. The 2 public courses are Beachview and The Dunes. Both are 18 holes and cost from $25-70, depending on what time of year you want to play. The Sanctuary is the private course, and you have to live there to play. The membership fees (just for living in the neighborhood) are $100,000. So that’s up to you. Of course, there are a gazillion public/private courses in Fort Myers, which may have lower rates. You’d have to shop around. All are high quality, however.
“A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.”
– Henry David Thoreau