Post Thanksgiving Friday on Sunny Sanibel

Today is another beautiful sunny Friday (81 degrees) on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. SanibelSusan was out this morning showing some condos and real estate phones have been ringing. Plenty of folks here for the holiday with Periwinkle Way a little slow going today and the shops at Periwinkle Place getting plenty of action. The bike paths and beaches are busy too.


This summer-like weather is expected to continue through Wednesday, but I’m hoping for a little cool down before for Luminary next weekend.

Below, after a few news items, followed by the action posted over the past seven days in the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service.

Island Events This Weekend

Sat – Nov 28 – During the 25th Sanibel Masters Art Festival (which again is tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on the grounds of The Community House, the Sanibel Chorus will perform a preview of their holiday concert twice, once at 10 a.m. and again about 11:30 following a short break. (Realtor® singers excused, I hope.)

Sat – Nov 28 – South Seas Tree Lighting is 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the entrance to South Seas. Free and open to the public, this kicks off South Seas holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony featuring the BIG ARTS Community Chorus, cookie and ornament decorating, and a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. (If I get my work done, I should make that performance.)

South Seas Tree lighting 2014

Some BIG ARTS Community Chorus singers from the 2014 tree lighting.


The Beach on Thanksgiving Day

As follow-up to last week’s update which included info on the recent red tide, here’s what was reported on Thanksgiving Day by the “Santiva Chronicle”:

“Sanibel patrolled its beaches early today, Thanksgiving Day, and for the third straight day found no dead fish as a result of a recent influx of red tide. Thanksgiving marks the third straight day no dead fish have been found or had to be picked up by city crews. Today’s report, issued by the Sanibel Public Works Department before 8 a.m., said “No fish reported on any public beach.” That includes the major beaches, Lighthouse, Algiers, Tarpon, Bowman’s and Blind Pass and all the access points along East Gulf, Middle Gulf and West Gulf drives.”

With the beaches breezy the last couple of days, I bet they stay nice and clean too!

Sanibel Lighthouse

It’s Thanksgiving – So Throw on The Lights

I got also got a kick out of this article in the “Santiva Chronicle”. With Sanibel Luminary next Friday (Dec 4, followed by Captiva on Saturday Dec 5), it is understandable that the islands roll quickly from one holiday into the next. After all, there are some island residents who travel to be with family during the holidays, which is also why our BIG ARTS Community Chorus Holiday Concert is early (Dec 8 this year). (Concert goers should get their tickets early.) Here’s the posting in the Chronicle:

“Most businesses, it seemed, threw the switch on their Christmas lights the day after Halloween. On Sanibel we can’t throw the switch until Thanksgiving, which is today. Consider it done.

“It’s was a yearly lament at how quickly the stores, both brick-and-mortar and now on-line, throw the switch on Christmas. No sooner has the last bag of trick-or-treat candy left the shelf than out comes Christmas. There used to be an imaginary line there that held the merchants back in those few short weeks between Halloween and Thanksgiving. That line first became blurred and now it’s moved – moved all the way back to Halloween. No use to lament anymore. The battle is lost.

“Most cities, towns, villages and burgs across America have no restrictions on Christmas lights. Sanibel does.

“Maybe the Dark Sky Ordinance, which is in place to aid sea turtle nesting in the summer and which basically keeps Sanibel a very dark place all year, is behind it, but for whatever reason, businesses and residences on Sanibel couldn’t throw the switch until last night, the night before Thanksgiving.

“That moment has come and gone. It’s Thanksgiving, a day for giving thanks and a day that marks the beginning of the holiday season. The lights are on here and the green light is now on to drive around the island and check out the decorations.

“You’ve got until Jan 9 to keep your lights on and to check out everyone else’s lights. On Jan 9, they must go out, according to Sanibel Code Chapter 106, Section 106-3 of the Codified Ordinances.

“Now that the lights are on, we will find that there is plenty of time between now and Dec. 25 to celebrate the Christmas season, and we particularly look forward to this year’s Luminary Celebration along Periwinkle Way on Friday, Dec. 4.

“We like the limits. From the night before Thanksgiving to Jan. 9 is plenty of time for Christmas decorations. On Sanibel there is no jumping the gun and on the back end there is no being tardy about taking down the decorations.

“Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the food and enjoy the lights.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity November 20-27



2 new listings: Sand Pointe #213 2/2 $649K, Sunset South #4C 2/2 $799K.

2 price changes: Sanibel Arms West #J4 2/2 now $462.5K, Sunset South #5A 2/2 now $1.195M.

3 new sales: Colonnades #15 1/1 listed at $225K, Casa Blanca #6 1/1 listed at $250K, Sanibel Arms West #M8 2/2 listed at $519K.

1 closed sale: Junonia #201 3/2 $1.125M.


5 new listings: 542 Boulder Dr 2/2 $495K, 280 Ferry Landing Dr 3/2 $899.9K, 941 Pectin Ct 3/2 $1.039M, 6491 Sanibel Captiva Rd 2/2 $2.098M, 2518 Tropical Way Ct 3/3.5 $2.595M.

1 price change: 1224 Par View Dr 3/3 now $1.095M.

9 new sales: 1429 Sandpiper Cir 3/3 half-duplex listed at $429.9K, 542 Boulder Dr 2/2 listed at $495K, 3181 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2 listed at $570K, 1076 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 listed at $589K, 564 Hideaway Ct 3/2 listed at $589K, 1312 Sand Castle 3/2 listed at $698K, 1405 Jamaica Dr 3/2.5 listed at $839K, 699 Anchor Dr 3/4 listed at $985K, 6019 Clam Bayou 4/3 listed at $1.185M.

2 closed sales: 1593 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex $499K, 1231 Isabel Dr 2/2 $1.25M.


1 new listing: Bay Dr $2.2M.

No price changes.

1 new sale: 6002 White Heron Ln listed at $735K.

1 closed sale: 4988 Joewood Dr $440K.



Nothing to report.


2 new listings: 11515 Murmond Ln 3/2 $1.598M, 4 Sunset Captiva Ln 2/2.5 $2.395M.

1 price change: 16910 Captiva Dr 4/4 now $4.295M.

No new or 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. Data maintained by the association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. The information provided represents general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

Don’t forget next Friday is Sanibel Luminary, where this alto will be singing with the BIG ARTS Community Chorus Ensemble at the Sanibel Historical Village and Museum in the late afternoon, followed by the entire chorus springing a surprise flash mob inside Bailey’s Supermarket at 5:30 p.m., followed by carols outside. It’s gonna be fun!

’til next Friday, here’s hoping your weather is as picture perfect as here.

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan.