Still Awaiting April Showers on Sunny Sanibel

This was a week of more gorgeous weather on sunny Sanibel, warm with some nice breezes too. Before the summer rainy season begins the waters of San Carlos Bay look so inviting. Here are a couple of shots taken while I was at a standstill. When there is a fender-bender on the causeway, there is more than just that impact. With just one way on-/off-island, we are thankful that there are only accidents occasionally, but with a view to enjoy, it’s all good.

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In the real estate world , we saw more of a slowdown this week, though several new listings and more price reductions were announced yesterday at our last weekly morning Association of Realtors Caravan meeting of the season. (From now until fall, Caravan meets every two weeks.) New listings at this time of the year are typically from folks who just enjoyed their last winters on island, though many also are retirees looking to make their next move to a retirement or assisted-living community – Florida has plenty of those.

This also is the time of the year for more “season” sales finalize with closings. Plenty of those were reported.  We had one this week and two more coming up on Monday. We are down to five listings, so we hope, if you have friends thinking of selling (or buying), that you’ll send them to us.

Here are a couple of new items before our weekly update of the action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service since last Friday.

Shared Use Path Project Underway

sanibelmapbikeLast Friday, the City began repairing Hurricane-Irma-related damage to Sanibel’s Shared Use Paths. The work is expected to be completed by next Friday, May 4. In the meantime, some areas may be barricaded off from users. Each year, the City inspects all 26+ miles of paths. Last year’s original repair project was completed, but Irma caused the need for these repairs (which will receive FEMA funding assistance). So, be especially careful on the bike paths for the next few days.

Passenger Record in March at RSW

RSW LogoAccording to an article posted on-line Monday (April 23) at

“Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers scores passenger record in March.\

Southwest Florida International Airport scored record growth in the first quarter of 2018, including a 10.2% year-over-year increase in passengers for March. In March alone, the airport served 1,379,728 fliers “despite numerous flight cancellations … due to weather conditions in other parts of the United States,” said Jeff Mulder, Lee County Port Authority executive director.

“March historically is the airport’s busiest month. But this March now stands as the single-busiest month at the south Fort Myers airport, which will mark its 35th birthday in May. Lee County Port Authority also reported:

  • Year-to-date, passenger traffic was up 10% from the same period last year.
  • Southwest Airlines was the busiest carrier in March, with 297,668 passengers, followed by Delta Air Lines (268,505), American (168,995), Spirit (166,602) and JetBlue (136,670).
  • Southwest Florida International Airport had 10,907 takeoffs and landings, an increase of 3.5% compared to March 2017.
  • The international airport handled nearly 3 million pounds of air freight in March, down about a half percent from March last year.

“The airport’s low-cost carriers led the passenger surge. Frontier alone had nearly 71,000 more local passengers this March, for a 126% increase. It went from serving six to 20 cities out of Southwest Florida International. Spirit carried about 35,000 more fliers for a 26.1% increase.

“The legacy carriers, however, also chipped in, most notably American and Delta – with 11.4% and 8.6% more passengers, respectively.

“The biggest downer in the port authority report: Page Field, Lee County’s general aviation airport, sustained a 20.5% year-over-year decline in takeoffs and landings in March. That’s one temporary consequence of a planned rehabilitation of the two runways there, said Victoria Moreland, port authority spokeswoman. “The (shorter) crosswind runway is still closed, and we’ve had a lot of crosswinds,” Moreland said. That has prompted some of the smaller private aircraft to stay away. Moreland expects takeoffs and landings will return to season-appropriate frequency when the runway work is completed, by early to mid-summer.”

Sanibel Historical Museum & Village – Summer Hours

Museum LogoBeginning May 1, the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village change to off-season summer hours which are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The museum also will close August 1 and will reopen with regular full-time hours beginning October 16. (Regular “season” hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.) More info at

Remodeling Project – Costs More – Takes Longer 

renovation-clipart-home-renovationSummer is the most popular time of the year here for remodeling projects. Made me think that this article from real estate trainer/coach PatZaby is timely.

“The one experience that homeowners can agree upon after completing a remodeling project is that it costs more and takes longer than expected. It doesn’t really matter that you researched, planned, and received multiple bids, it will, invariably, cost more and take longer than you originally anticipated.

“Replacing floorcovering or painting is a project that a homeowner can easily get bids and contract with the workmen directly. A new level of complexity occurs when the project involves more specialized contractors, like plumbers, electricians, carpenters, counters, and others.

“Now, a homeowner is faced with dealing with one general contractor who will run roughshod over the sub-contractors or make the decision to do it themselves. Typically, you’ll pay more for a general contractor, but the trade-off is that they have the contacts and experience to make things go smoothly.

“Subs are notorious for wanting to finish their “part” of the project and move onto to the next job. Sometimes, they’re not interested in the “big picture” enough to consider doing things in a way that are best for the overall outcome.

