July 4th on Sanibel & Captiva Islands

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Island Activity for the Holiday Weekend

If you are lucky enough to be on the islands for the holiday weekend, there are plenty of events for the whole family – starting tonight.  (The photos in the slide show above are from previous years.)

Today, July 1

5 p.m. Sanibel Captiva Lion’s Club Fish Fry – Sanibel Community House

Monday, July 4

7 a.m. Pancake Breakfast – Sanibel Community Church

Dave & Elise in Uncle Sam Cut-Out

9:30 a.m. Independence Day Parade – begins at Island Inn Road (across from Bailey’s Shopping Ctr to Tarpon Bay Rd to Periwinkle Way to Casa Ybel Rd) (NOTE: Periwinkle Way closes at 9:15 a.m. Also good watching in front of SanibelSusan Realty where you also can have your picture taken in our patriotic cut-out.)

9:30 a.m. Independence Day Celebration to benefit Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts –  Jerry’s Shopping Center

11 a.m. Independence Day BBQ – Bailey’s Shopping Center

12 p.m. 32nd Annual Independence Day Road Rally – Timbers Restaurant (our entry is SanibelSusan & The Schuldenfreis)

5 p.m. Independence Day Celebration – The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club

DUSK Fireworks Display – launched over the bay from north end of Bailey Rd.

Have a safe and happy holiday! 

Best Beaches in the Nation

Baby turtles love our beaches!

On the news Wed night, NBC announced a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council showing that Southwest Florida beaches are some of the country’s best. From Sanibel to Naples, city governments say what’s good for the beach is good for business. The report ranks Sanibel beaches among the cleanest in the nation. Sanibel City Manager Judie Zimomra was featured saying “Sanibel invests significant dollars into our brakes. We’ve learned what’s good for our environment is good for our economy. Businesses that do the best and have the best longevity on Sanibel are the ones that embrace the natural environment.” (We know Judie prefers this kind of press, so much better than last year when she had to discuss the BP oil mess.)

Confirmed Florida Black Bear Sighting on Sanibel

Black Bear in Bailey Tract

Yesterday, the City received confirmation from the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge of a Florida black bear sighting. On Monday a remote camera at the refuge captured an image of the animal which was later verified. According to the Lead Biologist at the Refuge, “the bear looks to be a sub-adult black bear approximately 1.5-years old weighing 40-60 lbs.” The bear was photographed by a motion-activated infrared camera at the Bailey Tract, a 100-acre freshwater satellite parcel of the Refuge. The posting advises that the animal poses no immediate threat but residents and visitors should take precautionary measures to keep all food and garbage secured and stored inside. It also says that black bears are native to Florida and are protected under state and federal laws. Dwindling populations in Florida have caused this sub-species to be listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. It is illegal to approach or harass this animal. As further info, it advises that sub-adult black bears are kicked out by their mothers in early summer when they are 1.5-years old. Young males tend to disperse long distances from their natal areas while young females tend to stay close to their mother’s home ranges. Bears are most active at night and are opportunistic feeders, eating almost anything including grass, insects, small mammals, and carrion (dead things).

Summer Showers on Sanibel

Our rain dance worked! It’s been a week of periodic showers as our weather is settling into the rainy season. The good news with that, other than helping reduce our water bills, is that it seems to have disbursed much of the green algae spotted recently in our nearby river areas.

Sanibel & Captiva MLS Activity June 24 – July 1

1 new listing:  Tarpon Beach #201 2/2 $659K.
5 price changes:  Colonnades #10 1/1 now $179K, Tennisplace #C35 2/1.5 now $264K, Sundial #C204 1/1 now $289K, Sundial #G104 2/2 now $495K, Pointe Santo #D2 2/2 now $599.9K.
2 new sales: Colonnades #41 1/1 listed for $169K, Dugger’s Tropical Cottages #5 1/1 listed for $219.9K (short sale).
2 closed sales:  Sanibel Arms #H2 1/1 $200K (short sale), Sundial #R404 2/2 $615K.
5 new listings:  533 Rabbit Rd 3/2 $549K, 1755 Jewel Box Dr 3/2 $699K, 1204 Harbour Cottage Ct 3/3 half-duplex $789K, 2543 Tropical Way 3/2.5 $1.15M, 2622 Coconut Dr 3/3 $1.495M.
12 price changes:  965 Main St 4/2 now $249K, 1454 Sandpiper Cir 2/2 half-duplex now $299K, 1214 Par View Dr now $549K (our listing), 1284 Par View Dr 2/2 now $598K, 6101 Castaways Ln 4/2 now $629K (short sale), 1290 Par View Dr 4/2 now $649K, 1538 Royal Poinciana Dr 3/3 now $715K (short sale), 1182 Kittiwake Cir 3/3 now $719.9K, 1339 Par View Dr 3/2 now $775K, 557 N Yachtsman Dr 3/3 now $819K, 1360 Eagle Run Dr 5/3.5 now $1.059M (short sale), 1314 Isabel Dr 4/3.5 now $2.495M.
7 new sales:  1663 Bunting Ln 3/2 listed for $344K (short sale), 474 Surf Sound Ct 3/2 listed for $460K (short sale), 566 Boulder Dr 3/2 listed for $539K, 1528 Angel Dr 3/2 listed for $599K, 4797 Rue Helene 3/2 listed for $599.9K, 6101 Castaways Ln 4/2 listed for $629K (short sale), 1670 Dixie Beach Blvd 3/2 listed for $999K.
7 closed sales:  1458 Sandpiper Cir 3/2.5 half-duplex $285K; 9417 Sage Ct 2/2 $425K; 728 Anchor Dr 4/3 $699,999; 1740 Middle Gulf Dr 4/3 $730K; 1106 Buttonwood Ln 3/2 $820K; 1255 Par View Dr 4/4 $1.05M; 4741 Tradewinds Dr 3/3 $1.85M.
No new listings.
3 price changes:  946 Fitzhugh St now $129,555 (short sale); 2285 Wulfert Rd now $139K; 1503 San Carlos Bay Dr now $1.495M.
No new sales.
1 closed sale
:  1590 Century Ct $132.5K.
2 new listings:  Bayside Villas #4106 1/2 $345K, Captiva Bay Villas #2606 3/3.5 $2.295M.
2 price changes:  Lands End Village #1649 2/2 now $1.145M, Lands End Village #1663 2/2 now $1.145M.
No new sales.
2 closed sales:  Bayside Villas #4220 1/2 $215K, Marina Villas #709 2/2 $470K.
No new listings.
2 price change:  16185 Captiva Dr 4/4 now $1.399M, 16163 Captiva Dr 3/2 now $1.79M.
1 new sale:  16167 Captiva Dr listed for $1.269M.
1 closed sale:  11524 Andy Rosse Ln 4/4.5 $2.1M (foreclosure).
No new listings.
1 price change:  1114 Schefflera Ct now $549K.
No new or closed sales.

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors or its Multiple Listing Service.  Neither the association nor its MLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy.  Data maintained by the association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.  The information provided represents the general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.  If your property currently is listed with another broker, this is not intended as a solicitation of that listing.