Tonight Is Reimagined Sanibel & Captiva Luminary

This Friday may be an earlier-than-the-new-usual update as I am one of the BIG ARTS Community Chorus singers participating in the Reimagined Sanibel/Captiva Luminary tonight at the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers. Many misplaced island retailers have temporarily opened there while their island shops are being restored. With the islands still closed to visitors, this new event was quickly organized. Sanibel Mayor Holly Smith kicks off the event in Center Court at 6 p.m. We sing next, then the program continues until 8 p.m. with Santa arrival, tree lighting, plus lots of performers, fun, games, food, and shopping offerings. It will be great to again see some familiar island faces.

My exciting personal news is that my contractor advises that his emergency hurricane building permit for my home was approved so work begins next week (electrical first). That is quicker than any insurance reports or settlement. Like most everyone else, I still anxiously await those details.

(By the way, if you like to poke around on the internet, it’s easy to check permit status for any Sanibel address at www.MySanibel.com. Once there, just click on the Sanibel Online button, then click on Online Permitting at the top of the right-hand menu. Once you click on the red link to enter the on-line system, click on “Search Public Records”. When you enter an address, up comes everything in their system. Indicating you only want permits shortens the list. In the case of an older property like my home, there are 34 permits shown, though just a handful in the nearly 20 years I’ve owned.)

Sanibel Update

After Tuesday’s City Post-Ian progress update, recaps again were posted on both my business and personal Facebook pages. Next week, the update will be part of their monthly City Council Meeting being held at BIG ARTS on Tuesday 12/6 beginning at 9 a.m. (Many City meetings now are being held at BIG ARTS while the City Hall facility work continues.)

Debris removal and utility restoration continue to be the focus of City operations while many additional contractor vehicles often make the causeway feel like “season”. Though there have been many public complaints about the islands only being open to residents, re-entry permit holders, and island business employees, the City wants to be sure that there is a safety balance – on roadways and beaches – before reopening to the public. Beaches remain closed with Health Department warnings. Removal of debris from beach sand was to begin this week. Residents going to the beach for a walk are cautioned to be careful.

The debris-removal contractor, Crowder Gulf, continues to say that they will be picking up until the last piece of is gone, but the amount continues to be overwhelming to new observers. They still think 80% will be hauled away by Christmas, but it is astounding how much reappears whenever a pickup occurs. Hopefully their schedule will not be hampered by the fire this morning at the Island Inn Rd vegetation debris site. They say it likely smoldered for some time. It was discovered at sunup and swiftly under control.

Yesterday, on Anchor Dr, the contents of my home finally were removed from the curb. It will be a relief not to be looking at my life along the roadside each time I stop in. Another pickup still is needed in front of the office on Periwinkle, but all things salvageable were retrieved. Dave gets “the son of the year award” for his efforts.

The East Periwinkle Way bridge did not open on Thanksgiving but should be soon. There were delays from Tropical Storm Nicole and the waterline break. Estimated date for vehicle traffic now is Wed, 12/7. They are working there every day – just like on the causeway.

At SanibelSusan Realty

We are thankful to have a nice new listing at Sealoft Village which our professional photographer filmed Monday. It had its first Facetime viewing this morning. Unlike many of the damaged properties coming on the market, this one has had its lower storage level cleaned up; new HVAC, washer, dryer, and freezer installed; and it’s perfectly livable above. A great opportunity for someone who wants the privacy of a near-beach home in a small community, with the convenience of shared amenities (pool, pickleball, putting green, beach access).

Last weekend, I also put a Seagull Estates home under contract. These buyers were driving to SW FL and meeting me to go on the island when I discovered a flat tire. They rescued me! (Many traveling on-island have been getting flats. So many, that I had trouble finding a facility with the correct tire to replace mine. One company rep jokingly said that tires are becoming as scarce as drywall and appliances. That’s not funny!) On Wednesday, Teammate Dave accompanied the Seagull Estates home inspection.

One, usually both, of us continue to be on the island every day. We also often are fielding calls and looking at property for owners deciding if they will restore or sell, as well as viewing listings for prospective buyers considering developing damaged offerings.

We are happy to help if we can with any recommendations on recovery. There is a lot of work to be done, but it has been heartwarming to see island-lovers rally together. Every day there is progress. Once the debris is removed, I hope we can reopen our office even it that means with a table just outside our front door. In the meantime, thankfully cell phones and email keep us in good contact with everyone.

Below are summary tables of the current inventory (both Sanibel and Captiva) with data from the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service. Included by property type (condos, homes, and lots) are units for sale, under contract, closed sales year-to-date, and sales in 2021.

Following those is the week’s action from the MLS. Overall the most action continues to be with homes, particularly those on the ground that were filled with surge. Many condo associations are just now delving into the details of what they must accomplish to restore/rebuild. I am afraid we eventually will see a wave of those for sale too. In the meantime, sales continue, mostly to devoted island lovers and investor/developers who recognize that this is an opportunity. The islands will be back better than ever. It just will take time.

SANIBEL CONDOS HOMES LOTS
# Avg Price DOM # Avg Price DOM # Avg Price DOM
For sale 23 1,072,295 93 45 1,959,177 73 10 1,163,200 118
Under contract 8 1,514,737 28 32 1,098,725 24 1 145,000 6
Sold 2022 To-Date 118 1,122,182 44 159 1,695,953 55 26 779,528 223
Sold 2021 287 875,127 113 355 1,341,881 89 69 698,862 442

 

CAPTIVA CONDOS HOMES LOTS
# Avg Price DOM # Avg Price DOM # Avg Price DOM
For sale 7 1,381,714 166 8 6,848,006 161 1 15,500,000 251
Under contract 0 N/A N/A 2 4,349,528 42 0 N/A N/A
Sold 2022 To-Date 28 1,458,983 52 22 5,636,386 133 0 N/A N/A
Sold 2021 64 1,150,373 145 44 2,988,520 261 2 2,950,000 731

 

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity Nov 25 – Dec 2, 2022

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Lighthouse Point #119 2/2 $589K, Sundial #D403 1/1 $624.9K, Sealoft Village #105 2/2 $939K, Sealoft Village #107 2/2 $999K (our listing).

Sealoft Village #107

No price changes.

2 new sales: Sanctuary Golf Villages I #2-1 2/2.5 listed at $1.15M, Royal Tern #304 3/3.5 listed at $2.49M.

No closed sales.

HOMES

15 new listings (4 under contract below): 486 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $675K, 4738 Rue Belle Mer 3/3 $750K, 9106 Mockingbird Dr 3/2 $799K, 1429 Jamaica Dr 4/3 $859K, 520 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 $995K, 440 Glory Cir 3/2 $999K, 1002 Kings Crown Dr 3/2 $1.195M, 4172 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.2M, 760 Windlass Way 3/3 $1.2M, 852 Lindgren Blvd 3/3 $1.349M, 526 N Yachtsman Dr 3/2 $1.65M

2 price changes: 1565 Bunting Ln 3/2 now $799K, 1318 Seaspray Ln 5/3.5 now $3.75M.

8 new sales: 4214 Old Banyan Way 3/2.5 listed at $595K, 596 Boulder Dr 3/2 listed at $685K, 954 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 listed at $739K, 1028 Demere Ln 4/2 listed at $929K, 3860 West Gulf Dr 3/2 listed at $935K, 749 Cardium St 3/2 listed at $1.179M, 251 Christofer Ct 3/2.5 listed at $1.65M (our sale), 3657 West Gulf Dr 4/5.5 listed at $5.295M.

2 closed sales:780 Beach Rd 3/2 $900K, 3845 West Gulf 5/6.5 $11.7M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 4208 West Gulf Dr $849K.

No price changes or new sales.

1 closed sale: 4636 Rue Royale $780K.

Captiva

CONDOS

Nothing to report.

HOMES

2 new listings: 11539 Wightman Ln 2/2 $1.55M, 11516 Wightman Ln 5/4.5 $4.5M.

No price changes, new or closed sales.

LOTS

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!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

(Yes, that’s an old lighthouse photo. We look forward to when it may again look like that. It’s getting repaired now, hopefully with the beacon back on soon.)

Post Thanksgiving Friday… Swinging Into Christmas

Sorry for the later-than-usual update. Today, I didn’t get on island until this afternoon and didn’t come off until after 5 p.m. Teammates Dave and Lisa continue daily work on both my home and our office, but they start at sunup. One of us usually is on Sanibel (Pix below of Dave’s first trek to lighthouse beach yesterday.). What we can accomplish ourselves is close to done, so we are getting antsy for contractors to get going on the real construction. Permits first!

I posted another summary of the City’s weekly Post-Ian progress update on both business and personal Facebook pages. That turned into being good advertisement. With over 2,000 FB followers now, I have been getting new real estate buyer inquiries from those updates. Since the last City update, there have been a few new things announced, more on that below. Next City update is Tuesday November 29 at 5 p.m,

Events & Businesses

With Jerry’s and Cielo open, it also was nice to hear of other establishments reopening. Trader’s Restaurant and Shopping Emporium did on Tuesday. They are serving lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, music and the bar stay open until 8 p.m. (Island curfew remains 9 a.m. to 6 a.m.)

On Captiva, The Island Store (Bailey’s) on the corner of Andy Rosse Ln and Captiva Dr is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To accommodate employees working at island businesses, the City is offering a new cloud-based list of those authorized to be on the island. The City website had details on how employers may register them. The employees then need to provide identification, rather than a reentry-pass, at the police entry points coming on island. Re-entry passes still apply for everyone else (residents, contractors, insurance & utility workers).

The East Periwinkle Bridge that was expected to be open to vehicles by Thanksgiving was still under construction today.

The Tree Lighting event at ‘Tween Waters just finished. It started with music at 6 p.m. tree lighting and fireworks at 7. Here is a link to the YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i86X1-fCqqg

At SanibelSusan Realty

The team viewed several properties for owners thinking about selling. More about them next week. Below is the action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service.

The 2022 Lee County tax bills were mailed Wednesday, mine arrived in my mail today, so this weekend, I will change that info in our listing postings.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity November 18-25, 2022

Sanibel

CONDOS

2 new listings: Oceans Reach #4B1 1/1 $480K, Royal Tern #304 3/3.5 $2.49M.

1 price change: Pine Cove #A 2/2 now $990K.

1 new sale: Heron at The Sanctuary III #3A 2/2.5 listed at $990K.

No closed sales.

HOMES

8 new listings: 596 Boulder Dr 3/2 $685K, 9438 Moonlight Dr 3/2 $749K, 1399 Albatross Rd 3/2 $800K, 1221 Par View Dr 3/2 $850K, 1424 Wilton Ln 3/2 $999K, 4565 Bowen Bayou Rd 3/2 $1.259M, 251 Christofer Ct 3/2.5 $1.65M, 1800 Woodring Rd 4/4.5 $7.75M.

1 price changes: 1241 Par View Dr 3/2 now $965K.

7 new sales: 2551 Sanibel Blvd 3/2 listed at $575K, 1129 Sabal St 2/2 listed at $649K, 497 Lake Murex Cir 4/3 listed at $727K, 3784 Coquina Dr 3/3 listed at $777K, 2186 Egret Cir 3/2 listed at $840K, 4670 Rue Bayou 5/4 listed at $1.349M, 888 Limpet Dr 3//2 listed at $1.65M.

2 closed sales: 775 Sand Dollar Dr 3/2 $965K, 760 Cardium St 3/2 $1.172M.

LOTS

No new listings.

No price changes.

1 new sale: 328 Palm Lake Dr listed at $749K.

1 closed sale: 4717 Rue Belle Mer $3.37M

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings

1 price change: Sunset Beach Villas #2235 4/3 now $1.899M.

No new or closed sales.

HOMES

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 11523 Andy Rosse Ln 5/5.5 listed at $4.799M.

No closed sales.

LOTS

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, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

51 Days Post-Hurricane Ian & Sanibel Remains Strong

It’s another Friday and almost Thanksgiving. Time sure is passing quickly here in Post-Ian hurricane land. I got tied up this afternoon selecting new appliances and then on-island dealing with only one lane of the bridge open, so my apologies that this is a little later than usual. Living in the real world of Ft Myers has its challenges.
On my business and personal Facebook pages are posted recaps of the City’s latest progress update from last night. Those meetings will be changing to weekly (Tuesdays at 5 p.m.) from here forward. Check Facebook for details on the new location (also new location for getting hurricane re-entry passes).
The islands remain limited to access by those with re-entry permits, i.e., residents, their contractors, insurance personnel, and first responders (including debris removal and utility vehicles). At the meeting last night, the City Manager said, though it’s discussed daily, it’s unknown when others may be allowed back on-island, likely not until roadways are safer. Because of all the debris, it is difficult now for both utility and debris-removal vehicles to share the roads.

Island Real Estate

East-end and the Gulf Drives are lined with piles so high some properties are not visible, but the good news is that removal has begun on some of the cul-de-sacs. I was not able to get down South Yachtsman this afternoon as the big trucks had worked their way down to the corner and it was impossible to get past. I bet when the East Periwinkle bridge opens for vehicle traffic after Thanksgiving, East end pickups will accelerate.
Some weeks ago when I said it may take weeks for the debris to be removed, I sadly probably was underestimating. Indications now are that by the first of the year, 80% of the debris will be removed. That too could be an ambitious goal.

At SanibelSusan Realty

This week, Sanibel Square contractors removed the remaining drywall and carpet from the spaces that likely will be restored. That includes our building with Island Therapy, Sanibel Fly Outfitters, the larger building behind us, and the building that houses The Bean. Unfortunately the Ding Darling Nature Store building and Sanibel Beauty Shop are off their foundations. Our landlord is worried that those may not be rebuildable in their current locations.
At our office, teammate Dave was able to salvage a few more of our historical paper files (plus a few Ikki prints) and we hope that experts will be able to retrieve some of the data from our back-up network drive. Meanwhile, I have been setting up new files and recreating documents in my temporary location.
While on the island this week, the team and I viewed properties for several clients wanting to buy and others thinking of selling. Pretty interesting getting into some of them, negotiating around contractor vehicles amid standing water, muck, and mold. Still we are seeing good progress every day.
It was especially positive yesterday to have lunch together at Cielo which just reopened with a limited menu. They had little storm damage, and many workers and residents are flocking there for a semblance of real dining. Their abbreviated menu is available Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., though our waiter mentioned those hours may change next week.
After a couple of new items below, are the changes since last Friday posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Yesterday morning I attended the annual meeting of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®. Thanks to Affiliate member Dave Owens, the meeting was held at his company Midland Trust building at 15671 San Carlos Blvd in Fort Myers.
That also is where our Association offices are temporarily located. It was nice to be back in real contact with colleagues. Our organization is in good financial shape and three new directors were elected.
The building the Realtor® Association owns at 2353 Periwinkle Way suffered significant damage during the storm. Finnimore’s Cycle Shop is our downstairs tenant. Though they received flooding, they already have reopened and are back to repairing bikes if you need any work done.
Upstairs in our Realtor® Association offices, the west-end Board room was destroyed from damage to the side of the building and the roof. Insurance claims have been filed so restoration will begin soon.

Tradition Is Important

This week, a special long-time client who for decades has sent us a live fir wreath from Maine for the holidays, reminded me that tradition is important, when he asked where to send it this year.
It made me think of his comment when I saw a posting today that the annual ‘Tween Waters tree lighting event on Captiva will occur next week after Thanksgiving, just like it does every year. Attendees, of course, must have a reentry pass to get on the island. There should be more details about that posted in the upcoming days. Another step toward normalcy.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity November 11-18, 2022

Again, most of these new listings had damage with those listing agents providing details in the “agent notes” about the property condition. Most are offered “as is”, with no warranty on condition, and looking for “cash” sales. Some others indicate the remediation or repairs that are included in the sale price. Some of the new listings have gone under contract quickly. Listings below are posted based on current status. Four of the new home sales also were new listings this week, some receiving multiple offers.
Sanibel
CONDOS
3 new listings: Mariner Pointe #533 2/2.5 $699K, Pine Cove #A 2/2 $1.175M, Atrium #104 2/2 $2M.
1 price changes: Tigua Cay #487 3/3.5 now $3,149M.
1 new sale: Sanctuary Golf Villages #1-4 3/3 listed at $1.45M.
1 closed sale: Sundial #C209 1/1 $425K.
HOMES
7 new listings: 2551 Sanibel Blvd 3/2 $575K, 1046 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 $875K, 3860 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $935K, 750 Sand Dollar Dr 3/2 $1.389M, 215 Robinwood Cir 4/3 $1.498M, 4020 West Gulf Dr 2/2 $1.9M, 4697 Rue Belle Mer 4/4.5 $5.25M.
No price changes.
9 new sales: 1874 Ibis Ln 3/2 $595K, 303 Palm Lake Dr 3/2 listed at $649K, 695 Durion Ct 3/2 listed at $695K, 921 Strangler Fig Ln 3/2.5 listed at $800K, 1339 Par View Dr 3/2.5 listed at $850K, 6065 Dinkins Lake Rd 3/2 listed at $899K, 775 Sand Dollar Dr 3/2 listed at $995K, 9015 Mockingbird Ln 4/3.5 listed at $995K, 2324 Starfish Ln 3/2.5 listed at $1.425M.
1 closed sale: 1219 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 $700K.
LOTS
1 new listing: 328 Palm Lake Dr $799K.
No price changes, new sales, or closed sales.
Captiva
CONDOS, HOMES, & LOTS
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. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
P.S. I am not cooking this year. That’s not really a benefit of losing  your home, but an interesting change. Thankfully, daughter-in-law Lisa’s brother is hosting. Should be fun to just be an attendee. I hope yours also is fun!
Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Veterans Day 2022 on Sunny Sanibel

Another Friday! There is island progress – though probably not as quickly as most desire. The mountains of debris from Hurricane Ian seem to be getting higher, though more removal vehicles and staging areas were reported during the City progress briefing Tuesday night. The City contractor handling the removal said that within the next two weeks, every City road will have their first removal pass. Periwinkle Way has already had multiple passes and the Gulf Drives also have had some.
The City briefing scheduled for last night was cancelled because of the Tropical Storm Nicole forecast, but it turned out to be a non-event here. A soaking of the hurricane dust was appreciated though. Next City progress briefing is scheduled at 5 p.m. Tuesday 11/15.

Island Real Estate

The rumor mill has been rampant with reports about various condominium complexes. Many are just now being evaluated by their insurance adjusters and remediation contractors. My advice is to “stay calm”, it never pays to make hasty decisions without confirming facts.
The new City Building Director and Deputy began work this week and their new on-line expedited permitting system is “up and running”.
Many property owners have inquired about contractors and appraisers. I also have received several inquiries from owners wanting to know the value of their property before the storm, compared to now. (Thinking ahead to their 2022 taxes, I guess.)  As I told them, a Realtor® opinion of value is not like a certified real estate appraisal. Sure, I can provide what I think a property was worth just before Ian, but I don’t think we will know the repercussions of the storm on actual sale prices for a few more weeks/months.
Based on the new listings that popped on the market this week, those looking to sell for the most part are owners of ground-level homes that were destroyed inside from the flooding and either they don’t want to go through the aggravation of restoration – or they have found they can’t without elevating the property.
After a couple of news items below, are those changes since last Friday posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service.

At SanibelSusan Realty

Our office finally is close to empty. Teammate Dave has worked tirelessly both there and at my home, fighting the mold and emptying the contents. Still no word on when the office remediation will begin, but we are working remotely, easily dealing with inquiries. Thank goodness for the internet!
The contractor at my home has begun work, and today I selected my new cabinetry and countertops. Will be interesting to see how long the whole process takes. I’ve rented another Ft Myers apartment that I move into before Thanksgiving. Thankfully, it’s one where I can stay as long as needed.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

The complex that the local Association of Realtors® owns at 2353 Periwinkle Way also had damage, but Finnimores Cycle Shop, our downstairs tenant, reopened this week. Today, I also saw a crowd of workers emptying inventory at Winds Surf Shop.
Hopefully at our annual Association of Realtors® meeting next week (at their temporary off-island location), we will get an update on when our island facility will reopen.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity November 4 – 11, 2022

Like last week, most of these new listings had damage with those listing agents providing details in the “agent notes” that sales are to be “as is”, with no warranty on condition, and “cash”. The islands remain limited to access by those with re-entry permits, i.e., residents, their contractors, insurance personnel, and first responders (including debris removal and utility vehicles).
Curious lookie-loos are not allowed on-island while debris removal & utility restoration are underway. Police continue to monitor everyone entering and tow trucks leaving the island. You still must have a re-entry pass or local driver’s license with island address to get on.
Sanibel
CONDOS
No new listings, price changes, new sales, or closings.
HOMES
7 new listings: 1129 Sabal St 2/2 $649K, 695 Durion Ct 3/2 $695K, 2186 Egret Cir 3/2 $840K, 1565 Bunting Ln 3/2 $950K, 775 Sand Dollar Dr 3/2 $995K, 9015 Mockingbird Ln 4/3.5 $995K, 888 Limpet Dr 3/2 $1.65M.
3 back on market: 921 Strangler Fig Ct 3/2.5 $800K, 1031 Bird Watch Way 3/2 $925K, 749 Cardium St 3/2 $1.179M.
2 price changes: 747 Birdie View Pt 3/3 now $1.1M, 6126 Henderson Rd 3/2 now $1.3M.
6 new sales: 1403 Sandpiper Cir (1/2 duplex) 3/2.5 listed at $449K; 677 Durion Ct 3/2 listed at $775K, 952 Kings Crown Dr 4/3 listed at $799,222; 780 Beach Rd 3/2 listed at $985K, 3845 West Gulf Dr 5/6.5 listed at $12M.
No closed sales.
LOTS
2 new listings. 809 Pyrula Ave $699K, 4717 Rue Belle Mer $3.75M.
No price changes, new sales, or closed sales.
Captiva
CONDOS, HOMES, & LOTS
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,
Happy Veterans Day!
Enjoy your weekend!
Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Nov 4 Post-Ian on Sanibel & Captiva Islands

It’s another Friday with more progress noticeable daily on the islands as utility and demolition/remediation crews are starting to appear in complexes/communities.

The City’s progress briefing scheduled for 5 p.m. tonight was cancelled. Next one is scheduled for Tuesday 11/8 at 5 p.m. I will follow that and post a recap on Facebook as I have been doing with the others. If you missed the big one this past Tuesday, that was their last update and was part of their 6+hour City Council meeting. My recap of recovery items discussed at the meeting are below. (Sorry it’s so long.)

Recap of Hurricane Ian Recovery from 11/1/2002 Sanibel City Council Meeting

Day 34 – 11/1/2022 – Tues – Post Hurricane Ian – Below are SanibelSusan’s Notes from Progress Briefing which was part of City Council Meeting at Crown Plaza Hotel, Fort Myers: (To listen to meeting yourself, go to The City of Sanibel, Florida Facebook page).

(Wow, big kudos for our City Council & staff. Meeting was 6 hours & 8 minutes, with just two 15-minute breaks. A lot covered. My summary below includes just hurricane recovery agenda items.)

Mayor Smith, Vice Mayor Johnson, & Councilmen Crater, Henshaw, & Miller in attendance. All provided opening remarks.

City Manager Souza provided Ian recovery update. Sanibel joined FEMA in 1979. According to 2017 records, 38% of the island properties were non-conforming, however, Sanibel is rated 5 out of 10 for their code requirements, which provides insurers a 25% reduction in flood rates.

Over 9,000 reentry passes have been issued since the storm.

Incredible efforts by City staff, state/federal/county/neighbors, multiple agencies, business partners, non-profits, & residents – positive – pushing forward.

Please know “that just because it’s taking time, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.” Continue to be patient.

Announcement coming soon on new emergency permitting process.

Kevin Guthrie, Director of FL Dept of Emergency Mgmt – Ian resulted in unprecedented damage & response action/reaction. He’s been here since 10/3. Asked County to assist in debris removal, then asked state. State has now assumed cost of debris removal off City streets. Will be here a long time removing that debris.

Residents & Commercial property owners may request assistance from FEMA for removal of debris & vessels from their private property. Also, could get travel trailer after debris removed.

Already In just 1-1/2 days identified 100 submerged vessels in coastal waters.

Not only will you see Crowder Gulf debris recovery vehicles, but also private debris removal vendors, & private divers with buoys, marking submerged vessels/debris.

If you are looking to apply for PPDR (Private Property Debris Removal) or CPDR (Commercial Property Debris Removal) go to www.CleanUp.com or call 850-951-2002. You will be asked to complete/provide:

1) Right of private entry document

2) Upload insurance info, as Federal govt can’t duplicate charges that your own insurance might cover (no duplication of benefits)

3) ID to ensure you own the property

4) List of waivers, indemnify FEMA

This could get your private property cleared after FEMA clears what’s in the City right-of-ways

Then FEMA travel trailer could be provided up to 18 months for permanent housing.

State program is for 6 months.

Suggested City prepare expedited project worksheets for reimbursements.

Yesterday based on direction from Governor, submitted request for additional 30 days FEMA reimbursement for costs 100% related to storm. This would extend current 60-day order to 90 days, or Dec 31. Only the President may grant this. Hope to hear back quickly.

Also suggested City apply for Community Disaster Loans which in past FEMA has waived payback (every time).

When Chief Dalton asked for additional mutual aid. State agreed to pay for that support through end of year.

City Manager Souza:

Expectation is that cost for just City debris removal will be more than $80M.

Whole City budget is just over $83M.

Already working on worksheets as well as other programs for City to get maximum financial aid.

Cati Sherrard, Resident Construction Engineer – restoring causeway & bridges.

Incredible responses from all parties in cooperation.

In 5 days from being brought on the job, achieved temporary access to island.

Day 15 – open to civilian traffic.

Remainder of work to be done in 2 phases. Now at the end of Phase 1A.

Phase 1 is completion of temporary bridge

Phase 2 is permanent.

Phase 1B will be next month or so, to more stabilize the current temporary access so that it’s good for a year.

Will remain on the job 24/7

Phase 2 will have some overlap, also stabilizing design that will be accomplished in bite-sized pieces. Goal is to have the new bridge there by Oct 2023. Unlike what you may be seeing on social media, it will look much like it did pre-Ian. It’s what you won’t be able to see that will be different.

Also, FL Dept of Transportation is going to rebuild the East Periwinkle Way bridge. Materials have been ordered. Expect it will be done within 2 weeks of start. Contractor is ready to go!

Diana Wilson, Island Water General Manager:

As of this morning water service restored to over 3,000 properties. Getting about 100 requests a day. Request yours at www.IslandWater.com or call 239-472-1502. Business office is now open Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Have received many questions from those who thought their water was reestablished but when they get there, they have no water. Tip: Be sure & check the valve for water to your house & your backflow device valve. Valves should be opened in direction of the flow.

Boil water notice still applies – will communicate when that changes.

Billing – late payment fees suspended until end of year.

Tricia Dorn, LCEC Key Account Executive:

LCEC will be working ‘round the clock until the last new meter installed.

Have received 1,485 affidavits that electrical systems are OK & ready to be powered up.

So far, 970 have been energized, another 35 turned on just during course of the meeting so far.

Taking 24-72 hours from receipt of affidavit to turn-on.

So far 117 orders were unserviceable.

Power back on to all lift stations.

If you received power & then it went out again, please call LCEC. A transformer problem after a major event like this could occur up to 6 months after.

There are 200 crews working on island now, 24/7.

Kevin Barbot, Sanibel Fire & Rescue Chief:

County had many structure fires, just 6 on Sanibel were complete losses.

4 electric-vehicle fires to-date

2 small fires (lithium batteries, e bikes)

32 golf cart fires at The Dunes

Initially most work rescue/evacuations, then 209 electric-vehicle removals, responding to emergencies, mitigation, & humanitarian efforts.

Working with Amerigas & Blossmans on propane tanks. Many moved during storm.

Call Fire Dept if you find one on your property.

1300 permitted tanks have been inspected.

Dealing now with a lot of traumatic injuries & increased industrial/construction emergencies.

In partnership with Lee County EMS, provided with additional ambulance & medics to assist.

Brush fire danger & conservation land precautions.

Now increased response time from mutual-aid partners just off island as they likewise dealing with devastation.

Strike team from Destin was here providing mutual aid. Hoping now to get more from other parts of state.

Please keep hydrants clear.

Fire Station at Bowman’s may be a total loss. Working 12-hour shifts 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Palm Ridge Station in better shape, it’s about 75% remediated.

If you see a problem or have a question, please call or email.

Didn’t lose a single apparatus, just one staff vehicle.

Incredible progress in just 34 days.

Regional & Project Director from Crowder Gulf & rep from Thompson Engineering (company that is monitoring the debris removed for FEMA reimbursement). Both living in campground.

10/3 – first emergency push.

10/7 – first barge with heavy loaders brought over

LCEC vehicles also barged over

Daily reports with every removal truck have a monitor.

Just added another 18 haul units.

Island Inn debris site too small, so now have opened up new sites at Purdy Rd & Wulfert Rd.

Removal amounts now will increase.

56 haul units. Today Sanibel has more haul units than used to process major storms like that hit Hilton Head (much larger community).

Expect 60-80% of debris will be removed in 60 days.

More haul units will be added when more sites are up. There need to be places to put/process the debris.

Once double-barrels (big black debris trucks hauling a big black debris trailers) are into communities, it will go faster. Will take several passes to get rid of it all.

As of 11 a.m. yesterday, Crowder Gulf removed. 4,134 loads or a total of 193,239 cubic yards of debris (1 cubic yard about the size of a washing machine). 126,379 cubic yards of vegetation & 66,860 cubic yards of construction/demolition debris (this is the debris that will be huge – just getting started).

Please separate your debris as shown on chart on City website. That’s splitting hazardous material, vegetation, appliances, construction debris, trash, etc.

Crowder Gulf cannot pick up black plastic bags – they must be able to see the debris that is being picked up – if you have those bags – leave them open.

Crystal Mansel, Sanibel Director of Administrative Services & Risk Management:

Efforts include human resources, benefits administration, operations at Crown Plaza where City has been many times & has been using 42 rooms, 2 ballrooms, meals, food/water to boots on ground on Sanibel, now looking for alternative location as hotel has other guests arriving.

46 City employees were reassigned to Crown Plaza to man call center, information desk, re-entry passes. Thanks to Recreation Dept staff who have often been answering calls & working in stressful environment.

Also shuttling staff to marina 24 hrs/day. That has now been reduced to 6 day/work-weeks, hope to get it back to 5.

Under risk management, City has 165 assets (value $100 million) through insurance trust. Insurance boots on the ground in 5 days. Belfor has inspected all. 126 assets damaged.

Most severe damage at buildings at museum & City Hall had storm surge & lower floor destroyed.

Level 2 damage at Rec Center (roof & floor), Donax Water Treatment facility, Lighthouse (missing leg was found & broken in 3 places). Developing plan to repair/shore up all.

48 properties had minor damage.

52 no damage.

2 cruisers lost, 2 workman comp claims.

Will have another tour of assets Thurs/Fri to determine rest of mitigation & rebuilding necessary.

Andrea Miller – Sanibel Recreation Dept Director, has been reassigned to also assist with industry passes & CHR contact.

She praised her team with a “service heart” for always asking “how can I help, & what’s next.”

Rec facility had substantial damage, but staff has hand-cleared the debris from pools.

Gym floors removed; cleaning debris, & playground shared with school.

Holly Milbrandt – Sanibel Natural Resources Director

Been serving in variety of roles, on Structural Safety Inspection Team, ham radio operations, transportation, passes, EOC coordination.

Considerations to animals, vegetation, water quality. Coordinated with partners.

Vegetation recovery guidance document on City website. Use only licensed contractors.

SCCF Has good tool on their website for reporting wildlife sightings. There have been good reports.

Beaches being evaluated with coastal engineering firm, hope to post conditions report by end of week including info for property owners, particularly on East End where most damage.

FGCU water school has been performing beach survey with dive-can-sonar equipment to locate debris that is buried or hard to see.

FL Dept of Health Dept swimming advisory remains in effect. Water is full of chemicals, hazardous materials, & bacteria. Avoid contact with water.

Post-storm water quality evaluations underway.

Johnson Engineering performing Sanibel Slew evaluations.

Considering Lake “O”, Sept was 3rd wettest Sept recorded. 185% of normal accumulation.

It will be a long recovery period. Lake had 8’ of slosh at water levels, 19’ of water elevation on north side. Highest ever recorded.

Red tide already blooming in the region & not unexpected. Latest sampling reports show evidence in Sarasota, Charlotte, & 5 positive samples off-shore in Lee County.

David Schmitt & Scott Crosley – Sanibel Public Works/Sewer – Director & Deputy – Work continues with roadside trash pickup, fleet maintenance issues (2 mechanics), 165 pump stations. 135 lift station panels damaged, but many now working. Donax plant now fully operating, manned 16-hrs/day.

Sewer system now pretty sound, flushing toilets OK, just be careful how much you use.

Also OK to now begin using dishwaters & washers.

Be sure initial cleaning is done using dry methods so drains/pipes are not clogged with sand. First get rid of sediment by hand, then supplement with water.

Sanibel Police Chief Dalton – again thanked the 60 officers that were here from Dade, 50 others here now offering mutual aid. Also, Lee Sheriff Dept help.

Originally was a mandate from state to allow tow trucks on island, then notified of possible fraud, so now checking all vehicles leaving with vehicles to be sure they have property documentation.

Paula McMichael, Sanibel Planning Director – This is her 36th day on the job, hurricane came on her 2nd official day on the job. Members of Planning Dept also were part of initial Structural Safety Team. Since then, helping owners with elevation certificates, build-back restrictions.

Toured all seawalls, only one severely damaged & helping with those repairs.

Shane Kittendorf, CAP Government contractor working as interim Director of Building Dept – Again described how owners of non-conforming property may look on LeePA.org for their parcel & the county Tax Appraisers value letter which shows building structure value. Or if that amount is not enough, consider hiring a certified appraiser.

Also please consider elevating your property if you have the opportunity.

By Nov 7 when new building officials start (both Director & Deputy) you will be able to apply for permit on-line.

Tomorrow, emergency repair guidance will be issued.

Be sure when comparing 50% of your structure value that you consider all of the work required to bring the property back (alterations, demolition, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, roof).

Building Dept hopes to turn on their new permitting system quickly & issue permits quickly.

“Planning & Building” are not the bad guys.

Steve Chaipel, Sanibel Finance Director – assisting in Natural Resources, Recreation, asset control, & manning EOC.

At budget hearing on Oct 3, $84M Sanibel budget was approved. Financially we are OK, prepared for disasters & with environmental reserves.

News that the state is funding debris removal is huge.

This event likely will exceed $100M for just debris removal on Sanibel.

Finance Dept is interface with FEMA & state for assistance.

Documents have been filed & approved. Can ask for 50% of funding up front.

Have spent $8M in cash so far, mostly for pay.

After break, discussion/voting continued on other agenda items including emergency ordinances to temporarily use or park an RV or trailer on a residential property for up to 180 days or until damaged residence again becomes habitable. It must be a wheeled vehicle with quick-connects for utilities, needs temporary use permit issued by City, & may only be occupied by property residents. May be extended for 180 days.

Similarly for commercial businesses, they could get temporary use permit for up to a year max. Of course, homeowners/condo associations must approve.

Temporary moratorium on building new residences & on changes in resort housing district. See City agenda for details.

City also to bring back/apply for line of credit for up to $20M for term up to 3 years.

In summary, long-term recovery is expected, but there is already talk of moving back to City Hall.

As Mayor Smith said: “If you haven’t been to the island, you will be in awe of the magnitude of the destruction. But it’s coming back. It’s gonna get tougher, but we’ll come out better on the other side.”

Facebook Live scheduled for Wed at 5 p.m. has been cancelled.

At SanibelSusan Realty

I spoke yesterday with Marcel, our landlord, and teammate Dave met with him today. Here’s a picture of the Sanibel Square sign that I took this afternoon. Much of the complex is being used for staging of remediation equipment, but Marcel says his construction crew is ready to remove drywall soon.

Dave should have our place emptied in a few more days. The beauty shop behind my office and building next door rented by “Ding” Darling Nature Center Store are both off their foundations, so will need engineering evaluations before those may be rebuilt. Our building appears to just need remediation/new walls and utilities. I bet it’s ready before my home.

Meanwhile, I’m fielding calls, emails, and offers about our listings. Have talked to several colleagues (other heavy hitters) and they advise, they are getting offers from similar vultures. Though my crystal ball has never been used after a catastrophe like this one, I am advising clients who want to sell to keep their properties listed but expect that it may take many months for the market to stabilize.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

The local Association of Realtors® has a temporary office location at Midland Trust, 15671 San Carlos Blvd., #101, Fort Myers. Our annual meeting scheduled for last month also has been postponed until November 17 at this new temporary location and will be posted on Zoom. I’ll be there.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity October 28 – November 4, 2022

Some of these new listings had damage with those listing agents providing details in the “agent notes” on condition and viewing possibilities. The islands remain limited to access by those with re-entry permits, i.e., residents, their contractors, insurance personnel, and first responders (including debris removal and utility vehicles). The number of workers on the island is huge. The ongoing work on the causeway also is staggering. Big changes noticed daily.

Sanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: By-the-Sea #B101 3/2 $1.2M.

1 price change: Loggerhead Cay #323 2/2 now $875K.

2 new sales: Sundial #C209 1/1 listed at $799K, Gulfside Place #205 2/2 listed at $1,295M

No closed sales.

6 withdrawn from market.

HOMES

5 new listings: 4427 Gulf Pines Dr 2/2.5 $595K, 718 Durion Ct 3/2 $675K, 677 Durion Ct 3/2 $775K, 440 East Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.495M, Colony Beach Estates #4 (435 Bella Vista Way E) 3/3 $5.395M.

1 price change: 1543 San Carlos Bay Dr 4/4 now $1.995M.

2 new sales: 1219 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 listed at $700K, 2474 Wulfert Rd 3/3.5.5 listed at $1.695M.

No closed sales.

4 withdrawn from market.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: West Gulf Dr #1, now $4.995M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 1994 Wild Lime Dr $325K.

Captiva

CONDOS, & LOTS

Nothing to report.

HOMES

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

1 withdrawn from market.

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, be well, stay safe, & know that Sanibel will come back better than ever!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

30 Days Post-Hurricane Ian

SanibelSusan has been back in SW FL since Sunday when I finally moved into a little furnished Fort Myers apartment which will be my temporary abode during renovation of my home and office – thanks to that ugly decorator, Hurricane Ian.
Teammate son David has been working like a dog emptying them after they filled with water – close to the ceiling – and became mold-ridden almost immediately.
Nearly all contents a total loss, though he was able to retrieve our property keys and a few hard-surface belongings. I am finally meeting my flood insurance adjuster tomorrow and have signed with Ron DeCorte with DeCorte Four Custom Homes to repair my home. Dave has removed appliances, furnishings, cabinets, countertops. Contractor wall removals and remediation are next. Exterior had little damage – a few pool screens. Fingers crossed the work gets accomplished sooner rather than later, but I’m sure that’s just a wish.
At SanibelSusan Realty
Our Sanibel Square landlord, Marcel Middendorf who owns The Bean, advises that his insurance adjuster visited the property mid-week. Dave and his brother-in-law will be emptying the rest of our office tomorrow. Respirator masks needed.
Marcel knows we want to continue renting and he has retained the same contractor the City is using to restore the public buildings which are being done quickly. Betcha the office is done before my home.
Several clients have inquired about the 50% rule and asked for appraiser recommendations. I continue to post recaps of the City progress briefings that are on Mon/Wed/Fri nights at 5 p.m. through Facebook Live. Those recaps are posted on both my personal and business Facebook pages.
I am working on tonight’s recap now & it will be posted later on FB. Good updated info on letters that were posted today by the Lee County Property Appraiser regarding home values, i.e. 50% rule. I’ll have instructions on how to find that value on the recaps.
Many of Dave’s island photos and my videos also are posted on Facebook. We haven’t been everywhere as first responders, emergency, debris removal and utility vehicles are everywhere. There is sooo much debris that it will take weeks if not months to remove it all, but little green sprouts already are coming out on vegetation, so life is coming back on the islands. (Photos below of building debris embedded in a tree in front of Sanibel Moorings. Be sure & check out our other pix and videos on FB, you won’t believe some of them. Truly unbelievable in some areas.)
Here are a couple of appraisers clients have used:
Sharon Raimondi, owner of Raimondi Appraisal Services, 239-489-3881, cell 239-691-4415
Julie Valente, Equity Appraisal Group, cell 239-878-9531
Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity October 21-28, 2022
Sanibel
CONDOS
1 new listing: Gulfside Place #205 2/2 $1.295M
No price changes, new sales, or closed sales.
5 withdrawn from market.
1 back on market: Lake Palms #3 2/2.5 $699K
HOMES
No new listings, price changes, new sales, or closed sales.
4 withdrawn from market.
LOTS
No new listings or price changes.
1 new sale: 4636 Rue Royale asking $825K.
No closed sales.
Captiva
CONDOS, HOMES, LOTS
Nothing to report.
Summary of Sanibel & Captiva Inventory Available Today from MLS
Location
Condos
Homes
Lots
#
Avg Price
#
Avg Price
#
Avg Price
Sanibel
24
1,203,370
25
2,226,000
7
1,476,428
Captiva
8
1,252,125
8
7,177,881
1
15,500,000
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, be well, stay safe, & know that Sanibel will come back better than ever!
Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Three Weeks Post-Hurricane Ian

Sanibel Lighthouse post Hurricane Ian

My Friday report this week is from aboard the Celebrity Infinity heading back to Ft Lauderdale after a week in the Caribbean. This trip was planned and paid for weeks ago and when I found out that it was not refundable and the Fort Myers apartment, I rented won’t be ready until Sunday, I decided to save paying for another week in a hotel – and just take the cruise.

Have I felt guilty floating about at sea while many are struggling – and while son/teammate David has been toiling every day removing more demolished furnishings/belongings at my home and our office? You bet, but I’m ready for reality when the ship docks in the morning & look forward to settling back closer to Sanibel, and finally getting back on island myself next week.
I have continued to follow the City progress briefings on Facebook Live, now Monday, Wednesday, & Fridays at 5 p.m. – posting recaps on both my personal and business FB pages.
Also be sure to check the City website at http://www.MySanibel.com. The link at the top of the page to Hurricane Ian Info has lots of valuable info.
The progress made on island in just three short weeks is amazing. City leaders/staff continue to work 24/7 coordinating efforts locally, county, state, federal. We owe them huge thanks.
At SanibelSusan Realty
Still no word from our landlord at Sanibel Square, so I’m not sure if the future location of SanibelSusan Realty will remain the same, but since listing & selling real estate, these days can be done from anywhere through electronic media, I have been working several hours every day, keeping up with listing inquiries, helping owners, & fielding questions from prospective sellers.
Below is the action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service over the last week.
Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity October 14-21, 2022
Sanibel
CONDOS
1 new listing: Sanctuary Golf Villages 1 #2-1 2/2.5 $1.15M
No price changes, new sales, or closed sales.
2 withdrawn from market.
1 back on market: Pointe Santo #A25 2/2 $1.4M
HOMES
No new listings, price changes, new sales, or closed sales.
2 withdrawn from market.
2 back on market: 1835 Farm Trail 3/2 $899K, 1242 Par View Dr 3/2 $1.145M.
LOTS
No new listings, price changes, new sales or closed sales.
Captiva
CONDOS, HOMES, LOTS
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, be well, stay safe, & know that Sanibel will come back better than ever! #SanibelStrong
Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Sanibel Scoop on Day 16 Post-Hurricane Ian

Sorry I missed reporting last Friday, though I expect many are following my recaps of the City’s Facebook Live Post-Ian progress report meeting every night. Those are posted on both my business and personal Facebook pages.
To watch those City briefings yourself, either go through www.MySanibel.com or on Facebook at “The City of Sanibel, Florida” page. You do not need to be on Facebook to watch them.
Also, on the City website, there is an orange banner at the top of the page with a link that goes to Hurricane Ian info. On that info page, there is a link to the nightly updates, info on when residents may return over the temporary causeway, the FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment Map, structure imagery, & more.

Office Post-Ian

My pool post-Ian

At SanibelSusan Realty
I am still in an East Coast hotel (day 17), doing what I can from afar, while teammate son Realtor David has been making daily trips to the island with his boat (my dock survived). It has been difficult working with the heat, mold, and no utilities. I owe him a debt of gratitude.
Also ground transportation is not easy with the Periwinkle Bridge out. He biked around the first couple of days and then when private operating vehicles could be used, friends lent him their jeep. Now he’s dealing with a nail in one of the tires. He is resourceful though and has taken many photos, helping many clients and friends see the exterior of their property for the first time.
My home and our office both filled with water (~7+’ at home, ~6’ at office) so David slowly has been trying to air them out and lug waterlogged furnishings to the curb. It is a long tedious process.
In pix with red love seat, see the waterline and ugly mold that only took minutes to start forming. My floors are off-while tile, see the sludge. Yuck!.
Office was home to the yellow love seat. It sure took a ride in the surge from our front reception area.
Thankfully, I evacuated with one of our laptops, so between that my iPad and iPhone, I have been able to conduct business anywhere where there is internet/cell service.
I haven’t heard from our landlord at Sanibel Square, but at home, I signed a contract with a general contractor to get my home restored. It likely will take a very long time. In the meantime, I have rented a small furnished apartment in Fort Myers beginning later this month. Hopefully by then that area of SW FL will have restored internet and potable water. Like at Dave and Lisa’s home, they already have power and some cell service.
Meanwhile, on the business front, I have heard from some prospective island buyers, as well as a few owners who think they may part with their property, rather than restore. With all that has occurred over the last two weeks, there has not been much activity posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service. The MLS details for the past two weeks, since September 30, are after a couple of info items below.
I know that Sanibel will be back better than ever. It will require patience, kindness, and understanding.
City leaders and staff are doing an amazing job coordinating efforts to open the island again safely and with utilities as soon as possible. They have/are requesting help from many federal, state, and local agencies. Responses have been amazing.
We all are anxious to get back to check our properties and look forward to later this month, when we may cross the causeway again, albeit slowly and carefully. Only island residents, business owners, licensed contractors, and insurance folks may return (all with property hurricane reentry pass/documents). If you are one of those, don’t forget to bring a respirator mask, goggles, boots, and gloves, and be prepared to see what you don’t want to see. #SanibelStrong
Also, if you vote in Florida, don’t forget to do that. I did mine today by absentee ballot.
Rental Resources
Our local district Realtor® Associations has created a website, www.HurricaneHomes.org for those looking for temporary rentals. The is a platform for housing in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Bonita Springs, and Marco Island. It provides listings from licensed Realtors® whose properties have been vetted as reliable, safe, and clean.
Please be careful when contacting listings from Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace as they may be fraudulent.
Operation Blue Roof & Other Resources
Operation Blue Roof, call 800-ROOF-BLU (888-766-3258) or go to
Florida DEO (Department of Economic Opportunity)
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Lee County
Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity September 30 – October 14, 2022
Sanibel
CONDOS
No new listings, price changes, new sales, or closed sales.
2 withdrawn from market.
2 back on market: Lighthouse Point #232 3/2 $1.095M, Shell Island Beach Club #6C 2/2 $1.325M.
HOMES
No new listings, price changes or new sales.
1 closed sale: 1747 Serenity Ln 3/2 $850K.
LOTS
No new listings, price changes, new sales or closed sales.
1 back on market: 4636 Rue Royale $825K.
Captiva
CONDOS, HOMES, LOTS
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, be well, stay safe, & know that Sanibel will come back better than ever! Every day there is more progress! #SanibelStrong!
Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Sanibel Strong Post Hurricane Ian

Sorry for the delay, as you know it was not another quiet sunny week on Sanibel.
Tuesday afternoon, the team and I evacuated to the East Coast where I remain today. Dave and Lisa drove back to their home in Ft Myers yesterday. They have minor damage and a generator so doing OK.
We so appreciate the many friends, family, and colleagues who have contacted us offering support.
Today, I finally heard from some friends who did not evacuate. They were rescued today. Those search and rescue operations are tedious for first responders with some roadway impassable, few working vehicles available on the islands, and waterways, in some cases, impassable. Some islanders have had to walk to the causeway boat ramp where they were boated to safety to a County rescue staging area in Cape Coral.
A Facebook Live meeting was held last night by Sanibel City leaders at Crown Plaza Ft Myers where Sanibel government currently is coordinating many efforts. A big thanks to Mayor Smith, City Manager Souza, Chief Dalton, & Councilors Crater, Henshaw, Johnson, and Miller for that event, and Manager Souza’s Facebook Live update this morning.
They reiterated that checking the island to ensure safety is of prime concern following search/rescue operations. The County is under a 24/7 curfew so no one should be on the roadways other than first responders.
No one is allowed to return to the island. Police presence and National Guard will be on the island ensuring no pirates try to land.  Until City first responders check all roadways and property, giving an all-clear, no one may go back, whether by boat or otherwise.
Another City Facebook Live update is expected to occur tonight, at 6:30 p.m. Watch The City of Sanibel, Florida Facebook page and www.MySanibel.com for info. The videos from the earlier meetings also are posted there. This message just posted by City:
“The City of Sanibel will provide a Facebook live update at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, September 30, 2022, on the City’s response to Hurricane Ian. Click here to watch the live feed.”

At SanibelSusan Realty This Week

I was at the office until noon Tuesday entering Multiple Listing info on a new listing at Sanibel Moorings. We also had a home inspection Monday afternoon, obviously not expecting the storm devastation to be so extensive. On my way home, I also removed all yard signs so we didn’t contribute to future flying/floating debris.
From the NOAA images posted online by the City, we can see our office building still stands though surrounded by water. My home on Anchor Dr looks to also be intact, as do our listings. Sure am thankful I put on a new roof last summer. What the insides of buildings look like remains to be seen. We will be patient.
All Association of Realtors meetings are canceled until further notice. The action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service is posted  below.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity September 23-30, 2022

Sanibel
CONDOS
1 new listing: Sanibel Moorings #1522 2/2 $899.9K (our listing).
No price changes.
1 new sale: Pointe Santo #A25 2/2 listed at $1,4M.
No closed sales.
HOMES
1 new listing: 994 Whelk Dr 3/2 $1.55M.
No price changes.
1 new sale: 9476 Balsa Ct 3/2 listed at $1.135M
No closed sales.
LOTS
Nothing to report.
Captiva
CONDOS, HOMES, LOTS
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
Here’s hoping I have better news to report next week. In the meantime, if you see me quoted by either the New York Times or CNN, the reporters have found SanibelSusan.
Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

It’s Sanibel Fall – or Like Summer With Pumpkins

If you are tired of hearing that it has been another quiet week on sunny Sanibel, I won’t say it, though it’s still mostly true. One diversion has been watching the increasing storm activity coming across the Atlantic. My favorite on-line forecaster Mike’s Weather Page at www.SpaghettiModels.com does not have things looking good for Florida next week. Fingers crossed that projections change in the upcoming days.

The City of Sanibel has been sending out warning messages, encouraging checking of disaster supply kits and reconfirming hurricane plans. I have already stocked up both at home and office. Teammate Dave has moved things off the floor in the office and I will pick up our “for sale” signs if it continues to look like the islands will get hit.

At SanibelSusan Realty This Week

We were contacted by another returning owner thinking of selling, will meet with them once they have settled in. Also worked with buyers writing a successful offer on a property they viewed nearly a month ago.

There was no island Association of Realtors® Caravan meeting yesterday, but our listings have had showings.

The sales action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service is after a couple of news items below. Our ad from today’s “Island Sun” also is below..

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Reatlors®

Next Thursday is the Association’s monthly membership breakfast meeting where speakers from the Captiva Erosion Protection Control District will update attendees.

At the Professional Development Meeting this week, we finalized the speaker schedule for the rest of this year. November speaker will be Amira Fox, State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida (covering Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties). December speaker is Sanibel City Manager Dana Souza.

There is no speaker in October since our annual meeting is then (on October 27).

Before that, the Association annual RPAC (Realtor® Political Action Committee) Golf Tournament and Auction are scheduled for October 12 at The Dunes.

SanibelSusan’s donation (lobsters from Maine) usually sells for top dollar. Always happy to support fundraising efforts that protect and promote the real estate.

What Does the Fed Rate Increase Mean?

Below write-up received by email yesterday from Dan Krispinsky, Senior Loan Officer, at Lake Michigan Credit Union, Fort Myers Office. Bet you also enjoy it.

“The Fed increased policy rates by 0.75% at their September meeting and indicated they will continue raising rates until inflation is tamed. But that doesn’t mean mortgage rates will rise at the same pace. Why?

  • Market forces also influence mortgage rates. If inventors shy away from stocks and invest in safer mortgage bonds, for example, rates may come down.
  • If the Fed moves policy rates too far or too quickly, we could see a recession. Historically, that means lower mortgage rates.
  • Mortgage rates had already risen in anticipation of a Fed move. They may settle down now that the Fed has spoken.

“Does this mean you should wait for the possibility of lower rates? Not necessarily. I encourage my clients to consider all the moving pieces – not only in the markets, but also in their lives. If this is the right time for you to buy a home or access cash from equity, then let’s find a way to work withing the framework of the current interest rate environment. After all, rates are still lower than long-term averages, and there are options like hybrid ARMs, buydowns, and HELOCs that can help in this environment.

“Background on the Fed:

  • The Federal Reserve Board (the Fed) controls the federal funds rate and discount rate, which are charges for overnight loans from bank to bank or from the Fed to member banks,
  • The rate was lowered to near zero in March 2020 in response to the pandemic. These historic measures are now being reversed.
  • This is the fifth increase this year.

“Don’t let interest rates hold you back from making a move or accessing cash. I’m happy to help you navigate this market. After all, we’re still closing loans every day!”

Reach Dan at (239) 908-5936 dan.krispinsky@lmcu.org, 7920 Summerlin Lakes Dr, Fort Myers FL 33907

National Public Lands Day at The Refuge

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 24, across the U.S. is National Public Lands Day, a time to especially enjoy parks, refuges, and other green spaces protected by the federal government. At The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, there are plenty of FREE activities:

  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wildlife Dr free admission
  • 8:30 a.m. Morning Mindfulness at the Observation Tower on Wildlife Dr (pre-register on Eventbrite)
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided Scavenger Hunt with prizes. Check-in at Visitor & Education Center.
  • 10 to 11 a.m. Educational programs at Visitor & Education Center.
  • 12:30 p.m. International Color Blindness Awareness Month colorblind glasses giveaway. (Year-‘round the Refuge serves the color-challenged population with a colorblind scope at the Observation Tower and loaner pairs of colorblind sunglasses at the reception desk.)
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Artist Reception featuring Jacqui Roch at Visitor & Education Center.

Seasonal Events Beginning Again

SanCap Motor Club – will host its first “Coffee & Cars” cruise-in of the new season on Saturday, October 1, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Periwinkle Place Shops (2075 Periwinkle Way). Shop owners and the Club will provide a continental breakfast, donuts, coffee, and other refreshments. Open to the public, no pre-registration required. Also, the Club will hold a dinner on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Membership is $60/person or $75/couple or family. Email Scot Congress for more info at scot@scongress.com.

Farmers Markets – on both islands also begin in October (and go through May). Sanibel Market, on City Hall grounds, next to the Library, is Sundays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. (every Sunday, except Christmas Day when instead it will be open on Monday). Captiva’s market is Tuesdays, at the entrance to South Seas Resort (5400 Plantation Rd), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info about seven other local markets is on www.BuyLocalLee.com  Big thanks to Jean Baer and Betsy Ventura for starting these markets. Time flies and expansion occurs when success abounds! Congratulations, ladies!

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity September 16-23, 2022

Sanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Captains Walk #C6 1/1 $399K.

1 price change: Loggerhead Cay #271 2/2 now $869K.

2 new sales: Lake Palms #3 2/2.5 listed at $699K, Shell Island Beach Club #6C 2/2 listed at $1.325M.

2 closed sales: Sanibel Arms West #K8 2/2 $850K, Loggerhead Cay #331 2/2 $870K.

HOMES

1 new listing: 747 Birdie View Pt 3/3 $1.35M.

3 price changes: 2005 Mitzi Ln 2/2 now $805K, 1270 Par View Dr 3/2 now $1.599M, 2474 Wulfert Rd 3/2 now $1.695M.

3 new sales: 749 Cardium St 3/2 listed at $1.179M, 242 Christofer Ct 3/2 listed at $1.499M (our sale), 424 East Gulf Dr duplex 4/2 listed at $2.599M.

2 closed sales: 542 Boulder Dr 2/2 $1.05M, 5690 San-Cap Rd 3/3 $1.65M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

Captiva

CONDOS

Nothing to report.

HOMES

1 new listing: 11529 Andy Rosse Ln 4/4 $3,990,050.

1 price change: 11523 Andy Rosse Ln 5/5.5 now $4.799M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 11517 Andy Rosse Ln 4/4.5 $4.5M.

LOTS

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! Keep an eye on the weather!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan