May Is Fabulous on Sanibel & Captiva Islands

SanibelSusan here, reporting another bright and sunny Friday – or at least so far today. But, the rainy season has begun, with occasional rain “off & on” pretty much all week. The typical summer weather routine is settling in – meaning late afternoon or evening showers. Those occasional storms have made for good shelling and fishing (tarpon are running), island vegetation is “greening up” nicely, and spectacular sunsets. Did I mention that the roadways and bike paths are traffic-free and restaurants easy to get into without a wait? Gotta love May!

(Photo below by Jim Szabo, SanCap Aerial, taken just before an afternoon shower earlier this month. If you know the condos beginning on Nerita Street, you can see Coquina Beach (brown roofs), Shorewood, Sanibel Surfside, Pelican’s Roost, Sanibel Siesta…)

SanCap Aerial 05-05-18 Jim Szabo

Sanibel/Captiva Real Estate Scoop

There was average turnout at our biweekly Realtor® Caravan meeting yesterday with eight new listings open for viewings and a handful of new sales announced. The action posted this week in the Sanibel/Captiva Multiple Listing Service is after a couple of news items below.

Here at SanibelSusan Realty, the team and I are trying hard to get our last five “winter” listings sold while also beating the bushes looking for new ones.

2018-05-14 - Island Inventory BookletOur annual inventory lists now are at the printer and will be back next Friday with mail-out soon after to 7,000 island property owners and prospective buyers. If you are not on our mailing list, but want to be, just drop an email to

We don’t send much snail mail anymore, but these booklets are in demand. They offer a good way for owners to stay up on the market and for buyers to get smart of what their dollar can buy here. They show addresses and prices for all the residential properties for sale on both islands (Sanibel & Captiva) (condos, homes, & lots). Organized by neighborhood (complex/community) they also show recent sales over the last few years.

If you’d like a booklet more often that annually, we update them every weekend, so can mail or email them to you anytime too.

Sanibel Makes List of Top-15 North America Vacation Destinations

As reported in the “Island Reporter” this week:

expedia logo“Sanibel Island has been named one of the top-rated vacation destinations in North America by reviewers on the travel website Expedia – a first for the island.

“On May 10, Expedia published “Top-rated Vacation Destinations in North America.” According to the site, it is the company’s 2nd annual list of the 50 top-ranking locations, which were chosen by verified reviewers throughout 2017. From the more than 4,600 cities reviewed, Sanibel rose to No. 15.

“Sanibel has made the top-rated vacation destinations list for North America for the first time,”

Jodie Booras, communication specialist for Expedia, said via an email. “Each of these cities (the top-rated spots) received at least 600 reviews and are listed in order of highest-reviewed out of 5.” The only other Florida location to make the top 15 list is Key West at No. 14.

According to the site the list of top 15 destinations are:

  1. Wailea, Hawaii
  2. Cambria, California
  3. Springdale, Utah
  4. Quebec City, Quebec
  5. Ashland, Oregon
  6. Calgary, Alberta
  7. Victoria, British Columbia
  8. Sedona, Arizona
  9. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  10. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  11. Paso Robles, California
  12. Solvang, California
  13. Bar Harbor, Maine
  14. Key West, Florida
  15. Sanibel, Florida

“Not to be too outdone by its southerly state-mate, Sanibel clinches the No. 15 spot in its 1st appearance. Visitors fall in love with the place for many reasons. Go shelling on the beach, fill up on fresh seafood at joints like the super-fun Bubble Room, and spend peaceful time at J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge.”

“Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane called the listing an accomplishment. “We’re obviously honored and thrilled about the ranking,” he said. “It obviously continues to show what a special place Sanibel is.” He expressed pride for the island community. “I’m really proud to not only be the mayor of Sanibel, but someone who lives here full-time,” Ruane said. “We continue to be a world-class destination.”

“The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce also commented on the ranking. “To be one of only two Florida destinations chosen in the top 15 of Expedia’s Top-Rated Vacation Destinations In North America is quite an honor, but as anyone who is fortunate to have vacationed on Sanibel would attest, it is well deserved,” President John Lai said. “We have consistently offered world-class beaches, shelling, shopping, biking, fishing and dining, but our sustainable initiatives and undisturbed natural environment is truly what sets us apart,” he added. “Sanibel offers the complete package for families of all seasons of life.”

“For more information or to view Expedia’s list for North America, visit online at

The Last Plastic Straw Challenge

skip the straw save a sea turtleFrom the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society Newsletter dated May 17, 2018:

“This is an invitation to all bars and restaurants, to be part of the movement to eliminate plastic pollution from the source. By simply stating on menus “Straws available upon request,” bars and restaurants can be part of the solution. Here’s How:

  • Provide a straw only when requested by a customer.
  • Provide either compostable or reusable straws.
  • Or get rid of straws completely.

“From London to Miami, restaurants, bars, and cities are banning plastic straws voluntarily. Read more at the

“Click here to read a Florida Weekly article about the Strawless on Sanibel movement.

“Doing Our Part to Reduce Plastic: “Ding” Darling is committed to and has led the way on the islands in reducing the single-use plastic products that plague our planet and threaten wildlife. Thanks to DDWS’ efforts, we have eliminated plastic shopping bags and one-time-use plastic water bottles in the Refuge Nature Store and at Tarpon Bay Explorers’ gift shop. In recent years, the Refuge has also installed a filtered water refill station and DDWS has transitioned to compostable plates, cups, and flatware for event use. We have a no-straws policy.”

SCCF Hosts Special Movie About World’s Rarest Sea Turtle

From an email announcement yesterday from the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation:

Sea Turtles Release“In celebration of the rare Kemp’s Ridley nest that started SCCF’s 2018 season, join us for an award-winning documentary highlighting the critical role that conservation organizations and volunteers are playing in their recovery.

“The screening will take place at Island Cinema on Sunday, June 3rd at 12:00pm. The film will be screened simultaneously in both Island Cinema theaters. Tickets are priced at $10 to defray the licensing costs. The concession stand will be open, and SCCF sincerely thanks Island Cinema for waiving the rental fees for this special event.

“Narrated by renowned scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle, this feature-length independent documentary tells the larger natural history story of the world’s rarest sea turtle, the Kemp’s Ridley and how humans pushed a healthy population to the precipice of extinction and are now slowly helping it to recover. From the beaches of Massachusetts to Mexico, Texas and Georgia, this film highlights the collaborative work that is being done to save a species from going extinct.”

Florida Realtors® Awards Student Scholarships

Florida Realtors logoAs posted on-line yesterday by Florida Realtors®:

“As high school seniors across Florida graduate this month and look ahead to college, costs are top-of-mind. But there’s good news from Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Inc., which has awarded scholarships to 132 well-deserving young people living in communities throughout the state.

“A not-for-profit corporation established by the state Realtor® association, the Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Inc. provides real estate-related educational scholarships. The Foundation’s Board of Directors awarded $198,400 in scholarships to help pay for higher education expenses for 132 young people in the 2018-2019 school year. All recipients are Florida residents and will be attending community colleges, four-year universities, graduate programs or law schools both in state and out-of-state. Some students wish to pursue careers in real estate.

“”Over the past nine years, the Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Student Scholarship Program has helped 922 young people realize their dreams for the future by continuing their education,” says Mary McCall, current chairman of Florida Realtors® Education Foundation. “If all of this year’s students claim their scholarships, then Florida Realtors® will pass the $1.5 million-dollar mark, awarding a total of $1,506,400. These student scholarships are one way that Realtors® give back to the community. It’s our investment in the future.”

“Scholarship recipients are enrolled at institutions of higher learning throughout the state, such as the University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, University of Tampa, Florida International University, Florida Southern College, State College of Florida and Tallahassee Community College, as well as other colleges throughout the U.S., including Yale University, Columbia University, Howard University, University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine and University of Mississippi, to name a few. A variety of criteria was considered for successful applicants including: academic achievements, financial need, relationship to the Realtor family and contributions to family, school and community.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity May 11-18, 2018

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel


1 new listing: Blind Pass #G203 2/2 $459K.

6 price changes: Sanibel Moorings #1611 2/2 now $489K, Sundial West #G206 1/1 now $489.9K, Breakers West #A4 2/2 now $539K, Sunset South #2C 2/2 now $625K, Seawind II #5 2/2.5 now $799K, Gulfside Place #123 2/2 now $1.05M.

1 new sale: Poinciana #2B 3/2 listed at $1.35M.

5 closed sales: Blind Pass #B211 2/2 $430K, Mariner Pointe #521 2/2 $420K, Loggerhead Cay #422 2/2 $525K, Surfside 12 #A4 3/2 $774K, Pointe Santo #C3 3/2 $1.035M.


3 new listings: 1350 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $699K, 1270 Par View Dr 3/2 $795K, 1540 San Carlos Bay Dr 4/4.5 $4.299M.

4 price changes: 9477 Peaceful Dr 3/2 now $489K, 9446 Beverly Ln 3/3.5 now $750K, 872 Limpet Dr 3/3 now $1.799M, 1206 Bay Dr 4/4.5 now $3.624M.

3 new sales: 956 Dixie beach Blvd 2/1 listed at $449K, 744 Martha’s Ln 2/2 listed at $598K, 1627 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex listed at $599.9K.

8 closed sales: 236 Hurricane Ln 2/3 $649K, 1450 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $720K, 1265 Par View Dr 3/2.5 $865K, 1120 Shell Basket Ln 4/2 $895K, 335 East Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.04M, 519 Kinzie Island Ct 3/2.5 $1.118M, 2379 Wulfert Rd 4/4.5 $1.695M, 6021 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 4/3/2 $2.499M.


2 new listings: 1550 Centre Ct $199K, 1272 Par View Dr $365K.

No price changes.

2 new sales: 555 Piedmont Rd listed at $219,555; 412 Tiree Cir listed at $319,555.

No closed sales.



Nothing to report.


1 new listing: 15155 Wiles Dr 3/2 $1.249M.

4 price changes: 16181 Captiva Dr 4/4 multi-family now $1.895M, 16177 Captiva Dr 2/2 now $3.395M, 15867 Captiva Dr 3/3.5 now $4.695M, 16179 Captiva Dr 6/6 multi-family now $5.095M.

2 new sales: 10 Sunset Captiva Ln 2/2.5 listed at $989K, 16167 Captiva Dr 4/3 listed at $1.595M.

1 closed sale: 9 Sunset Captiva Ln 3/2 $1.14M.


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, stay dry & enjoy spring & sunsets wherever you are! & call The SanibelSusan Team, if we may help you! TGIF!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan