Who’d thought that the Coconut Pointe Mall would redefine the go-to place for shopping and dining.  When I first moved from Naples to Bonita Springs (and slightly before the Mall’s opening), I resigned myself to the idea that I would necessarily have to drive south to find good food, entertainment or for major purchases such as furniture or appliances.
I love Naples and moved there in 1984.  I am well acquainted with its attributes. But I soon came to realize that we residents of Bonita Springs, including The Colony Golf and Bay Club, and Estero no longer relied on the commerce provided in Naples and Fort Myers.  In fact, we found that, with much thanks to the Coconut Mall, everything from appliance purchases to fine dining were at our fingertips.
In many ways, Bonita Springs now represented the perfect mix of new, state-of-the-art infrastructure lacking to our south.  Much improved and new building code requirements for a good portion of our homes.  With humble and approachable beach access to the Gulf of Mexico.
Many veteran business owners saw the merits of moving or opening business in this new frontier.  Frankly its almost inconvenient to drive to Naples with all the restaurant choices, movie theatres and great shopping options within a short, aggravation-free drive from my front door.

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