This is Naples' leading shopping and dining street. Looked at wide angle, it doesn't look much different than usual a month after Hurricane Ian ravaged Southwest Florida. Except that shoppers were few. And except that about half of the stores are closed for repairs.
Workers were scraping off the old tiles in the outside dining area of this restaurant before laying new tiles.
Watermarks two thirds of the way up this fountain indicate how far the sea water rose.
I stopped in at Aldo Castillo Gallery, which looks fresh and spotless. I was told that they moved the art out before the storm, so they didn't lose any. But, the storm water rose above your knees inside the gallery, so the floor was replaced and the walls were rebuilt from the studs, all in about three weeks.
What a horror story for these businesses.
The cost of repair for the businesses must be astronomical. Though, it looks like people are working hard to get back to normal.
Good to see the businesses recovering from that horrible storm. People in the construction business must be in high demand. Might take a while for restaurants to reopen.
Quick work. I am amazed. Maybe there's been some practice here....if not here, than certainly in the state reasonably nearby.
The resilience of the community is quite something.
That was a quick repair job.
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