Welcome to the near end of the quietest week we have had on the islands in a long time. The weather again is terrific with bright blue skies, low humidity and daily temperatures in the 80’s. We had a couple of evening showers early in the week, which “greened up” vegetation. The month of May really is an ideal time to be on the islands.
Baby Snowy Plovers
Several friends here this week have sent me photos taken of baby snowy plovers on Sanibel’s east end beaches. Many visitors look unsuccessfully each spring for these little critters. They are well camouflaged and so tiny that they are hard to spot. If you are here now and interested in this unique opportunity, check out the area on either side of the Seagrape Lane beach access. For their protection, the nests are marked off in yellow tape, but don’t expect these little birds to stay within those lines. They are scurrying all over the beach from the nests to the waterline, blending in with their surroundings. Look for little sand-colored cotton balls with tooth-pick sized legs. Please do not disturb them and be very careful. As these photos show they are very delicate birds.
Each year when “season” winds down and just as we change our weekly Realtor® Caravan Meetings to a bi-weekly schedule for the summer, we have what we call our “over the hump” celebration. This year’s event – the 16th year – was at The Sanctuary yesterday and began with an afternoon golf scramble, followed by silent and live auctions to raise funds for RPAC (our Realtor® Political Action Committee). Our local Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association has led the state for many years in percentage over goal. RPAC, the voice of Realtors on Capitol Hill since 1969, promotes the election of pro-Realtor candidates across the U.S. During the last federal election cycle, RPAC contributed over $12M to Congressional candidates, making RPAC the nation’s #1 trade association political action committee. Funds raised last night still are being tallied, but it was another success.
July 4th on Sanibel
Newspapers already are reporting plans for upcoming Independence Day events. Following the morning parade, the 32nd Annual Optimists’ Fourth of July Road Rally will start at noon in the Timbers Restaurant parking lot. Each car that registers becomes a team. Points are awarded for elapsed time closest to a “secret” pre-established circuit time and for correct answers to a series of questions about clues along the rally route. An after-rally party where prizes are presented is held at the Sanibel Grill at Timbers.
Nesting Owls Delay New Roof at City Hall
As part of City capital improvement projects, the original metal roof at Sanibel’s City Hall is being replaced. Installation began in March and was expected to be completed the end of this month. However, due to owls nesting on the grounds, work has been suspended until that activity ends.
Another Sanibel Bobcat Sighting
Midday recently on West Gulf Drive between condos and the beach.
Fixed Mortgage Rates Touch New Low for 2011
An Associated Press article posted today on “Florida Realtors” says that fixed mortgage rates fell this week to the lowest point of the year, hopefully offering incentive for homeowners to save money by refinancing their loans. Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan fell to 4.61 percent., down from 4.63 percent and the lowest level since mid-December. The average rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage, a popular refinance option, slipped to 3.80 percent from 3.82 percent. That marked the lowest point since late November. Rates track the yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which fell to the lowest level of the year this week.
U.S. Predicts 3 to 6 Major Atlantic Hurricanes
Island Real Estate Action for the Past Week
Sanibel & Captiva MLS Activity May 13 to 20:
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