It’s SanibelSusan with the week’s report of the action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service. It follows a couple of news items below.
Lots of folks have been asking about the water, so there is more about that below too. Here’s a photo taken just before the holiday, the further west you go, the better it looks!
Follow-Up on Sanibel’s 4th of July Parade & Fireworks
The 28th annual island Independence Day parade Wednesday morning was terrific.
With the judges set up right across the street from SanibelSusan Realty, we got to see the 50+ entries at their best.
The parade photo album posted on my personal Facebook page is available for public viewing (at Susan Andrews).
Later, following a huge early evening thunderstorm with heavy rain, the City was forced to cancel the fireworks.
Many boaters and causeway hold-outs were disappointed, as it is advertised as “rain or shine”.
The below follow-up notice was posted the next day on www.MySanibel.com.
“Please read this important news release regarding the status of the City’s 2018 Fireworks Display.
“Unfortunately, an early evening storm last night inundated the electrical components that are an essential element of the City’s annual Independence Day fireworks display, which is typically launched rain or shine.
“This morning, all unexploded fireworks were safely removed from the Island by 4 a.m. Prior to last evening, the City had paid the vendor 50% of the cost of the $20,000 contract. This afternoon, the City worked with the vendor who has agreed to credit the entire $10,000 down payment towards the City’s 2019 fireworks display.
This scenario eliminates the risk of a second cancellation due to weather during the rainy season as well as the additional labor expenses of a re-scheduled fireworks display. The City of Sanibel again apologizes for any inconvenience resulting from last evening’s failure to launch.”
Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors
No caravan of new listings this week, but next Thursday morning will be “open” Caravan.
Also next week, I will be working with the Association’s Communications & Public Relations Committee as they finalize plans for our upcoming “Meals of Hope” food packaging event on July 24 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Last year, we hosted our 1st event like this and packed 28,000 meals in less than two hours. It’s fun, fast, furious, and for such a good cause. The meals are distributed by Meals of Hope to local food banks, including F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva food pantry. Our goal this year is again to pack at least 20,000 meals. That requires 50 volunteers and $5,000 to defray the food cost. Teammate Elise and I have already contributed and signed up to help. If you’d like to participate too, contact Megan at the Association Office, 239-472-9353, megan@SanibelRealtors.com.
Island Summer Projects Underway
- Bailey Tract still is closed with the restoration project which began in early June. Work was scheduled to be completed in four to six weeks, so should be done soon.
- New Pavers at Spanish Cay – The west half of the parking lot is done, looks terrific. A nice improvement over the black hard-top.
- Roadway Trimming continues along Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road.
- Temporary Library Closure The Sanibel Public Library will be closed for a few weeks beginning Monday, July 9. As part of the next phase of “Your Library Reimagined” project, this interruption is to complete utility work and relocate library materials. The Library’s eShelf for eBooks and downloadable movies, music, and magazine, will be available during this time, however the children’s special events on July 10 and 24 have been moved to the Community House. More info on the Library’s calendar at www.sanlib.org. No definite reopening date yet.
2018 Hurricane Season May Not Be So Busy After All
This morning, FloridaRealtors® posted on-line the below article from USATODAY.com. Good news!
“Some good news from top hurricane forecasters: The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season should be quieter than normal, according to a new prediction this week.
“Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and other experts from Colorado State University – regarded as the nation’s top seasonal hurricane forecasters – predict 10 named tropical storms will form, of which four will become hurricanes.
“That is a sharp decrease from their forecast in April, when they said seven hurricanes would form. One system, Subtropical Storm Alberto, already formed in May.
“If the forecast comes to fruition, 2018 will be a welcome relief after the 2017 season, which saw monsters like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria tear paths of death and destruction across the Caribbean and the U.S.
Hurricanes need warm ocean water to develop and strengthen.
“El Nino is a natural warming of tropical Pacific Ocean water, which tends to suppress the development of Atlantic hurricanes. During an El Nino, strong upper-level winds roar across the Caribbean and Atlantic, tearing apart developing tropical storms.
“In its most recent forecast, the Climate Prediction Center gave a 50% chance of an El Nino forming in late summer or early fall.
“”With the decrease in our forecast, the probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean has decreased as well,” Colorado State said. The probability of direct hit on the U.S. coast from a major hurricane – classified as a Category 3, 4, or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale – is down to 39% from 63%.
Sanibel’s “Sweet Melissa” Going to New Orleans
Here is a notice for island foodies. Sanibel’s Melissa Donahue-Talmage, owner/chef of Sweet Melissa’s Café was just announced as one of the eight chefs participating in the 2018 Chef’s Taste Challenge on September 7 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Tickets go on sale next week for this one-night culinary clash called the “Battle-of-the-Gulf Edition” which is a one-of-a-kind cooking competition and culinary experience. Participating chefs include:
- Justin Ross – Peche Seafood Grill – New Orleans
- Roseann Rostoker – Red Gravy – New Orleans
- Byron Bradley – Dooky Chase’s Restaurant – New Orleans
- Matthew Guillory – New Orleans School of Cooking
- James Versfelt – Shelborne South Beach – Miami, FL
- Chris Motto – Mansurs On The Boulevard – Denham Springs, LA
- Melissa Donahue-Talmage – Sweet Melissa’s Cafe – Sanibel, FL
- Brandon Burleson – Plow & Anchor – Georgiana, AL
Wondering About the Water?
Below are links to the panoramic aerials taken on July 4th, posted on the City’s website. The reduced water releases from Lake “O” are helping in clarity of the water, but the news of algae up in the Caloosahatchee River is disheartening, so we must continue to keep the pressure on.
Thanks to Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane and others for leading the charge. More details on www.mySanibel.com.
Lighthouse Beach Park Aerial Image:
Gulfside City Park Aerial Image:
Bowman’s Beach Aerial Image:
Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity June 29-July 6, 2018
1 new listing: Sundial #H108 1/1 $475K
No price changes.
2 new sales: St Croix #4 2/2.5 listed at $995K, By-the-Sea #C102 2/2 listed at $1.149M.
5 closed sales: Tennisplace #D31 1/1 $215K, Sanibel Moorings #1312 2/2 $538K, Loggerhead Cay #214 2/2 $615K, Sanddollar #A104 2/2 $815K, Sundial #Q404 2/2 $897K.
4 new listings: 4245 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 $775K, 707 Cardium St 3/2 $879K, 1225 Seagrape Ln 3/3 $899K, 1740 Middle Gulf Dr 3/3 $989K.
6 price changes: 325 East Gulf Dr 1/1 now $569K, 1323 Par View Dr 3/2 now $629K, 746 Cardium St 4/2 now $690K, 1043 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $749K, 617 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $797K, 772 Birdie View Pt 3/3.5 now $1.369M.
2 new sales: 1555 Bunting Ln 2/2 listed at $569K, 734 Anchor Dr 3/2 listed at $899K (our listing).
7 closed sales: 956 Dixie Beach Blvd 2/1 $400K, 9225 Belding Dr 3/2 $400K, 1938 Roseate Ln 3/2 $465K, 3825 Coquina Dr 3/3 $815K, 1001 Lindgren Blvd 3/2 $845K, 805 Lindgren Blvd 3/3 $900K, 1316 Eagle Run Blvd 4/3 $1.23M.
2 new listings: 1246 Sand Castle Rd $299K, 5170 Sea Belle Rd $334.9K.
No price changes, new or closed sales.
Nothing to report.
1 new listing: 14865 Captiva Dr 4/4 $1.699M.
1 price change: 16447 Captiva Dr 6/5.5.5 now $3.5M.
1 new sale: 15155 Wiles Dr 3/2 listed at $1.249M.
No 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.
Enjoy your weekend!
Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan