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Hello June

June CollageIs it possible that half the year is over with and here we are slipping into June and the start of the traditional summer season!  Graduations, Father’s Day, Flag Day and those short nights and long days when we can sit outside in the evening air and admire the star lit skies.  Time for picnics, the beach, BBQ and crafting vacation plans.  June is here and in Cape Coral we have the coming of the rainy season.  Sit on your lanai in the early afternoon and guaranteed between 1PM and 6M you will get a bit of a downpour, sometimes its like a mini monsoon  lasting for 10 to 15 minutes and then poof it’s gone!  Out comes the sun and blue skies reign again.  Welcome to summer in Florida!

Burrowing Owl Mania!

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Yes the Burrowing Owls, the official bird of Cape Coral are visible in their protected nesting areas throughout the city.  Cape Coral  has the distinction of having the largest population of the Florida species of the Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia floridana) in the State, with an estimated 1000 nesting pair.

At only 5-8.5 ounces and7.5-11 inches tall, the Burrowing Owl is one of the smallest of all the owls, and of the 171 species of owls worldwide, the only owl that lives underground.   Cape Coral has upwards of 2500 burrows within the City limits, but not all of them are actively being used by owls.  While some of the Western Burrowing Owls migrate, the Burrowing Owls here in Cape Coral do not migrate.  They are here year round, but often hide in the summer to avoid the hot summer sun. The best time to see the owls is from January through June, and the best time to see the chicks is late April through June.

Let’s Go to Gasparilla Island!

DSC_0010-10-Pano-2About an hour’s drive north of Cape Coral and then southwest you arrive at Gasparilla Island.  Gasparilla Island is a barrier island in southwest Florida, United States, straddling the border of Charlotte and Lee Counties. Its largest town is Boca Grande, and it is the location of the Gasparilla Island State Park. The island has been an important part of Florida folklore due to its connection to the pirate Gasparilla (José Gaspar), and has been a significant tourist destination since the early 20th century.  On the island are the famous banyan trees and you can’t miss the view on Banyan Street in Boca Grande! Also, there are no gas stations on the island so the primary means of transportation for residents and visitors is the golf cart!  Access to the island is over the causeway bridge at toll of $6 (Cash Only) is needed for going to the island.  Gasparilla Island State Park is on the southern end of the island with access to beaches and the two lighthouse areas.  Shelling, swimming, snorkeling, boating or just lying in the sun are resident activities.  Its a great way to spend the day on undeveloped beaches.  Rest room facilities, picnic areas and bath houses are provided at the park.  There is a $3 (Cash Only) fee for day use.

Seen below: Shelling in the Surf, Pristine White Beach, Boca Grande Light & Museum and Sailing on the Channel!

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Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers

Lakes Regional ParkA great park located on Gladiolous Drive in Fort Myers – This 279-acre facility features 158-acres of freshwater quarry lake. The lake, with depths ranging from a few inches to 20 feet, boasts good fishing for bass, bream and other fresh and saltwater species. The lake also supports an array of wildlife, including the American Alligator. A variety of birds including Ibis, Egrets, Herons, Cormorants and Anhingas will offer good bird watching and photographic opportunities.

train rideThe park contains approximately 2.5 miles of paved or natural paths for walking, jogging, biking, and most other non-motorized activities. Lakes Park has also been designated by the American Heart Association as an official “Smart! Walking Path!”  you can rent bikes and boats as well as take a miniature train ride through the north end of the park.  There are numerous playground activities for the kids including splash parks to cool off on those hot summer days.  Also there are plenty of picnic areas as well as rental of gazebos and covered shelters throughout the park.. A great way to spend a fun day at the park!

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June 3rd – Experience the beauty of Southwest Florida’s amazing sunsets at the Cape Coral Yacht Club for the Sunset Celebration on the first Wednesday of the month. Listen to live music on the beach, shop from over 40 vendors selling unique crafts, jewelry and other gift items, or take a stroll on the pier.

