On a beautiful Florida evening, as the sun set across the street, partygoers were serenaded by the sounds of a three-piece combo led by island stalwart JRobert, coaxing slide licks out of his vintage National steel guitar, and accompanied by son Martin Houghtaling on bass, and John "Chainsaw" Burgess on drums.
"We've been having Condee come for 40 years," said Bea Vlodek, while sampling the hors d'oeuvres. "We started with them right around when they started."
A crowd gathered around the big sign in front of the building and its courtyard for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Don Condee and Donald "Erik" Condee did the honors. Actually, no ribbons were harmed in the process, as the Chamber's Katie O'Hara was not about to slice up her new inscribed red ribbon.
Condee Cooling & Electric is located at 25 Front Street. The phone number is (239) 394-5121.