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BEST PLACE TO EAVESDROP

The Veranda

Some things are constant in Southwest Florida — the most vivid sunsets come after a rainstorm, the prettiest drive will always be from the Blind Pass bridge to the tip of Captiva, no ice cream will ever surpass the goodness of Love Boat ice cream, and if you really want the scoop, belly up to the bar at the Veranda to overhear the BEST gossip. This historic restaurant, originally built as a private home in 1902, has been a favorite of local celebrities, politicos, lawyers, and downtown royalty for years — and happy hour there is not only the place to see and be seen, it’s the place to hear and be heard. Attorneys discussing cases, local movers and shakers talking the future of downtown, reporters sharing newsroom gossip — before you see it in the paper, on the internet, or even on Facebook — you’re likely to overhear it at the Veranda. If only those walls could talk…

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