Another Sun-Filled Friday on Sanibel Island

With more gorgeous weather here this week, the few visitors and vacationers in town have had outstanding shelling resulting from the full moon and its low tides plus strong breezes.

I have had family here all week. It sure is fun to view the island through the eyes of a 4-year-old (my great nephew) who caught his first fish from my dock.

Caden 1st fish 05-03-18

To him black racer snakes, anoles/geckos, dolphins, alligators, and manatees are more interesting than shells.

(For the record, I also have now been reprimanded by a 4-year old. FYI, using the word “stupid” to describe my decorating is bad language. I should instead be saying “it does not look as nice as I’d like”.)

In the real estate world, the high season rush always is over when the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® has their end-of-season party and auctions. This is the 23rd year. It’s next Wednesday at The Sanctuary and includes a golf scramble first. Proceeds will go toward water quality work at The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

Auction Lobsters 2018For the live auction, SanibelSusan donated an always-popular “Jumbo Lobster Bake for Six” dinner from The Lobster Net in Brewer, Maine. They provide a good product if you ever get a hankering for Maine seafood. It’s delivered fresh from the boat, via FedEx, right to your door. (

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

More Fun Photos

Our friend, Scott, who last week provided the osprey nest video, this week paddled in Tarpon Bay. Thanks for sharing the below photo with us, Scott. Known as the “gentle giant”, shown is a Florida manatee which is a subspecies of the West Indies manatee.

Manatee 05-03-2018

My family took a boat ride out of the Sanibel Marina this week. Thanks to Melissa for sharing this dolphin photo.

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This morning teammate Dave and his neighbor, Max, took Dave’s cousin, Chris, and son (that smart 4-year-old) out fishing. It was a beautiful day for it. Thanks, Max, for letting Caden take the wheel. Only a few fish caught, but the boys had fun!

Island Events

seahorse festival 2018Annual Seahorse Festival – May 5, tomorrow, from 4 to 7 p.m. hosted by The Sanibel School PTA. At Sanibel Community Park, 2231 Periwinkle Way, across the street from SanibelSusan Realty. Food, desserts, drinks, raffles, silent auction. Entertainment by Wilder Sons, students performing skits, games, inflatables, & more.Island night Logo25th Annual Sam Bailey’s Island Night – May 9, Wednesday at CenturyLink Sports Complex where the Fort Myers Miracle play the Charlotte Stone Crabs at 7 p.m. Free tickets at Bailey’s General Store and business sponsors. Gates open at 5:45 p.m. with community parade around the ballpark beginning at 6:20 p.m.

Sanibel City Council Looking at Traffic in The Dunes

Sanibelcityseal logoAs reported this week in the “Island Sun”: “With residents of The Dunes subdivision preparing to undergo a repaving project in the coming months, members of the Sanibel City Council are looking at the success of current speed control devices, procedures, and investigating whether additional traffic-calming measures may be required for the neighborhood.

“On Tuesday, Public Works Director Keith Williams told the council that as a result of a major traffic study of The Dunes, Tier I of a traffic-calming initiative began in 2016, primarily achieved through the reduction of speed within the subdivision from 30 to 25 miles per hour. Periodic increased police patrols, temporary radar signage and additional signs and markings were also implemented. Tier II, which began last year, included the installation of four modular speed humps along strategically planned areas of The Dunes.

DunesEntrySign“The City of Sanibel Public Works Department has $900,000 budgeted to resurface the public street system within The Dunes subdivision during the summer of 2018,” a May 1 staff memorandum reads, in part. “Because of the extensive scope and timing of the resurfacing project, the department is seeking city council direction relative to the existing traffic calming efforts within the neighborhood.”

“According to traffic studies of The Dunes, traffic speeds along the southern loop were reduced following implementation of Tier I from an average of 26.5 miles per hour in 2014 to 20 miles per hour in 2018, with a low of 16 miles per hour realized last year. Similar results were witnessed along the northern loop over the same period.

“Williams also noted that traffic going through The Dunes southern loop increased from 783 vehicles per day in 2014 to 812 vehicles per day in 2018. However, traffic volume along the northern loop dropped from 695 vehicles per day four years ago to 604 vehicles per day this year….

“During discussions on plans for The Dunes road resurfacing, council members were asked to consider whether or not to re-install the modular speed humps after the project has been completed, consider moving them to new locations or removing them entirely, or consider placing additional and/or permanent speed humps throughout the subdivision.

“Opening the meeting to public comment, several local residents spoke both for and against reinstalling speed humps within The Dunes….Following some additional comments, members of the council weighed in on the options available…Later, Mayor Kevin Ruane made a motion to request city staff to investigate the reinstallation of the modular speed humps in their current locations, whether those traffic calming devices should be moved to different locations, whether a seasonal reduction of speed during peak periods could be implemented, and if and where additional speed humps should be installed. That motion was unanimously approved.

“Williams, who noted that the road resurfacing project would go out for bids next month, will deliver a follow-up report at the June 5 city council meeting. Once a bid is approved, the project will take approximately one month to complete. Currently, the public works department anticipates starting the project by the 2nd week in July so that work is finished before the start of the next school year….”

