May 2015 Newsletter for Sanibel and Captiva

May 2015


Desirable neighborhood in the quiet west end of Sanibel.  Walk to Bowman’s Beach via neighborhood pathways. Short bike ride to beaches and restaurants in Santiva, Ding Darling, and the Sanibel Rec Center.


Bowen Bayou Road, Sanibel Bayous


Beautiful 3 bd / 2 ba house including a den with wood burning fireplace, two-car garage, and a poolLovingly restored over past year.



Bowen Bayou Road, Sanibel Bayous


Beautiful lot on lake.  Build your dream house and enjoy a wonderful neighborhood and island life-style.



Buck Key Road, Sanibel Bayous


Nice 2 bd 2 ba home with den and two car garage. Great view of bayou. Watch birds and other wildlife from your lanai.


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What’s Happening.

Captiva Cruises

Dolphin Watch & Wildlife Adventure Cruise:

The dolphin watch and wildlife cruise is the perfect family cruise. The narration on board the cruise is provided by volunteers from the Sanibel and Captiva Conservation Foundation.

Sunset Cruises

Enjoy the fresh sea air while watching a fabulous Sunset. The Sunset Serenade Cruise is the perfect way to end the day. Enjoy a cocktail while watching the sun slip into the Gulf of Mexico.

Cayo Costa Beach & Shelling Cruise

 Visit the secluded Florida state park beaches

that are only accessible by boat. The cruise will take you to the quiet beaches on the islands of North Captiva or Cayo Costa. You can shell, swim, bird watch, and explore these undeveloped state park beaches.
 Marine Naturalist Adventure
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and Captiva Cruises present an ecological expedition that will educate and excite marine enthusiasts. Join a Marine Naturalist from the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum for an unforgettable day aboard the 40′ sailing catamaran “Adventure.”
Night Sky Astronomy Cruise

Planets, stars and constellations will be identified along the way & mythology and mysteries of the universe will be appreciated under the magic of the night sky.  

Adventure Sailing Cruises

Two hour Cruises aboard a 40′ Sailing Catamaran. A spectacular Gulf of Mexico Sailing Adventure!

Out-Island Cruises 

A half day cruise to one of four exciting destinations, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Boca Grande, or Cayo Costa.

This is not intended to solicit property already listed. 

Captiva Fire Station Nears Completion



After nearly five years of discussion, planning and construction, a brand new, state-of-the-art headquarters for the Captiva Island Fire Control District is nearing completion.  The facility, located at 14981 Captiva Drive, replaces the fire station originally constructed in 1980. 


Captiva’s new 6,110-square-foot facility includes three bays for fire trucks and emergency vehicles (the previous station had two bays), an administration building with living quarters, offices, reception area, treatment rooms, a training room and break rooms.

Key amenities include:

First Floor
* Entrance and reception area
* Training and fire commissioners meeting room

* Offices for the chief, deputy chief and fire inspectors

* Break room with kitchen amenities

 * Patient treatment room

* Bunker gear room
* EMS room (which will also house

paramedic supplies) * Work room
* Bathrooms

Second Floor 

* Seven bedrooms

* Three bathrooms

* Work station with computers and radios

* Exercise room (includes treadmills, stair-climbers, free weights and dumbbells)

* Kitchen area features three stainless steel, two-door refrigerators, a pair of sinks, oven and cooking range and extra cabinet space

* Dining room

* Living room with TV and multiple recliners

* Screened lanai

 The total cost for the project is estimated between $3 million and $3.5 million, depending upon construction costs (to be calculated upon completion) and equipment purchased to fill the facility.

 “The building was constructed to withstand 170 mile per hour winds, which

is above the Miami-Dade code requirements,” he added. “This facility was built to serve this community for the next 50 years. After a storm, this is going to be the staging area for people and businesses coming back to the islands.”




1 in 3 Americans say real estate the best investment


NEW YORK – April 24, 2015 – For the second year in a row, the largest percentage of Americans surveyed by Gallup (31 percent) said that real estate as the top long-term investment – a sign of mounting confidence in the housing recovery.

Real estate beat out other long-term investment options, such as stocks/mutual funds (25 percent rated it tops), gold (25 percent), savings accounts/CDs (19 percent) and bonds (6 percent).

The pattern has shifted in the past few years. Financial security reigned as a top priority after the recession. As a result, people preferred to park their money in savings accounts and CDs as a hedge against additional losses.   

According to Gallup, Americans’ attitudes about real estate as a long-term investment started to show up in last year’s annual survey, and “continued strength this year indicates it was no fluke.” 

Source: RISMedia (04/23/15) De Vita, Suzanne

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Ding Darling Windlife Society:

Nature Explorers Summer Day Camp

This summer will be the inaugural Nature Explorers Day Camp at JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.  Four consecutive weeklong sessions will start on June 15th and run through July 17th.  Each session will be limited to 14 middle school students who have completed fourth, fifth, or sixth grade.

The day camp is designed to reflect the mission and objectives set by the National Wildlife Refuge System.  Weekly activities will include nature photography, wildlife observation, saltwater fishing, kayaking, a beach walk, nature sketching, archery, biking and nature crafts.