Sun drenched white beaches, blue skies, tropical breezes, beautiful spacious communities, friendly people, a host of social and sports activities, shopping galore, solid infrastructure and health amenities, affordable cost of living — sounds like a bit of paradise yes? Well come see what it’s like Living on the Cape!

Red, White and Boom!

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Happy 238th Birthday America!  Its a great time to be an American in a great nation!  Its time to celebrate and enjoy the upcoming holiday. The City of Cape Coral will be hosting the Red, White and Boom Festival on July 4th.  The festivities will begin at 4PM through 10PM with fireworks beginning at 9:30Pm.  Entertainment will be provided by Country artist Kelleigh Bannen,  Mike Imbasciani and his BluexRockerz and  County music band Blackwater.

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There will be a free “Boom Bus” picking up at the downtown location to transport you to the festivities.  For more information and your free guide  click here: Red White and Boom Guide

 

Single Family Home Sales Continue to Increase

Picture7In Lee County, 1,293 single-family homes sold in May 2014, a 3.0 percent increase from May 2013 (1,255) and an increase of 8.6 percent from April 2014 (1,191), according to the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach. Traditional home sales increased 0.2 percent when compared to May 2013. Sales of foreclosures increased 61.2 percent and short sales property sales decreased 57.0 percent.

The median price for single family homes for the month of May is $195,000, a 10.6 percent increase compared to the $176,333 median price in May 2013, and a drop of 2.5 percent or $5,000 from April 2014. Traditional and short sale property types saw a median price increase in May traditional properties experienced a 12.7 percent jump, while the median price of short sales increased 14.8 percent; foreclosure properties experienced a decrease of 2.9 percent in median price year to year.

 

 

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Summary for Cape Coral


The median sales price for homes in Cape Coral FL for Mar 14 to Jun 14 was $155,000. This represents an increase of 4.7%, or $7,000, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 3.4% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 66.7% over the last 5 years in Cape Coral. The average listing price for Cape Coral homes for sale on Trulia was $310,187 for the week ending Jun 25, which represents a decline of 0.1%, or $462, compared to the prior week and a decline of 0.5%, or $1,520, compared to the week ending Jun 04. Average price per square foot for Cape Coral FL was $110, an increase of 6.8% compared to the same period last year. Popular neighborhoods in Cape Coral include Pelican, Caloosahatchee, Hancock, Mariner, Burnt Store, and Diplomat.

 

 

Cape Coral July 2014 Community Events:

From Beginners Kayak Lessons to Yoga Cape Coral has something for everyone in July.  Sun Splash Water Park has a Family Fun Night, Eco Adventure Night is on tap at Rotary Park and more events are highlighted in the calendar.  http://www.capecoral.com/calendar/2014-07

 

 

 

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The Boat House is Open!

New bar and grill at Cape Coral Beach! Great place to dine or just enjoy a beverage overlooking the river area and beyond. Great menu! Live music. 

Located on city-owned property at the foot of the Cape Coral Yacht Club Pier, owners of the new waterfront establishment proudly displayed months of renovation to a waiting public, “When we opened at 8:00am this morning we had more than 30 people lined up waiting to come in. That was pretty funny to see that many people lined up to come into a restaurant/bar that early in the morning,” said Zak Kearns, vice-president of Kearns Restaurant Group, owners of The Boat House.

The Boat House joins the company’s line of restaurants including Ford’s Garage, Firestone, Capone’s, and Cabos Cantina. However, this is the first restaurant the company has created with a waterfront location, “There is huge potential here. It is a destination location. There is so much we can do with this location. We want everyone to embrace it, from locals to tourists, young and old, you name it. This is going to be a great place for everyone.”” said Kearns.

The company has completely renovated what was, for many years, KC’s Riverstop, to create a new atmosphere. The renovations include two full liquor bars, a number of televisions scattered throughout, utilization of the beach area, renovated kitchen, and an expanded deck area that wraps the south, west, and east side of the restaurant covered by authentic tiki roofs constructed by the Seminole Indians.

In addition to the new aesthetics, The Boat House will also boast a full menu filled with over 40 offerings ranging from seafood, soup and salads, sandwiches, burgers, appetizers, and more.

http://www.theboathouseusa.com/

 

Spirited Beverages:

Did you know that Cape Coral has its own rum distillers?  About a year ago, Cape Spirits, Inc. launched its Artisan Rum Wicked Dolphin Silver Rum.  The rum has taken rum aficionados by storm as well as earning the prestigious award from the Spirits Business Magazine and Website naming Wicked Dolphin as one of the Top Ten Craft Rums in the United States.  President  JoAnne Elardo, states that the response has been amazing! Distilled  in small batches and using 100% Florida cane sugar along with being aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels gives the rum a stronger and distinct flavor. The company enhanced its product line with a spice rum launches in late 2013 and now is launching a new product, Rumshine!  Instead of the traditional corn whiskey Rumshine is made from rum and comes in a variety of flavors – apple pie, strawberry and blueberry.  Besides a variety of rum products, the company also offers tours of the facility so visitors can get a behind the scenes look at how Wicked Dolphin Rum is made.  For more information click on to their web site: http://www.wickeddolphin.com/home/

