(But) I’ve been alone for a few years now and it seems harder than ever to meet a man. ” This may come as a shock, but being a single woman looking for love in Southwest Florida poses some challenges. “(Perhaps) my prince is riding his white horse somewhere else?

“I’m thinking I’m either hard to match—wonderful as I am—or this is a geographically undesirable area for me,” says Eddy, who splits her time between homes in Fort Myers and the Panhandle.

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They were enjoying a lovely first date, finished dinner and decided to keep the night going with drinks at a nearby bar.

Within minutes another woman came up to her date to say “hi” and introduced herself to Schantz.

“He said he came straight from fishing because he lost track of the time,” Clarkson says. Marla Ottenstein (pictured), owner of Professional Organizer Florida and the writer of the , met a man who appeared to check off every requirement on her list of wants.

“He smelled like bait, then took me to a seafood restaurant. He was tall, handsome, smart, well-off, well-dressed, well-read and well-traveled.

From using online sites to being fixed up by friends to even hiring a professional matchmaker, Eddy has gone above and beyond to find what she’s looking for—to no avail.

Having been widowed more than 10 years ago, Eddy has begun to be proactive in looking for a significant other.

Which explains a date Marie Schantz* had a few years ago.

She met a charming, good-looking man at a speed-dating event.

In fact, during their first date he mentioned he had traveled around the world four times just that year.

“I asked him if he went anywhere interesting,” Ottenstein says.

“They don’t want to buy someone another house, another car.” “The people they’re meeting are not serious about a relationship,” L’Heureux says.