Local author and columnist Doris Reynolds was surprised and honored with a proclamation for her impact as the City’s historian and “living icon.” She wrote “When Peacocks were Roasted and Mullet Was Fried,” a book about Naples in an earlier time, and writes the column “Let’s Talk Food” for the Naples Daily News.
She came to Naples in 1952 when she was 27 years old and has been touting the town’s opportunities and advantages “ever since there was just one movie theater, two grocery stores, a substantial fishing fleet, plenty of boats, a library run by the Women’s Clubs, several bars and restaurants, one school, sidewalks, one traffic light, one doctor, a pharmacy, a weekly newspaper.” Whew! And she humorously adds, “even electricity, inside plumbing and telephones (with an operator connection of course).”
Reynolds told those gathered at City Hall, “It is my town, I love it, and I love all of you — and I thank you for this great honor.”
Her love of Naples began when she was the first Chamber of Commerce staffer many years ago. She’s now 87.