Another Sunny Sanibel Friday With Beautiful Beaches

Wrapping up another week at SanibelSusan Realty – the sky is blue, the sun is shining, and gulf waters remain bright.  Below is a photo taken this afternoon while showing at condo at Pointe Santo.

Though rain was forecast for Memorial Day, it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day then too. Since then, the weather has settled into the typical summer routine – sunny partly-cloudy days in the mid-80’s, with chance of afternoon or evening showers. Evenings in the 70’s.

With things slowly reopening, a few holiday visitors have been here this week, while some of the lagging snowbirds have packed up to head north for the summer. The pay parking lots at Sanibel’s beaches (except the county beach at Bowman’s) remain closed until June 1.

The action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service this week are after a couple of news items below.

Other Sanibel Re-openings & Other Corona-Related News

The Sanibel Library re-opens June 1, with COVID-19 Phase One precautions.

At Sanibel Sea School there will be no in-person camps in June, but four virtual “Island Skillz” week-long classes through ZOOM are offered for children (ages 6 through 13).

The Children’s Center of the Islands will be open with summer camps for little ones (ages 1 through 5) beginning June 8 through July 31.

The Sanibel Recreation Center has not reopened yet but will be discussed at the next City Council meeting on Tues.

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum reopened over the weekend with occupancy limited to 50%, masks mandatory, and other safety measures in place. Many of their programs are moving outside to allow for property social distancing. Those programs will be held Mon-Sat at 2 p.m. The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sanibel’s July 4th Parade has been canceled

The Turtles Are Back

Good info this week in SCCF’s (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) e-news. One item mentioned is that Juniper, a rare leatherback sea turtle that nested here can now be tracked in real-time as she travels Florida’s gulf coast. Named by the SCCF sea turtle team she is an average-sized leatherback which is the largest sea turtle species. These turtles rarely nest on the islands, as they prefer southeast Florida beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. FLI (Florida Leatherbacks Inc.) was contacted by SCCF when Juniper was here earlier this month which resulted in them placing a tracking device on her on May 19. As of May 22, she was north of Sarasota.

The first green sea turtle nest of the year was laid on Memorial Day on the bayside of Sanibel’s east end. Since it was on a narrow stretch of beach that is threatened by daily tidal inundation, the nest was relocated to a more suitable habitat on the gulf side. That bay area is not part of the daily monitoring by Sea Turtle patrol, so SCCF is thankful for the alert call to their Sea Turtle Hotline (978-728-3663).

Aside from the green turtle nest and three leatherback nests, as of Wed (May 26) there are 234 loggerhead turtle nests on the islands, compared to 140 last year. To keep up with the nesting on a daily basis, click here. To report any issues with nests, nesting turtles, or hatchlings, please call the SCCF Sea Turtle Hotline.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity May 22-29, 2020



5 new listings: Seashells #43 2/2 $429K; Compass Point #221 2/2 $639,999; Oceans Reach #2D1 2/2 $890K; Oceans Reach #1C1 2/2 $899K; Plantation Village #B222 3/3 $2.53M.

2 price changes: Cottage Colony West #102 1/1 now $589K, Pointe Santo #D24 2/2 now $699K.

2 new sales: Blind Pass #B209 2/2 listed at $479K, Sandalfoot #1C1 2/2 listed at $799K.

2 closed sales: Sundial #D403 1/1 $500K, Sand Pointe #111 2/2 $600K.


No new listings.

5 price changes: 6141 Henderson Rd 3/2 now $668.5K, 1068 White Ibis Dr 3/3 now $719K, 1326 Tahiti Dr 2/2 now $775K, 5855 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/2 now $975K, 5773 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 2/2 now $1.139M.

4 new sales: 499 Peachtree Rd 2/2 listed at $474K, 1695 Serenity Ln 3/2 listed at $559K, 9418 Moonlight Dr 3/2 listed at $689K, 792 Birdie View Pt 3/3.5 listed at $1.027M.

1 closed sale: 1283 Isabel Dr 3/2 $868.5K.


No new listings.

1 price change: 5749 Sanibel-Captiva Rd now $629K.

No new or closed sales.



No new listings.

1 price change: Seabreeze #1253 3/3 now $1.495M.

1 new sale: Beach Villas #2414 2/2 listed at $725K.

No closed sales.


2 new listings: 15155 Wiles Dr 2/2 $1.975M, 16611 Captiva Dr 6/6.5 $4.889M.

1 price change: 16500 Captiva Dr 6/6/2 now $6.689M.

1 new sale: 6 Sunset Captiva Ln 2/2 listed at $2.695M.

No closed sales.


No new listings, price changes, new or closed sales.

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.

Below is our ad from today’s “Island Sun”. Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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