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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!

 

Picture6It’s October!

– 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!

August and the Summer Wind

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August On the Cape!

DSC_0075_edited-1August on the Cape – Traditionally the last month of summer so its beach time, cooling off in the surf or at Sun Splash Fun Park, finding a nice shady spot under a beach umbrella, sitting out on your lanai in the evening and feeling that summer breeze kick in.  Whatever your pleasure you are sure to find it here in Cape Coral and SW Florida.  The beaches are pretty much uncrowded awaiting the influx of the seasonal snow birds in October and November.  Farmers markets have moved to their indoor locations to keep their wares cool.  Restaurants have their summer patio spaces ready for your dining pleasure.  Dinner fare can consists of great seafood caught in the local Gulf waters, some great steaks from Florida Beef it’s what’s for dinner, or perhaps your taste is more international – if so you can choose from a variety of Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Tex Mex and other international venues throughout the city. And of course nothing beats the American favorite – the Burger!  Plenty of gourmet burger venues throughout the Cape and surrounding area many featuring Black Angus Certified Beef – delicious!  Don’t forget the beach areas in Fort Myers – plenty of outdoor restaurants and dining spaces  line the Fort Myers Beach area some even have great nightly entertainment.

School Days Are Here!

schoolsintroimageAnd yes August is the start of the school year here in SW Florida.  August 8th will be the first day of school for the 2014-2015 school year.  Please drive carefully and adhere to all stopped school box regulations.  Cape Coral is part of the Lee County School District. The district is the ninth-largest district in Florida and the 40th largest school district in the United States.   For more information on Cape Coral School Systems click on to the this link:  http://www.capecoral.com/school   Summer’s not quite over for school bound students.  Cape Coral offers 39 parks, 20 of which have playgrounds suitable for ages 3 to 12, throughout the city, offering ample opportunities for a day of fun. – See more at: http://www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com/page/content.detail/id/540584/Summer-s-not-quite-over—-.html?nav=5011

 

 

Cape Coral Makes the Top 10 with Highest Projected Job Growth

Economic growth continues a positive trend in SW Florida. Naples ranked number 1 with Cape Coral ranked number 6 among the 10 metro areas with the highest projected job growth. Projections for Cape Coral job growth +3.7%, median income $46,016, unemployment rate 5.8%. The other top areas include Port St. Lucie, FL, 5 major areas in Texas (Houston, Dallas, Austin, St. Antonio and McAllen) and one in Colorado (Greely) and NC (Raleigh) .

See more at:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2014/07/23/naples-austin-head-list-of-best-cities-for-job-growth/

 

 

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Cape Coral Housing Market  Summary April-July 2014

Summary – Source  http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Cape_Coral-Florida/market-trends/ The housing market continues to appreciate with another increase in median sales price for all residential homes types.  And the average price per square foot also continues to increase.  The summary highlights: The median sales price for homes in Cape Coral FL for Apr 14 to Jul 14 was $155,000. This represents an increase of 2.1%, or $3,250, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 5.1% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 64% over the last 5 years in Cape Coral. The average listing price for Cape Coral homes for sale on Trulia was $310,513 for the week ending Jul 23, which represents a decline of 1.2%, or $3,767, compared to the prior week and a decline of 0.4%, or $1,150, compared to the week ending Jul 02. Average price per square foot for Cape Coral FL was $109, an increase of 5.8% compared to the same period last year. Popular neighborhoods in Cape Coral include Pelican, Caloosahatchee, Hancock, Mariner, Burnt Store, and Trafalgar. graph

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Tropical Paradise

Looking to “Test Drive” the Cape Coral Area With a Seasonal Rental?

Just like summer is rolling by in SW Florida – so it is “up North”!  Perhaps you have explored the idea of taking a “Winter Break” this year and heading here to SW Florida for a couple of weeks or longer to “get out of the cold”!  Won’t be long when “Old Man Winter” will make his return trip to the Northeast and Midwest.  Why not consider a Cape Coral Test Run” this year.  We have provided a number of links that can help you navigate through the rental market. If your stay is short term say for a week perhaps a stay at one of the Gulf  resorts will work for you.  Links for those areas also provided here on this blog. If you have any questions on the area or need additional information please call us or email us our contact information is: Our Email Address: aquadreamteam@gmail.com Bett Lucarelli – 239-887-0201 John Kapusta – 508-277-7925

Resorts

Links for Seasonal Rentals:

Vacationhomerentals.com     http://www.vacationhomerentals.com/vacation-rentals/Cape-Coral-Gulf-Coast-South-Florida.htm?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Bing+CPC+Campaign&ef_id=U9JUhQAAAPgYYmhJ:20140801144249:s

Renters.com    http://www.renters.com/listing?q=cape+coral&utm_source=Bing&utm_medium=CPC&utm_term=cape%20coral%20seasonal%20rentals&utm_campaign=USA-Florida-CapeCoralFlorida

VRBO Rentals http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/florida/south-west/cape-coral

Homeaway.com  http://www.homeaway.com/search/refined/florida/cape-coral/region:963/Pay+Per+Booking:PPB?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&keyword=Cape%20Coral%20Cabin%20rental&matchtype=b&utm_content=&utm_campaign=%7CNODE%7CUSA%7CFlorida%7CCape%20Coral%7C%7CPPB&k_clickid=6f6c7e8a-8fd6-41bb-84c1-054a53f2e459

Links for Resort Accommodations:

Westin Marina and Resort Cape Coral   http://www.westincapecoral.com/

Dolphin Key Resort Cape Coral  http://www.dolphinkeyresort.com/

Point Estero Beach Resort  http://www.pointeestero.com/?NCK=8556741470

The Sandpiper Gulf Resort  http://sandpipergulfresort.com/

Fort Myers Beach Villas  http://www.fortmyersbeachvillas.com/

Best Western Beach Resort  http://www.bwbeachresort.com/

Additional Fort Myers Beach/Sanibel Island Resorts http://www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/stay/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=%2Bresorts%20%2Bfort%20%2Bmyers&utm_campaign=MI+Fort+Myers+Sanibel+Lodging

Makin Bacon!

For their next event, the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Association is literally going outside the box and into the frying pan. The association is set to host its inaugural “South Cape BaconFest Trolley Run” Saturday, August 23. The event will take place from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, and brings back the popular festival trolleys to take attendees to the 13 participating South Cape bars and restaurants.  At each stop, attendees will enjoy a bacon themed drink or food sample that ranges from appetizers to entrees to desserts.

Check-in for “BaconFest” will begin at 5:00pm at Big John Plaza and Club Square. Participants may park in the public lots and ride the trolleys to the other locations. All participants will need to check-in by 7:00pm to obtain event wristband and passport. Tickets cost $20 per person and can be purchased at any of the participating locations. There are only 1,000 tickets available for the event, and they will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Attendees of this event must be at least 21 years old.

Participating locations are:

Backstreets Sports Bar- 915 SE 47th Terrace

Chicago Pizza- 1341 SE 47th Terrace

Ciao- 823 SE 47th Terrace

Cruiser’s Lounge- 1517 SE 47th Terrace

Dixie Roadhouse- 1023 SE 47th Terrace

Monkey Bar & Steakhouse- 1428 Lafayette Street

Rack’em Billiards- 1011 SE 47th Terrace

Ralph’s Place of Cape Coral- 1305 Cape Coral Parkway

Rockade- 1023 SE 47th Terrace

Send It Sweetly- 1309 SE 47th Terrace

The Dek- 4704 SE 15th Avenue

The Island Seafood Restaurant- 1339 Cape Coral Parkway E

Tiki Hut @ Dolphin Key Resort- 1502 Miramar Street

 

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We trust that you have enjoyed this issue of “Livin on the Cape”.  Please make sure to visit our Housing and Mortgage News  Click on the Housing and Mortgage News Tab up top for housing and financial information.  This months two featured articles:

Going Solar?  6 Things You Must Know About Going Solar!

5 Tips to Help You Sell Your Home at the Best Price!

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!  See you in September

 

 

 

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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Get insights on the housing market, mortgages and other helpful tips!

This Months Topics:

  • The FHA back to work program: A second chance for homeowners
  • 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!

 

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