Naples makes the record in America’s 100 Greatest Locations to Retire rankings —its fifth time on the record.
For the primary yr, Cape Coral has joined the record.
They’re amongst 18 Florida cities, together with Punta Gorda, to get a point out within the just-released 2018 version of the favored guidebook, “America’s 100 Greatest Locations to Retire.”
The ebook is obtainable at WhereToRetire.com and Amazon. In keeping with a information launch, the editors of The place to Retire journal ranked 800 U.S. cities after 11 months of analysis and 670 retiree interviews.
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“Cape Coral has a lot to supply our retired residents,” stated Donna Germain, president/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral.
Together with inexpensive housing, actions for seniors on the Tony Rotino Heart, the Lake Kennedy Senior Heart and different metropolis amenities, there are packages comparable to yoga and Zumba lessons, dinner dances, day journeys, billiard tournaments, and golf, she identified.
The ultimate choice represents 35 states and consists of 18 Florida locales. The chosen cities fluctuate in dimension, local weather, facilities, and way of life, and every falls into one in every of 10 classes that target town’s defining function, comparable to seashores, mountains, low prices, 4 seasons and interesting downtowns.
“It appears to be like like y’all are doing many good issues,” stated Annette Fuller, editor of The place to Retire journal and the ebook.
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She stated Cape Coral’s Southwest 47th Terrace facilities and its proposed Village Sq. improvement helped vault town into the itemizing, rating among the many “Greatest Essential Road Cities.” The proximity to Sanibel and Pine Island additionally helped, she stated.
She acknowledged that Naples may typify the “principal road cities” designation just a little higher.
“It is clearly the Fifth Avenue space,” Fuller stated, that put it within the Greatest Downtown class.
“We have seen so many photos of that. Each retiree who was interviewed talked about it.”
Fifth Avenue South is Naples’ Essential Road, exuding small-town friendliness with historic landmarks amid the subtle boutiques, neighborhood retailers, and colourful buildings.
Kevin Ahmadi, government director at Gulf Coast Village, a retirement neighborhood, moved to Cape Coral 14 years in the past. There have been about 100,000 individuals residing there.
“We did not also have a Starbucks,” he stated. At this time, town’s inhabitants is closing in on 200,000.
“Our secret is out — darn,” he joked in regards to the rating.
“We’ve got 400 miles of canals, and everybody can agree, it is the final inexpensive place for individuals to have entry to the waters,” Ahmadi stated. “I feel there’s a lot extra now. Households have truly raised their children right here. I bear in mind once I would do orientation with all staff and ask the place they all have been from. No one was from right here. Now I’ve received individuals saying I am from right here.”
Gulf Coast Village serves about 450 seniors every day from its impartial residing suites to assisted residing and high-level care. He stated he is seeing grownup youngsters persuade their dad and mom to maneuver right here.
With nearly 30 years in Southwest Florida, Gulf Coast Village is continuous to broaden with a neighborhood referred to as The Protect. It’s a expert nursing, transitional care and assisted residing middle at Six Mile Cypress Parkway and Michael G. Rippe Parkway in south Fort Myers.
The area’s parks and high quality of healthcare assist his trigger, he stated.
Lisa and John Valdespina moved to Cape Coral from the Bronx in New York, they advised the editors, who interviewed them in regards to the metropolis.
John is a retired first responder, and Lisa’s dad and mom lived in Tampa. On a go to they found Cape Coral.
“It was a brand new metropolis,” John stated. “We wished a recent place to begin; we regarded on the metropolis and have been very impressed. We’ve got a canal in yard.”
“How cool is that?” Fuller requested.
Naples and Cape Coral joined Annapolis, Maryland; Charleston, South Carolina; Dade Metropolis; Frederick, Maryland; Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Greenville, South Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; and St. Augustine within the “Greatest Essential Road Cities”.
“Naples was simply completely nearly a no brainer,” Fuller stated.
Punta Gorda ranked among the many “Greatest Small Cities.”
Different Florida cities within the High 100 record embrace Amelia Island, Boynton Seaside, Dade Metropolis, Destin, Dunedin, Jacksonville, Leesburg, Melbourne, Northern Palm Seaside County, Ocala, Orlando, Port St. Lucie, St. Augustine, Sarasota, and Winter Haven.
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