For vendor information please call (239) 574-0806

Cape Coral Yacht Club
5819 Driftwood Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33904
239-574-0806
Wed, 06/03/2015 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
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June 1st –  Beginners Guide to Kayaking

DESCRIPTION:  Learn basic paddle strokes from an experienced guide.  This class is taught by GAEA Guides.  Meeting location provided upon registration.  Advance registration & payment is required. (16+ years)

COST:  $40 Cape Resident / $60 Non-Cape Resident (includes kayak, equipment)
WHEN:  Monday, June 1st from 10:00am – 1:00pm

WHERE:  Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve
East End of SE 23rd Terrace
Cape Coral, FL 33990

 

June 6th Offshore Rodeo and Reggae Party –  The 3rd Annual Offshore Rodeo & Reggae Party will be making a splash in Southwest Florida. A benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, the fishing tournament launches at 6:00am on Saturday, June 6th from Salty Sam’s Marina. Anglers will spend the day catching a variety of species for a chance to hook the top prize and will enjoy their fresh catch for dinner compliments of the Bootleggers Waterfront BBQ. Attendees will also enjoy silent and live auctions, live music and an exciting award ceremony.

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Diving the USS Mohawk. We Dive at Five!  For those into scuba diving off the SW Florida coast, four recommended dive sites former ships now artificial reefs with a plethora of sea life!  One of the best-kept local secrets whispers around a graveyard trail of more than 20 ships, barges and other vessels that squiggles offshore the SW Florida coastline. Divers, in fact, claim the water quality and clarity comparable to the Florida Keys!  http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/news/2015-05-06/Excursions/Check_out_these_four_best_shipwrecks_to_fish_and_d.html

For BBQ Aficionados !!! Who says ypu have to go to Tenessee, Kansas, The Carolina’s or Texas for great BBQ? We have one of the best right here in our backyard!  Trip Advisor just named Reuben’s Smokehouse on US 41 the fourth best BBQ joint in the nation.

http://www.winknews.com/2015/05/21/local-fort-myers-bbq-joint-named-one-of-best-in-nation/

 

 

The Housing Market Overview

Well, it’s still a HOT market – Average price per square foot for Cape Coral FL was $120, an increase of 8.1% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Cape Coral FL for Feb 15 to May 15 was $165,000 based on 1,119 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price increased 6.5%, or $10,100, and the number of home sales decreased 16.8%. There are currently 5,541 resale and new homes in Cape Coral.   The average listing price for homes for sale in Cape Coral FL was $291,250 for the week ending May 27.

Current statistics for 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units with median prices.  Source Trulia.com

No. Bedrooms Feb – May ’15 y-o-y 3 months prior 1 year prior 5 years prior
1 bedroom $68,250 -21.6% $119,000 $87,000 $69,900
2 bedrooms $129,000 +13.2% $118,500 $114,000 $88,300
3 bedrooms $174,000 +7.4% $158,900 $162,000 $100,000
4 bedrooms $227,450 +6.0% $206,350 $214,600 $120,000
All properties $165,000 +6.5% $155,050 $154,900 $100,000

Inventory continues to be rather tight with supply out stripping demand causing an influx in asking prices.  This trend has sustainability in the foreseeable future with modest gains seen throughout the rest of 2015.  This is the type of growth one wants to see in the market instead of the heady days of 2007 – 2008 before the housing market crash.

Gone In 60 Days: Where Homes Are Moving Fastest This Spring     Source: Trulia.com

Buyers need to move a bit faster this year in order to snag their dream house, even in some of the slowest-moving markets. Homes are going especially quick in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, Seattle, and Salt Lake City.  And even though it is reported that CA real estate market is on fire! The fastest moving area in the country; however Cape Coral gets a plug too:   “None of the fastest-moving markets have slowed since last year. In fact, the markets on our top 10 list that sped up the most are San Diego, Ventura County, and Salt Lake City. Other markets that are speeding up most rapidly are almost exclusively in the South and Southwest. The share of homes for sale in Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL still on the market two months later dropped from 64% in April 2014 to 47% in April 2015.”

 Thank You

DSC_0016_edited-1Thank you for visiting our blog.  Our goal continues to provide you with a snapshot of the SW Florida area and lifestyle. We trust you found the information helpful and may spark your desire to visit. Should you need additional information or if you would like to start a property search or even visit  please feel free to contact us – there is no obligation and we would be more than happy to help and answer all your questions!   Have a Great June and Happy Father’s Day to Dads!

 

 

Springing into May on the Cape!

