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A Ridgway Bar and Grill server gets quite a tip! One he will never ever forget.

I cannot imagine 40 years of doing anything. And working in food service for just as long, as a server, it takes some patience. It takes a special person to want to serve the public for so many years.

Between the late night drunks who can show up virtually at any time,  to the early birds who can eat dinner at 4:30pm every day, or be up at 4:30am for breakfast before they start their day.


Sukie Honeycutt from Ridgeway Bar and Grill in Naples is the co-owner.

She mentioned that she is extremely proud of her staff and how overwhelming things were and she will never forget it. Ridgway Bar & Grill is a locally-owned, chef-owned restaurant in Old Naples, on 13th Avenue South just west of Third Street South.


For Larry O’Dea, all those years of hard work has touched a few people. One of those people were so touched that they decided to leave Larry a $15,000 tip! And the person who left the tip only asked that the tip be shared among the staff. I am sure there are many employees there who could use this right about now. Especially after Ian and Christmas is coming up fast!

It turns out Larry was speaking to the customer, and had told the story of the staff that he works with, showing up after Hurricane Ian tore through southwest Florida. Ready to clean and prep and get the business back up and running. And how they did so without being asked. And that was all it took. Next thing he knew was he was looking at the receipt and saw the fifteen thousand number and could not believe it!

What a fantastic story I wanted to share. It is definitely a feel good story for sure!


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Tropical Storm Nicole Update From Lee County

Tropical Storm Nicole Update From Lee County

Lee County officials today provided an update on Tropical Storm Nicole.

The anticipated impacts at this time, include the following.

  • The Lee County Emergency Operations Center is activated from Hurricane Ian. The county remains under a State of Local Emergency.
  • Based on the latest forecasts, it’s anticipated that Nicole will be a Category 1 hurricane when it makes landfall on the east coast of Florida sometime Wednesday or Thursday.
  • 2 to 4 inches of rain with localized flooding is expected in Lee County.
  • No widespread power outages currently are anticipated.

The county is cognizant that many residents are living in damaged homes because of Hurricane Ian or may be staying in RVs or tents on their property. The following shelter options will be available.   Alico Arena is now open as a shelter and is pet-friendly. It opened at 10 a.m. today.   North Fort Myers Recreation Center will open as a shelter at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, and will be pet friendly.  Please do not go there today, as it is a polling place.

Watch the video below or read the full recap below.

The county is committed to keeping you up to date. The county has co-located the Tropical Storm Nicole information on the Hurricane Ian website.  More information is available at @Lee County Government on Facebook,


  • Sheltering:

    • The county is cognizant that many residents are living in damaged homes because of Hurricane Ian or may be staying in RVs or tents on their property. The following shelter options will be available:
      • Alico Arena is now open as a shelter and is pet-friendly. It opened at 10 a.m. today.
      • North Fort Myers Recreation Center will open as a shelter at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, and will be pet friendly.
        • Please do not go there today, as it is a polling place for the election.
    • Remember, these shelters are options, particularly for island residents who were previously impacted. No evacuation orders are in place at this time. These shelters are to boost safety and comfort for residents whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Ian.
    • For those who need help getting to shelters, the county has activated the Emergency Transportation Plan, which involves using LeeTran. People can go to any of the following designated LeeTran transfer locations for a ride to a shelter. The service is free:
    • Coconut Point Mall
    • Constitution Boulevard and U.S. 41
    • Fort Myers Beach Park & Ride
    • Sanibel Tanger Outlets
    • Edison Mall
    • Rosa Parks Transportation Center
    • Publix- Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres
    • Publix- Cape Coral North
    • Cape Coral Transfer Center
    • Merchants Crossing
    • If additional information is needed, call United Way’s Storm Hotline at 211 for help. Or call the LeeTran Customer Service at 239-533- 8726 or LeeTran Passport Services at 239-533-0300.
  • Blue Roof Program

    • The county’s state and federal partners have spoken about the resiliency of Blue Roofs.
    • As an example, 88% of the Blue Roofs that were installed after Hurricane Laura withstood winds from Hurricane Delta (Category 1) in Louisiana in 2020.
  • Disaster Recovery Centers:

    • In an abundance of caution, the Disaster Recovery Centers in Lee County will close while Nicole passes.
    • DRCs at Fort Myers Beach and Pine Island closed effective today. The DRCs on Sanibel, Cape Coral and Lakes Regional Library will close Wednesday. All will be closed Thursday and Friday.
    • Reopening decisions will be announced on the weekend.
  • Debris:

    • Residents should monitor local meteorologists and the National Hurricane Center and pay close attention to the earliest arrival time for potential tropical-storm force gusts.
    • Garbage and recycling collections will continue as regularly scheduled until tropical storm force winds are sustained.
    • If storm debris is already cleared:
      • Remove anything outside your home that could become a projectile during a storm including your garbage cans, lids and recycle carts and store them inside.
    • The county recognizes that residents have concerns about Hurricane Ian debris piles. For now, know that the county is working rapidly to continue debris collection today and this week.
    • The county is coordinating with its debris hauler and will make a decision to temporarily halt collections at an appropriate time if necessary.
    • If there is debris in front of a home:
      • Residents can take photographs of debris at their curbside prior to Nicole’s arrival and again after the storm passes. This can assist the debris hauler and Solid Waste, if needed, with FEMA reimbursement.
  • Additional Operations:

    • No decisions have been made about any county office closures. The county will provide updates online and through social media as well as local media outlets.
    • Lee County does not literally “close” bridges during tropical storms or hurricanes with barricades, cones, gates or signs because they can easily blow away, becoming ineffective and hazardous. Lee Department of Transportation strongly advises motorists to stay off bridges – and the roads leading to them— when tropical-storm force winds are sustained.
      • Motorists may encounter law enforcement officers during weather events around and near bridges. Follow the directions given.
  • Information:

    • The county is committed to keeping you up to date. The county has co-located the Tropical Storm Nicole information on the Hurricane Ian website.
    • More information is available at
    • Follow @Lee County Government on Facebook,
  • 2022 Hurricane Central Preparedness Guide

    2022 Hurricane Central - Preparedness Guide

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    Hurricane Central – Preparedness Guide gives you the updated information you may need in the event of a hurricane. Just because 2021 was a quiet year for storms doesn’t mean we can ever let our guard down. This guide is sponsored by local businesses here in SWFL. Gavin’s Ace Hardware, Sean King Law, and Powerhouse Home Services.

    • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
    • Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
    • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
    • Make a family emergency communication plan.
    • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”




      TTY: 800-462-7585


      TTY: 800-877-8339

      FEMA FRAUD HOTLINE 866-720-5721
      REPORT FALSE CLAIMS 800-323-8603
      DCF INFORMATION 866-762-2237
      ELDER HELPLINE 800-963-5337

      239-252-7387 – COLLIER


      LEE 239-533-0622
      COLLIER 239-252-3600
      CHARLOTTE 941-833-4000
      DESOTO 863-993-4831
      GLADES 863-946-6020
      HENDRY 863-674-5400

      LEE, HEDRY, GLADES AND COLLIER 239-596-6868
      CHARLOTTE & DESOTO 941-629-4345

      FPL 800-468-8243
      LCEC 800-599-2356
      GLADES ELECTRIC CO-OP 800-226-4024
      SCHOOL DISTRICT 863-674-4555 OR 863-674-4622 IN CLEWISTON
      EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 863-675-5255 OR 863-983-1594 IN CLEWISTON
      COUNTY UTILITIES 863-675-5376
      HEALTH DEPARTMENT 863-674-4041 OR 863-983-1408 IN CLEWISTON
      BUILDING & ZONING 836-675-5245 OR 863-983-1463
    • Preparing Your Home

      • Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
      • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
      • Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
      • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
      • Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.
    • Shelters - Lee County

      Lee County:

      Emergency Operations Center 239-533-0622

      Bonita Springs YMCA – Bonita Springs

      Island Coast High School – Cape Coral

      Estero Recreation Center – Estero

      Germain Arena – Estero

      South Fort Myers High School (Pet Friendly) – Fort Myers

      E. Lee County High School (Pet Friendly) – Lehigh Acres

      Harns Marsh Elementary School – Lehigh Acres

      Harns Marsh Middle School – Lehigh Acres

      Mirror Lakes Elementary School – Lehigh Acres

      Varsity Lakes Middle School – Lehigh Acres

      Veterans Park Recreation Center – Lehigh Acres

    • Shelters - Collier County

      Collier County

      Emergency Operations Center: 239-252-3600

      Highlands Elementary School – Immokalee

      Immokalee Friendship House – Immokalee

      Immokalee High School – Immokalee

      Immokalee Middle School – Immokalee

      Pinecrest Elementary School – Immokalee

      Village Oaks Elementary – Immokalee

      Barron Collier High School – Naples

      Big Cypress Elementary – Naples

      Corkscrew Elem/Middle School – Naples

      Cypress Palm Middle School – Naples

      Golden Gate Intermediate School – Naples

      Golden Gate Middle School – Naples

      Golden Gate High School – Naples

      Golden Terrace Intermediate School – Naples

      Gulf Coast Intermediate School – Naples

      Gulf Coast High School – Naples

      Laurel Oak Elementary School – Naples

      Lely High School – Naples

      Mike Davis Elementary School

      Naples High School

      North collier Regional Park (Pet Friendly) – Pre-registration is required

      North Naples Middle School

      Oakridge Middle School

      Palmetto Ridge High School – Special Needs

      Pelican Marsh Elementary

      Sable Palm Elementary School

      St. Matthews House

      Veterans Community Park

      Vineyards Elementary School

    • Shelters - Charlotte County

      Charlotte County

      Emergency Operations Center: 941-833-4000

      *All Charlotte County shelters are now Pet Friendly

      Lemon Bay High School – Englewood

      Myakka River Elementary School – Englewood

      Kingsway Elementary School – Port Charlotte

      Liberty Elementary School – Port Charlotte

      Meadow Park Elementary School – Port Charlotte

      Murdock Middle School – Port Charlotte

      Port Charlotte High School – Port Charlotte

      Port Charlotte Middle School – Port Charlotte

      Sallie Jones Elementary School -Punta Gorda

      South County Regional Park -Punta Gorda

      L.A. Ainger MIddle School – Rotonda

      Vineland Elementary School – Rotonda

    • Shelters - Hendry County

      Hendry County

      Emergency Operations Center: 863-674-5400

      Central Elementary School – Clewiston

      Clewiston High School – Clewiston

      Clewiston Middle School (Primary Shelter) – Clewiston

      Eastside Elementary School – Clewiston

      Westside Elementary School – Clewiston

      Country Oaks Elementary School – LaBelle

      LaBelle Elementary School – LaBelle

      LaBelle High School – LaBelle

      LaBelle Middle School (Primary Shelter) – LaBelle


    • Shelters - Glades County

      Glades County

      Emergency Operations Center: 863-946-6020

      Buckhead Ridge VFW – Buckhead Ridge

      Maple Grove Baptist Church – Lakeport

      Glades County Health Department (Special Needs) – Moore Haven

      Moore Haven High School – Moore Haven

      Muse Community Assn. – Muse

      West Glades Elementary (Special Needs) – Muse

    • Shelters - Desoto County

      Desoto County

      Emergency Operations Center – 863-993-4831

      Desoto Middle School -Arcadia

      South Florida State College (Special Needs) -Arcadia

    • Terminology - Hurricane Watch

      Hurricane watch = conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.

      Steps to take:

    • Terminology - Hurricane Warning

      Hurricane warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs.

      Steps to take:

      • Follow evacuation orders from local officials, if given.
      • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

      Follow the hurricane timeline preparedness checklist, depending on when the storm is anticipated to hit and the impact that is projected for your location.

      • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
      • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
      • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

      • Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
      • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
      • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
      • Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
      • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
    • After The Hurricane

      • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
      • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
      • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
      • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
      • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
      • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
      • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
      • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.

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