November 2015 Newsletter for Captiva & Sanibel

November 2015

Build your Dream Home
Two lots for sale – one in Captiva and one on West End of Sanibel.


15295 Captive 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

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. 

Captiva and Sanibel inventory of homes for sale is low.  If you are thinking of selling your home, please contact me for a market analysis of your property. 

Quick Links


What’s Happening. 

Where to eat on Thanksgiving Day:



Tween Waters: Captiva Drive.  Old Captiva House:  11:30am to 8:00pm


Doc Fords:  5400 S. Seas Plantation Rd.  11:00am to 10:00 pm.

Bubble Room: 
Captiva Drive.  11:30am to 3:00pm; and 4:30pm to 9:00pm.

Key Lime Bistro:
  Andy Rosse Lane.  8:00am to 10:00pm.



Thistle Lodge: Casa Ybel Resort.  West Gulf Drive 11:30am to 7:30 pm.  

Grandma Dot’s:
 at Sanibel Marina off Periwinkle Way.  11:30 am to 8:00pm.

  Tarpon Bay Road. 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Traditions on the Beach:
 West Gulf Drive.  4:00pm to 8:30pm


Sundial Resort:

Waterside Grill

East Gulf Drive

1:00pm – 8:00pm



Four Fabulous  Weekends of HOLIDAY FUN

Each event weekend on Captiva will be a themed, fun-filled extravaganza of sight and sound, set against the backdrop of the shimmering Gulf of Mexico and breathtaking sunsets.  


Friday, November 27
Fireworks & Tree Lighting at ‘Tween Waters Inn 5:00-7:00pm


Saturday, November 28

 South Seas Tree Lighting 5:30-7:30pm


 Sunset Arias on the beach at ‘Tween Waters Inn 5:00-6:30pm

Friday, December 4

Sunset Arias on the beach at ‘Tween Waters Inn 5:00-6:30pm

Saturday, December 5

Captiva Luminary   


Saturday, December 12 

Captiva Cruises Lighted Boat Parade 6:00pm  


Sunday, December 13 

Community caroling at Chapel By The Sea, 11580 Chapin Lane. All are welcome! 6:00pm 


Saturday, December 19

South Seas Golf Cart Parade


Thanksgiving Cruise and Dinner at Cabbage Key 
November 26, 2015
Thursday  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Captiva Cruises

11401 Andy Rosse Lane

Cruise with Captiva Cruises on Thanksgiving Day for turkey and all the trimmings on Cabbage Key. The historic open air restaurant sits on top of a shell mound offering a panoramic view of the Pine Island Sound….and a special Thanksgiving Day menu!

NAHB forecast: Housing to pick up steam in 2016

WASHINGTON – Oct. 26, 2015 – Steady employment and economic growth, pent-up demand, affordable home prices and attractive mortgage rates will keep the housing market on a gradual upward trend in 2016, according to speakers at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Fall Construction Forecast Webinar.

“This recovery is all about jobs,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “If people can get good jobs that pay decent incomes, the housing market will continue to move forward.” The good news, Crowe added, is that total U.S. employment of 142 million is now well above the previous peak of 138 million that occurred in 2008.

Meanwhile, home equity has nearly doubled since 2011 and now stands at $12.5 trillion.

“The single biggest asset in most people’s portfolio is the home they own,” said Crowe. “That’s important because the primary purchasers of new homes are the sellers of existing homes. The more equity they have, the more comfortable they feel about purchasing a new home.”


2015- 2016  Sanibel Public LibraryAuthor Series

Heather Graham     Wednesday, December 9 
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. Her first book, When Next We Love, was published in 1982 and since then she has written more than 100 novels and novellas including romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. Graham has been published in approximately 20 languages, and was honored with awards from Waldenbooks, B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Cœur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, has been in The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today.
Frances Mayes        Tuesday & Wednesday, February 23 & 24 
Mayes has created several hugely popular memoirs, her most recent memoir being Under Magnolia. The bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun remained on The New York Times bestseller list for two and a half years. Bella Tuscany and Every Day in Tuscany were also international bestsellers. She has published two photo- texts, In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy. Much of her work is about taking chances, living in Italy, loving and renovating an old Italian villa, and the pleasures of food. The film Under the Tuscan Sun, starring Diane Lane, was released in the fall of 2003. Mayes is also the author of A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller, The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from My Italian Kitchen, and Shrines: Images of Italian Worship. Mayes has written numerous books of poetry, including Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, Hours, and The Book of  Summer.

Alice Sebold           Wednesday, January 27 
Bestselling memoirist and novelist, Alice Sebold is the author of Lucky, The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon. The Lovely Bones was an international bestseller, with translations in more than 45 languages and 
U.S. sales of more than five million copies. Three months after the publication of The Lovely Bones, her 1999 memoir Lucky, an account of Sebold’s rape at the age of 18 and the trial that followed, also rose to number one on The New York Times bestseller list. The Almost Moon was published in 2007 and became another #1 bestseller. In The Almost Moon Sebold plunges into taboo territories of matricide and mental illness. In 2009, a movie version of The Lovely Bones was adapted, written and directed by Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of The Lord of the Rings films.

Lawrence Block       Tuesday, April 12 
Lawrence Block has been writing crime, mystery, and suspense fiction for more than half a century. Block is the recipient of a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and is an internationally renowned bestselling author. His prolific career spans over one hundred books, including four bestselling series as well as dozens of short stories, articles, and books on writing. His A Walk Among the Tombstones was made into a 2014 film starring Liam Neeson. He has won many awards including: four Edgars, four Shamus Awards, two Falcon Awards from the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan, the Nero and Philip Marlowe Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of the United Kingdom.