Picture1Oh yeah its May in the Cape!  Nights are starting to get longer, days are bright and sunny!  It’s great living in this part of paradise in SW Florida!  Holiday wise we have Cinqo De Mayo and Mother’s Day on tap for the month.  School ends at the end of May signaling the beginning of the summer season just around the corner! There are a host of festivals and events for the month as well as time to just sit back and relax overlooking your favorite beach area, perhaps fishing off the pier, tasting some great fruits and veggies from the local farmer’s markets or dinning al fresco on Cape Coral Parkway at one of the many outdoor restaurants and of course there is shopping, dinning and entertainment at Tarpon Point or Cape Harbour.  Whatever your flavor you simply can’t run out of things to do in Cape Coral or other places in SW Florida – From Port Charlotte to Marco Island the SW coast is brimming with things to do – you are in the best place on earth!   Whatever beach area you choose you will be on the blue green Gulf of Mexico water with gently rolling waves and miles of beaches for swimming, sunning, shelling or just plain relaxing!

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Your Place in Paradise Awaits!

The housing market was very strong this past season (Jan -April 2015)  The median sales price for homes in Cape Coral FL for Jan 15 to Apr 15 was $161,950. This represents an increase of 3.8%, or $5,950, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 8.7% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 67% over the last 5 years in Cape Coral. The average listing price for Cape Coral homes for sale on Trulia was $287,481 for the week ending Apr 15, which represents an increase of 2.9%, or $7,992, compared to the prior week and an increase of 2.1%, or $5,892, compared to the week ending Mar 25. Average price per square foot for Cape Coral FL was $116, an increase of 8.4% compared to the same period last year.  There are still opportunities for that affordable vacation home or permanent residence in the Cape Coral area!

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What’s Happening in Cape Coral?

If there is any indication that business is booming in Cape Coral take a ride along the Pine Island Road corridor!  Three years ago when I arrived the area was in early recovery mode from the recession and housing bust.  Today is has been transformed to a bustling commercial corridor with an intermingling of big box as well as small business establishments.  A  barometer of a healthy housing market with tempered growth as well as investment by the local government in infrastructure to include roads as well as central utilities projects. The Southwest Cape Coral central water and sewer system is almost complete and plans are in place to begin the project in the Northeast areas.  With a ten year master plan in place, all of Cape Coral will have a centralized water and sewer utility service in place eliminating the need fro well and septic systems.  The central sewer system will protect the water tables as well as the canal system from leeching any hazardous materials in the eco system. Central treated water systems will insure pure water for all residents and businesses.  With commercial zoning limited in Cape Coral, this 2,400 acre corridor is emerging as the new “main street” for future generations. With utilities in and many successful stores already in place, Pine Island Road continues to attract more and more businesses. Recently a host of new businesses have made Pine Island Road area home!

The newest addition is the grand opening of the new WAWA Fuel and  Store Center at the corner of Pondella and Delprado – opening day was April 24th and a capacity crowd was on hand as the first WAWA Center in SW Florida opened their doors. Based in Philadelphia PA, WAWA is now entering the SW Florida markets.  Signature heroes, a gourmet coffee bar, upscale food service as well as fuel services greeted the crowds.  And as a good neighbor local charities were invited to participate raising funds for the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Cape Coral!    Read all about it here_ http://www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com/page/content.detail/id/543735/Wawa-fans-welcome-new-store.html?nav=5004

Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Guide May -Aug 2015

Picture5Click on the link to view the many upcoming activities available in Cape Coral – from Aerobics to Zumba there is something for everyone! Athletic events, classes at the Art Center, boating the yacht club, community golf courses, swimming at the community pool, whatever your interest it’s here in Cape Coral!

http://capeparks.us/summer%202015/index.html

 

 

 

Events

 

May 1, 2015 –   First Friday Downtown Hoedown street party. FREE! Live Music, DJ’s, Food, Drinks, Vendors, and FUN! That’s right, the street in front of Dixie Roadhouse & Rockade will be blocked off and we party in the street! Bourbon Street Style!  Live bands on the BIG STAGE with DJ John Country outside!

http://www.capecoral.com/content/downtown-hoedown

May 2, 2015 – Cinco de Mayo themed event from 4:00pm – 10:00pm on Saturday, May 2, 2015 brought to you by the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral and Iguana Mia Resturant

This is a family friendly event held in the Iguana Mia parking lot on SE 47th Terrace. We will have a kids area, live entertainment on dueling stages, and much more.Cinco de Mayo

