I drove into Naples relatively early yesterday and got some coffee. I went to 5th ave. and it was a beautiful street with shops and restaurants. Condos are on the top of all of these, it is a cool set up. At the end of the street, is the beach. (Sorry I don’t have any pictures). Unlike the people I had encountered the previous day, I found the people here to be much friendlier and even helpful. I didn’t see any kind of actual spot here so I asked one of the businesses if I could play outside their store. She politely said no. She gave me the number of the person to call and find out if I could play anywhere on 5th. I got the voicemail, and this time I left a message. She never did call me back. I asked a couple of ladies, a mother and daughter I think, if there was a park or somewhere I could play. I explained what I do, and they suggested The Pier.
I went to The Pier and got started around 12:30pm. I played for about 40 minutes and Beach Patrol gave me the boot. I wrote a blog about that yesterday, called “Busking is not Soliciting” please give it a look, if you haven’t already. I got out of there and headed to Ft. Myers. Needless to say, if you are a Busker, don’t even bother going to Naples, for any other reason it would be great though.
I got to Ft. Myers around 3:30. I had heard from a man who lives here last week in Savannah, that Centennial Park would be a good spot. I found my way there relatively easy. I did some paperwork and got down there around 5:15. I saw some guys out with guitars, so I went and asked them if they were Busking or just practicing. They said “Just enjoying the last few minutes of the daylight” What a great answer! I waited a little bit and I got started at 5:50. It was a slow night, though it was a fun. I got to see the sunset, and it was beautiful. My cell camera just doesn’t capture it well. A photo class came by and took some photos and they are going to share them too. I am looking forward to those. They were all a cool bunch of people. David Macki of Snap Flash Photo, was the teacher. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Snap-Flash-Photo/245449142154681
I also got see a couple of volleyball games. Plus I just wailed for two straight hours. I only stopped because I didn’t see it picking up. A couple of Police cruisers drove by and they didn’t seem to mind, they didn’t stop. It seems busking is perfectly fine in Ft. Myers. I asked a couple baristas about downtown business. They were most helpful, in fact one of them is a singer who goes out busking from time to time. I get the impression this is more of a daytime city. There are things to do at night on a weekend and such, but I won’t be here then. Some of the clubs start getting busy at midnight, but I don’t want that scene. I stayed the night in Ft. Myers and decided to give the daytime a shot.