SanibelSusan here with another Friday update. It is still pretty quiet on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Mostly nice weather though, with visitors enjoying that there is no traffic and loving the stunning summer sunsets and shelling, which continued to be fabulous all week.
Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®
Yesterday was the Sanibel/Captiva Association of Realtors® September Monthly Membership Meeting. Turn-out was a little better than last month, but attendance still light. Realtors® are cramming in their vacations before the snowbirds arrive.
Meeting speakers included BIG ARTS Executive Director, Lee Ellen Harder, who provided an update on their upcoming offerings for the fall/winter season. Ticket sales have already begun and they have a new web site with more info (www.BIGARTS.org).
During the Caravan section of the meeting, I was happy to announce our new listing at Pointe Santo, two price reductions (at Mariner Pointe and Sunrise Circle), and our Loggerhead Cay Open House which followed the meeting. (First time that condo has been vacant on a Caravan day since the listing began.)
No new Sanibel or Captiva sales were announced. The Sanibel/Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity since last Friday is posted below after a couple of other news items. (There was one sale, posted this morning.)
Sanibel 2016-2017 Budget Hearing
During last Saturday’s first budget hearing, Sanibel City Council unanimously approved a tentative budget for fiscal year 2016-17 of $62,468,100. The budget was prepared using the same millage rate as the current fiscal year which is 1.9139. Florida law requires that budgets be balanced. This budget compares to the 2015-2016 adopted budget of $56,039,603 and the amended budget of $66,905,637.
The tentative budget is based on Sanibel’s taxable property value for 2017 which has been preliminarily assessed $4.76 billion, which is 5.48% higher than fiscal 2016. The budget includes $1.625 million in causeway tolls from Lee County, a number consistent with bridge traffic in 2016. The budget assumes that about $5.8 million of General Fund reserves will not be spent by the end of the fiscal year and will be rolled forward to the new budget’s beginning balance. Sanibel City continues to reduce its debt, through annual debt service payments and refinancing at favorable interest rates. City-wide debt has been reduced from $79.1 million in 2006 to $40.6 million as of 2015.
Following the budget meeting, the City Council reconvened for its regular monthly meeting…The council passed two ordinances raising fees across the board at the Recreation Center. The rate increases are modest. The daily resident individual fee goes from $5 to $6 and the daily resident family fee raises from $7 to $8. The weekly resident individual fee goes from $23 to $24 and the weekly resident family fee raises from $35 to $37.
Saturday’s budget meeting was required by law, as is the second and final budget hearing which will be at 5:01 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at City Hall.
A Step in the Right Direction
According to yesterday’s “News-Press”:
“The U.S. Senate today approved legislation authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward on a major $1.9 billion Everglades-restoration project.
“The Central Everglades Planning Project, which was included in a broader water resources bill that the Senate approved today by a vote of 95-3, is a nearly $2 billion series of engineering projects designed to reduce the need for harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee by sending more water south into the Everglades instead of east and west into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.
“U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), a long-time supporter of Everglades-restoration projects who pushed to get the project included in this year’s water bill, hailed today’s vote as a major step toward restoring the Everglades.
“This is a big win for Florida,” Nelson said. “We’ve seen firsthand the effect these toxic discharges can have on Florida’s waterways and the local communities that depend on them. Getting this project approved is a significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to restore the Everglades and provide folks some much needed relief.”
“The bill now heads to the House for consideration.”
(If you are wondering what the water here looks like now, check out these photos borrowed from Facebook’s “Beautiful Sanibel page”. The waters surround the islands have been beautiful all week.)
Coastal Cleanup Tomorrow
Tomorrow, Sept 17, SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) is hosting participation in the 30th Annual International Coastal Cleanup. If you are here and haven’t already signed up, just go to SCCF (3333 Sanibel-Captiva Rd) between 9 a.m. and noon to get your data cards and trash bags. Lunch and snacks will be provided on the SCCF Nature Center Porch from 10 a.m. until noon, along with a dumpster to dispose of the trash. (Please bring your own water and gloves to reduce use of plastic.)
National Public Lands Day, Next Saturday
Next Saturday, Sep 24, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate with free admission to Wildlife Drive all day 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and special activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- 10 a.m. Caravan Tour – The first 14 people gathered at the flagpole can ride in the minibus, all others will follow in cars along Wildlife Drive. The one-hour naturalist-led tour will focus on the importance of the mangrove estuary ecosystem.
- 11:30 a.m. Indigo Trail Walk – Join a ranger on a one-hour hike along Indigo Trail to the Wildlife Education Boardwalk, approximately 3/4 miles. Meet at the flagpole.
- 1 p.m. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Talk – Meet Ranger Kari from Kodiak, Alaska, for a 30-minute presentation about the refuge’s public uses and wildlife. Meet in the Visitor & Education Center.
- 2 p.m. Family Story & Craft – Meet in the Visitor & Education Center classroom for a fun, educational story and take-home conservation craft (30 minutes).
Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity September 9 – 16, 2016
2 new listings: Pointe Santo #C34 1/1 $599K (our listing), Pointe Santo #B23 2/2 $849K.
4 price changes: Tennisplace #C21 2/1.5 now $375,555; Mariner Pointe #943 2/2.5 now $595K; Loggerhead Cay #211 2/2 now $599K; Cottage Colony West #136 1/1 now $624.9K (our listing).
1 new sale: Mariner Pointe #813 2/2 listed at $449K.
2 closed sales: Ibis at The Sanctuary #302 2/2 $460K, Villa Sanibel #1B 2/2 $535K.
3 new listings: 1212 Par View Dr 2/2 $649K, 174 Southwinds Dr 2/2 half-duplex $699K, 1552 San Carlos Bay Dr 4/5.5 $2.95M.
3 price changes: 9292 Belding Dr 3/2.5 now $399K, 598 Kinzie Island Ct 3/3.5 now $1.699M, 4190 Dingman Dr 4/3.5 now $2.375M.
No new sales.
3 closed sales: 421 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $800K, 923 S Yachtsman Dr 3/2 $849K, 4440 Waters Edge Ln 3/3 $1.29M.
1 new listing: 776 Birdie View Pt $495K.
1 price change: 2626 Coconut Dr now $279K.
No new or closed sales.
1 new listing: Lands End Village #1660 3/3 $1.625M.
1 price change: Tennis Villas #3111 1/1 now $244K.
No new or closed sales.
No new listings.
1 price change: 31 Urchin Ct 3/3 now $960K.
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.)