Culture Park Theater:

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The summer season at the Culture Park Theater is underway with seven productions for the season.  The theater is located at 528 Culture Park Boulevard in Cape Coral.  Phone 5862.  The showings are:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8PM, Saturday has a second show at 3PM

Sundays at 3PM

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Monday to Friday from 10:00 am. to 5:00 pm. On performance weekends hours are from 11:00 am. to 3:00 pm  For reservations and information click here: http://www.culturalparktheater.com/summer.html

Picture14July Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Calendar:

Cape Coral Parks and Recreation sponsors a variety of programs for the month of  July.  From Sunset Celebrations (1st Wednesday of each month), to Ice Cream Socials, to golf classes whatever your interest you are bound to find an activity in the calendar.  Click on the following link:  http://www.capecoral.net/department/parks_and_recreationhome/calendar.php#.U7IN541OVwE

 

 

 Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day See you in August!

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June is Here and So is Summer in the Cape…..

June Collage Ahh yes June is here…the beginning of summer, Father’s Day, Flag Day and here in SW Florida mangos make their way to our table.  This delicious fruit is a staple here in the Cape Coral area.  In fact it has its own festival – the Cape Coral Mango Festival!  Many residents have their own mango trees in their back yards and about this time the fruit is ready for picking! Mangoes are very high in phosphorus, potassium and vitamins A, C, B-6 and E. They are healthy and delicious. Some people describe the flavor of a perfectly ripe mango being as being a blend between a peach and a pineapple. The perfectly ripened mango is juicy and sweet. They’re used in salsa, chutney, jam and juice recipes but I like to eat them plain right from the tree!

 

 

Cape Coral and SW Florida Housing Market

Median Price Jumps Again in April Picture7The April numbers are in and according to the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, market indicators for April show a robust increase in home sales compared to the same time period last year.  The median price for single family homes in Lee County, FL hit a new milestone in April 2014 by reaching $200,000, an 8.1 percent increase when compared to April 2013 and a $15,000 increase from March 2014. The median price of condos hit $170,000, up 13.3 percent when compared to April 2013 and an $8,000 increase month-to-month.  Basically, the days of “bargains” are or in some cases have come to a halt and its beginning to be more and more a sellers market!

“As home values continue to increase, the market in Lee County has become more challenging to both first time homebuyers and investors alike”, says Karen Swanbeck, Association President. “Investors are finding that market conditions are not as enticing as in past years. Both first-time and cash buyers are being asked to bring their best offers to sellers; in fact, the median days-on-market is under 45 days for homes listed for less than $250,000.”

The number of existing single family home sales that were available for purchase in April 2014 is 2.2  percent above that of April 2013 and now rests at 5,802. Inventory decreased in number by 408 properties month to month.  Single family homes of all types spent a median 48 days on market before coming under contract in April 2014, and the average home sold for 92.1 percent of its listing price. In April 2013 those numbers were 59 days and 93.7 percent, respectively.  See the complete report in the Click here: Mortgage and Housing News  If you are interested in looking for property in Cape Coral, Fort Myers or the surrounding SW Florida area give us a call or email us – our contact information is on the right hand side of this blog.

Focus on Estero

Picture9One of the many communities in the area, Estero, was actually established and incorporated as a progressive liberal community in 1894 by the followers of Dr. Cyrus Teed, who proposed a theory that we live on the inside of the Earth’s outer skin, and that celestial bodies are all contained inside the hollow Earth. This theory, which he called Koreshan Unity, drew followers to purchase and occupy a 320-acre tract in 1894. They were business-oriented and lived communally, prospering enough to found its own political party (“The Progressive Liberty Party”) and incorporate the town on September 1, 1904 as Estero. The 1908 death of Dr. Teed (who claimed to be immortal) was a critical blow to the group’s faith, whose membership dwindled into the 1960s.  The Koreshans’ original tract is now owned by Florida as the Koreshan State Historic Site.

Estero is now an unincorporated area of Lee County and home to the Germain Arena which hosts the home games for the Florida Everblades ECHL ice hockey team. Yes we do play hockey in Florida – so once again if you are a fan of the stick and the ice it’s here for you too! Estero is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Since 2000, Estero has been one of the fastest growing areas in the U. S. Until recently most of Estero’s growth has been residential, over 11,000 housing units have been permitted during the last 5 and one half years. Currently, commercial development is leading the growth curve in Estero, Florida.  On May 7, 2013, Hertz Corporation announced it was moving its corporate headquarters and about 750 jobs to Estero from its former bases at Park Ridge, New Jersey and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hertz will be building a $75 million building at the northeast corner of US 41 and Williams Road.