“When you start tearing out some things, you find out that there may be unexpected expenses involved. Another common occurrence is that during the project, you get a new thought about changing something else “since it is already torn up anyway.” This will add time and money to the job.

“There can be the situation that the homeowner doesn’t even know the right questions to ask or what to consider when trying to coordinate the different workers. The most detailed timetable can be thrown off track if one set of workers don’t show up or finish on time. At best, it delays the project for a few days. At worst, it can delay it for a few weeks because the individual workers may have committed to other jobs that don’t allow them to reschedule.

“Once the work is done in a professional manner, you’re probably going to live with it for years. If it is something you’ve wanted to do and it will allow you to enjoy your home more, it is worth doing. Just be patient and enter this adventure with the understanding that it will cost more and take longer than you expect.”

Check Your Hurricane Passes

Sanibelcityseal logoWe sure hope that we don’t have to use them, but it’s good to be prepared so if you have old hurricane passes, please note that Sanibel will again reuse the 2016 passes for the upcoming storm season. Residents and businesses need them to return following an evacuation order. For residents, two passes are allowed per address. Those 2016 passes are purple. For businesses, only enough passes are issued to facilitate damage assessment. The 2016 commercial passes are tan. So, if your passes are other colors or years, toss them.

Passes are issued year-‘round Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sanibel Police Dept. Applications may be submitted via mail, fax, or email. For more info or to print the application, go to the “Emergency Management” link under Sanibel Police Department at .

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity April 20-27, 2018

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2 new listings: Tennisplace #C32 2/1.5 $319.9K, Island Beach Club #320F 2/2 $835K.

4 price changes: Sanibel Moorings #941 2/2 now $519K, White Caps South #5 1/1 now $549K, Sandy Bend #4 2/2 now $738K, Sundial East #O404 2/2 now $929K.

7 new sales: Sundial West #I305 1/1 listed at $340K; Blind Pass #B211 2/2 listed at $449K, Sundial West #I404 1/1 listed at $484K; Mariner Pointe #533 2/2.5 listed at $499K; Sanibel Moorings #1631 2/2 listed at $615K; Sundial West #G204 2/2 listed at $649,999; Tarpon Beach #206 listed at $799K.

4 closed sales: Sundial West #F306 1/1 $450K, Sand Pointe #122 2/2 $649K (our listing), Lighthouse Point #321 3/2 $645K, Sundial West #J408 2/2 $679K.


5 new listings: 974 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex $549K, 1020 Bird Watch Way 3/2 $779K, 660 Oliva St 3/3 $869K, 1676 Middle Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.095M, 1720 Dixie Beach Blvd 3/2 $1.1M.

12 price changes: 1643 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex now $539K; 693 Rabbit Rd 3/2 now $564K; 3784 Coquina Dr 3/3 now $588,885; 1973 Wild Lime Dr 4/3 now $749.9K; 617 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $799K; 9028 Mockingbird Dr 4/3 now $824K; 5313 Punta Caloosa Ct 4/3 now $949K; 1244 Par View 4/3 now $1.045M; 3832 Coquina Dr 3/4 now $1.1M; 1747 Jewel Box Dr 3/2 now $1.129M, 1349 Eagle Run Dr 3/2.5 ow $1.129M, 1672 Hibiscus Dr 3/2 now $1.149M.

6 new sales: 956 Dixie Beach Blvd 2/1 listed at $449K, 1846 Ardsley Way 2/2 listed at $598K, 5299 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/3 listed at $648K, 753 Cardium St 3/2 listed at $655K, 950 Cabbage Palm Ct 3/2 listed at $799K, 829 Pyrula Ave 3/3 listed at $1.149M.

8 closed sales: 1438 Sandpiper Cir 3/2.5 half-duplex $352.5K; 667 Spartina Dr 3/2 $582K; 1410 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 $585,750; 5403 Shearwater Dr 4/3 $1.06M; 852 Lindgren Blvd 4/3 $1.125M; 2263 Starfish Ln 5/4.5 $1.699M; 514 Kinzie Island Ct 4/5 $1.82M; 3813 West Gulf Dr 3/4.5 $4.9M.


No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 4995 Joewood Dr listed at $2.495M.

No closed sales.



No new listings.

1 price change: Lands End Village #1655 2/2 now $1.075M.

1 new sale: Tennis Villas #3216 1/1 listed at $330K.

No closed sales.


No new listings.

4 price changes: 11490 Dickey Ln 3/2 now $989K, 11525 Chapin Ln 4/4 now $1.548M, 16813 Captiva Dr 3/3 now $2.35M, 16814 Captiva Dr 2/2.5 now $5.25M.

No new or closed sales.


Nothing to report.

This representation is based in part on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® 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.

The below video, taken this week of an osprey family feeding their two chicks, is courtesy of our friend Scott Shew on Woodring Rd. Thanks for sharing, Scott.


Enjoy your weekend!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan