Spring Has Sprung on Sanibel & Captiva Islands

There has been lots of island traffic this week, probably because the county schools are closed for spring break, plus the increased activity from the lingering winter weather elsewhere. 

Woodring Point Osprey Imposter, photo from The Shews

Woodring Point Osprey Imposter, photo from The Shews

Here are a couple of news items followed by the activity posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service over the last seven days.

March Sanibel & Captiva Islands Assoc of Realtors® Monthly Membership Meeting

Yesterday was our local Association of Realtors® Monthly Membership Meeting with two speakers:

osprey from IOFThe International Osprey Foundation – The first speaker was Jim Griffith from The International Osprey Foundation. The International Osprey Foundation is dedicated to the continuing preservation and recovery of the osprey, others in the raptor family, wildlife and the environment as a whole. The foundation conducts monitoring activities and accumulates data specific to the breeding activities of the osprey population on Sanibel.

Jim said that back in the early 1900’s the island was home to about 60 osprey nests. These raptors have 360-degree vision, are expert fishers (they are also known as the fish hawk), and reside in almost any area that has a large body of water.EllieOsprey03-10-13With the introduction of the pesticide DTT, development, predators, and Mother Nature, the number of nests declined. Nests on Sanibel were at a low following the storms of 2004/2005, but today there are 133. Though these birds like to nest on tall Norfolk pines and electrical poles, here about 40% of the nests are now on man-made platforms which LCEC (Lee County Electric Coop) often assists the foundation in erecting.

If you need help in adding a nesting pole to your property or in relocating an existing nest, contact Jim through the Foundations web site www.ospreys.com.

DaveLakeMurexOspreyTo move a nest, a permit is required from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. These local nests are monitored every few weeks (Jan through May) by a group of 40 volunteers who reported that 97 osprey chicks fledged on Sanibel last year.

Realtor & Assoc Board Member, Lori Pierot making presentation to Jim Griffith for the International Osprey Foundation.

Realtor & Assoc Board Member, Lori Pierot making presentation to Jim Griffith for the International Osprey Foundation.

As part of our Realtors® continued support of island non-profits and charities, The International Osprey Foundation was presented with a donation from the Association of Realtors®.

Jim also reported that Sanibel now has a new species too, the swallow-tailed kite. At the Foundation annual meeting at The Community House on Sunday (Mar 23) at 7 p.m., Dr. Ken Meyer, an avian researcher, will be the keynote speaker. He is an expert on these birds. One of the most beautiful birds in Florida, the unmistak­able, elegant swallow-tailed kite is recognizable for its deeply forked tail, distinctive black and white plumage, and graceful aerial displays.

NationalFloodInsuranceProgrFlood Insurance Update – Kim Kovacs from Heidrick & Company Insurance updated members on the bill that was passed in the Senate last week and is awaiting signature by the President. Though still not official, it looks like some relief is in sight. How long will it take for the President to sign and then FEMA to determine how to implement the bill? Kim said FEMA told her company that it will be at “lightning speed”. More realistically that probably means 6 months to a year.

Here’s a summary of what is in this new bill. It is from an article by Andrews G. Simpson, posted on www.insurancejournal.com on March 13:

Prevents Skyrocketing Rate Increases

Creates a firewall on annual rate increases – Prevents FEMA from raising the average rates for a class of properties above 15% and from raising rates on individual policies above 18% per year for virtually all properties.

Repeals the property sales trigger – Repeals the provision in Biggert-Waters that required homebuyers to pay the full-risk rate for pre-FIRM properties at the time of purchase. This provision caused property values to steeply decline and made many homes unsellable, hurting the real estate market. Under the Menendez/Grimm Bill, homebuyers will receive the same treatment as the home seller.

Repeals the new policy sales trigger – Repeals the provision in Biggert-Waters that required pre-FIRM property owners to pay the full-risk rate if they voluntarily purchase a new policy. This provision dis-incentivizes property owners from making responsible decisions and could hurt program participation. The Menendez/Grimm Bill allows pre-FIRM property owners to voluntarily purchase a policy under pre-FIRM conditions.

Reinstates grandfathering – Repeals the provision in Biggert-Waters that would have terminated grandfathering. If grandfathering was terminated, property owners mapped into higher risk would have to either elevate their structure or have higher rates phased in over 5 years. The Menendez/Grimm Bill allows grandfathering to continue and sets hard caps on how high premiums can increase annually.

Refunds homeowners who overpaid – Requires FEMA to refund policyholders for overpaid premiums.

Affordability goal – Requires FEMA to minimize the number of policies with annual premiums that exceed one percent of the total coverage provided by the policy.”

Fun Events by The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum 

Here are a couple of announcements from the Shell Museum’s recent on-line newsletter:

Adventure catamaranMarine Naturalist Adventure Cruise – The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and Captiva Cruises present an ecological expedition that will educate and excite marine enthusiasts. Join a Marine Naturalist from the Museum for an unforgettable day with a small group aboard the 40′ sailing catamaran “Adventure”. Trips from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include cruise, lunch, and admission to the Museum. Call ahead for reservations and sailing dates: 239-472-5300.

SCCF_walk_at_Island_InnBeach Walks at Island Inn – Tuesdays at 10 a.m., join the Marine Naturalist at the Island Inn to learn about the shells, the mollusks that created them, and other marine life.

Parking at Island Inn is free for participants, but space is limited so reservations are required. Island Inn is at 3111 West Gulf Dr.

BIG ARTS Community Chorus Spring Concerts

EntireChorus_03-20-13 Cropped SmallThe BIG ARTS Chorus and their special Ensemble have performed at various locations this winter, from many holiday events to singing the “Star Spangled Banner” at a Minnesota Twins game, to providing musical entertainment at the FISH Annual Volunteer Luncheon & a Center4Life Dinner Meeting, to belting out Irish tunes at Bailey Center’s St. Patty’s Day Fest.

Irish Fest 2014, photo from Blanaid Colley,  Zebra Yogurt, Hillgate Communications, & fellow alto

Irish Fest 2014, photo from Blanaid Colley, Zebra Yogurt, Hillgate Communications, & fellow alto

I’ve missed some of the daytime events with work obligations, but will be part of both groups performing next week during their evening Spring Concerts.

Tickets are going fast at BIG ARTS, rumor has it that they are nearly sold out already for both nights. Hope to see you Tues Mar 25 or Thurs Mar 27 at 7 p.m. at Shein Performance Hall on the BIG ARTS campus.

The program includes a wide repertoire including “A Patriotic Salute” (SanibelSusan gets to toot a kazoo in this one), “Ching a Ring Chaw”, “My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth” (PDQ Bach), Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia”, Brahms “Neue Liebeshlieder Waltzes”. Then after intermission, things will liven up with “We Love the 50’s” and a medley from “Guys & Dolls” (fun costumes and other surprises in the second half both nights).

guys-and-dolls(2)The Chorus now is 85+strong (no auditions necessary). Rehearsals run from each October through March on Tuesday nights at BIG ARTS. The 30-some member Ensemble requires an audition and has an extra rehearsal each week. We are always looking for new members. It has been fun to see this group grow and become so “in demand”. I was one of the original members when it all started in 1992. Singing provides good real estate therapy too. Think of joining us when you are in town!

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity March 21-28, 2014

4 new listings: Breakers West #B1 2/2 $449K, Surfside 12 #B1 3/2 $869K, Wedgewood #306 3/3.5 $1.379M, Beachcomber #C302 2/2 $1.695M.
7 price changes: Tennisplace #B24 2/1 now $305K; Captains Walk #B4 2/2 now $325K; Sundial #C301 1/1 now $335K; Kimball Lodge #244 1/1.5 now $339K; Sanibel Moorings #422 2/2 now $449,999; Pointe Santo #E21 2/2 now $$715K; Seascape #104 3/3 now $2.32M.
9 new sales: Beach Road Villas #102 2/2 listed for $349K, Sundial #I402 1/1 listed for $379K, Mariner Pointe #732 2/2 listed for $384.9K, Island Beach Club #240F 2/2 listed for $599K, Sanibel Arms #F8 2/2 listed for $849K, Villa Sanibel #1G 2/2 listed for $875K, Anglers Key #201 3/3 listed for $1.699M, Somerset #A301 3/2.5 listed for $1.899M, Sedgemoor #103 3/3.5 listed for $2.55M. 
10 closed sales: Sundial #I307 1/1 $218K, Sundial #H203 2/2 $450K, Heron at The Sanctuary II #2A 3/2.5 $585K, Kings Crown #210 2/2 $625K, Pine Cove #C 2/2 $805K, Plantation Village #A112 3/2 $975K, Gulfside Place #307 2/2 $1.1M, Gulfside Place #319 3/2 $1.145M (our listing), Atrium #206 3/2 $1.24M, Sedgemoor #202 3/3.5 $2M.
7 new listings: 2007 Mitzi Ln 3/2 $399K, 3965 Coquina Dr 2/2 $399K, 828 Rabbit Rd 2/1 $463K, 1477 Albatross Rd 4/3 $598.8K, 1063 S Yachtsman Dr 3/2 $675K, 925 Lindgren Blvd 3/2 $698K, 235 Daniel Dr 3/2 $1.195M.
14 price changes: 409 Elizabeth Dr 2/2 now $393K, 1344 Tahiti Dr 2/1 now $450K, 1252 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $549K, 9446 Beverly Ln 3/3.5 now $629K (short sale), 1356 Tahiti Dr 3/2 now $674K, 1021 Fish Crow Rd 4/3 now $749K, 1130 Seagrape Ln 4/3 now $799K, 4622 Rue Belle Mer 4/2 now $809K, 501 Sea Walk Ct 3/2 now $835K, 5753 Pine Tree Dr 3/4 now $838K, 1329 Eagle Run Dr 3/2.5 now $874K, 4444 Waters Edge Ln 3/2 now $949K, 2520 Harbour Ln 3/2.5 now $1.149M, 1748 Jewel Box Dr 4/4 now $1.198M,
8 new sales: 3837 Coquina Dr 2/2 listed for $449K, 2050 Sunrise Cir 3/2 listed for $548.9K, 5307 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2.5 listed for $595K, 1300 Par View Dr 3/2 listed for $749K, 5690 Pine Tree Dr 3/2 listed for $799.9K, 1827 Buckthorn Ln 3/2 listed for $849K, 5795 SanCap 3/3 listed for $1.079.9M, 1307 Seaspray Ln 4/3.5 listed for $1.595M.
2 closed sales: 1475 Court Pl 2/1 $265K, 1306 Par View Dr 3/3.5 $750K.
1 new listings: 1042 Blue Heron Dr $449K.
2 price changes: 1815 Ardsley Way now $209,555; 3334 Saint Kilda Rd now $315K.
1 new sale: 6081 Henderson Rd listed for $199.9K.
1 closed sale: 1340 Eagle Run Dr $250K.
1 New listing: Beach Villas #2511 2/2 $619K.
No price changes
2 new sales: Tennis Villas #3110 1/1 listed for $225K, Tennis Villas #3139 2/2 listed for $380K.

1 closed sale: Ventura Captiva #2B 3/3 $780K.

1 new listing: 13550 Palmflower Ln 4/3.5 $5.65M.
1 price change: 14980 Binder Dr 4/3 now $1.398M.
1 new sale: 1114 Schefflera Ct 4/3.5 listed for $1.849M.
No closed sales.

Nothing to report.

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.

If you are on the islands this weekend, we hope you stop in to say “hi”, SanibelSusan Realty is open every day!

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