For more information on Estero click on the following links:

http://fort.myers.metroguide.com/city_Estero.htm

http://esterofl.org/

 

Picture23One of the most beautiful attractions in Estero is Lover’s Key state Park.  For years, Lovers Key was accessible only by boat and it was said that only lovers traveled to the island to enjoy its remote and solitary beach. Today, it is one of four barrier islands that make up this state park. A haven for wildlife, the islands and their waters are home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles. The two mile long beach is accessible by boardwalk or tram and is popular for shelling, swimming, picnicking, and sunbathing. Black Island has over five miles of multiuse trails for hiking and bicycling. Anglers and boaters can launch thePicture14ir vessels from the park’s boat ramp. The park’s concession offers kayak tours, as well as bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals. For tour reservations and rentals of bicycles, canoes and kayaks, call (239)765-7788. Located on County Road 865 between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach in Lee County. For more information Click Here: Lovers Key state Park 

 

Parking is available at the park for a fee and the tram ride top the beach is free.  There are plenty of areas for fishing and the shelling is superb!  Also kayak lovers there are numerous channels and open water for your kayaking delight.  Imagine gliding along mangrove laden channels with an abundance of flora and fauna for you to explore!  Make Lover’s Key a must do next time you visit SW Florida and if you should decide to make this area home permanently you will have this right in your own “backyard”!


 

 

 

DSCN8983_edited-1Today In America with Terry Bradshaw – Spotlight on Cape Coral!

Terry Bradshaw presents Cape Coral in this segment of Today In America.  The segment was aired in December 2013.  Take a look click on the link and get a five minute overview of why Cape Coral  as a “natural fit for live, work and for play”!

Click on the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KEH1gY_SQg

 

 

 

 How about Wintering on the “Other Cape” in 2014/2015?

Picture11Winter is just six months away!!!  I don’t want to place a damper on things especially with the severe winter weather that permeated the Northeast and Midwest.  However. if you are thinking about escaping winter for a while and giving Cape Coral and the SW Florida area a “test ride”, you may want to consider a seasonal rental here in Cape Coral the “Other Cape” during those nasty winter weeks or months. Rentals times can be for as little as a week to a month or more.  Remember Cape Coral has 355 days of sunshine year round and winter temperature are between 60 – 75 degrees during the winter days.  So if you are planning your escape here are some links to get you started.  If you need additional assistance or have any questions about the area call us or email us.  Our contact information is on the right hand side of this blog.

 

http://www.tripadvisor.com/VRACSearch?geo=34118&token=52060cd9bed14892a3b9c2bcbe86ce41&l1currency=USD&firstVRs=1783226

http://www.vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/florida/cape-coral.html

http://www.countryclubrentalsinc.com/furnished/cape_coral/index.html

 

June 2014 Parks and Recreation Activities Calendar:

Click on the link to view the schedule of events for June in Cape Coral sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department

http://www.capecoral.net/department/parks_and_recreationhome/calendar.php#.U4o1Y41OVwU

 

 

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This Months Topics:

  • Mortgage Pre Approval Letter – Why You Need It – How to Get It
  • 10 Turn Offs for Potential Home Buyers – Still have avocado kitchen appliances? Time to change!
  • Flood Insurance Update for Florida – Gov. Scott may sign a bill allowing private flood insurance
  • April 2014 Realty Report for Lee County

See You in July

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Don’t forget to fly your flag on Flag Day  June 14th – show your pride in America!

 

 

 Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there  June 15th  – enjoy your special day!

 

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We trust that you have enjoyed this issue of “Livin on the Cape”.  Our mission continues to focus on being the good will ambassadors for Cape Coral and the surrounding area of Southwest Florida.  If you are interested in more information or looking for that special place to claim as your new home send us an email by clicking on our email contact information at the top right hand corner of the blog.  Thank you and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Bridging into Summer on the Cape!

 

Picture7It’s May – Cinco de Mayo Festivals, a tribute to Moms on Mother’s Day, warmer longer days and it ends with our solemn thanks to those that gave the supreme sacrifice for our freedom,  Memorial Day Weekend.   Summer is just around the corner Livin in the Cape!

May arrives after a mild April!  There is a definite change in the air – started running the AC on a more regular basis since mid April.  The warmer humid weather is just around the corner. Now is a good time to have your local service contractor do a AC Tune Up.  You don’t want to be without AC in the middle of summer!  It’s akin to having no furnace available in the Northeast in one of the cold winter months!   Pool cover off for good water temperature is already in the low to mid 80’s.  Snow birds have definitely gone for the season back to Northern latitudes.  The exodus started just before Easter.  We saw numerous out of state cars, campers and RV vehicles heading North on I75.  So I look at May as the bridging month – summer is not too far away and changes are evident:

 

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Sun Splash Water Park is open again. Located adjacent to Lake Kennedy, it really is the “Coolest Place to Be” for the upcoming season. Click on the link for more information on operating hours and admission prices.

May will be the last month for kayaking in the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve.  The Kayak Shack will close for the season on Memorial Day and reopen for weekend and special event holidays November through May. Click on the link for kayak rental information and operating hours.  Don’t forget to bring your camera!

 

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The walking trail at the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve is open year round.  If you plan on walking the trail through the summer months bring plenty of water to stay well hydrated. Click on the link for trail maps and guides.

 

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The Yacht Club Community Pool has also reopened for the season.  The pool will be open to the public from March through October.  Rates and pool memberships are available follow the link above.  Right next door is the Cape Coral Yacht Club Community Park featuring the beach area, the fishing pier, boat launches, picnic areas and pavilion.  The ballroom is a popular rental spot for weddings, private parties and business meetings. Click here for ballroom rental information.  An enclosed beach pavilion is also available for picnics, BBQ’s, birthday parties and other casual events. For beach pavilion rental info, click here.

 

 

Picture5All of these great programs and amenities are brought  to you by the City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department which emphasizes that “s parks are where lifetime friendships are formed, where the gap between generations is bridged, and where people discover what they have in common. How do you grow a hometown with a sense of community, while conserving green spaces and waterways for generations to come? It Starts in Parks!”  Visit the Parks and Recreation Home Page Here   

Attached is the link for the Summer Season Parks and Recreations Activities.

 

 

 

 

Picture6Hats Off to the City of Cape Coral – the city continues to provide a great quality of life with all of the different programs from sports to theater, to the arts to recreation Cape Coral is a great place to live and enjoy.  Please visit the new City of Cape Coral Website Here and navigate through the various resources available in the city.  If you are considering a move to SW Florida then the Cape Coral area is the place to be!

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The Burrowing Owl – Official Bird of Cape Coral

Cape Coral is home to the largest population of the Florida species of the Burrowing Owl in the State of Florida. Birders and photographers come from all over the world to see and photograph them.

The Florida Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia floridan) is the most encountered lisited species in the City of Cape Coral with over 2,500 owl burrows. The Florida Burrowing Owl is classified as a “species of special concern” by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC). Burrows, owls, and their eggs are protected from harassment and/or disturbance by State law and by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  In 2005, The City of Cape Coral designated the Florida Burrowing Owl the official City Bird. (Resolution 50-05)

The Burrowing Owl is a small, pint-sized bird that lives in open, treeless areas. The Burrowing Owl spends most of its time on the ground, where its sandy brown plumage provides camouflage from potential predators.  One of Florida’s smallest owls, this bird averages nine inches in height, with a wingspan of 21 inches. The Burrowing Owl has bright yellow eyes and unusually long legs that provide additional height for a better view to spot predators.  Instead of nesting in the trees, as most birds do, the Burrowing Owl gets its name from living underground in burrows. It digs its own holes or lives in abandoned Gopher Tortoise burrows. Burrowing owls are unique in that they can live in close proximity to humans.

 Nesting season officially began in mid-February and lasts through mid-July, but the owls don’t always know that. We have seen very young chicks in two burrows in town as of mid December.

 

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  • When Homeownership is Better than Renting!-10 Good Reasons to Own versus Rent
  • Remodeling that Bathroom? Avoid these 5 mistakes:

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See You in June

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms – for all that you do we salute you on your special day!

A salute to all our Veterans and current service members thank you for what you have and done and for what you are doing to guard our freedom.  Words alone cannot compensate the sacrifice you have endured.  Make sure to buy a “poppy” to support our veterans.

 

Relaxing in Paradise!

 

We trust that you have enjoyed this issue of “Livin on the Cape”.  Our mission continues to focus on being the good will ambassadors for Cape Coral and the surrounding area of Southwest Florida.  If you are interested in more information or looking for that special place to claim as your new home send us an email by clicking on our email contact information at the top right hand corner of the blog.  Thank you and enjoy!

 

April – A New Beginning!

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April on the Cape –

April is here, springtime, blooming flowers and plants, winter doldrums are behind us and the beauty of every morning is reflected in the terrific sunsrises and capped with beautiful sunsets. The days are getting longer and nights shorter.  Time to mulch, spread some weed and feed and spruce up the flower beds.  Everyone and everything is in motion a new beginning for a new season.  We celebrate Easter and Passover with friends and family.  And yes April 15th – it’s the day we pay our taxes!  It’s all about April in this issue of Livin on the Cape!

 

Picture12Mr. & Mrs Eagle down the street are coaching their new fledglings to fly – prettty soon they will leave the nest for good and branch out on their own.  They have been coming back to the same nesting site.  I learned that eagles mate for life and make it a point to return to the same nesting site year after year.  Here in Cape Coral the American Bald Eagle is a protected species and nest sites are monitored throughout the season. Construction of any type is not allowed within a specified distance of nesting sites.

Picture10The owl family next door has left after their new hatchling learned to take flight.   For two years now the Great Horned Owl family has returned to the abondoned eagles nest next door to us and each year they have had one hatchling.   It seems that nature is in harmony with all these new beginnings.  And for Cape Coral its a new beginning too – just read that Cape Coral/Fort Myers area is now the 10th largest growth area in the US!

 

It’s Beach Time!!!

Picture2Did You Know…..there are over 20 beaches between Venice and Marco Island?

Over twenty beach areas with pure white sand just waiting for you!  Southwest Florida is known for some of the finest beaches in Florida and is an experience not to be missed!  There are miles of beautiful, white sands sprinkled with an array of colorful shells of many varieties that appeal to visitors and residents alike.  The waters dance in colors of blues and greens, while seagulls and pelicans sing the song of paradise.  An almost endless supply of sunshine is available throughout the year which is just one more reason to enjoy Southwest Florida and the many well known beaches it has to offer.  Whether you are looking for a day filled with shelling, sand castles and sunshine, or a day of fishing and relaxation, or even a romantic getaway, the many beaches of Southwest Florida have exactly what you’re looking for.  There are beach retreats that are only accessible by boat and islands filled with breathtaking shorelines.  There are parks that are the perfect spot for a day of family fun and there are secluded tropical oasis that awaits leisure barefoot walks, tranquility and memories for a lifetime.  There is something for everyone.  Take a look at the beach guide:  SWF Beaches

Take A Walk on the Wild Side!

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 This is the perfect time of year to be visiting the natural preserves in the area.  I had been driving by the preserves on Burnt Store  Road for quite some time and decided it was time to take a hike and walk on the wild side!  I hiked both areas of the Port Charlotte Preserves last week.  It’s quite different than taking a hike in the heavily wooded forests of the Northeast.  I did a lot of hiking in the Adirondacks when I resided in Saratoga Springs, NY and it is a totally different expereince.

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Unlike the tall pine, maple and oak forests of the Northeast the preserves are a miuxture of Flatwood Pines and Cypress trees mixed in with an abundant variety of palm trees and assorted vegetation such as seagrasses and marsh reeds.  Trails are usually open from dawn to dusk and well marked.  There are guided walks available.  I hiked  the Hidden Hammock  trail a 1.5 mile loop at the Port Charlotte State Park Preserve and later hiked the 1.0 mile looop of Eagle Point Trail at Alligator Creek. There is a nature center at the Alligator Pond area with information on local plant and animal life.  An observation deck surrounds the center and stairways lead to the observation dock at the pond.

 

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And yes I was not disappointed and did manage to see the King of the Pond at Gator Pond.  Alligators can be found  throughout the many ponds, lakes and marshes.  One word of caution alligators are protected.  Do not disturb or feed them.  There is a $500 fine for feeding or approaching alligators and the trail is posted with warnings.

 

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Another great venue for the nature lover – The Audobon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a 14,000 acre preserve near Naples, FL.  Founded in 1954 it contains the largest virgin Bald Cypress Forest in North America.  A 2.5 mile loop takes you deep into the swamp on an elevated boardwalk  exploring 5 different types of habitats.  .  Bird enthusiast can view different species. I had the opportunity to take some tremendous nature shots with my camera. Allow at least 3 hours for your tour.  There are plenty of viewing areas and rest stops along the trail and you really need to “stop and view”  to get the best out of your expereince.  Blue and grey herrons, wood storks and other bird species abound.  And yes there are alligators in the wet areas plenty of them!

 

 

Some tips on hiking in the preserves!  Wear light loose clothing it tends to get warm and a bit humid.  Sunscreen and a hat – even on a cloudy overcast day there is plenty of UV light available.  Water – bring plenty of water to hydrate.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.  Give yourself plenty of time you are here to observe nature it’s not a streaming video! Turn off you cell phone and disconnect for a while!

 

Links to the preserves:

http://www.checflorida.org/Alligator_Creek.html

http://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/do/beaches_nature_and_outdoors/moreinfo.php?ID=2567

http://floridastateparks.org/charlotteharbor/

http://corkscrewsanctuary.org/

 

Cape Coral/Fort Myers Make the Top 10

Growing By Leaps and Bounds!

The Cape Coral-Fort Myers area is the 10th fastest-growing in the country.  A million people now live in Lee and Collier counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  Lee County is among the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation, according to Census Bureau information released Thursday. Top 10 fastest-growing metro areas
Top 10 Growth Areas   in the US
Area %
1. The Villages, Fla 5.5
2. Odessa, Texas 3.3
3. Midland, Texas 3.3
4. Fargo, N.D.-Minn 3.1
5. Bismarck, N.D. 3.1
6. Casper, Wyo. 2.9
7. Myrtle   Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C.-N.C 2.7
8. Austin-Round Rock, Texas 2.6
9. Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, Ala. 2.6
10. Cape Coral-Fort Myers 2.5
Source US Census Bureau

http://www.news-press.com/viewart/20140327/NEWS0101/140327003/Census-Lee-Collier-population-hits-1-million

 To Your Health!

 

Healthcare!  Its in the news everyday and a solid healthcare system is prime consideration when looking to relocate especially if one is considering retirement.  Great news for Fort Myers/Cape Coral!  HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital  has been identified as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals in the United States. As reported by Healthgrades, a leading independent health care rating company. Only 1 percent of hospitals in the nation achieved this level of recognition for their consistent clinical quality based on an unbiased and objective review of clinical outcomes using nine years of data.

 

See the report:  http://www.healthgrades.com/quality/top-hospitals-2014

http://healthylee.com/blog/lee-memorial-hospital-healthpark-medical-center-named-among-americas-50-best-hospitals-top-1-nationwide/

 

Whats Happening in April on the Cape!

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April 2- Sunset Celebration- Enjoy Southwest Florida’s fabulous sunsets on the first Wednesday of every month. The celebration includes live music, and over 50 vendors selling arts and crafts, jewelry, gift items, and much more! Free Admission.

http://www.capecoral.com/content/sunset-celebration-1

 

 

April 4 & 5- Cape Coral Cardboard Boat Regatta- From the African Queen to Viking Ships to floating turtles, this one of a kind event has something for everyone floating through the bimini basin at Four Freedoms Park in south Cape Coral. Come enjoy watching boat makers float their cardboard boats through the water and see which ones make it to the finish line.

http://www.capecoral.com/content/cape-coral-cardboard-boat-regatta-2014

 

 

 

April 4- Relay for Life More than just a fundraiser, this event is sure to entertain and surprise all while helping a worthy cause. Since 2002, the Cape Coral Relay for Life brings together teams of people camped around local high school tracks taking turns walking around the track continuously for 18 hours, all in an effort to raise money for a cure. Each year the event has raised over $100,000 to battle cancer.

http://www.capecoral.com/content/cape-coral-relay-life-2014

 

 

PrintApril 12- Cape Coral Bike Night- The City of Cape Coral’s Parks & Recreation hosts one the largest collection of motorcycles, live music, food, games and entertainment in Southwest Florida. With four different events throughout the season, Bike Night has become one of Cape Coral’s most anticipated events. This year Bike Night includes; two stages of live music, dunk tank, and Dixie Roadhouse Bull Riding Contest.

 

TBA- Italian-American Festival- Hosted by the Cape Coral Italian American Club, this event offers a unique blend of Italian food, entertainment, and fun. Hosted both inside the club’s hall and Big John’s parking lot, the festival offers something for everyone.

 

TBA- Kiwanis Kids Fishing Derby- The Cape Coral Kiwanis Club have hosted this event for 25 years. Kids enjoy a morning of fishing on the Yacht Club Pier. There are trophies for winners in different categories. Fishing pros are on hand to teach children the tricks of successful fishing. Such prizes as free rods and reels are given free throughout the day.

 

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  • The New Qualified Mortgage Rules – What are they
  • Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal – Dress up your front yard with inexpensive flower blooms
  • More Than Just the Down Payment – What other funds orsource of funds do you need?
  • It’s Tax Time – Homeowner Deductions
  • Credit Scores and Financing – My FICA Score is Not the Greatest!

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See You in May!

 

Picture10We trust that you have enjoyed this issue of “Livin on the Cape”.  Our mission continues to focus on being the good will ambassadors for Cape Coral and the surrounding area of Southwest Florida.  If you are interested in more information or looking for that special place to claim as your new home send us an email by clicking on our email contact information at the top right hand corner of the blog.  Thank you and Happy Spring!

 

 

 

Forward March!

March

Marching Forward!

construction1It’s March in Cape Coral and everything in Cape Coral is “marching forward”!  It’s an exciting and vibrant time for the city.  New housing permits are on the rise up 37% from 2012.  There is movement everywhere from the repaving projects in south Cape to the Pine Island road expansion.  You may have noticed detours and construction signs on Trafalgar and neighboring areas.  Yes the Utilities Expansion Project is also marching forward.  Rolled out in phases throughout 2014 the project will bring city water and sewer to residents in the 4 square mile section called Southwest 6 and 7.  Construction on the new Sam’s Club has started at the intersection of Pine Island and Hancock Bridge Parkway and the new Golden Coral Restaurant is open on Pine Island Road.

WP_20130728_001You can also feel the movement forward as a sense of community has taken shape within the city.  Art festivals, cultural events, theater, the Farmer’s Markets  off Cape Coral Parkway and the Surfside area, kayaking in the preserve, festive restaurants like Iguana Mia, Ford’s Garage and Pincher’s Crab shack are brimming with patrons both from locals as well as visiting snowbirds. Sunset festivals, chocolate festivals and of course Bike Night top off the events.   It’s March spring is around the corner and we are still blessed with terrific weather compared to the rest of the country!  It’s great to be in Cape Coral!