New Places & Island Happenings

  • VIP Vacation Rentals last week announced their acquisition of Lighthouse Realty of the Islands Vacation Rentals. All properties managed by Lighthouse Realty have transitioned into VIP’s inventory.
  • Tidewater Bistro now open at 2330 Palm Ridge Road in the former location of Rosie’s. Casual dining from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Everybody Is For Amendment 2 – Because Amendment 2 is for Everybody!

amendment 2 logoIt’s not too early to get smart about what is coming up for a vote in the November elections. Passing Amendment 2 means protection for all Floridians by keeping a cap on certain annual property tax increases. It limits the tax burden on Florida residents and families, protects renters from rent increases brought on by higher taxes, and ensures Florida remains an affordable place to live, work and do business.

Amendment 2 – Good for All Floridians

Amendment 2 is for Communities! Amendment 2 helps communities thrive by preventing increases over 10% on certain property taxes. Before this cap was in place, local businesses were under threat of property tax spikes, and residents could be subject to soaring taxes and rent increases. Amendment 2 protects residents by permanently removing the threat of these large tax hikes.

Amendment 2 is for Business Owners! Local businesses are critical to the economic success of our state. Amendment 2 preserves their protection from large tax increases, allowing local businesses to thrive within their communities and keep prices low on the goods and services they sell.

Amendment 2 is for Police and Firefighters! First responders are the bedrock of a safe and vibrant community and must be protected. Amendment 2 simply keeps in place a property tax cap that has existed for 10 years, which means funding for our emergency services will not be impacted.

Amendment 2 is for Teachers! The property tax cap kept in place by Amendment 2 does not apply to the funds that schools receive from property taxes. This means that the tax cap can continue to help communities thrive without impacting the great work our schools are doing to educate our children.

Amendment 2 is for Renters! Amendment 2 protects renters from unaffordable rent increases that would occur if landlords were to get hit with uncapped property tax assessments. Stable rent provides renters with security and allows them to contribute to their community.

More info on the Amendment 2 website

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity April 27-May 4, 2018



1 new listing: Sunset South #2C 2/2 $645K.

2 price changes: Pointe Santo #B2 2/2 now $749K; Oceans Reach #4B1 1/1 now $777,777.

7 new sales: Sundial West #G407 1/1 listed at $460K; Sanibel Arms West #G7 2/2 listed at $529K; Sanddollar #A104 2/2 listed at $849K; Shorewood #3C 3/2 listed at $925K; Pointe Santo #C3 3/2 listed at $1,184,415; Gulfside Place #323 2/2 listed a t$ 1.298M; Bougainvillea #B 3/3 listed at $1.299M.

9 closed sales: Tennisplace #E32 2/1 $267.5K (our buyer), Seashells #42 2/2 $357K, Beach Road Villa #104 2/2 $435K, Sanibel Arms West #M3 2/2 $514K, Snug Harbor #211 2/2 $725K, Tanglewood #1A 3/2 $1.045M, Pine Cove #102 3/2 $1.15M, Blue Gulf #101 3/2 $1.345M, Poinciana #3C 3/2 $1.6M.


3 new listings: 1520 Centre St 2/2 $474K, 325 East Gulf Dr 1/1 $575K, 5657 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/2 $1.299M.

16 price changes: 9248 Kincaid Ct 2/1 now $449K; 9477 Peaceful Dr 3/2 now $499K; 1805 Ibis Ln 2/2 now $535K, 1190 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $619K; 610 Hideaway Ct 3/2.5 now $649K; 5885 Pine Tree Dr 3/2 now $659K; 5430 Osprey Ct 3/3 now $689K; 1325 Par View Dr 3/3 now $699,996; 396 Lake Murex Blvd 3/2 now $724.9K; 3708 Coquina Dr 3/2 now $779K; 9027 Mockingbird Dr 4/3 now $854K; 580 Lake Murex Cir 4/2 now $1.095M; 534 N Yachtsman Dr 3/2 now $1.248M; 794 Conch Ct 3/2.5 now $1.569M; 4809 Tradewinds Dr 3/3.5 now $2.15M; 5615 Baltusrol Ct 4/6/3 now $3.475M.

3 new sales: 9408 Moonlight Dr 3/2 listed at $599K, 3825 Coquina Dr 3/3 listed at $849K, 1438 Causey Ct 3/2 listed at $895K.

14 closed sales: 1710 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 $622K, 5280 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/3 $645K, 1342 Junonia St 3/3 $660K, 3980 Coquina Dr 3/2 $765K, 925 Lindgren Blvd 3/2 $945K, 239 Daniel Dr 3/2 $1M (our listing), 330 East Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.09M, 5657 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/2 $1.175M, 2441 Wulfert Rd 4/4.5 $1.25M, 5743 Baltusrol Ct 3/3/2 $1.4M, 1475 Angel Dr 3 /4.5 $1.4M, 2167 Starfish Ln 4/4.5 $1.775M, 4265 West Gulf Dr 4/4.5 $4.5M, 1310 Seaspray Ln 4/4 $5.4M.


No new listings.

2 price changes: 1770 Dixie Beach Blvd now $679K, 5251 Indian Ct now $714K.

1 new sale: 1639 Serenity Ln listed at $295,555.

No closed sales.



1 new listing: Bayside Villas #109 1/2 $387K.

No price change or new sales.

1 closed sales: Lands End Village #1617 2/2 $1.45M.


No new listings.

1 price change: 11541 Wightman Ln 3/3 now $2.05M.

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.

Until next Friday, here’s hoping you have plenty of sunshine too!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan