Amost Mother’s Day 2017 on Sunny Sanibel


It’s Susan reporting another week of wonderful summerlike island weather, but no rain or at least not yet. Possible morning thunderstorms are forecast for Mother’s Day, otherwise more of the same sunny days are expected. Rain is needed though and May typically is when rainy season begins.

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

Sanibelsusan LogoTeamwork was the name of our game this week. Our 7000+piece annual inventory mailing arrived from the printer, so we have spent every spare minute stuffing envelopes. About half went out today, the rest will go out early next week. If you are not on our “snail” mail list and would like a copy of the “Sanibel & Captiva Islands Inventory & Sales History” updated May 6, please let us know. We are happy to send it by snail or email.

Only a handful of our listings had showings this week, but we happily received a new condo listing on Saturday, which we put under contract yesterday. Sales don’t often happen that quickly, so it was a nice surprise.

Teammate Elise’s report with the action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service follows a couple of news items below.

Surprise Closing

Plenty of islanders were shocked Monday to read that Bennett’s Fresh Roast Sanibel shop closed unexpectedly. Their web site says that unused coupons, gift cards and certificates will be honored in their Fort Myers Store. The rumor mill says that it sold. Stay tuned.

Island Coyotes on City Council Agenda

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(From mySanibel.com) First coyote documented on Sanibel, observed in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Erwin Kraus, March 2011

From the May 10, 2017 “Islander” “…Holly Milbrandt, an environmental biologist with the City, provided a coyote update at last week’s City Council meeting, which was a follow-up from a presentation two years ago. Coyotes are not accounted for in all 67 counties of Florida. On the island images of them have been captured at the Community Park (across the street from our office), Gulfside City Park (off Casa Ybel Road), Pond Apple Park (off Periwinkle Way), and Sanibel Gardens (off Tarpon Bay Road). Most sightings occurring between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m…. 

“At the end of her presentation, she said the working group has recommended that they continue to monitor coyote impact on sea turtles, as well as implement sea turtle next protection measures; expand wildlife camera monitoring efforts; continue public education and track sightings; investigate methods and funding opportunities for additional protection of sea turtle and shorebird nests and evaluate feasibility and funding options to conduct trapping and GPS collaring of coyotes on the island.”

Realtor® Political Action

rpacEach May, our local Association of Realtors® hosts an event long-know by some old-timers as the “Over-the-Hump Party”. It is a fundraising event for the RPAC (Realtor® Political Action Committee) as well as celebration that we again made it through high season.

Sanctuary orchids

Always blooming at The Sanctuary clubhouse entrance!

Held Wednesday night at The Sanctuary, this year it included a golf scramble, followed by silent auction, and then live auction.

 

Lobsters 2017SanibelSusan’s lobster dinner donation again raised close to $1K and of course I did my share of buying too.

The final tally raised has not yet been reported, but the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® has a tradition of winning state and national RPAC awards for our participation – raised mostly because we have seen those RPAC funds work.

Congratulations to the many Realtors®, business partners, and staff members that made our 2017 event another success. Photo below is of the island’s hardworking 2017 RPAC Committee who organized the event. Committee co-chairs are VIP Realtor Tina DiCharia (center in black) & Affiliate business partner Dave Arter (2nd from right) with Private Client Insurance Services.

RPAC Committee

The below graphic is a recap of the Florida Legislative Session that just ended. A good representation of how those RPAC dollars can make an impact. The graphic appeared on-line this week on “SPB – SaintPetersBlog” which is one of Florida’s most-read political sites.

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7 Common Home-Selling Mistakes

Below is another good graphic, compiled for sharing through FloridaRealtors®

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Sanibel & Captiva Island Multiple Listing Service Activity May 5-12, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

3 new listings: Lake Palms #6 2/2.5 $359K, Loggerhead Cay #342 2/2 $599K, Cottage Colony West #132 1/1 $675K.

2 price changes: Nutmeg VIllage #211 2/2 now $699.9K, Atrium #201 3/3 now $1.495M.

2 new sales: Spanish Cay #D1 2/2 listed at $369K (our listing & sale) photos below, Sundial West #D403 1/1 listed at $435K.

4 closed sales: Sanibel Moorings #842 2/2 $475K, Loggerhead Cay #174 2/2 $770K, Sundial East #T306 3/2 $1.2875M, Tigua Cay #487 3/3.5 $1.6M.

HOMES

2 new listings: 1004 Spanish Laurel Ln 2/2 $619K, 5056 Joewood Dr 3/2 $759K.

11 price changes: 9292 Kincaid Ct 3/2 now $539K, 9455 Beverly Ln 2/2 now $546K, 1212 Par View Dr 2/2 now $548K, 799 Casa Ybel Rd 5/3 duplex now $565K, 644 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $625K, 958 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $649K, 471 Las Tiendas Ln 3/2 now $744K, 655 Anchor Dr 3/3 now $899K, 5240 Caloosa End Ln 3/3 now $924.9K, 1743 Venus Dr 4/3.5 now $1.695M, 1525 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.795M.

7 new sales: 9446 Yucca Ct 3/2 listed at $589K, 4452 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 listed at $599K, 545 Piedmont Rd 3/2 listed at $629K, 1114 Sabal St 2/2 listed at $675K, 1315 Par View Dr 3/2 listed at $689K, 687 Anchor Dr 4/3 listed at $1.495M, 2507 Blind Pass Ct 3/3 listed at $1.495M.

7 closed sales: 1651 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex $470K, 4694 Rue Bayou 3/3 $615K, 1772 Serenity Ln 3/2 $620K, 5305 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 $660K, 1182 Kittiwake Cir 3/3 $675K, 1035 Kings Crown Dr 3/2 $910K, 5838 Pine Tree Dr 3/3 $1.09M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 4995 Joewood Dr $2.695M.

No price changes, new, or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Bayside Villas #4102 1/2 $348.5K.

1 price change: Bayside Villas #4118 1/2 now $375K.

2 new sales: Sunset Beach Villas #2325 2/2 listed at $579K, Gulf Beach Villas #2004 2/2 listed at $619K.

2 closed sales: Bayside Villas #5320 3/3 $578K, Marina Villas #909 2/2 $749K.

HOMES

1 new listing: 952 South Seas Plantation Rd 6/5.5 $1.35M.

2 price changes: 43 Oster Ct 2/2.5 now $829K, 11535 Wightman Ln 4/4 now $2.099M.

No new sales.

2 closed sales: 11411 Old Lodge Ln 4/3 $1.62M, 15161 Captiva Dr 4/4.5 $1.85M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its 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 general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

mothers-day-clipart-1A Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Sanibel/Captiva Real Estate on Cinco de Mayo


cinco de mayoSanibel & Captiva Islands had another week of good weather and little traffic – or at least until late yesterday when a boat slid off a trailer coming out of Sanibel Harbour onto Summerlin Road just after the toll booth going off island.

That little roadway snafu kept vehicles leaving the islands at a slow crawl until close to 7 p.m. Silly me then, doing some off-island chores after work.

The weather this week included the first major shower of the rainy season. Boy, was the rain needed when it arrived late Monday night/early Tuesday morning. Though off-island teammates Dave and Elise saw only a few drops and heard some thunder rumbles where they live, they noticed causeway flooding as they came onto the island. There were huge puddles from the east-end to Captiva. Most now have disappeared, with “greening” up already noticeable. I heard a Lee County Mosquito Control plane buzzing the east-end early morning yesterday, yet another sign that we got rain and it’s May.

The change in island occupancy is evident even to the lunch crowd. No waiting at Doc Ford’s on Tuesday when my lunch friends and I snagged a nice breezy outside table. They later sent me the below photo and said I could share it. Thank you, Susanna and Yves-Pascal, for a great visit and terrific picture too!

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First Off-Season Caravan Meeting

Sanibel realtors logoAttendance was light at yesterday’s Thursday morning local Association of Realtors® Caravan meeting which had just two homes (one bank-owned) and a single condo on tour. That’s another indication that “high season” is over. Here forward, until late fall when business picks up, Caravan’s will be held every other week and open to any new listings in any location on either island.

  • Water Quality Update – During the Committee Reports, Realtor® David Schuldrenfrei for the Government & Environmental Committee reported that SB #10, regarding Everglades restoration and water storage, passed in the Florida Legislature with the House of Representatives following the lead of the Senate. This bill has been decades in the making and provides $800 million in funding to create a dynamic reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, in the Everglades Agricultural Area. The reservoir is needed to provide freshwater to Florida Bay and to alleviate discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St Lucie Rivers. The bill now is on its way to the Governor’s desk for signature. Local Realtors®, City officials, and others have spent nearly 20 years working toward this milestone. David offered a big thank you to all involved for their continued persistence. A further update is below, on other issues in the forefront of Florida’s legislative session which wraps up today.
  • Working Together to Make a Difference – For the Communications and Public Relations Committee, I announced that Realtors® Bob and Diane Stocks joined me Monday morning in transporting to Catholic Charities of SW Florida, the gently-used clothing collected over the last two months by Association Members. That delivery was a humbling experience. Charity workers were very thankful for the carloads of goods delivered saying they are particularly in need of donations for Clewiston farm worker families, those who lost belongings in Florida’s fires, recent rescues human trafficking, as well as those down on their luck hoping and looking for jobs, to become more self-sufficient. This month, the Committee is spearheading a new campaign, collecting pillows, bed linens, and diapers which will be donated on June 1 to ACT (Abuse Counseling Treatment Center) in Fort Myers. Their needs increase in the “off season” too.
  • Real Estate Announcements – Under new and old business, a couple of old sales were announced. Listing agents are careful these days to wait until after inspection/cancellation periods are over – or contingencies are removed – to make an announcement.

Also, a “back-on-the-market” was reported where a property did not close because the buyer couldn’t get financing. That doesn’t happen here too often, but it could be because the home was found to have aluminum wiring, which can make a property difficult to insure. The listing agent announced that the wiring is being replaced and it again is available for sale.

I announced the price reduction at our Seagull Estates listing. A couple of upcoming new listings were announced too. There usually are not many new offerings this time of the year. These were the result of winter residents heading home and moving elsewhere. The details of the activity posted since last Friday in the Sanibel/Captiva Multiple Listing Service follows some other news items below.

While I was at the Thursday caravan meeting, Dave was at a property inspection. I hope he wasn’t on the roof when this picture was taken, but here is his photo showing how few were on Beachcomber’s east-end stretch of beach then.  The gulf waters are beautiful!

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Update on Florida Legislative Session

Florida Realtors logoAs Florida’s legislative session comes to a close, Florida Realtors® Vice President of Public Policy, Carrie O’Rourke, emailed the members of FloridaRealtors® Think Tank (yes, I am one of those) a summary of what she said is “is shaping up to be one of our most successful sessions in recent memory.” Here are some excerpts:

  • Business Rent Tax Reduction – We are closer to success than ever before! After years of fighting for a reduction to the business rent tax we were finally able to overcome the obstacles and there is a strong chance we will come out with a win for business owners, commercial Realtors®, and ultimately, Florida’s economy. Under the current proposal, which was just passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee, the business rent tax would be reduced 0.2%, moving from 6% to a permanent 5.8%. While this may at first seem like a very modest cut, there are two things to consider
  • First, this cut represents more than $60 million fiscal impact to the state, and comprises the vast majority of the small amount of funding that was available for tax cut purposes.
  • Second, this cut represents a big step for a legislative body that has been reluctant to even open the door on a cut to this revenue source.
  • The bill now travels to the full Florida Senate for a vote, and will also need to pass the House before the legislature adjourns on Friday, the scheduled conclusion of the Legislature’s 60-day session.
  • “10% Non-Homestead Property Tax Cap – Success! The joint resolution has passed both legislative chambers and will not be heading to voters during the 2018 general election. This is a significant victory for Florida Realtors® as it gives us the time we need to conduct a comprehensive, direct-to-voter campaign that will help voters understand why they need to make this important tax break permanent.
  • “Estoppel Certificate Fee Reform – …For three years, we have been advocating for caps on unreasonable estoppel certificate fees and all that hard work has paid off with the passage of SB 398. This legislature caps the fees that community association management companies can charge for estoppel certificates at $250 for unit owners who are current in their assessments. An additional $100 can be charged for “expedited” estoppel certificates (delivered within three business days), and another $150 can be charged for owners who are delinquent in their assessments. This is a maximum of $500 for an expedited, delinquent estoppel certificate. Gone are the days of certificate fees that cost $1,000 or more….
  • “Vacation Rentals – It took about 4 hours of debate and a close vote for HB 425… to make it out of the House. This is the bill that essentially stops local governments from targeting vacation rental homes with restrictive ordinances. In other words, if a local government passes an ordinance targeted at vacation rental homes, it has to apply to all residential homes in the area; vacation rentals cannot be singled out. The original bill has been amended several times and has a tough road ahead of it in the Senate.
  • “Increase to the Non-School Homestead Exemption – The Senate passed a priority issue of the House concerning a proposed increase to the non-school homestead exemption by $25,000. Currently homeowners receive a tax exemption on the first $25,000 in the value of their properties. They pay taxes on the value between $25,000 and $50,000 and then receive an exemption on the portion from $50,000 to $75,000. The House ended up adopting the Senate’s version of the joint resolution which would apply the exemption to the portion of values between $100,000 and $125,000. This passage will place a constitutional amendment on the 2017 general election ballot.”

First Sea Turtle Nest

Turtle hatching 07-01-16As follow-up to last week’s posting about sea turtle nesting season beginning, the first nest of the season was found Saturday, April 29, near Gulfside Place condos. The nest has been staked off by volunteers from SCCF’s (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Sea Turtle Monitoring Program. Reports say that this year’s first nest is early, but not as early as last year when the first one was found on April 20 on Captiva.

Sea turtles on Sanibel/Captiva are coming off back-to-back record years. A new record was set in 2015 with more than 600 nests. Last season that record was beat by a mile when the two islands had a combined total of 826 nests.

SCCF volunteers patrol the beaches early every morning during nesting season, recording new nests and false crawls (when a female comes ashore but doesn’t lay eggs). The volunteers take measurements and stake the nests. In recent years, they also have covered nests with mesh to prevent coyotes from getting to them.

Southwest Florida By The Numbers

As a numbers kinda gal, I enjoyed reading the statistics in the “Gulfshore Business Source Book 2017” that arrived in the mail this week. Below is a sampling, showing Lee County compared to neighboring Collier and Charlotte, the state, and the nation.

“Demographics              Lee             Collier          Charlotte     Florida               United States

2016 population             680,539      350,202        170,450        20.612 million   323.127 million

Projected by 2025          839,497       409,899       187,862        22.799 million   357.452 million

Median age (2016)         46.9              46.5             54.5                 39.4                     35.9

Percentage over 65        25                27.8             36.2                 18.8                     12.4

Cost of Living

Median home price      $246,900      $450,000     $195,000        $226,000          $233,500

Labor

Unemployment rate     4.4%              4.5%              5.2%              5.0%                 4.7%

(Feb 2017)

Median annual wage   $31,548         $32,946         $29,526         $32,789           $36,764

(2016)”

Further along in the article, it provided details on the major communities within the counties.

Here is their info for Sanibel:

“Population (2016) – 6,591

Per capita income (2015) – $79,354

Median household income (2015) – $98,818

Median home value – $664,500”

Wondering the largest employers in Southwest Florida? Here are the top ten with their number of employees:

  1. “Lee Health (12,600)
  2. Lee County School District (11,098)
  3. Publix Super Markets (8,533)
  4. Collier County Public Schools (7,000)
  5. NCH Healthcare System – Naples Community Hospital (4,200)
  6. Wal-Mart (3,792)
  7. Chico’s FAS Inc. (2,900)
  8. Arthrex Inc. (2,510)
  9. Lee County Government (2,362)
  10. Lipman Produce (2,300)…”

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity April 28-May 5, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

5 new listings: Sundial West #D403 1/1 $435K, Island Beach Club #P1A 2/2 $659K, Cottage Colony West #116 1/1 $659K, Tarpon Beach #102 2/2 $749K, Sanibel Seaview #B2 3/3 $1.489M.

5 price changes: Seashells #38 2/2 now $349K, Seashells #11 2/2 now $365K, Donax Village #3 2/2 now $438.5K, Loggerhead Cay #332 2/2 now $485K, By-The-Sea #C302 2/2 now $1.495M.

6 new sales: Mariner Pointe #712 2/2.5 listed at $463.5K, Ibis at The Sanctuary #B201 2/2 listed at $475K (our buyer), Sanctuary Golf Villages I #3-3 listed at $699K, Kings Crown #208 2/2 listed at $749K, Pointe Santo #B25 2/2 listed at $749K, Sanibel Surfside #225 2/2 listed at $774.9K.

5 closed sales: Sandy Bend #5 2/2 $705K, Sundial West #E304 2/2 $790K, Sundial East #Q404 2/2 $865K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #3-6 $910K, Wedgewood #202 3/3.5 $2.38M.

HOMES

2 new listings: 981 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 $575K, 315 East Gulf Dr 2/2 half-duplex $649K.

15 price changes: 5308 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 now $578K, 1426 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $599K, 376 Lake Murex Blvd 3/2 now $584.9K, 1040 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $599.9K, 752/754 Cardium St 4/2 duplex now $614K, 545 Piedmont Rd 3/2 now $629K, 601 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 now $675K, 1717 Sand Peble Way 3/2 now $679K, 673 East Rocks 3/2 now $798.8K, 239 Daniel Dr 3/2 now $1.069M, 1126 Harbour Cottage Ct 3/2 now $1.395M, 513 Lighthouse Way 3/3 now $1.595M, 750 Periwinkle Way 5/4 now $ 1.85M, 6192 Henderson Rd 4/4 now $1.995M, 3728 West Gulf Dr 5/5 now $2.499M.

4 new sales: 770 Donax St 2/2 listed at $495K, 4239 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 listed at $549K, 1426 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $599K, 4117 West Gulf Dr 5/6 listed at $5.799M.

3 closed sales: 970 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $500K, 537 Lake Murex Cir 3/3 $850K (our seller), 2302 Wulfert Rd 4/5 $1.475M.

LOTS

4 new listings: 644 Sea Oats Dr $295K, 223 Robinwood Cir $295K, 540 Birdsong Pl $390K, 3354 Barra Cir $425K.

No price changes.

1 new sale: 434 Lake Murex Cir listed at $275K.

2 closed sales: 255 Hurricane Ln $310K, 1301 Sand Castle Rd $360K.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Marina Villas #901 2/2 $785K.

No price changes.

1 new sale: Beach Homes #29 4/4 listed at $2.3M.

No closed sales.

HOMES

No new listings.

2 price changes: 43 Oster Ct 2/2.5 now $839K, 14980 Binder Dr 4/3 now $1.198M.

No new or closed sales.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its 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 general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

I’m in the office tomorrow, if you want to list or sell on seis de mayo! Enjoy your weekend, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Just Another Happy Friday at SanibelSusan Realty


 

dolphins-with-babyIt’s been another week of wonderful weather on Sanibel and Captiva Islands with reduced traffic, and some good real estate action – three closings for us, including an off-island sale on Monday by teammates David and Lisa and one scheduled to close later this afternoon on island. (The last day of the month is always a busy one for title companies.)

The details of the action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service follow some other news below.

Not many new sales were announced at our local Association of Realtors® weekly caravan meeting yesterday, but several new listings were mentioned. A couple of interesting commercial ones are:

jensen-s-twin-palm-resortJensen’s Resort & Marina on Captiva, including the marina with 35 boat slips, retail fishing gear store, fueling station, gulf-front resort with seven units and bay-front cottage resort with 10 buildings (14 units) is listed by Jane Reader Weaver with John Naumann & Associates. Asking price is $30M.

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Bait Box on Sanibel which includes the fishing supply shop, bank building next door and large parking area with warehouse behind) is listed by David Schuldenfrei with VIP Realty Group. Asking price is $2.5M.

SanibelSusan Realty associates sell commercial listings too, so let us know if you would like more details.

Wondering What’s Going on Down by the Lighthouse?

On April 17, the City of Sanibel began construction of a “living shoreline” at Lighthouse Beach Park. According to the City web site: “Shorelines are often stabilized with hardened structures, such as seawalls and rock revetments, which can often increase the rate of coastal erosion. Living shorelines incorporate the use of structural and organic materials, such as wetland plants, oysters, and sand, with limited use of rock and concrete materials. This results in a more stable long-term solution that provides benefits to fish and wildlife.

“The road leading into Lighthouse Beach Park will be closed for vehicular traffic only, from the Fishing Pier parking lot to the Lighthouse Cottages during the construction of this project until May 1, 2017 weather permitting.

“Pedestrians will be able to access the Lighthouse area by designated walking areas. This area is prone to erosion during storm events and the installation of the living shoreline will help reduce the impact of erosion to the road leading into Lighthouse Beach Park.

“Every effort will be made to minimize inconvenience to the general public. Users of Lighthouse Beach Park should plan on parking in designated areas when accessing the Lighthouse property and use CAUTION through the area where workers are present….”

Lighthouse Beach SanCapAerial Jim Szabo FB 04-25-2017The City posted this aerial photo on their website. Photo credit to Jim Szabo, SanCap Aerial.

More Summer Schedules Begin

  • Noahs-Ark-2Noah’s Ark – Beginning May 2 to August 4, the store will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays only. Furniture pickups will be discontinued on July 14. The Ark’s annual bag day will be Friday, August 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. That’s when customer purchase empty bags for $4 each and fill them to capacity. Items too large to fit in bags will reflect 80% price reductions. Drastic price reductions begin two weeks before Bag Day. The Ark will be closed from August 5 to October 2 for cleaning, restocking, and repair. They will begin accepting donations again on September 1. Between October 3 and November 1, shop hours will be 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays only. During the winter season beginning November 1, hours of operation are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and the 1st Saturday of every month. In operation for more than 50 years, Noah’s Ark is managed entirely by volunteers. The proceeds are distributed to local, regional, and global charitable organizations.
  • Sanibel MuseumSanibel Historical Museum & Village – Off-season summer hours begin May 2. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The museum will be closed starting August 1 and will reopen October 17 on regular full-time hours which are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

24th Annual Sam Bailey’s Island Night

Baseballree tickets are available at participating island merchants for the 24th Annual Sam Bailey’s Island Night on Wednesday, May 17, at Hammond Stadium in the CenturyLink Sports Complex where the Ft Myers Miracle will play the Clearwater Threshers. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Pre-game parade and ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Game to follow. All proceeds got to help local charities.

Guidelines for 2017 Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Sanibelfirstturtlenest2013Sea turtle nesting season is May 1 to October 31. According to an article posted in the “Island Sun” this week, “Sanibel’s eleven miles of gulf shoreline have more nesting activity than any other beach in Lee County. Sought by predators and susceptible to dehydration, sea turtle hatchlings have a one in one thousand chance of survival. Human activities can further reduce that chance.

“By following these simple guidelines, you can do your part to ensure the survival of these magnificent creatures:Sea Turtle Nest

  • Turn off or shield lights near the beaches. Artificial beach lighting can inhibit female sea turtles from nesting and disorient hatchlings. Most beachfront lighting issues can be addressed by turning off all unnecessary light fixtures, or cling blind and drapes.
  • Remove furniture and other items from the beach and dune area, when not in use, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Items left on the beach include beach furniture, toys, and trash may provide barriers to nesting or result in entanglement and predation of hatchlings.
  • sea-turtle-eggsLevel all sandcastles and fill any holes dug during play. These are fine during the day, but may pose additional hazards at night. Please leave the beach as you found it, so that sea turtles and hatchlings are not hindered on their way to nest or to the water.
  • Pick up all trash. Sea turtles mistakenly eat debris, especially plastic, which results in death.
  • loggerhead_sea_turtle_baby_blogHonor the leash law. All dogs on the beach must be on a leash and not allowed to disturb nesting turtles or hatchlings.”

For more info regarding sea turtles on Sanibel, visit http://mysanibel.com/departments/natural-resources/protecting-our-beaches/sea-turtles.

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity April 21-28, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Cottage Colony West #108 & #132, joint offering of two 1/1 units $1.35M.

7 price changes: Blind Pass #A205 2/2 now $419K, Village of Sanibel #R1 3/2.5 now $426K, Mariner Pointe #733 2/2 now $445K, Blind Pass #F210 2/2 now $459K, Mariner Pointe #811 2/2 now $479K, Shorewood #2D 3/2 now $999K, Pine Cove #102 3/2 now $1.347M.

8 new sales: Sundial West #H209 1/1 listed at $429K, Sanibel Arms West #H4 2/2 listed at $535K, Sandalfoot #4C3 2/2 listed at $669K, Sunset South #2A 2/2 listed at $699K, Sunset South #10C 2/2 listed at $759K, Pointe Santo #C36 2/2 listed at $786K, Sundial West #A308 2/2 listed at $794K, Sundial East #T202 2/2 $849K.

6 closed sales: Coquina Beach #5A 2/2 $355K, Mariner Pointe #842 2/2 $475K, Loggerhead Cay #252 2/2 $545K, Villa Sanibel #2G 2/2 $569K, Loggerhead Cay #104 3/2 $1.27M.

HOMES

6 new listings: 4436 Waters Edge Ln 3/3 $850K, 924 Beach Rd 3/2 $995K; 830 Angel Wing Dr 2/2 $1.079M; 4960 Joewood Dr 3/3 $1.099M; 4649 Rue Belle Mer 3/2.5 $3,095,555; 4155 West Gulf Dr 4/3 $4.295M.

7 price changes: 2074 Wild Lime Dr 3/2 now $559K; 1315 Par View Dr 3/2 now $689K; 1020 White Ibis Dr 3/3 now $699K; 215 Palm Lake Dr 3/2 now $699.9K; 721 Durion Ct 3/3 now $799K; 673 East Rocks Dr 3/2 now $848,888; 2313 Wulfert Rd 4/3 now $1.05M.

1 new sale: 5739 Pine Tree Dr 3/2 listed at $749K.

12 closed sales: 998 Greenwood Ct N 3/2.5 half-duplex $395K, 6471 Pine Ave 2/2 $520K, 2134 Egret Cir 3/2 $525K, 4619 Brainard Bayou Rd 3/2 $536K, 702 Durion Ct 3/2 $645K, 186 Southwinds Dr 2/2 $650K, 3359 Barra Cir 3/3 $779K, 243 Southwinds Dr 3/2.5 $820K, 3918 Coquina Dr 3/2.5 $880K, 918 Lindgren Blvd 3/3.5 $1.115M, 815 Birdie View Pt 3/3 $1.13M, 1326 Seaspray Ln 4/4.5 $1.75M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 412 Tiree Cir $369,555.

1 price change: 4538 Bowen Bayou Rd now $259K.

No new sales.

Image 7 c.jpg2 closed sales: 1550 Centre St $185K (our Seller), 9066 Mockingbird Dr $360K.

Captiva

CONDOS

Nothing to report.

HOMES

No new listings.

1 price change: 13550 Palmflower Ln 4/3.5 now $4.25M.

1 new sale: 11515 Andy Rose Ln 6/5.5 listed at $2.995M.

2 closed sales: 11514 Andy Rosse Ln 5/5 $2.1M, 16560 Captiva Dr 7/7.5 $5.7125M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its 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 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

Island Beach Club

Wrapping Up “High Season” on Sunny Sanibel & Captiva


Time for another Friday update from Susan and The SanibelSusan Team.

What a change here this week. Like magic as April 15 rolled around, the islands thinned out and traffic lessened, though the weather remains sunny and summerlike – mostly high-70’s low-80’s all week.

Many vacationing families continue to enjoy the bike paths, waterways, and beaches (spring break for several out-of-state schools), but if my “busy” gauge is how long it takes to drive from the office to my home either mid-day or during Sanibel rush hour, things here are back to what I call “normal”. I made the trip in nine minutes twice this week! (Compared to a record 1-1/2 hours on Presidents’ Day.)

Tomorrow is officially what is considered the end of “high season”, while accommodations over the next few weeks charge what are called “shoulder rates” for those looking to stay for less than in the winter. Later, “summer” rental rates will be even lower.

Seasoned visitors and locals often describe May as one of the best months on the islands – being just after the winter rush, but before schools are out. May weather often is some of the best since the rainy season isn’t in full swing, yet flowers are blooming and beach water is clear with sea turtles just beginning to nest.

Here are a few photos of what is flowering at my home. Great that longer days mean I get to enjoy the pink explosion when I get home. Can you tell I like that color? Had to compromise with the gardenia.

 

At Sanibel Susan Realty Associates

SanibelSusan Realty from Periwinkle WayAll’s well at SanibelSusan Realty, where we are finalizing things on three closings scheduled to occur next week and got another listing under contract. I was out showing a few times this week, including one on Easter Sunday afternoon – whatever it takes!

Teammate Dave held several open houses and we’ve opened some listings for showings too. Teammate Elise’s report with the details of the week’s Multiple Listing Service action follows a few news items below.

Next week, we will be working on updating data for our big post-season inventory mailout that will go to the printer in early May. It goes out to all island property owners and prospective buyers. Favored by many since it reflects current inventory as well as many “season” sale prices, if you are not already on our mailing list and would like a copy, please let us know.

High “season” may be winding down, but we have been in this business long enough to know that the next wave of buyers will be the serious ones who did not find exactly what they want to buy in “season” and they know that returning during the “shoulder” weeks is one of the easiest time to view properties – particularly those in rental programs. They know it’s a good time to make offers too. We are ready.

April Membership Meeting – Sanibel/Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Sanibel realtors logoYesterday’s Sanibel & Captiva Island Association of Realtors® monthly membership meeting was well attended, but only a handful of new listings were on the Caravan schedule that followed. Next month (May), the caravan meetings which are held every week in “season”, revert to a summer schedule – or every other week. Summer caravans also are not restricted to either east-end or west-end. When the traveling is easier, caravans are open to both islands. Upcoming caravans will be on the following Thursdays: May 4, May 18, and June 1, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Remodeling – Choosing/Replacing Windows – The meeting speakers were affiliate member business partners, Jeff Carroll with Tradewinds Custom Homes and Arthur Monahan with Seacoast Cottage Company. They each provided a short presentation on choosing/replacing/remodeling windows.

With most island owners buying for vacations, investment, or a 2nd or 3rd home, Jeff mentioned that he often hears new consumers, unfamiliar with Florida construction, say that they don’t really need good windows down here because “it’s not that cold”. He said, what they don’t yet realize is that “it is that hot”.

He also remarked that many buyers, new to the area will say that they expect to have their windows closed for just a couple of months each year, when in reality, he said that most will find out that they will only keep their windows open for eight to ten weeks, at best.

Art offered a hand-out with the following issues to consider when considering windows:

  • Insurance
  • Building Code (energy efficiency, turtle-friendly, 50% rule on remodels)
  • Cost (style, size, coatings, frames, manufacturers)

Here is some other info from his handout.

“Manufacturers:

  • PGT                 $
  • CGI                  $$
  • Anderson       $$$
  • Pella                $$$$

“With window frame types, always consider the warranty period when making a decision about frame type:

  • Aluminum or metal – Although very strong, light, and almost maintenance free, metal or aluminum or metal frames conduct heat very rapidly, which makes metal a very pool insulating material. To reduce heat flow and the U-factor, metal frames should have a thermal break – an insulating plastic strip placed between the inside and outside of the frame and sash.
  • Composite – Composite window frames consist of composite wood products, such as particleboard and laminated strand lumber. These composites are very stable, they have the same or better structural and thermal properties as conventional wood, and they have better moisture and decay resistance.
  • Fiberglass – Fiberglass window frames are dimensionally stable and have air cavities that can be filled with insulation giving them superior thermal performance compared to wood or uninsulated vinyl.
  • Vinyl – Vinyl window frames are usually made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with ultraviolet light (UV) stabilizers to keep sunlight from breaking down the material. Vinyl window frames do not require painting and have good moisture resistance. The hallow cavities of vinyl frames can be filled with insulation, which makes them thermally superior to standard vinyl and wood frames.
  • Wood – Wood window frames insulated relatively well, but they also expand and contract in response to weather conditions. Wood frames also require regular maintenance, although aluminum or vinyl cladding reduces maintenance requirements.

“Glass types include:

  • Heat-absorbing tints
  • Insulated (which have less tendency toward condensation & the resultant growth of mold & mildew)
  • Reflective coatings (allow for “turtle friendliness”)
  • Spectrally selective coatings.

“Window styles include:

  • Casement – One-hinged sash that swings outward from the side.
  • Awning: One sash that hinges from the top to the outside
  • Double-Hung – Two sashes that slide vertically to open shut or position to provide more efficient ventilation. Raise the lower sash to allow in a cool breeze. Lower the upper sash to pull hot air from the ceiling outside.
  • Single-Hung – Looks like a double-hung window, but only the bottom sash slides vertically to open and shut.
  • Sliding — One fixed and one moveable sash that slides open or shut horizontally – ideal for difficult to reach areas.
  • Bay & Bow – Angled or curved combination of windows that extend outward to maximize view.

“Art further described casement windows as the best and that new windows should provide 60% energy efficiency.”

For further info:

Jeff Carroll with Tradewinds Custom Homes – www.TradewindsHomes.com

Art Monahan with Seacoast Cottage Company – www.SeacoastCottageCompany.com

FREE Summer Programs at J. N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge

ding darling goose logoWith season winding down, summer events are being announced. Here’s a summary of the summer programming being offered at the Wildlife Refuge from June 2 through August 5, made possible by support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society as reported in their spring newsletter. They are “offered weekly, with no pre-registration necessary.

  • Reading at the Refuge – every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Attendees at each 45-minute reading and crafts session learn about a Refuge animal and make a take-home craft related to it. Meet at the Visitor & Education Center Classroom.
  • Indigo Trail Hike – every Thursday at 10 a.m. Join Refuge naturalists as they lead a one-hour tour to the Wildlife Education Board to identify and discuss the ecosystem’s plants, mammals, birds, and reptiles – fun for adults and children alike. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center.
  • Family Beach Walk – every Friday at 9 a.m. The one-hour program convenes at Gulfside Park to explore the Refuge’s gulf-front Perry Tract. City parking fees apply. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray.
  • Wildlife Wonders – every Saturday at 11 a.m. Refuge education staff lead this 30-minute indoor program about the mysteries of manatees, alligators, crocodiles, and birds. Held in the Visitor & Education Center auditorium.”

tarpon bay explorers logoTarpon Bay Explorers Schedule

  • Tram Tours of Wildlife Drive  – April: Mon-Thurs: hourly 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.; May & June:     Mon-Thurs: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., & 4 p.m.
  • Kayak Trail Tour (any & all times substituted with low tide paddle when trail not accessible) – April: Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.; May & June: Mon-Fri: 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Sat & Sun: 10 a.m.
  • Sunset Rookery Paddle (2 hours prior to sunset) – April: Daily; May & June: Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat or Sun.
  • Breakfast CruiseMon, Wed, Fri at 8:30 a.m.
  • Standup Paddleboard Tour (all at 9 a.m.) – April: Mon-Sat; May & June: Tues, Thurs, Sat.
  • Nature & Sea Life CruiseDaily at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
  • Evening CruiseDaily 2 hours prior to sunset.
  • Aquarium & Touch TankDaily at 3 p.m.
  • Rentals & Fishing ChartersDaily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Most Consumers Are Wrong About Home Insurance

realtor logoA “Daily Real Estate News” article published earlier this month and posted on Realtor® Mag News says:

“Fifty-six percent of consumers recently surveyed believe that a standard homeowner’s policy covers flood damage. But they’re mistaken, and their assumption could be a costly mistake.

“A survey by InsuranceQuotes of about 1,000 consumers shows a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to home insurance and what’s covered and what’s not.

“”Being misinformed about your home policy can be an extremely expensive mistake—especially when a few inches of water in a 1,000 square-foot home can easily cost over $10,000 in repairs,” says Laura Adams, senior insurance analyst at InsuranceQuotes. “There are a number of widespread myths ranging from coverage for dog bites to items stolen from your car that frequently trip up policyholders.”

“Consumers tend to overestimate the amount of coverage they have when it comes to flooding protection, according to the study. Further, 81% of survey respondents knew that valuables stolen from their home were covered under most standard homeowner’s policies, yet only 28% knew that renter’s insurance would cover valuables stolen from their cars.

““It’s critical for consumers to thoroughly explore their options and really understand the protections that are included or excluded with a standard renter’s or home insurance policy,” says Adams. “Don’t wait until right before a big storm is headed your way to get coverage because there may be a waiting period.”

“Flood insurance is particularly a hot topic to address with clients lately. The National Association of REALTORS® has been warning its members about the threats to homeowners and property sales when the National Flood Insurance Program expires on Sept. 30. Policymakers in more than 22,000 communities nationwide rely on NFIP to protect them from flood risks, like torrential rain, swollen rivers and lakes, snow melt, failing infrastructure, and storm surges and hurricanes.

““When the NFIP expired in 2010, over 1,300 home sales were disrupted every day as a result,” NAR President William E. Brown recently said in a statement. “That’s over 40,000 every month. Flood insurance is required for a mortgage in the 100-year floodplain, but without access to the NFIP, buyers simply couldn’t get a mortgage or vital protection from the number one cause of loss of property and life, flooding.”

“The National Association of REALTORS® is working with lawmakers to strengthen the program and also create a path for a private market to take hold ahead of the Sept. 30 expiration.”

Milestone in Sanibel Sewer Expansion Project

Sewer signs Phase 4 Shannen HayesAs reported recently in several island papers, including the “The Santiva-Chronicle” write-up below and photo to the right:

“Sanibel has entered Phase 4 of its sewer expansion project on Woodring Road, the city announced on Monday, April 17.

“Phase 4 will connect 19 properties on Woodring Road. The work began Monday and the city said work will continue into the fall. During that time, the Bock Peace Park parking area at the north end of Dixie Beach Road will have very limited parking, the city said.

“Phase 4 also includes five properties on West Gulf Drive. When Phase 4 is complete, it will leave only 20 properties in four different areas of Sanibel to be connected in the final phase.

“Sanibel City Council approved Phase 4 in January, 2016 at a cost of about $1.2 million. “This is a milestone,” City Manager Judie Zimomra said to the City Council on Jan. 5, 2016. “Sanibel has invested more than $70 million on sanitary sewers island-wide. That’s a significant accomplishment on a barrier island. “We have put ourselves in position to do this and today we are glad to move into the final phase,” Zimomra said.

“The council had two options before it as to how property owners would be assessed. One was to split costs equally and the second was to put a $10,000 cap on assessments with the city picking up the balance. In its unanimous vote to move ahead with Phase IV, the council went with the $10,000-cap option.

““Sanibel needs to continue to walk the walk and talk the talk about the environment,” Mayor Kevin Ruane said. “Set the cap at $10,000. It’s important to finish what we started. We have the money in sewer reserves so we can do the projects as planned.”

“Many of the remaining unconnected properties are considered low-flow septic systems. They will be required to connect to the sewer systems when those septic systems fail.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity April 14-21, 2017

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Ibis at The Sanctuary #B201 2/2 $475K.

5 price changes: Tennisplace #A31 2/1.5 now $299K, Sunset South #10C 2/2 now $759K, Pointe Santo #C36 2/2 now $786K, Pointe Santo #D32 2/2 now $799K, Tanglewood #1A 3/2 now $1,039,999.

4 new sales: Seashells #3 2/2 listed at $399.4K, Blind Pass #F106 2/2 listed at $409K, Sundial East #L401 2/2 listed at $749K, Beachcomber #A102 2/2 listed at $1.445M (our seller).

1 closed sale: Loggerhead Cay #152 2/2 $860K.

HOMES

2 new listings: 714 Durion Ct 3/2 $619K, 1032 Lindgren Blvd 3/2.5 $895K.

6 price changes: 1817 Atlanta Plaza Dr 3/2 now $474.9K, 3364 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2 now $699K, 673 East Rocks Dr 3/2 now $848.8K, 2939 Wulfert Rd 5/5/2 now $1.595M, 267 Ferry Rd 3/2 now $1.895M, 1206 Bay Dr 4/4.5 now $3.777M.

9 new sales: 1602 Serenity Ln 4/2 listed at $477K, 1585 Serenity Ln 3/3 listed at $520K, 2154 Egret Cir 3/2 listed at $539K, 1429 Jamaica Dr 3/3 listed at $664.9K, 2629 Coconut Dr 2/3 listed at $765K, 755 Pen Shell Dr 3/2 listed at $879K, 941 Pecten Ct listed at $949K, 2451 Blind Pass Ct 4/4.5 listed at $1.899M, 4190 Dingman Dr 4/3.5 listed at $1.995M.

No closed sales.

LOTS

1 new listings: 2356 Wulfert Rd $189K.

No price changes or new sales.

2 closed sales: 5687 Baltusrol Ct $300K, 1048 Fish Crow Rd $375K.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Tennis Villas #3118 1/1 $255.5K.

No price changes.

1 new sale: Beach Homes #9 4/3.5 listed at $3.1M.

No closed sales.

HOMES

1 new listing: 15831 Captiva Dr 2/2.5 $5.25M.

No price changes.

1 new sale: 11520 Wightman Ln 3/2 listed at $2.495M.

No closed sales.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its 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 general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

Until next Friday, here’s hoping you have sunny days where you are too!

I had family in town over their Easter break. Here’s my great nephew, Caden, enjoying Sanibel beach!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

2017-04 Caden Beach

Good Friday 2017 on Sunny Sanibel Island


It’s Susan and The SanibelSusan Team reporting a fun week on the island with continuing reports of “where is the Vice President now” and beaches, bike paths, and roadways often busy with vacationing visitors and families.

Sanibel Captiva Association of Realtors®

sancap GO MLS logoThe local Association of Realtors® Caravan meeting yesterday was well attended. Not many sales were announced, but a few more price reductions, and new listings. With high season wrapping up, more sales closed this week, so below is another update based on today’s Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service data.  A report on the activity posted this week follows a few news items.

Sanibel Year-to-Date (1/1-4/14/17):

Condos – 41 sold/closed, 23 under contract, 108 for sale (average days-on-market = 209)

Homes – 64 sold/closed, 48 under contract, 186 for sale (average days-on-market = 180)

Lots – 12 sold/closed, 8 under contract, 64 for sale (average days-on-market = 390)

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

SanibelSusan Realty from Periwinkle WayWith the island busy, I put a condo under contract, accompanied a showing, was out showing homes two days, and have fielded many requests for listing info. Also, spent time negotiating a couple of offers – no official news yet to report – just that things are in the works.

Teammate Dave held Open Houses for three days at vacant condos. Attendance was sporadic, probably related to the wonderful weather here all week.VP

Where is Vice President Pence?

Spottings of Vice President Pence and his family vacationing this week were frequent and sometimes humorous. Our travel wasn’t affected much by their visit and we hope they had a terrific vacation.  Here is SanibelSusan’s version of the week’s events.

Saturday, when I left the island late afternoon to do a little shopping just off island, I noticed multiple sheriff vehicles at every intersection from Harbour Cottages to Kelly Greens. All were quietly waiting, except the unmarked vehicle with lights flashing at the McGregor Blvd/Summerlin Rd intersection. I also saw a few spectators in lawn chairs near the entrance to Mariner Pointe, so it appeared the Vice President was arriving soon.

He arrived by motorcade – about 20 vehicles – just after 5 p.m. The quiet motorcade turned up Dixie Beach Blvd which had the island abuzz about “where is he staying?”. Turns out, we later heard that he has been vacationing here for many years. This trip he stayed in a bayside home on San Carlos Bay Dr. Those living in the neighborhood confirmed Secret Service sightings and some of their boats and vehicles being searched – all very quietly and professionally.

Sunday, he and his wife attended the 8 a.m. service at Sanibel Community Church. Another parishioner who usually also attends that early service, said they must have known they were coming, as the choir performed and usually they are at the later services. Later Sunday, the Vice President and Mrs. Pence were spotted walking on the beach. That night, there were more sightings when they dined at The Timbers. You-know-who got his picture taken with him and word is that the photo was framed and on the wall that evening. A client, there at the same time, dining with family said the Secret Service agents were very nice.

Monday, Vice President Pence left the island early for a quick trip to DC for the swearing in of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. When I came back on island early Monday evening after another quick run overseas, I passed a large group of 15-20 Lee County sheriff motorcycles and cars leaving the island. I found out later that they had just been part of the VP’s escort back on island.

Tuesday dinner, photos were posted of them at Matzaluna Restaurant. (I wonder if Matt got another photo?)

Wednesday, while teammate Dave was holding an Open House at Lighthouse Point, he reported in that he spotted a group of what looked like Secret Service vehicles and bikers. Also on Wednesday, the Vice President was spotted walking on the beach and had his picture taken with a fisherman who had just spent 10+hours reeling in what he thought was a small shark, but turned out to be a rare huge saw-tooth fish, which was tagged and released. The below photos were taken by Dr. Paul & Lynn Collins. They didn’t get the Vice President, but they sure got some good shots of the action during the catch.

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Thursday, the motorcade was on the move again with reports of Mrs. Pence getting a manicure at Sanibel Beauty Salon and the Vice President getting a haircut. They were photographed later at dinner at The Mucky Duck. Rumor has it that the VP played golf and did a little fishing while here too.

They were to leave the island today and as Dave headed to the office this morning, he saw a group of bikers, then marked cars and sheriff vehicles at the intersections of Donax and Dixie Beach. The “Santiva Chronicle” just posted that they left the island just after 3 p.m.  Good that it was today, as tomorrow, the day before Easter, is traditionally the busiest day of the year on the island.

With more families and visitors arriving tomorrow and children’s Easter events from Sanibel City Park to the Sanibel Community Church and then Island Inn, traffic may be challenging. A good day to watch the Sanibel traffic cameras at http://www.mysanibel.us/traffic/ or go to the App Store and get the free app.

Good News About Florida Senate Bill 10

florida senateIt was great to hear on Wednesday that the Florida Senate took action to protect Florida’s unique waterways by passing SB 10. This legislation will accelerate the process of building a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. Scientists have determined that increased storage, treatment and conveyance of water south of Lake O are essential to stop the damaging discharges to the coastal estuaries.

The passage of this bill is a huge step, but the fight is far from over. Next stop is the Florida House of Representatives. If you want to stay attuned to what is happening in Tallahassee follow the news at www.NowOrNeverglades.com or at the 2017 Legislative Session Tracker at www.sccf.org

Happy Easter

Since I posted details of the holiday happenings in last week’s blog, I won’t include them again, but send best wishes to you from all of us on The SanibelSusan Team for a great weekend.

More summer-like weather is expected here (mid-80’s in temperatures), with sparkling Gulf water too.

sanibel beach

Here is another photo taken this week by the Collins, this time at “Ding” Darling. The brilliant pink makes me think of spring and Easter! Thanks again for sharing, Paul and Lynn!

Paul collins roseate 04-13-14

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity April 7-14, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

2 new listings: Seashells #6 2/2 $395K, Pointe Santo #B26 2/2 $759.9K.

8 price changes: Tennisplace #C21 2/1.5 now $339,555; Seashells #3 2/2 now $399.4K; Blind Pass #F106 2/2 now $409K; Donax Village #3 2/2 now $448K; Lighthouse Point #217 3/2 now $510K; Sunset South #2A 2/2 now $699K; Sanctuary Golf Villages I #5 2/2.5 now $699K; Royale Tern #103 3/3.5 now $1.75M.

3 new sales: Ibis at The Sanctuary #B302 2/2 listed at $498.5K (our buyer), Sanctuary Golf Villages I #6 3/3 listed at $939K, Tamarind #A102 2/2 listed at $1.595M.

6 closed sales: Sundial West #C406 1/1 $416K, Villa Sanibel #3D 2/2 $599K, Heron at The Sanctuary #1B 3/2.5 $610K, Compass Point #222 2/2 $650K, Bayview Village #1A 3/3 $782.8K, Sanddollar #B204 2/2 $859K.

HOMES

8 new listings: 9292 Kincaid Ct 3/2 $549K, 241 Violet Dr 3/2.5 $775K, Moonshadows #F2 3/3 $919K, 655 Anchor Dr 3/3 $950K, 5402 Osprey Ct 4/3 $1.095M, 1340 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 $1.1M, 3832 Coquina Dr 3/4 $1.299M, 1137 Golden Olive Ct 5/3.5 $1.9M.

11 price changes: 1747 Serenity Ln 3/2 now $494K, 5305 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 now $579K, 5105 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 4/3 now $624.9K, 1429 Jamaica Dr 3/3 now $664.9K, 998 Fish Crow Rd 3/2 now $679K, 1183 Kittiwake Cir 3/2 now $849K, 698 Spartina Ct 3/2 now $849.9K, 2628 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.839M, 1238 Isabel Dr 5/3/2 now $3.399M, 3547 West Gulf Dr 4/4 now $4.495M.

7 new sales: 1862 Farm Trl 3/2 listed at $675K, 3152 Twin Lakes Ln 3/3 listed at $697K, 5126 Joewood Dr 3/2 listed at $735K, 408 Bella Vista Way 4/4 listed at $1.595M, 1757 Venus Dr 4/2.5 listed at $1.899M, 4117 West Gulf Dr 5/6 listed at $5.799M, 3577 West Gulf Dr 4/4/2 listed at $7.595M.

5 closed sales: 1073 Fish Crow Rd 3/2.5 $685K, 743 Elinor Way 3/2 $685K, 2459 Harbour Ln 3/3.5 $777K, 935 Lindgren Blvd 3/2 $969K, 6129 Starling Way 3/2.5 $1.225M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 2307 Wulfert Rd $259K.

3 price changes: 540 East Lake Rd now $179K, 6519 Pine Ave now $829K, 6505 Pine Ave now $829K.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 1329 Par View Dr $307.5K.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: Beach Villas #2422 1/1 listed at $519K.

1 closed sale: Sunset Beach Villas #2333 3/2 $755K.

HOMES

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: 11539 Wightman Ln 2/2 $1.4995M.

LOTS

Nothing to report

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its 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 general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

happy-easter4Happy Easter! from Susan Andrews (aka SanibelSusan)

Little April Shower on Otherwise-Sunny Sanibel


Lighthouse 04-2017.jpg

It is SanibelSusan reporting the end of another week of fabulous weather and busy roadways on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Yesterday, the area had just a little, but much-needed, rain in advance of a breezy cool front. Today and tomorrow, it is expected to be only in the mid-70’s. The forecast says it will be back to bright sunny days and temperatures in the high-70’s low-80’s right through Easter weekend, when the islands are expected to be even more packed with vacationing families. (Lee County Schools are off next week, too.)

SanibelSusan Realty

Sanibelsusan LogoHere at SanibelSusan Realty our listings had good showings this week. We had another nice closing yesterday (they all are nice) and I showed property over the weekend which resulted in an offer. Teammate Dave held Open Houses for the better part of two days and has been opening listings for showings too. Elise’s weekly report of the activity posted in the Sanibel/Captiva Multiple Listing Service, follows a few news items below.

Upcoming Spring Events

childrens ctrSaturday, Apr 15, 9 to 11 a.m. – 23rd Annual Spring Festival – at Sanibel Community Park (across from SanibelSusan Realty), sponsored by The Children’s Education Center of the Islands. A free Easter egg hunt for children by age group, begins at 9 a.m., followed by games, contests, crafts, rides, silent auction & more. A $10 armband allows a child unlimited fun in all activities. Proceeds will benefit the educational center’s scholarship fund and capital improvements.

Easter Basket No WordsSaturday, Apr 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Sanibel Community Church Easter Egg Hunt – This year, the theme is Family Challenge. Huge board games will be set up. Families can play to win a Family Easter Basket so share. Also, preschool games, bounce house, cake walk, outdoor games, free lunch, and thousands of eggs to find for prizes.

SpringSaturday, Apr 15, 1 p.m. – 6th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza – at Island Inn with face painting & balloon animals, live mollusk touch tank, miniature & trick pony rides, Trouper the blind racoon, green screen photo booth, appearance from the Easter Bunny, & beach-front Easter egg hunt with $200 in golden eggs (for children under 12).

Sunday, Apr 16, 6:30 a.m. – Easter Sunrise Service on the Causeway (by Sanibel Community Church).

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Pickleball Courts Now Open at Sundial

The largest pickle board facility in the area is now open at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. With twelve Plexi-cushion courts and stadium seating, resort guests received complimentary court access and equipment rentals. Lessons and clinics are offered by an IPTPA certified resident pro. Memberships and daily passes are available to island visitors and residents.  More info at www.sundialresort.com/play or phone 888-889-5410.

pickleballWondering what pickleball is? Known here are the up-&-coming sport for baby boomers, here’s Wikipedia’s definition: “Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid-1960s as a children’s backyard pastime but has become popular among adults as well.”

Federal Flood Maps

femaYou may remember that a few weeks ago, I mentioned that a gulf-front condominium complex near where I live had their Federal Flood Zone changed from the high-risk “V” velocity zone to the “A” zone.

On much of the island, any building located in a V or A zone is considered in a Special Flood Hazard Area that is lower than the Base Flood Elevation. The exact zone affects insurance costs so a change out of the “V” zone usually is a big deal.

Teammate Dave watches for flood zone revisions and pointed out last week that my area of Anchor Drive on Sanibel’s east end recently (on March 22) was issued a Letter of Map Revision which like the condo, moves it from Zone VE to Zone AE.

If you are wondering about a specific property and the zone. Here’s a link to the Federal Flood Maps. Just enter the address.

Resort & 2nd Home Market

Florida Realtors logoI am continually updating the class I teach each summer at the local Association of Realtors®. Here are a few changes I added this week.

“While the market may not be as robust as in previous years, Florida is still the No. 1 state for foreign buyers, according to the 2016 “Profile of International Home Buyers in Florida”, prepared for Florida Realtors® by the Research Division, National Association of Realtors®.

“Last year, says the study, the state drew 22% of the nation’s international residential market. And Florida is starting to look more attractive to foreign buyers from countries that don’t traditionally invest here.

“There are several trends that could impact sales, including government regulations in China, the value of the British pound, and political turmoil in Venezuela.

“It’s not just overseas issues that are in play: U.S. immigration policies, new air service, commercial investment opportunities, and residential developments also could affect decisions by international buyers and sellers – both positively and negatively. For instance, Emirates, the airline based in Dubai, launched daily flights between Dubai and Orlando in 2015 and added service to Fort Lauderdale last December. This could make the state more appealing to Mideast buyers.”

From “Florida Realtor”, the global edition, from the 2016 profile of international buyers in Florida, “Just the Global Facts”:

  • “Foreign buyer purchases of Florida residential properties decreased to $19.5 billion ($23.7 billion in 2015). This accounted for 19% of Florida’s residential dollar volume of sales (24% in 2015).
  • Foreign buyers purchased 47,000 residential properties (44,000 in 2015), which made up 12% of Florida’s residential market (12% in 2015 too.)
  • The average price of foreign buyer purchases declined to $412,000 in 2016 compared to $539,000 in 2015.
  • Latin American & Caribbean buyers accounted for the largest fraction of foreign buyers at 39%.
  • The top five countries of origin by dollar volume were Canada ($3.0 billion), Brazil ($2.8 billion), Venezuela ($1.5 billion), the United Kingdom ($1.4 billion) and Argentina ($1.4 billion).
  • The number of buyers from Venezuela declined significantly (18% in 2015, 8% in 2016), while the share of buyers from Canada increased (11% in 2015, 19% in 2016).
  • Foreign buyers purchased property across Florida, but they were concentrated in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area (52%), Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area (12%), and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area (8%).
  • 52% of foreign buyers bought a townhouse or condominium.”

Why Can’t Lawyers Give a Straight Answer?

justiceThe title of this article posted on line this week at “FloridaRealtors.org” caught my eye. Written by Joel Maxon, Director of Florida Realtors® Legal Services, it makes some good points.

Question: Why do lawyers pepper their conversations with words like maybe, probably and possibly, when I ask about an active legal dispute? It seems like lawyers don’t like straight answers. I just want to know which side is right and which side is wrong!

Answer: There’s an old lawyer’s adage that goes something like this: When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When the law is on your side, pound the law. When neither is on your side, pound the table.

“In other words, a lawyer can almost always make multiple arguments on either side after hearing a set of facts. It’s just a question of how strong those arguments would be if the lawyer had to make them in a court of law. Trying to guess which side will win a case (though most cases settle before trial) has more in common with predicting the winner of a soccer match than answering a true or false question.

“How does this relate to the Florida Realtors Legal Hotline? If you’re asking who will win a contested legal battle based on a brief phone conversation, there’s a very good chance you’ll be disappointed when the lawyer is unwilling or unable to give an answer. We might be able to shed some insight on the world of contested litigation, but litigation is measured one step at a time in a move/counter system.

“If one party has decided to litigate, the factors below are often vital to understand – and they’re often more important than which side has better facts or stronger laws on their side:

  • How much money are the parties fighting over?
  • Which party is more stubborn?
  • Which party has more resources?
  • How skillful is each party’s lawyer?
  • Who will pay the cost of litigation?
  • How will the dispute be resolved – mediation, arbitration, litigation or some other forum?
  • What is the judge, jury or other decision maker like?
  • Is there a time when one side will give up – a month, a year, a decade?
  • Is there a time when the cost of litigation will cause one side to give up, such as $1,000 in attorney fees and costs, $10,000, or $100,000?
  • What procedural rules impact the case, such as a statute of limitations or specific venue where the lawsuit must be filed?

“Keep in mind that the parties are always welcome to settle the matter by agreeing to some sort of compromise, and you’re welcome to help with the settlement discussions. You even have a release and cancellation form available if the parties successfully resolve the dispute through conversation.

“However, avoid giving legal advice while you do so, and don’t volunteer phrases like “you have a strong case,” or “you are clearly in default,” even if the party you’re working with wants you to give legal advice.

It’s up to the parties to evaluate the strength of their case and decide whether to settle the matter through discussion or have their case heard by a third party, such as a court. If they choose the latter route, they must either represent themselves or hire a lawyer – and they would be well advised to think about questions like the ones above before they decide to litigate.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity March 31 – April 7, 2017

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Loggerhead Cay #463 2/2 $529K, Tarpon Beach #103 2/2 $799K, Shorewood #2D 3/2 $1.1M, High Tide #C201 2/2 $1.145M.

9 price changes: Tennisplace #E33 2/1.5 now $306K, Mariner Pointe #1412 1/1 now $334K, Seashells #38 2/2 now $363K, Seashells #11 2/2 now $393K, Sundial West #H209 1/1 now $429K, Mariner Pointe #712 2/2.5 now $463.5K, Sanibel Inn #3512 2/2 now $649K, Pointe Santo #B25 2/2 now $749K, High Tide #C101 2/2 now $1.095M.

5 new sales: Loggerhead Cay #443 2/2 listed at $549K, Sandy Bend #5 2/2 listed at $749.9K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #5-2 3/3 listed at $789K, Loggerhead Cay #103 2/2 listed at $999K, Sundial East #T306 3/2 listed at $1.395M.

5 closed sales: Loggerhead Cay #253 2/2 $480K, Sundial East #O401 2/2 $675K, Nutmeg Village #303 2/2 $765K (our listing), Kings Crown #211 3/2 $828K, Somerset #A302 3/2.5 $1.85M.

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View from Nutmeg Village #303, just sold!

 

HOMES

3 new listings: 1317 Par View Dr 3/3 $649K, 587 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 $685K, 4257 West Gulf Dr 5/4.5 $4.95M.

14 price changes: 5292 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 now $599K, 5297 Punta Caloosa Ct 3/2 now $625K, 5105 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 4/3 now $639K, 3784 Coquina Dr 4/2 now $659.95K, 1295 Par View Dr 3/2 now $675K, 601 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 now $687K, 1710 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 now $689K, 1717 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 now $689K, 1656 Middle Gulf Dr 3/4 now $1.15M, 1426 Causey Ct 3/2.5 now $1.349M, 769 Pyrula Ave 3/3.5 now $1.35M, 2451 Blind Pass Ct 4/4.5 now $1.899M, 1528 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/3 now $1.995M, 514 Kinzie Island Ct 4/5 now $2.195M.

4 new sales: 2507 Blind Pass Ct 3/3 listed at $1.495M; 4428 Waters Edge Ln 3/2.5 listed at $1,149,999; 6192 Henderson Rd 4/4 listed at $1,999,999; 3869 West Gulf Dr 6/7/2 listed at $8.975M.

7 closed sales: 984 Greenwood Ct 3/2 half-duplex 3/2 $455K, 1386 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $770K, 1683 Bunting Ln 3/3 $730K, 608 Boulder Dr 3/3 $830K, 1146 Buttonwood Ln 3/3 $945K, 3944 West Gulf Dr 3/3 $1.05M, 2143 Starfish Ln 3/3.5 $1.375M.

LOTS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 9066 Mockingbird Ln listed at $380K.

1 closed sale: 2626 Coconut Rd $225K.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

1 price change: Beach Villas #2525 2/2 now $639K.

1 new sale: Sunset Beach Villas #2324 2/2 listed at $625K.

4 closed sales: Tennis Villas #3111 1/1 $248K, Bayside Villas #5204 1/2 $310K, Tennis Villas #3131 2/2 $405K, Marina Villas #908 2/2 $781K.

HOMES

No new listings.

2 price changes: 14980 Binder Dr 4/3 now $1.248M, 14860 Mango Ct 5/4 now $1.995M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 16910 Captiva Dr 4/4 $4M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its 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 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, below is a photo taken Sunday night (April 3)  from Redfish Pass aboard the Lady Chadwick’s sunset cruise, overlooking the gulf.  North Captiva is on the right.

Looking to take one of these cruises yourself? They sail out of McCarthy’s Marina. More info at CaptivaCruises.com

Enjoy your weekend!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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Almost April & the islands are busy


It’s SanibelSusan and team reporting that the island is hopping with lots more families/spring breakers here this week. It was sunny and summer-like right through yesterday with temperatures into the low-80’s.

The below photos were taken yesterday by local fishing guide, Paul Primeaux. To see these gorgeous turquoise waters yourself and probably catch a few fish too, contact him directly at www.captivaguide.com.

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water Paul 03-30-17

Today is overcast with a few showers expected – so far, just a few sprinkles.

Teammate Dave had a few lookers during another Open House on Wednesday. I have been out showing property at The Sanctuary and will be again later this afternoon. Earlier in the week, Dave and Lisa finalized an off-island sale which came from an island referral. We love those.

Association of Realtors® Thursday Caravan

Sanibel realtors logoIt was another quick, but busy meeting at the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® weekly caravan meeting yesterday. I was happy to be one of the sale announcements (our condo listing at Coquina Beach). Also, we already have had good results from announcing a price reduction at Beachcomber #A102. Can’t beat that gulf-front location for $1.445M (photos below)

Again, lots of price reductions were announced: 18 Sanibel homes and four condos. A report of the week’s status changes in the Sanibel-Captiva Multiple Listing Service follows a few news items below.

Sanibel Public Library – Year in Review

sanibel libraryI bet the Sanibel Library won’t mind if I repeat a few tidbits that I enjoyed from their last mail-out. Always good to get a reminder about what is offered here. It also is a great place to park Sunday mornings for Farmers’ Market.

Library cards are available to all residents of Sanibel and Lee County, FL, at no charge.

Visitor cards are available for a $10 fee and are good for one year.

Here are the Sanibel Library’s state rankings:

  • #1 for Material Available Per Capita (books, movies, music, magazines)
  • #2 for Circulation Per Borrower
  • #2 for Program Attendance Per Capita
  • #2 for Public Computers Available Per 1,000
  • #3 for Library Visits Per Capita.

Sanibel Public Library also was awarded Trip Advisor “Certificate of Excellence” awards for 2014, 2015, 2016 and Library Journal’s national “Star Library” award in 2010, 2011, 2016.

In addition to books, the Library has more than 8,000 DVD’s, 200 different magazine and newspaper subscriptions, more than 50 eMagazine subscriptions are available for download with the Zinio app.

Since eShelf inception in 2010, 43,000 eBooks have been downloaded via OverDrive including 9,000 audiobooks. Thousands of 3Books, movies, audiobooks, and TV shows, as well as music, are available via the Hoopla app.

Rising Rates, Rising Sales

NAR gray-logoGood article by Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist, in the March/April 2017 issue of “Realtor®” magazine:

“Interest rates are rising, but there’s no need to panic. In the past, for each 10-basis-point increase in mortgage rates, home sales declined by around 35,000 on a national basis. Since the presidential election, mortgage interest rates have risen by 70 basis points, from an average of 3.5% to 4.2%.

“If rising interest rates are accompanied by a strengthening labor market with higher wages, the economy will be fine. At least 2 million net new jobs are forecast for this year, and that is the reason we anticipate home sales will squeak out a modest gain over 2016. If mortgage underwriting standards normalize even modestly from the excessively stringent conditions of the past few years, such as through reduced FHA insurance premiums or lower guarantee fees on loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, then sales could be even better.

“Some analysis might say higher interest rates are not due to improved long-term economic prospects but to a steep increase in future budget deficits as tax revenue falls and spending increases. If that’s the case, the economic boost will be short-lived, harming home sales in the future.

“Which will it be? The task for us is to see how federal policies affect the dynamism in the economy. Fewer regulations will likely encourage entrepreneurs to introduce new products and services. However, if the government instead emphasizes protection of exiting companies, then economic growth could suffer.

“NAR’s survey of commercial members fortunately indicates that openings of small businesses have surpassed closings in recent months. That is a good sign, and some of those small businesses could well become the next Apple, Facebook, or Google. Let the economy work it’s magic.”

Upcoming Events

Captiva-Cruises-LogoSunset Sing Cruise – The Sanibel BIG ARTS Ensemble (30 members) is singing aboard Captiva Cruises sunset cruise on Sunday, April 2. This alto is part of the entertainment. A few tickets still are available (call 472-5100 or online at www.captivacruises.com.)

SCCF logoSCCF’s Beer in the Bushes – Saturday, April 15, 6 to 10 p.m. Beer in the Bushes has become the unofficial End-of-Season Party. Guests will enjoy a fun evening on the grounds of SCCF’s Nature Center in support of SCCF’s mission of conserving local coastal habitats and aquatic resources. This event is 21+, rain or shine. It includes new craft beer tastings, great food, world-class music, and just a chance to catch up with fellow islanders. This is the first time the event has had a Gold Record Award-wining group performing. The headliner is “G. Love & Special Sauce” which is known for their unique and laid-back music covering classical R&B and hip-hop sounds. More info at www.sccf.org or tickets online at www.sccfbeer.eventbrite.com.

Pine Island Sound Cruise – On the cusp of Earth Day, Friday April 21, SCCF is teaming up with Captiva Cruises and author Denege Patterson for a cruise through the islands of Pine Island Sound. Climbing aboard Captiva Cruises regularly scheduled lunch trip to Cabbage Key and Useppa, guests hear a narration by Denege who has spent over five years studying the geology and archeology of over 20 islands. (See above for ticket info.)

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity March 24-31, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

2 new listings: Sanctuary Golf Villages I #3-3 2/2.5 $699K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #6 3/3 $939K.

4 price changes: Tennisplace #C21 2/1.5 now $349,555; Kings Crown #106 2/2 now $849K; Pine Cove #102 3/2 now $1.347M; Beachcomber #A102 2/2 now $1.445M (our listing).

4 new sales: Coquina Beach #3G 2/2 listed at $499K (our listing), Kings Crown #106 2/2 listed at $849K, Loggerhead Cay #152 2/2 listed at $899K, Somerset #E202 3/2.5 listed at $1.649M.

4 closed sales: Sundial West #G307 1/1 $400K, Sundial West #I303 1/1 $445K, Sanibel Moorings #841 2/2 $449K, Heron at The Sanctuary III #1B 3/2.5 $600K.

HOMES

5 new listings: 1747 Serenity Ln 3/2 $499K, 471 Las Tiendas Ln 3/2 $749K, 1183 Kittiwake Cir 3/2 $889K, 673 East Rocks Dr 3/2 $898K, 1426 Causey Ct 3/2.5 $1.399M.

18 price changes: 1029 Dixie Beach Blvd 2/2 now $439.9K, 3021 Singing Wind Dr 3/2 now $518K, 1585 Serenity Ln 3/3 now $520K, 1212 Par View Dr 2/2 now $589K, 9446 Yucca Ct 3/2 now $589K, 1426 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $615K, 1020 White Ibis Dr 3/3 now $719K, 1315 Par View Dr 3/2 now $729K, 5126 Joewood Dr 3/2 now $735K, 1425 Causey Ct 4/3 now $779K, 5240 Caloosa End Ln 3/3 now $949.9K, 1114 Captains Walk St 3/3 now $955K, 1126 Harbour Cottage Ct 3/2 now $1.445M, 687 Anchor Dr 4/3 now $1.495M, 1743 Venus Dr 4/3.5 now $1.699M, 4190 Dingman Dr 4/3.5 now $1.995M, 1149 Paper Fig Ct 4/3 now $2.439M, 4731 Rue Belle Mer 3/3 now $2.5M.

12 new sales: 6471 Pine Ave 2/2 listed at $529K, 4619 Brainard Bayou Rd 3/2 listed at $549.9K, 1895 Farm Trl 3/2 listed at $615K, 1114 Sabal St 2/2 listed at $675K, 1210 Par View Dr 4/2 listed at $695K, 3359 Barra Cir 3/3 listed at $789K, 276 Ferry Landing Dr 4/3 listed at $899.9K, 1030 Kings Crown Dr 2/2 listed at $929K, 863 Lindgren Blvd 3/2 listed at $979K, 1035 Kings Crown Dr 3/2 listed at $1.15M, 5838 Pine Tree Dr 3/3 listed at $1.295M, 615 Lighthouse Way 3/3.5 listed at $2.345M.

3 closed sales: 1746 Windward Way 3/2 $530K, 671 Rabbit Rd 3/2 $620K, 2920 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $910K.

LOTS

2 new listings: 667 Birdie View Pt $349.9K, 2987 Wulfert Rd $450K.

No price changes.

2 new sales: 5121 Sanibel-Captiva Rd listed at $197,555; 5687 Baltusrol Ct listed at $315K.

No closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

2 price changes: Beach Villas #2422 1/1 now $519K, Lands End Village #1665 2/2 now $1.015M.

No new or closed sales.

HOMES

1 new listing: 16596 Captiva Dr 6/5/2 $8.25M.

No price changes.

1 new sale: 1119 Schefflera Ct 4/3.5 listed at $4.695M.

1 closed sale: 13500 Palmflower Ln 4/4 $1.82M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its 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 general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

april fools.gifUntil next Friday, don’t be fooled tomorrow… it’s already spring!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Best Weather – Here on Sanibel Island


It’s SanibelSusan wondering where March has gone? The last high season days are flying by, as the islands remain busy, with the bike paths and beaches as active as the restaurants, shops, and roadways.

Teammate Dave and I have both been out showing this week and he also hosted two busy Open Houses. Below are a few news items, followed by the activity posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service.

First here’s a photo taken from the Sanibel Harbour Princess last Sunday night during their sunset dinner cruise of the Sanibel Lighthouse and fishing pier.

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Island Weather – We Need Rain

Forecast 03-24-17Recent summer-like weather, makes for happy visitors/vacationers. More sunny days with temperatures in the high 70’s forecast through next week (screen shot from my cell phone last night at right).

There may be no prescribed burns on Sanibel this year. Since last fall, when Southwest Florida typically receives 10 to 11 inches of rain, only two have been recorded.

An article in this week’s “Islander” quoted the area’s Fire Zone Management Officer as saying, “We already are at a deficit since the beginning of November. We haven’t been this dry since 1958. This year is kind of lining up right now like it did in ’98 when Florida was on fire from one end to the other… If we find an opportunity when we can conduct a burn like this (a controlled burn) we will get it taken care of, but at the same time we are not going to make any decision to risk safety of our firefighters or the community just to get it done.”

Yesterday, right after I typed the above paragraph, the lightning alarm went off at Sanibel Community Park across the street from the office and a short afternoon shower followed. It probably was not enough to change what was reported above, but it was interesting today to read the “Island Sun” where it says “Four Locations Targeted for Prescribed Burns”. It further describes that ‘given the excessively dry conditions, …the prescribed burns for 2017 may never happen.”

This is a topic worth following. The good news is plenty of notice is given before a prescribed burn (which is a method for reducing the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires and to help preserve the natural ecology of an area). The four areas identified for the possible burns this year are listed below. They were looking to start the week after Easter, but that will be revaluated based on conditions.

  • Botanical Site (in J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Frannie’s Preserve/Johnson Tract (SCCF)
  • Sanibel Gardens Preserve (City of Sanibel/SCCF)
  • North Center Tract (SCCF).

Thursday Caravan Meeting – Sanibel/Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

It was another heavily attended Caravan Meeting yesterday at the local Association of Realtors®. A little surprising that not more sales were announced. Also, unusual that many new listings continue to come on the market. That is not the norm this time of the year. Many are related to owners making life changes – some to retirement communities, others scaling-up or scaling-down – some snowbirds enjoying their last winter here.

Here is a quick inventory summary. Don’t let anyone tell you inventory is down. It continually fluctuates and is up again, with better than a year’s worth of inventory in most property types.

SANIBEL

Condos – 110 for sale – 26 under contract – 25 sold/closed in 2017 thru 3/24 – 143 sold/closed last year

Homes – 196 for sale – 39 under contract – 49 sold/closed in 2017 thru 3/24 – 181 sold/closed last year

Lots – 66 for sale – 7 under contract – 10 sold/closed in 2017 thru 3/24 – 25 sold/closed last year

CAPTIVA

Condos – 33 for sale – 6 under contract – 7 sold/closed in 2017 thru 3/24 – 22 sold/closed last year

Homes – 38 for sale – 8 under contract – 5 sold/closed in 2017 thru 3/24– 27 sold/closed last year

Lots – 1 for sale – 1 under contract – 1 sold/closed in 2017 thru 3/24 – 2 sold/closed last year

Upcoming Events

Sanibel Fire Dept Open House – Tomorrow, Sat, March 25 – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station #171, 2351 Palm Ridge Rd. Free station and equipment tours, plus games and food. Also participating are: Lee County EMS, Lee County Sheriff Office, “Ding” Darling, CROW, Sanibel Serats, U.S. Coast Guard, Lee Flight, and a special appearance from Star Wars R2D2. Parking available at the Center 4 Life.

Seahorse Festival – Tomorrow, Sat, March 25 – from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sanibel School. This annual PTA fundraiser will feature inflatable rides, rock climbing wall, bungee jump, games, face painting, entertainment by students, silent auction, plus food and beverages.

ChorusPoster_2017-02-22BIG ARTS Community Chorus Spring Concerts – Tues and Thurs, March 28 and 30 at 7 p.m. at Schein Performance Hall. The Community Chorus is celebrating 10 years of leadership under the direction of Steve Cramer who is retiring this year. The concert includes a collection of excerpts from favorite pieces and a few new numbers too.

SanibelSusan sings with the altos in the general chorus and in the smaller ensemble too. Concerts usually sell-out, so be sure to get tickets in advance at the BIG ARTS Box Office open Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or on-line at www.bigarts.org .

Sanibel Heritage Trail (historical village pix)Historical Village Twilight Talk – Sanibel Heritage Trail – Mon, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House. This event will reveal details about the new Sanibel Heritage Trail which is expected to be completed this spring. It will have 21 outdoor reader panels along the mixed-use path, a free map-guide, a web page, and a cell phone app. (See map showing trail at right.) The evening program will include a presentation by the Sanibel Planning Department, followed by the Heritage Trail Coordinator, then a panel of long-time islanders will share their personal behind-the-scenes experiences from decades of living Sanibel’s history. Make reservations by calling the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village at 472-4648 or email info@sanibelmuseum.com.

Commissioners Approve $1.4M for Wulfert Land Purchase

Wulfert Property Adjacent to refugeAs reported today in the “Santiva-Chronicle”:

“By unanimous vote, Lee County Commissioners on Tuesday, March 21, gave final approval to funding $1.4 million toward the purchase of 8.15 acres on Wulfert Road, a crucial wildlife corridor for the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.

“As part of a unique partnership and collaboration, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge raised the remaining $600,000 of the $2 million needed to purchase the parcel, which lies between Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) land and the refuge.

“The refuge, by agreement with the county, will maintain the property, which provides habitat for 80 different land and marine species that live or feed on or near this property. The county funding comes from its Conservation 20/20 program, which voters helped create to preserve sensitive environmental lands locally.

“… If not preserved by the refuge, the land could have been developed with as many as five dwellings and one major boat dock with direct access into Pine Island Sound, as already approved by the City of Sanibel.

Species that would have been seriously threatened by development of the uplands, mangrove, and estuarine habitat include the gopher tortoise, American Oystercatcher, Black Skimmer, Little Blue Heron, Reddish Egret, Mangrove Cuckoo, Florida Manatee, Small-tooth Sawfish, and Green and Loggerhead sea turtles.

“In 2013, DDWS successfully completed a $1.4 million land acquisition campaign for the historical Woodring Homestead, which protected the water entrance to the Refuge on Tarpon Bay. In late 2015, it accepted a land donation of 9.1 acres near Clam Bayou…” To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit dingdarlingsociety.org.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity March 17-24, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

5 new listings: Lighthouse Point #220 2/2 $495K, Mariner Pointe #811 2/2 $499K, Sunset South #10C 2/2 $789K, Shell Island Beach Club #7B 2/2 $820K, Sundial East #T202 2/2 $849K.

9 price changes: Sunset South #1C 2/2 now $699K; Pointe Santo #B6 2/2 now $720K; Sundial West #A308 2/2 now $794K; Surfside 12 #A4 3/2 now $819K; Island Beach Club #220E 2/2 now $999,999; Signal Inn #19 3/2 now $1.149M; By-The-Sea #C302 2/2 now $1.595M; High Tide #A102 3/2.5 now $1.595M; Royal Tern #103 3/3.5 now $1.995M.

4 new sales: Sundial West #C406 1/1 listed at $424.9K, Loggerhead Cay #252 2/2 listed at $569K, Loggerhead Cay #174 2/2 listed at $790K, Tigua Cay #487 3/3.5 listed at $1.695M.

4 closed sales: Seawind #A108 2/2.5 $485K, Sunset South #4A 2/2 $759K, Sundial East #S404 3/2 $850K, Sundial East #O407 2/2 $1.16M.

HOMES

8 new listings: 1596 Bunting Ln 2/2 $499K, 6471 Pine Ave 2/2 $529K, 1114 Sabal St 2/2 $675K, 625 Lake Murex Cir 3/2.5 $699K (our listing, a few photos below), 1030 Kings Crown Dr 2/2 $929K, 1470 Angel Dr 3/2 $1.149M, 2388 Wulfert Rd 3/4 $1.299M, 390 Old Trail Rd 4/4.5 $2.195M.

12 price changes: 1602 Serenity Ln 4/2 now $477K, 376 Lake Murex Blvd 3/2 now $579K, 1040 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $609K, 644 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $679K, 215 Palm Lake Dr 3/2 now $769.9K, 1396 Tahiti Dr 4/3 now $899K, 3354 Barra Cir 3/2 now $975K, 1195 Par View Dr 3/2.5 now $1.145M, 6101 Starling Way 3/4 now $1.249M, 518 N Yachtsman Dr 3/3 now $1.345M, 615 Lighthouse Way 3/3.5 now $2.345M, 3547 West Gulf Dr 4/4 now $4.75M.

7 new sales: 1954 Roseate Ln 3/2 listed at $534K, 1772 Serenity Ln 3/2 listed at $649K, 186 Southwinds Dr 2/2 listed at $699K, 1807 Buckthorn Ln 3/2.5 listed at $699K, 1028 Demere Ln 3/2 listed at $899K. Without contingencies: 970 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $537K, 243 Southwinds Dr 3/2.5 listed at $855K.

5 closed sales: 1631 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex $495K, 1714 Bunting Ln 3/2 $480K, 1410 Albatross Rd 3/3 $733K, 525 N Yachtsman Dr 3/2 $685K, 407 Bella Vista Way 4/4 $2.7M.

LOTS

No new listings.

2 price changes: 2401 Blue Crab Ct now $774K, 5251 Indian Ct now $774K.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Tennis Villas #3125 1/1.5 $299K.

No price changes, new or closed sales.

HOMES

4 new listings: 11535 Wightman Ln 5/4 $2.149M, 16171 Captiva Dr 4/4.5 $2.22M, 16163 Captiva Dr 3/2 $2.695M, 15867 Captiva Dr 3/3.5 $4.995M.

1 price change: 11520 Murmond Ln 5/5 now $1,999,999.

1 new sales: 11411 Old Lodge Ln 4/3 listed at $1.775M.

No closed sales.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its 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 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 the weather – wherever you are! Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Sunny Sanibel


This week, while northern states dealt with snowy Storm Stella, Sanibel and Captiva had a little brush of winter weather too – island style. After a couple of short, though much-needed, showers, yesterday and Wednesday were chilly, with daytime temperatures not getting out of the 60’s. Today, temperatures are inching toward the low to mid-70’s, with more of the same nice weather expected over the weekend and into next week.

Below is a photo taken this afternoon from the beach in front of Sanbel’s West Wind Inn where it is just another beautiful though breezy beach day. Below it are a few news items, followed by the action posted this week in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service.

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March Membership Meeting – Sanibel/Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Florida Realtors logoYesterday, the March membership meeting of the local Association of Realtors® was well attended. In addition to general announcements, including 20-some price changes, several island Realtors® were recognized at the state level for achieving Florida Realtors® Honor Society status. It was nice to have some new recipients this year. Year #18 for me, dating back to 1998 when I was appointed to my first state committee. Lots of great networking and business opportunities have come from that involvement. VIP’s Jim Hall, who was my broker then, encouraged that work and has made Florida Realtors® Honor Society for more than 20 years. Congratulations to all recipients.

Community Outreach

Sanibel realtors logoAlso, a big thank you to my local Association Communication & Public Relations Committee members who met early Tuesday morning for our 3rd meeting of the year. Volunteering time “in season” always is appreciated. It is easy to be a committee chair when you have willing cooperative colleagues. Between now and April 28, the committee is spearheading a gently-used clothing drive. Items collected will be donated to charities that provide the clothing FREE to those in need of a hand-up. All types of clean Florida-type clothing are needed – womens, mens, and childrens.

If you have items to donate, they are being accepted at the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® office at 2353 Periwinkle Way, Suite 201 from Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (That is the shopping center behind Wings, 2nd floor over Finnimore’s Cycle Shop.) My team will pick up donations or you can drop them off at SanibelSusan Realty too – but no later than April 28 – in time for spring cleaning.

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Happenings

shamrockIf you are here this weekend and looking for something to do, here are a few suggestions:

Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club Arts & Crafts Fair – today and tomorrow (Sat 3/18) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Community House, right across the street from our office.

Doc Ford’s St. Paddy’s Day Bash – tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. at their new location on Island Inn Rd.

Sanibel Island Farmers’ Market – Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on City Hall Grounds.

Outdoor Island Jazz Concert – from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Boler Garden at BIG ARTS, free but BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)

Check the “events” link above for more events.

Dredging Blind Pass While Renourishing Sanibel’s Beaches

santiva chronicleThe below article posted on-line Wednesday by the “Santiva-Chronicle” provides an update of the ongoing dredging of Blind Pass. On my way to show property on Tuesday, I took photos of the wave action at nearby Turner Beach which illustrate their remarks.  Here’s one:

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Here’s the “Santiva-Chronicle” report:

“Recent heavy winds delayed the current phase of dredging Blind Pass by about a week and will likely delay completion of the project until mid-May, according to Kathy Rooker, administrator of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District. But, as anyone who has driven over the Blind Pass Bridge separating Captiva and Sanibel can’t help but notice, the project to clear the pass and use its sand to renourish Sanibel beaches is well under way.

“Nearly 3,500 feet of massive black piping stretches from a pump on a barge at the Roosevelt Channel entrance to a Blind Pass east of the bridge to a second huge pump located past the Gulf entrance to the Pass near Pine Avenue. That second giant pump pushes the sand about 500 feet south to Sanibel beaches in need of renourishment.

“Decades ago, when the current bridge was built connecting the two islands, the natural path of Blind Pass was considerably altered. Consequently, the pass periodically fills up with sand. Keeping the pass open and flushed is vital to water quality around both islands.

“In 2009, about 148,000 cubic yards of sand was dredged to reopen the pass, which had completely closed.

That dredging was followed by maintenance projects at the pass removing 63,300 cubic yards of sand in 2012 and 37,600 cubic yards of sand in 2013. Blind Pass almost completely closed in the spring of 2015, but storms cleared much of that sand.

“Prior to this current dredging project, designed to remove 120,000 cubic yards of sand, bathers and anglers could virtually walk across Blind Pass in spots. It also was largely blocked to boaters.

“Although portions of the beach will be closed for up to 500 feet near where active dredging equipment is being used and four parking places at Blind Pass Beach Park have been closed, the piping and heavy equipment have not greatly curbed use of the beach by bathers, shellers or anglers. Fishing from the bridge may intermittently be restricted during the project, and traffic is briefly halted when heavy equipment is being moved to and from a Santiva area beach near Pine Avenue. Beachgoers are urged to respect project signs and boundaries for their own safety and the safety of the crews.

“A major beneficiary of the dredging process is Sanibel, whose eroded Gulf beaches from Blind Pass to the northern edge of Bowman’s Beach are receiving sand removed from the pass.

“Half of the $1 million project is being funded by a grant obtained by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, with the remainder coming from Lee County tourist-tax revenues.

“Lee County, Sanibel and Captiva officials are looking for a more lasting solution to keep the pass open and have commissioned a Blind Pass Inlet Management Study – a science-based study of the mechanics of the Pass.

“At a recent Captiva Community Panel, Rooker urged residents to attend a public meeting at 10 a.m. March 24 in the Pelican Room of the Sanibel Recreation Center, 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road, for an update of the Inlet Management Study by engineers who have completed their data collection of model calibration phases of the Pass. “You will hear about different alternatives for keeping the Pass open,” she said, “and the public’s input will be important.” More information about the study can be found at: http://www.leegov.com/naturalresources/blind-pass-2016-inlet-management-plan-study

Irrigation Regulations

Island Water logoA good reminder in the Spring 2017 “IWA Pipeline” about the irrigation regulations that have been in effect since March 2010. Are you watering only on your days to water?

“The South Florida Water Management District manages water resources and sets the irrigation regulations for the 16-county region that stretches from Orlando to the Florida Keys. Homeowners on Sanibel are limited to watering three times per week and Captiva residents are limited to watering two times per week.

“Residents and businesses on Sanibel with an odd number address may water lawns and landscaping on Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Saturdays between midnight and 10 a.m. and/or between 4 p.m. and midnight. Residents and businesses with an even address, no address, or those who water both even and odd addresses within the same zones may water Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Sundays between midnight and 10 a.m. and/or between 4 p.m. and midnight.

“Captiva residents and businesses are bound by the regulations for unincorporated Lee County and are restricted to watering two days per week. Residents and businesses with an odd address may water lawns and landscaping on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays between midnight and 9 a.m. and/or between 5 p.m. and midnight. Residents and businesses with an even address, no address, or those who water both even and odd addresses within the same zones may water on Thursdays and/or Sundays between midnight and 9 a.m. and/or between 5 p.m. and midnight.

‘There are some exceptions to the above regulations. Watering may be done at any time of using reclaimed water and hand watering is permitted any time if using a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. Additional watering up to 60 days is permitted for watering new landscaping.

“For additional information on irrigation times and water conservation you can visit the South Florida Water Management District website at https://www.sfwmd.gov. These irrigation times are also posted on our website at http://www.islandwater.com.

“One more note regarding irrigation. All new irrigation systems are required to have a rain sensor installed, which shuts off the sprinklers if rain is detected. If you have an older system that does not have a rain sensor, it would be wise to have one installed. Not only would you be conserving a precious resource by not sprinkling an already wet yard, you will also save money on your monthly water bill. Remember, in our tiered rate schedule, the more water you use per month, the higher the charge per thousand gallons of water.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity March 10-17, 2017

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Mariner Pointe #122 1/1 $410K.

6 price changes: Sundial West #C406 1/1 now $424.9K, Mariner Pointe #712 2/2.5 now $469K, Donax Village #1 2/2 now $515K, Snug Harbor #312 3/2 now $699.9K, Pointe Santo #B6 2/2 now $720K, Sanibel Surfside #225 2/2 now $774.9K.

4 new sales: Lake Palms #8 2/2.5 listed at $345.5K, Coquina Beach #5A 2/2 listed at $380K, Loggerhead Cay #592 2/2 listed at $635K, Wedgewood #202 3/3.5 listed at $2.475M.

1 closed sale: Sanibel Arms #B1 1/1 $345K.

HOMES

6 new listings: 1918 Ibis Ln 3/3 $642K, 1315 Par View Dr 3/2 $789.5K, 1425 Causey Ct 3/3 $799K, 1028 Demere Ln $899K, 2379 Wulfert Rd 4/4.5 $1.695M, 1757 Venus Dr 4/2.5 $1.899M.

14 price changes: 1429 Jamaica Dr 3/3 now $694.9K, 1807 Buckthorn Ln 3/2.5 now $699K, 1295 Par View Dr 3/2 now $699K, 3364 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2 now $724K, 6081 Henderson Rd 3/2 now $799.9K, 698 Spartina Ct 3/2 now $865K,  1114 Captains Walk St 3/3 now $975K, 1525 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.895M, 267 Ferry Landing Dr 3/2 now $1.995M, 1237 Isabel Dr 5/6.5 now $2.18M, 1552 San Carlos Bay Dr 4/5.5 now $2.5M, 4995 Joewood Dr 4/3 now $2.795M, 1206 Bay Dr 4/4.5 now $3.845M, 3547 West Gulf Dr 4/4 now $4.75M.

6 new sales: 4694 Rue Bayou 3/3 listed at $629K, 5305 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 listed at $695K, 1182 Kittiwake Cir 3/3 listed at $729K, 3918 Coquina Dr 3/2.5 listed at $899K, 2459 Harbour Ln 3/3.5 listed at $899K, 1326 Seaspray Ln 4/4.5 listed at $1.995M.

7 closed sales: 174 Southwinds Dr 2/2 half-duplex $639,025; 2010 Sunrise Cir 5/3 $775K (our listing); 5757 Pine Tree Dr 3/2.5 $799K; 660 Durion Ct 3/2 $862.5K; 2118 Starfish Ln 4/5 $1.675M; 4449 Waters Edge Ln 3/3 $4M; 3557 West Gulf Dr 3/3.5 $4.1M.

LOTS

2 new listings: 1912 Ibis Ln $225K, 3013 Poinciana Cir $269.9K.

1 price change: 1299 Par View Dr now $249K.

2 new sales: 0 Island Inn Rd listed at $189,555; 6411 Pine Ave listed at $363.5K.

3 closed sales: 2502/2504 Wulfert Rd $207.5K, 5830 Sanibel-Captiva Rd $350K, 602 Boulder Dr $425K.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Tennis Villas #3127 1/1 $260K.

1 price change: Beach Homes #29 4/4 now $2.3M.

1 new sale: Bayside Villas #5204 1/2 listed at $315K.

1 closed sale: Tennis Villas #3237 2/2 $415K.

HOMES

No new listings.

2 price changes: 11521 Andy Rosse Ln 7/7/5 now $2.899M, 16464 Captiva Dr 8/8.5 now $6.245M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 16455 Captiva Dr 4/4.5 $2.25M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its 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 general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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Island – Fun, Real Estate, & Just Stuff


It’s SanibelSusan reporting another week of “mores” – more great weather and more good showing activity.

Yesterday’s Association of Realtors® West-End Caravan Meeting was well attended. Again this week, price reductions were the predominate announcements. There were a few new listings announced too. We are looking for some of those, as for the first time in many months, we are down to just eight listings. True to form… February and March are the busiest with sales.

Below are a few island and real-estate related news items, followed by the action posted in the Sanibel/Captiva Multiple Listing Service since last Friday.

Many island events are scheduled between now and the end of season. Here are a few.

Upcoming Island Events

San Cap Art League March Sale – tomorrow, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Bailey’s Shopping Center Veranda.

Life in the Dark – March 15th Wed from 5 to 8 p.m. This is an adult class offered by Sanibel Sea School. For more info visit www.sanibelschool.org/sanibel-adult-programs.

34th Annual Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club Fine Arts & Crafts Fair – March 17th & 18th – next Fri & Sat from 9 a..m. to 5 p.m. at The Sanibel Community House – with over 100 exhibitors, over 100 silent auction items, raffle, food & beverages.

Last Chris Coile Concert of the Season – March 21st – Tues from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at George & Wendy’s Seafood Grille to benefit FISH of SanCap. With special tributes to The Beatles, Roy Oribison, and Elvis. No cover. All donations to FISH are voluntary. 100% of Coile’s CD sales go to FISH too.

Spring Concerts Celebrating 10 Years with Director Steve Cramer – BIG ARTS Community Chorus spring concerts – March 28th & 30th – Tues & Thurs at 7 p.m. at Schein Performance Hall at BIG ARTS. Tickets on sale at the BIG ARTS box office and on-line at www.BIGARTS.org. This Realtor® sings in the alto section and also with the group Ensemble.

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23rd Annual Spring Festival – April 15th – Sat, the day before Easter –- from 9 to 11 a.m. at Sanibel City Park, across the street from SanibelSusan Realty and presented by the Children’s Education Center of the Islands. The Festival begins at 9 a.m. with a free Easter Egg Hunt by age group. Games, arts and crafts, and contests follow and include pony and unicorn rides, a bounce house, grand slide, face painting, & more. The Easter Bunny makes an appearance at 10:15 and will be available for free photos. The Festival also includes a silent auction with over 60 gift baskets. A $10 armband will allow each child unlimited fun to participate in all activities. The Children’s Education Center of the Islands is a non-profit school run by a parent board. Proceeds from the Festival will benefit the center’s scholarship fund and capital improvements. All residents and visitors welcome.   Here are a few photos from past events.

New Rest Area Approved

Sanibelcityseal logoTuesday, Sanibel City Council unanimously approved a new shared use path rest area near the intersection of Casa Ybel Road and Middle Gulf Drive. It is expected to contain a pair of 5’ benches, a 5’ bicycle rack, and a water fountain, all on a pentagon-shaped tract surrounded by a strangler fig, sabal palm, and a cluster of seagrapes.

Key Points About Flood Insurance

Florida Realtors logoThe March issue of “FloridaRealtor®” magazine contains good info about flood insurance.

“Under the federal National Flood Insurance Program, homes and businesses in high-risk areas, such as waterfront or low-lying communities, are required to have flood insurance to receive a mortgage loan from federally regulated or insured lenders. However, there are three issues that significantly impact owners’ ability to protect their property:

  • The NFIP is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2017, unless Congress reauthorizes it. This could lead to substantial rate increases.
  • At this point, residential and commercial property owners have limited choices when looking for coverage (though Congress is now considering a bipartisan bill to open up the flood insurance market to private companies).
  • Many buyers are not even sure what coverage they need because reading flood maps remains complex and confusing.

Key Points About Flood Insurance

  • Buyers may purchase flood insurance only through an insurance agent, not directly from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • Rates do not differ from company to company, or agent to agent.
  • Rates depend on several factors, including whether the building is residential or commercial, when it was constructed and the elevation of the property as compared to the base flood elevation.
  • A property’s location on the NFIP flood map may determine whether a lender requires coverage.
  • Buyers may purchase a policy, regardless of where their home is, since flood damage can occur in moderate- and low-risk zones.
  • The contents of a home are not typically covered by flood insurance.
  • In most cases, there’s a 30-day waiting period from the date of purchase until the policy goes into effect.
  • In some instances, a buyer will be able to assume the sellers’ flood insurance policy.”

“Flood zones are determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which prepares detailed maps indicating the likelihood of flooding during the period of a 30-year mortgage. Those maps, which are updated on an ongoing basis, form the basis for flood insurance coverage requirements and premiums under the National Flood Insurance Program.

“There are three general categories that cover the state:

High-risk zones, also known as Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). These begin with the letters “A” and “V”. In high-risk areas, there is at least a 25% change of flooding during the life of a 30-year mortgage.

Moderate- to low-risk zones, known as Non-Special Flood Hazard Areas (NSFHAs), which begin with the letters “X”, “B”, or “C”. These areas submit more than 20% of the National Flood Insurance Program claims.

Unknown-risk zones, where the flood hazard is undetermined, are labeled as Zone “D”. Flood insurance rates reflect the uncertainty of the flood risk.

“To determine the flood zone location of a property, go to the FEMA site, https://msc.fema.gov/portal – (enter the address, place or geographic coordinates). To learn more about flood maps and insurance requirements, go to www.floodsmart.gov, the official site of the National Flood Insurance Program.”

How Long Will Things in Your Home Last?

The same March issue of “FloridaRealtor®” magazine, has this cute info-graphic showing a part-by-part guide to the life expectancy of the pieces and systems in your home. The good news is that it says a toilet can last a lifetime. Other long-lasting components include wood or stone floors that can last 100 years. With low expectancy, carpet may last just 8-10 years, and a dishwasher and microwave, just nine.

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Island Water Summer Upgrade Planned

island waterThe spring issue if the Island Water Association’s “IWA Pipeline” newsletter advises: “Three streets east of the causeway will have their main pipes upgraded this summer. The streets are the last 1,000’ of Limpet Dr., all of Paper Fig Ct., and all of Golden Olive Ct. Decades old thin-walled pipe will be replace with heavy-walled C-900 PVC pipe…The project will begin after season, most likely in May, and last through the summer. All affected homeowners will be notified well in advance….”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity March 3-10, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

2 new listings: Nutmeg Village #211 2/2 $710K, Kings Crown #106 2/2 $899K.

8 price changes: Mariner Pointe #1412 1/1 now $344.9K, Captains Walk #A8 2/2 now $362K, Sundial West #C406 1/1 now $449K, Loggerhead Cay #252 2/2 now $569K, Loggerhead Cay #592 2/2 now $635K, Pointe Santo #B23 2/2 now $799K, Sandy Bend #6 2/2 now $939K, Royale Tern #103 3/3.5 now $2.095M.

6 new sales: Sundial West #I303 1/1 listed at $475K, Heron at The Sanctuary #1B 3/2.5 listed at $620K, Kings Crown #211 3/2 listed at $849.9K, Sundial West #K403 2/2 listed at $899K, Loggerhead Cay #103 2/2 listed at $999K, Pine Cove #104 3/2 listed at $1.395M.

2 closed sales: Sundial #F103 2/2 $452.45K, Coquina Beach #2C 2/2 $545K.

HOMES

7 new listings: 9455 Beverly Ln 2/2 $549K; 799 Casa Ybel Rd 5/3 duplex $570K; 1839 Farm Trl 3/3 $645K; 1210 Par View Dr 4/2 $7227K, 921 Strangler Fig Ln 3/3.5 $995K; 5206 Punta Caloosa Ct 3/2 $999,999; 4117 West Gulf Dr 5/6 $5.799M.

18 price changes: 998 Greenwood Ct 3/2.5 half-duplex now $415K; 1585 Serenity Ln 3/3 now $525K; 3021 Singing Wind Dr 3/2 now $529K; 1954 Roseate Ln 3/2 now $534K; 340 East Gulf Dr 2/2 now $569K; 4694 Rue Bayou 3/3 now $629K; 3364 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2 now $745K; 1943 Sanibel Bayou Rd 3/3 now $749K; 563 Hideaway Ct 3/2 now $774K; 5126 Joewood Dr 3/2 now $785K; 4775 Rue Helene 4/3 now $815K; 276 Ferry Landing Dr 4/3 now $899.9K; 4428 Waters Edge Ln 3/2.5 now $1,149,999; 932 Whelk Dr 3/3 now $1.399M; 513 Lighthouse Way 3/3 now $1.695M; 1743 Venus Dr 4/3.5 now $1.729M; 750 Periwinkle Way 5/4 now $1.898M; 984 Oyster Ct 3/3.5 now $1.899M.

12 new sales: 998 Greenwood Ct 3/2.5 half-duplex listed at $415K, 1651 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex listed at $477.5K, 1746 Windward Way 3/2 listed at $535K, 2154 Egret Cir 3/2 listed at $539K, 3043 Poinciana Cir 4/2 listed at $579K, 9436 Yucca Ct 3/2 listed at $619K, 601 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 listed at $689K, 1807 Buckthorn Ln 3/2.5 listed at $749K, 1314 Par View Dr 4/3 listed at $899K, 9019 Mockingbird Ln 4/4 listed at $1.199M, 2981 Wulfert Rd 4/4.5 listed at $1.695M, 407 Bella Vista Way 4/4 listed at $2.999M.

3 closed sales: 1232 Par View Dr 3/2.5 $900K, 785 Birdie View Pt 3/2.5 $1.15M, 598 Kinzie Island Ct 3/3.5 $1.510M.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 5121 Sanibel-Captiva Rd now $197,555.

2 new sales: 2626 Coconut Dr listed at $275K, 1329 Par View Dr listed at $349K.

No closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

5 new listings: Tennis Villas #3220 1/1 $298K, Bayside Villas #4118 1/2 $395K, Sunset Beach Villas #2212 1/1 $519K, Ventura Captiva #2A 3/3 $975K, Lands End Village #1614 3/3 $2.575M.

1 price change: Sunset Beach Villas #2324 2/2 now $625K.

4 new sales: Tennis Villas #3237 2/2 listed at $440K; Bayside Villas #5320 3/3 listed at $650K; Marina Villas #908 2/2 listed at $799K; Sunset Beach Villas #2333 3/2 listed at $799,999.

No closed sales.

HOMES

2 new listings: 11500 Gore Ln 3/2 $1.295M, 11520 Wightman Ln 3/2 $2.495M.

5 price changes: 14980 Binder Dr 4/3 now $1.298M, 16181 Captiva Dr 5/5 now $2.495M, 16177 Captiva Dr 2/2 now $2.995M, 16464 Captiva Dr 8/8.5 now $6.245M, 15735 Captiva Dr 4/5 now $7.895M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 16237 Captiva Dr 5/5.5 $3.5M.

LOTS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: 956 South Seas Plantation Rd $1.925M.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its 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 general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

Best wishes to all for a great weekend! It is expected to be sunny & in the high 70’s low 80’s here… Next cold front isn’t expected until Wed when it is forecast to go all the way down to 70 degrees!

Gotta love Florida!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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