Moving to Naples: the Un-Tourist Guide, by Alysia Shivers. Voyager Media. 150 pages. Paperback $24.95. Also available in Kindle and Nook ebook editions.
If, like me, you have been trying to keep people from moving to Naples, you’ve discovered that it’s a losing battle. They come no matter what roadblocks we put in their paths. To satisfy the needs of newcomers to our beloved Naples area, and especially to help those who are considering or planning to make Naples their home, Alysia Shivers has created a guide that is user friendly, packed with information, and fun to explore.
“Moving to Naples” is not the usual tourist guidebook that tells us how to enjoy a visit; rather, it gets down to the nitty gritty of living here. Ms. Shivers provides concise and often colorful information about the school system, outdoor life, shopping, getting around, public services, jobs and businesses, health care, the housing market, neighborhoods, night life, and almost anything one can think of.
“Moving to Naples” is the first in a series of similar books that Voyager Media is making its publishing niche. “Moving to Sarasota” and “Moving to Charlotte” are soon to follow.
The book is attractively designed, with color-coded headers identifying main sections with inviting titles. These include “Naples Is a Shopping Mecca,” “Florida Seasons,” “Assimilate: Associations and Social Ties,” “The Economy” and “Can You Live Well Here?” Ms. Shivers also provides a “Practical Notebook on Moving” and a list of key online resources.
The book is abundantly illustrated, though the color reproduction is mediocre. I guess the cost needs to be kept under control.
I appreciated Ms. Shivers industry in comparing and contrasting the cost of living in Naples to that in other desirable locations across the country. She provides statistics about home prices, property taxes, and utilities to make the case that living in Naples in not beyond the means of normal wage earners. However, I found the housing cost comparison lacking because it does not take into account the skyrocketing costs of homeowner’s insurance in Florida, especially in the coastal areas. Maybe she’ll attend to that issue in the next edition or online update. . . .
To read this review in its entirety, as it appears in the September 26, 2013 Naples Florida Weekly, click here: Florida Weekly – Alysia Shivers