Iguana Mia,  1027 Cape Coral Pkwy. E   Cape Coral, FL 33904

http://web.capecoralchamber.com/events/Cinco-de-Mayo-2587/details

 

 

DSCN2803_edited-1  May 6, 2015  Experience the beauty of Southwest Florida’s amazing sunsets at the Cape Coral Yacht Club for the Sunset Celebration on the first Wednesday of every month. Listen to live music on the beach, shop from over 40 vendors selling unique crafts, jewelry and other gift items, or take a stroll on the pier. For vendor information please call (239) 574-0806

http://www.capecoral.net/calendar_parks/calendar_app/calendar_event_detail.html#1368#5/6/2015

 May 9, 20156th annual Cape Coral Triathlon! This is now a USAT sanctioned event and we are proud to partner with title sponsor Lee Memorial Health System. Each participant must have a valid USAT license (annual or one day). The race will feature a .25 mile swim from the Yacht Club Beach. 11 mile bike ride, and 5k run through the historic area of Southeast Cape Coral. Register at www.active.com
Picture11Thank you for visiting our blog.  Our goal continues to provide you with a snapshot of the SW Florida area and lifestyle. We trust you found the information helpful and may spark your desire to visit. Should you need additional information or if you would like to start a property search or even visit  please feel free to contact us – there is no obligation and we would be more than happy to help and answer all your questions!   Have a Happy Spring and Happy Mothers Day to all Moms!

Christmas on the Cape!

Happy Holidays

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year……..

Picture3The Christmas Holiday Season is here….the rush of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday is over and now its countdown to the Season of Light!  Twenty four shopping days as of today until Christmas and yes the malls and stores are bustling with shoppers galore.  Aside from shopping there are other fun activities taking place in Cape Coral and the surrounding area to keep you in that Holiday spirit!  Of course there is no snow or cold to contend with so you can decorate the outside of your home basking in the warmth of the December sun as well as attend various festivities without all that “bundling up”!  That is one of the advantages of Christmas on the Cape!

Christmas Happenings in Cape Coral 2014

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December 6- Holiday Festival of Lights- Come celebrate the holidays with Cape Coral as the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral hosts its annual lighting of the Christmas tree in downtown Cape Coral. The festival also boasts four stage areas filled with over 20 different entertainers including drum lines, dance troupes, actors and musicians. There will also be plenty of attractions for the children to enjoy, including Cape Coral’s version of a winter wonderland.  For More information: http://www.capecoral.com/cape-coral-holiday-festival-of-lights-2014

 

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December 13- Cape 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. Returning this year; two stages of live music, Slow Bike Race, and Dixie Roadhouse Bull Riding Contest.  For more information: http://www.ccbikenight.com/

 

 

December 20- Holiday Boat-A-Long- Celebrate Christmas in Florida style. This Cape Coral tradition is terrific for families. Watch from the Bimini Basin at Four Freedoms Park as over 100 boats decorated with lights, costumes, and more parade around the Bimini in true holiday spirit.  At Four Freedoms Park, the landlubbers watch the boats gather in the Bimini Basin before they begin meandering through the canals of south Cape Coral. Along with providing an ideal seat to watch the illuminated vessels, the park features live holiday music, decorated trees, Christmas crafts, food and beverages for sale.  For more information:  http://www.capecoral.com/content/cape-coral-holiday-boat-parade-2014

 

December 31- South Cape New Year’s Eve Trolley Run- A brand new event to ring in the New Year! Take the trolley and enjoy some of the South Cape’s best bars and restaurants on a night made for festive fun. Drinks specials, appetizers, live music is just the beginning. Come to South Cape and Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2014 Trolley Style.   $5.00 wristband gets you unlimited trolley shuttle on a designated route with 12 stops throughout the South Cape Dining & Entertainment District  From 7 pm to 12 midnight
Free parking in the numerous public parking lots.  South Cape, your dining and entertainment destination.  Must be 21+ – ID Required – No Exceptions
Read more at http://www.wherevent.com/detail/South-Cape-Hospitality-South-Cape-New-Year-s-Eve-2014-Trolley-Event#OX02d3dBlRrCg5sw.99

 

 Cape Coral Market Trends – Median Prices continue to increase as sales prices have appreciated year after year for the past 5 years! –

Source: Trulia.com

The median sales price for homes in Cape Coral FL for Aug 14 to Nov 14 was $152,750. This represents a decline of 1.1%, or $1,750, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 2.2% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 49% over the last 5 years in Cape Coral. The average listing price for Cape Coral homes for sale on Trulia was $314,870 for the week ending Nov 19, which represents a decline of 1.5%, or $4,820, compared to the prior week and an increase of 1.3%, or $4,170, compared to the week ending Oct 29. Average price per square foot for Cape Coral FL was $109, an increase of 6.9% compared to the same period last year. Popular neighborhoods in Cape Coral include Pelican, Caloosahatchee, Hancock, Mariner, Trafalgar, and Burnt Store.Cape Coral median sales prices

 

Number of sold homes in Cape Coral

No. Bedrooms Aug – Nov ’14 y-o-y 3 months prior 1 year prior 5 years prior
1 bedroom $70,000 +75.0% $56,750 $40,000 $69,900
2 bedrooms $124,000 +22.8% $110,000 $101,000 $80,000
3 bedrooms $155,000 +2.2% $159,000 $151,720 $100,000
4 bedrooms $210,000 -2.3% $212,900 $215,000 $135,000
All properties $152,750 +2.2% $154,500 $149,450 $102,500

If you are interested in that second vacation home or looking to make a move “down south”, now is a great time to explore your options in Cape Coral, Fort Myers or any of the other communities in the surrounding area.  We would be glad to be your exclusive buyer’s agent in helping you find your place  in paradise!  Give us a call or shoot us an email and we would be more than happy to help – even if you just need more information on the area let us know!

Go to our contact page:  http://aquadreamteam.com/?page_id=26

The City of Cape Coral – “where you can build a business, buy a house and still have money to play!”

-Cape Coral Office of Economic Development

Come to Where it’s Fun to Work and Play!

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Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season…….See you in the New Year!

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November in the Cape

 

 

November LogoNovember – The last of the Halloween candy has been eaten, Daylight Savings Time goes to bed until next year, moderate temperatures prevail with early morning coolness giving way to sunny afternoons, the eagles are back in their nesting grounds as is the great horned owl family next door. You can tell its late fall in SW Florida by the turning of the license plates – meaning that the traditional Sunshine State Florida plates are now intermingled with out of state plates.  Yes the emigration of the snow birds from Northern latitudes has begun!

 Welcome Back Snowbirds!  We love your trek back to SW Florida and spending the upcoming winter with us on the Cape! 

 

Spotlight on Englewood Beach

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A bit north of Cape Coral, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda you will find a great beach experience – Welcome to Englewood Beach, located on Manasota Key (a key is different than an island in that it has no water source) a beautiful beach area with numerous amenities.  Parking is available for  a nominal fee.  Amenities include: basketball hoops, volleyball nets, a children’s play yard and horseshoe pit with plenty of eateries across the street. The boardwalk leads to a bath house with changing facilities and showers.  There are plenty of grills and picnic tables available.  The view is fantastic!  Unobstructed views of the beach in all directions with the gentle blue green waters of the Gulf of Mexico lapping the shores.

F0r More information and directions: http://www.bestbeaches.org/best-beaches/manasota-key-beaches/englewood-beach/

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Places to Visit – Koreshan State Park

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The Koreshan State Historic Site is a state park in Lee County, Florida located on U.S. Highway 41 at Corkscrew Road. It was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in, 1976 under the designation of Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District.  What was the Koreshan Unity?    The Koreshan Unity was a communal utopia formed by Cyrus Teed, who took the name “Koresh”, the original Persian of his name. The Koreshans followed Teed’s beliefs, called Koreshanity.  The main beliefs of DSC_0117_edited-1Koreshanity, or Koreshan Universalogy, are Cellular Cosmogony, which is Teed’s unique form of Hollow Earth theory which puts forth the idea that the Earth, and universe are contained within a concave sphere, or ‘cell’. The Koreshans even conducted several experiments, similar to those conducted by believers in a Flat Earth. Other beliefs included reincarnation, immortality, collectivism, celibacy and alchemy.

Teed’s “New Jerusalem” was built in present day Estero in 1894  and for many years this utopian communal society lived in a self sufficient community.  The dream faded with the death of Teed in 1908.  In 1961 the last four members of the community deeded the property to the State of Florida.  Today you can hike, camp, canoe and take the self guided or ranger guided tour through the community.  For more information:  http://www.floridastateparks.org/koreshan/default.cfm

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Cape Coral Coconut Festival:

Come and celebrate Cape Coral!  The Cape Coral Coconut Festival is an annual celebration of Cape Coral’s uniqueness to the Southwest Florida area. The event includes bands, entertainment, carnival rides, games, food, contests, fireworks, and much more!

Hours: Fri. 5pm–12am, Sat. 10am-11pm, Sun. 10am–10pm.  Parking is available.  The Coconut Festival is held at Sun Splash Family Waterpark festival grounds, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., in Cape Coral.  Admission Price:  $7 per day  (Children under 5 years old are free)  Includes concerts, venue shows, and fireworks on Friday & Saturday.   Fore more information:  http://www.cocofest.com/

 Fort Myers Beach Get Ready to Hit the Sand!

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The 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship is coming back to Fort Myers Beach November 21 through 30, 2014.  Master sand sculptors will craft their works of art in sand in front of the Wyndham Garden Hotel.  It is amazing what these artists do with just sand, water and their special tools!  There is parking and shuttle information at the web site. – See more at: http://fmbsandsculpting.com/

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Out and About – Wildlife Watching in SW Florida

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This is a great time of the year to get together with nature!  Hiking, canoeing, kayaking – the Cape Coral and surrounding area has it all for the nature enthusiast:   From hiking the Corkscrew Swamp Preserve in Naples to Moonlight Kayaking at the Eco Preserve in Cape Coral.  Or, for the less adventurous take a cruise on the Caloo or to Sanibel and see the dolphins!  Whatever your taste you will be rewarded with a vast array of wildlife viewing!

Featured Sites:

Kayaking at Four Mile Eco Preserve:  http://www.capecoral.net/department/parks_and_recreationhome/four_mile_cove_eco_preserve.php

Corkscrew Swamp Preserve: http://corkscrew.audubon.org/

Dolphin Cruise Fort Myers Princess: http://fortmyersprincess.com/

Paddle wheel River Cruise:  http://jccruises.com/

Caloosahatchee River Cruise:  http://www.purefortmyers.com/river-cruises/

Charlotte Harbor Preserve:  http://www.wildlifeviewingareas.com/wv-app/parkdetail.aspx?parkid=224

Six Mile Cypress Preserve: http://www.leeparks.org/facility-info/facility-details.cfm?Project_Num=0105

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.  Give thanks for all the blessings, give thanks for your family and friends and take the time to enjoy the world around you.  Best wishes and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!

Thank you for visiting our little piece of paradise!  See you in November!  If you are interested in visiting the SW Florida area or have decided its time to have your own piece of paradise whether seasonal or full time give us a call or email us we will be glad to help!

See You In December!

Fall Into SW Florida!

 

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– the last wisp of the summer wind is gone and Fall is here.  Five good things about Fall in Southwest Florida:

Your pool is still up and running and the warm days and nights continue.

You haven’t had to put away your “summer clothes” in fact you never have to put them away!

Your hibiscus plants and bougainvillea bushes continue to bloom

No Falling Leaves – at least not many of them!

No scrambling to rake leaves and do the Fall cleanup!

Yes its Fall in the Cape and Fort Myers area.  Great time to spend a day at the beach.  The weather is a bit cooler and the “snow bird” crowds have not arrived yet so its perfect to spend some time at your favorite beach.  From Naples to Venice there are something like 20 plus  beaches you can choose from.   Aside from lounging and swimming in the surf of the Gulf of Mexico you will also find terrific beach front eateries catering to your palate along with live entertainment.

Yes living in Southwest Florida is a Beach like the beach pictured on the right –  Marco Island Beach on the Gulf of Mexico Beach View

 

 Spotlight on Downtown Fort Myers

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Across the Caloo (Caloosahatchee River) from Cape Coral sits the city of Fort Myers.  You may say that Fort Myers is a “Tale of Two Cities”!  There is the quaint downtown Fort Myers still with brick paved streets, quaint shops, restaurants and nightlife and then the commercial Fort Myers dotted with shopping areas and other commercial ventures.   Downtown Fort Myers is going back to the city’s roots.

 

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It started out as a fort ( hence Fort Myers) built along the river in 1841 and abandoned after 1865.  By 1885 the population was close to 400 and Thomas Edison visited the area, fell in love with the place and built his home and laboratory along the Caloosahatchee River. Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone also joined Edison in building their winter retreats in Fort Myers.   The coming of the railroad in the 1920’s  ushered in the “Boom Time” for Fort Myers.  Most of the Mediterranean Revival buildings seen throughout the City were built during this period. In fact, the Mediterranean Revival style, which combines several other prominent architectural styles, typifies Florida during the 1920’s. Excellent examples of Mediterranean Revival construction are to be found in commercial buildings in the downtown area as well as in private homes in all parts of the city.   Growth radiating out in all directions from the old fort grounds was to be seen during the 1920’s. Still-prominent developments such as Seminole Park, Riverside Park, Edison Park, Valencia Terrace, Allen Park, Alabama Groves and others had their beginnings in the Boom Time.

The Boom Time ended with the coming of the Great Depression in the 1930’s.  And it was the 1940’s and World War II that revitalized the area.  Every county in Florida had air bases to take advantage of Florida’s fine flying weather. Lee County’s bases brought servicemen, and sometimes their families to Ft. Myers. Many of these people, and their visitors, came back in later years to become permanent residents.

Post World War II saw an influx of people coming to Florida.  Fort Myers along with Lee County has grown into a city of  approximately 70,000 residents.   Development has been concentrated east and west along the river, and south along Cleveland Avenue. New commercial buildings and shopping centers have cropped up in all parts of the city. Fortunately, the older downtown area, and much of the city’s historic districts, have retained much of their old charm.  Today Downtown Ft. Myers is filled with businesses ranging from boutiques, restaurants, cafes, antiques stores, jewelers, financial houses, apartments, and professional offices to a convention center.

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Things to Do in Fort Myers

 

It is held the first Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m.  The  Art Walk features local and national artwork in the downtown art galleries and several art stops in the Fort Myers River District. The evening culminates with an after party at 10 p.m.

http://www.downtownfortmyers.com/Art_Walk/

 

MUSIC WALKThe  Fort Myers River District comes alive every month with live music on 3rd Friday in the downtown area.  There are over a dozen venues with local as well as regional performers.  From jazz to blues to rock and much more!

http://www.downtownfortmyers.com/Music_Walk/

 

Shopping, dining, entertainment, music, relaxation – downtown Fort Myers offers all this and more.  For photography enthusiasts there is a host of subject matter for your lens.  For boaters and anglers, the marina area offers everything you need.  For those that just want to stroll and relax along the river, no problem there are a host of parks with walking area along the Caloosahatchee for your use.  Perhaps you may want to take boat ride down the river and see the sites or take in the dolphins and manatees.   You can do that too.  In fact thee is not much you can’t do in downtown Fort Myers.  For a complete guide click on the following link: http://www.downtownfortmyers.com/

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 Fort Myers Sights & Sounds!

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Beer Here! Craft Beer Fest coming to Fort Myers October 4th – Ft Myers Craft Beer Fest

Beer Aficionados Mark your calendars!

The Marina at Edison Ford will host  the inaugural Fort Myers Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, October 4th on site at the River District.

Thisfestival will feature more than 75 craft beers from around the world and live musical performances. Kick off will begin at 12:00 p.m.

 

For more information:

http://www.prlog.org/12371974-the-marina-at-edison-ford-to-host-inaugural-fort-myers-craft-beer-fest-oct-4.html

 

  Arrrgghhh…..Let’s Find Us Some Treasure at the Pirate’s Fest!

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Drive out of the Fort Myers Downtown are on McGregor Boulevard and follow this palm lined road along the river south and you will end up at Fort Myers Beach via San Carlos Boulevard.  And if you happen to be there the weekend of October 10-12 you will be in Pirate Heaven.  Yes it’s the 9th Annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest!   Aye tis a gathering of pirates, wenches and the like at this historic festival.  General Admission is free.  There be all kinds of grub, entertainment, sea battles  and of course pirates and wenches galore!  The festival will run the entire weekend.  Get there early and have your picture taken with a pirate or wench and don’t miss the Pirate’s Ball on Saturday evening!

For more information and schedule of events go to:  http://www.fortmyersbeach.org/piratefest/

Fort Myers Beach…….It’s Waiting For You………

 

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Thank you for visiting our little piece of paradise!  See you in November!  If you are interested in visiting the SW Florida area or have decided its time to have your own piece of paradise weather seasonal or full time give us a call or email us we will be glad to help!

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