June 2015 Newsletter for Sanibel and Captiva

June 2015



Build Your Dream Home
Two lots for sale – one in Captiva; one on West end of Sanibel.

15295 Captiva Drive
Large Vacant Lot:  100′ x 175′
Easy walk to one of the most beautiful beaches and sunsets in the world.  Walk to restaurants and shops in quaint Captiva Village. 

Bowan Bayou Road
Sanibel Bayous
Beautiful, peaceful lot on lake.  Wonderful neighborhood.  Walk to Bowman’s beach.  Short bike ride to beaches and restaurants in Santiva, Ding Darling, and the Sanibel Rec Center.


This is not intended to solicit property already listed. 

Quick Links


What’s Happening. 

Summer Programs for Children and Young Adults


Sanibel Sea School:

Marine Conservation through experimental education.



Junior Sailing Camp:  Captiva Island Yacht Club.

6/15- 6/26

7/13 – 7/24



Children’s Summer Arts Camp at Big Arts:

Offered are Art and Dance classes, Summer Camp and Junior Apprentice Programs.

900 Dunlap Road.



Sanibel Rec Center:

Youth Summer Day Camp.

Grades 1 – 8.  Swimming, Arts & Crafts, Athletics, and Games.

6/8 – 8/21



The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club:

Children ages 5 to 14.  Including professional instruction in golf, tennis, triathlon, soccer, hockey, art, theatre, water sports, and more.



Ding Darling Camp


For Lee County students who have competed 4th, 5th or 6th grades.  




Florida Home Prices to Rise 4-5% Over Next 12 Months

WASHINGTON – May 27, 2015 – Realtors® remain mostly confident about the real estate market over the next six months, thanks to 30-year fixed rates that remain below 4 percent, continued job growth, and recent measures that have made credit more accessible and cheaper.

Across all property types (single family, townhomes, and condos), the number of Realtors indicating that their market was “strong” outnumbered those who viewed the market as “weak,” according to the April 2015 Realtors Confidence Index Survey, which is based on responses from more than 1,000 Realtors about their latest transactions.


Also, Realtors increased their price expectations last month. Those surveyed expect prices to increase at a faster pace in the next 12 months, with the median expected price growth nationwide to be 3.9 percent (up from 3.5 percent expectation in March’s survey).

Florida Realtors predict growth in the 4 to 5 percent range.  Realtors are the most upbeat about the overall housing market in states like North Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma, California, Oregon, Washington, Florida, New York, and Massachusetts, according to the survey.

© 2015 Florida Realtors®


The Culture Trip

The 10 Most Beautiful Coastal Towns in the USA


Recentlly the Culture Trip included Sanibel as one of the 10 most beautiful coastal towns in the USA: 


With its 23 coastal states, the USA is home to some of the most varied coastlines in the world. We take in ten of its most scenic seaside towns – from the quaint, historic coastal communities of New England to the rugged Pacific Northwest and subtropical climes of the Gulf Coast.


Sanibel Island | Florida

Voted one of the nation’s Happiest Seaside Towns by Coastal Living in 2014, Sanibel Island is just west of Fort Myers but thanks to its secluded barrier island location seems like a whole world away. Full of old Florida charm, Sanibel Island truly offers a slower pace of life – in fact, there are no stoplights or streetlights anywhere on the island – and its untouched beaches and spectacular sunsets are a perfect respite from Florida’s busier Gulf Coast communities. Walk along Sanibel’s beaches and you’ll no doubt find yourself doing the ‘Sanibel stoop’, the bent over position adopted when collecting the island’s world renowned seashells.


Sam Bailey’s Island Night at CenturyLink Sports Complex


All islanders and fans of baseball are invited to the  Annual Sam Bailey’s Islands Night at CenturyLink Sports Complex on June 17. Each year, the Sanibel Island community is not only invited to watch a baseball game , but also assist in raising needed funds for local charities. Islands Night was first started by Sam Bailey, an avid baseball fan who passed away in 2010, and it has since evolved into one of the most popular summer events on the island.


This year’s Islands Night features a game between the Fort Myers Miracle and Daytona Tortugas. The gates open at 5:30 p.m., the pre-game parade and ceremony is scheduled for 6:15 p.m., and the game will follow at approximately 7:05 p.m.


Many consider the parade to be the highlight of the event, featuring event sponsors and members of the community. There are over 130 sponsors of the event this year, who will offer free tickets to the public and participate in the parade, which is a procession of unique vehicles. Some groups walk along the field carrying banners during the parade, while the Sanibel Police Department has been known to circle in a patrol truck hauling a boat, island service stations employ tow trucks, and the Bailey family even makes an appearance in its Model AA or Model T.


All of the proceeds from the event are distributed to island non-profits and other organizations. 


Summer Offerings at Ding Darling



*Reading at the Refuge, every Tuesday and Saturday at 11 a.m.: Attendees of each 45-minute reading-and-crafts session learn about a refuge animal and make a take-home craft related to it. Meet in the Education Classroom.


*Indigo Trail Hike, every Thursday a 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 and bug spray. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center. Entry fees apply.


*Family Beach Walk: every Wednesday and 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.


*Family Film Series: 2 p.m. every other Sunday: Spend family togetherness making a craft and enjoying kid-friendly environmental education films in the Visitor & Education Center auditorium.


For information, call 472-1100 ext.236 or visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org/summer-programming.