Published: Dec 29, 2010 3:10 AM EST
Updated: Dec 29, 2010 12:11 AM EST

NAPLES, Fla. - Restaurants in Southwest Florida that would normally be making a killing with their outdoor seating are struggling to fill seats. They're trying to do all they can so they don't loose money at the end of the night.

But, even the heat lamps we found lining 5th Avenue restaurants in Naples couldn't persuade patrons to fill their outside tables.

So, what does this loss amount to? One server tells WINK News for every table that seats four people that's empty, that's at least $100 down the drain. We counted dozens of empty tables.

Servers also say they're loosing money because cold weather causes customers to sit longer inside the restaurant and they have less table turnover.

RENEE STOLL, REPORTER

renee.stoll@winknews.com