Real Estate Trends

Cape Coral Market Snapshot as of 02/01/2014 – Decreased inventory, increased median price and a decease in distressed properties – All good factors for a healthy housing market in Cape Coral

Source:  http://www.movoto.com/cape-coral-fl/market-trends/

Today 1 Month Ago 1 Year Ago Change
Total   Inventory 1606 1504 1680 -4%
Median List   Price $234,999.00 $229,900.00 $198,900.00 18%
% Distressed 4 4 12
Median DOM 59 67 70 -16%
Median House   Size 1900 1890 1825 4%
Median $/Sqft 121 121 109 11%

Trends Cape Coral Median Price of Homes

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Population Trends on the Rise in Cape Coral

Back in the growth phase again, “Cape Coral the region’s most populous city, grew by 6,764 people between 2010 and 2013, UF estimates show. Nearly 160,000 reside in the Cape.”

“Just before the recession Cape Coral was one of the top five fastest growing cities in America,” recalls Kevin Pickett, a Lee County-based broker associate with Right Choice Realty. “With all the new construction, the availability of land to do new construction, we’re starting to see it come back to that. Many homebuyers are baby boomer retirees from the Midwest and Northeast, but a surprising number are younger, Mr. Pickett said. His office sampled 100 recent buyers and found that 60 percent were between age 35 and 45.”  http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/news/2014-02-12/Top_News/Florida_population_growth_returns_to_form.html

A Boaters’ Paradise!

marinaWhether you are a permanent resident of Cape Coral or a seasonal visitor, you are in a boaters’ paradise.  With so many canals and waterways you can take to the water and explore the many areas in and around Cape Coral and Fort Myers and even venture out to the Gulf of Mexico!

Let’s start with the Caloo waterway, the Caloosahatchee River runs along both shorelines of Fort Myers and Cape Coral  all the way to the Franklin Locks, to Pine Island Sound and to the Gulf of Mexico. Up river, there is fresh water areas ideal for fishing and water skiing. There are  public parks and marinas on either side of the river.  Downstream takes you out toward Sanibel Island and the Gulf of Mexico.

cape coral mapWithin the Cape Coral Canal System you can navigate to various lakes and freshwater areas.  Over 400 miles of canals are found within Cape Coral.  That’s what makes this city unique1  The canals come in different widths and sizes, some freshwater, some saltwater.  Saltwater canals refers to those with Gulf access, freshwater canals do not!  The freshwater canal system makes up for this with a large network of lakes and basins for freshwater fishing.   There are numerous boat ramps and launches to accommodate any size craft.   Cape Coral includes sailboat access canals, direct access canals, and partially restricted access canals.  A common misconception is that “direct access” means no bridges are along the path: this is not necessarily true!  Direct access means that there are no locks or lifts interrupting the flow of water.  Multiple bridges still qualifies as direct access (and bridge heights can vary).  If it’s completely uninterrupted canals you want, then you are looking for unrestricted, sailboat access canals.

Cape Coral Sunset Festivals

 

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On the first Wednesday of each month at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, you’ll find residents and visitors gathering for the Sunset Festival.  Sponsored by the City of Cape Coral, the festival is a great way to promote the community spirit of the city.  I attended my first festival in February.  There were close to a thousand people in attendance!  My wife and I browsed the many vendor stalls offering a diversity of merchandise.  There was music and food available and  attendees were already finding their favorite spot on the beach or the fishing pier to catch the setting sun.  Met some folks from the northeast and Midwest while walking on the pier and recounted our good  fortunate that we were to be here on the beach in early February.  Some great music with a local deejay played in the background as we watched the sun gradually dip in the west.  Soon the hues of red and orange were replaced by violets and indigo as evening fell on the beach. We are making it a priority to attend the next festival.  A great way to spend a Wednesday night and best of it’s free!  A tip – come early parking fills up pretty quickly although there are additional parking areas a  short walk from the  beach!

Dolphin Spotting!

fort myers princessLooking to catch a glimpse of bottle nose dolphins and enjoy a cruise on the waterways between Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island?  Then  the Fort Myers Princess Dolphin Cruise is your destination.  We have done the cruise a few times with friends who have come to visit us.  It’s true when you move to Florida, you’ll never be without visitors!  We enjoyed our last trip with Charlene and Elias, friends of our from Mendon, MA.  The Fort Myers Princess is located at 645 Old San Carlos Blvd. on Fort Myers Beach, under the skyway bridge  behind “Nervous Nellie’s,” adjacent to the  “Marina Village Resort Condominium” dock.  Sailings begin at 12:30 on Mondays, Wednesday and Friday.

There is ample room with upper and lower deck seating.  There is a full service beverage bar with snacks and do try the dolphins1Paradise Punch a specialty!  The cruise navigates up the San Carlos Bay and then out towards Sanibel Island.  There is plenty to see from lavish waterfront homes to the shrimp fleet as well as countless numbers of water birds and of course dolphins.  The crew will expertly navigate to the dolphin sightings and you can get some pretty good camera shots.  The outbound voyage ends at Sanibel Light and then proceeds back to Fort Myers Beach.  After the cruise you can stop for a bite to eat at Nervous Nellies Eatery or take a stroll down to Times Square on the beach,  There is a large fishing pier at the beach and many restaurants and of course shopping long the beach area.  It’s an enjoyable afternoon!   See details at the following link:  Dolphin Tour

What’s Happening in March!

 

mardi grasMarch 1- South Cape Mardi Gras Party Crawl- 7-11PM Celebrate Mardi Gras South Cape style. Enjoy the many nightlife establishments that call South Cape home with exclusive drink specials, and an opportunity to win prizes

 

 

March 1-2- Irish American Festival- Cape Coral flows green as people come out to celebrate St. Patrick and the Irish-festival10th_0Irish at this family-friendly festival. Hosted by the Cape Coral Irish American Club, the Irish Festival brings to Cape Coral authentic Irish food, music and fun for the entire family.The Cape Coral Irish Club is holding its Tenth Annual Irish Festival
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and  Sunday, March 2, 2014, 11:00 a.m. (Roman Catholic Mass) to 9:30 p.m.   Two Days of Continuous Irish Entertainment,  Plus  Games, Rides, Art & Crafts, Vendors  Food and Refreshments!    The United Irish will be sponsoring a tent at this event and we hope you will visit us.  Pick up your Irish T-Shirt, Visor, Kooles and  Especially those Raffle Tickets for  the Irish Trip to Dublin!  Come and Enjoy!!

For more information click on the link:  Irish Festival

 

WP_20140205_023March 5- Sunset Celebration- Enjoy Southwest Florida’s fabulous sunsets on the first Wednesday of every month.

  • Over 30 vendors selling arts, crafts, jewelry, and gift items
  • Food & drink
  • Fabulous SW Florida sunsets!
  • Live music on the beach
  • Free Admission
  • Yacht Club Community Park  Phone:  239-574-0806 for more information.

 

Picture6March 9 – Art Focus Festival -A Day of Art in Rubicond Park!  Free and open to the public! Art exhibits, free class demos and more.  4355 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral.  Here is the link:  Art Focus Fest

 

 

March 14- All Walks of Art Festival- This family friendly event promotes the number of artists we have in the area. Over 60 artists from all avenues present their works, as well as create art live at the event. Live music, foodPromo1FB-231x300, and drinks are available, as well as raffles and silent auctions.  More information at All Walks of Art

 

 

 

 

thD6V8PZ75March 14- Sounds of Jazz & Blues Festival- Enjoy a night of dreamy smooth jazz and blues. Held at The Westin    Resort at Marina Village, the event is a fabulous night filled with fantastic music, sumptuous food & beverages, and what is sure to be an evening to remember.  More information at Jazz and Blues Fest

 

 

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March 15-16 – Gathering of Giants- Cape Coral R/Seahawks present the 20th Annual thINA6AS10Gathering of the Giants at Seahawk Air Park, featuring Jets, Warbirds, Stunt Planes, and more! This two day event attracts thousands who come out and marvel at the aerobatic stunts from the radio controlled airplanes.  For more information click here: Gathering of Giants

 

thWXAC928AMarch 16  Noon to 5PM – Gardenfest- This is a must do event for those who enjoy authentic German food and entertainment. Plenty of schnitzel, brats, potato pancakes, chicken, pretzels, beer and wine is on tap for this annual event. There will  also be authentic live German music on the stages throughout the event.   For more information click here Gardenfest

 

CCPR-Winter2014Download Your Free Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Guide 2014 Winter Edition here: http://publ.com/t1CwgP#1

Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Program Guide Winter 2014 (Jan – April) Download your interactive guide to all activities, programs and information on what’s happening in Cape Coral – from Arts to Zumba it has it all! here:

 

 

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This Months Topics:

  • 10 Real Estate Terms Every Buyer and Seller Should Know
  • Flood Insurance Do I need It?
  • How to Have Peace of Mind and Security for the Open House
  • Benefits in Making that One Extra Mortgage Payment Each Year
  • What’s Hot & What’s Not Kitchen Remodeling 2014

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See You in April!

We trust that you have enjoyed this issue of “Livin on the Cape”.  Our mission continues to focus on being the good willshamrock ambassadors for Cape Coral and the surrounding area of Southwest Florida.  If you are interested in more information or looking for that special place to claim as your new home send us an email by clicking on our email contact information at the top right hand corner of the blog.  Thank you and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

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