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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

 

 

 

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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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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  • What’s Hot & What’s Not Kitchen Remodeling 2014

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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 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!

 

 

Yes Virginia, Santa Does Stop Here!

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Yes it’s December….. it came so fast.  Seems like we were just talking about Halloween and going into Thanksgiving Holiday and Boom it’s December!

There is a bunch of holiday cheer happening on the Cape!  Take a look and mark your calender.   

 

 

 

 

 

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Picture3The holiday season is in full swing and so it is in Cape Coral and the surrounding area.  For over 25 years, downtown Cape Coral has hosted the largest Holiday celebration between Tampa and Miami. Over 20,000 family, friends and neighbors will gather together to ring in the holiday season. Lots of holiday fun including the official tree lighting and Santa’s arrival.  Yes Virginia Santa does come to Cape Coral even if we don’t have all that white snow!  There will be a  FREE Kidz Street play area, Tiny Tots Train ride, 25 ton Snowdrift Slide yes the snow is “imported” for the event.  There will be over 25 holiday performances on 4 stages. There will be 3 food courts of festival foods, beer and soda. For more information click on FESTIVAL

 

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To all our Northeast/MidWest Friends that are returning to Cape Coral for the season – Welcome Back to Cape Coral.  And to our first timers Welcome to Livin on the Cape!   New things on the Cape – new stores, restaurants and entertainment programs.  Check out the new Ford’s Garage Restaurant on Cape Coral Parkway, the theater offerings at the Cultural Park Theater, featured artists and art courses at the Cape Coral Arts Studio.  The Parks and Recreation Department have scheduled a host of activities and events.  Browse the Cape Coral 2013-14 Event Guide for all the events available during yoru stay.  Click on  Event Guide to view.

seniorbannerThe 2013 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships will be held in Lee County, December 7-15, 2013 with action in 24 sports.  Sports of the 2013 Florida Senior Games State Championships requiring a qualifying performance include Badminton, Basketball Shooting, 3-on-3 Basketball, Bowling, Team Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Horseshoes, Shuffleboard, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Track & Field.

For more information click on Senior Games

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It’s Bike Night …..December 14th 5-10PM

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The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation is proud to being you Cape Bike Night! Motorcycle enthusiasts can get together and listen to live bands, eat great food, and just have fun at this great event! For more information, call (239) 573-3123.

For more information click on the Official Website

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December 15th

 

 

35th Annual Cape Coral Holiday Boat-A-Long
(Four Freedoms Park-4818 Tarpon Court)
Land Celebration starts at 4:00 PM
Boat Parade starts at 7:00 PM

Enjoy a parade of approximately 100 boats decorated in a festive holiday fashion with lights, costumes, elves, and whatever else their captains can think of. At Four Freedoms park.  Landlubbers can 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, and food and beverages for sale. This is a unique celebration of Christmas Florida-style. Click on Boat Show

 

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December 21, 2013

The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation department is proud to bring you a FREE “Movie in the Park” on our giant inflatable screen. Enjoy the movie and a free family night out. Bring a blanket, chairs, and dinner!

 

 

2013 Sand Sculpting Competition 

Our version of playing in the “snow” in SW Florida!

Fort Myers Beach  Nov. 22- Dec. 1st

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Santa’s Big Day – Santa Visits All  Good Boys and Girls in SW Florida!

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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See you in the New Year –

Best wishes to a bright and new

2014

 

 

Beaches and Islands in The Sun

Picture7It’s August and beach weather is in order.  It’s time for soaking up some summer sun,  sipping a cool drink, perhaps a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf, maybe some shell hunting on Sanibel.  Whatever you choose to do you are in the right place.  Southwest Florida has some of the best beaches in the world.  Just recently, Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island was chosen as one of the Top Ten beaches in the world by US Travel.  Fort Myers Beach has miles of beach access on the blue green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  Cape Coral has beach access at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Beach on the Caloosahatchie River.  Whatever venue you are looking for it’s hard not to find it.  After all you are in paradise!  Have a great summer!

 

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LIVE!! From the Beach…take a look at what’s happening  click on the

Fort Myers Beach Cam

Looking to find one of Florida’s Best Kept Secrets?     Discover Pine Island!

mapPine Island at 17 miles long and 2 miles wide is the largest island  on the west coast of Florida.  It is located abput 15-20 minutes from Cape Coral, 30 minutes from Ft. Myers and one hour from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). The Intracoastal Waterway passes through Pine Island Sound, to the west of the island. Matlacha Pass runs between Pine Island and the mainland. Pine Island lies west of Cape Coral.

Unlike the sandy barrier islands of Sanibel to the south, Captiva to the southwest, andDSC_0131_edited-1 North Captiva to the west, Pine Island has no large beaches and is made from the same coral rock as the mainland.  Pine island is surrounded by mangroves and includes three aquatic preserves. Residents and visitors are attracted to Pine Island’s natural rural character, fishing, and boating. Pine Island is mostly zoned as agricultural land; some visitors travel more than a hundred miles to purchase tropical fruit such as lychee and mangos grown and sold on Pine Island.

Pine Island is home to four unincorporated towns: Pine Island Center, St. James City, Bokeelia, and Pineland. Matlacha also is considered one of the communities, but is on its own small island. Pine Island has a small town atmosphere, with few traffic lights and mostly agricultural zoning. Each community has its own largely-volunteer fire station, marinas, shops, and fine casual restaurants. According to the 2000 census, the population of Pine Island is about 9000, however, the population varies seasonally, Pine Island being a winter home for many of its residents.

DSC_0039_edited-1For the  Naturalist, Pine Island is home to Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge .  Little Pine Island is a state-owned wildlife refuge, currently being restored to its natural state by the elimination of the development features that had been built on the island. Ospreys, herons, egrets, ibises, and roseate spoonbills often are seen on the island, as well as owls, hawks, bald eagles, and many songbirds.  In addition there are numerous preserves throughout the island.  managed by the Calusa Land Trust, whose mission is to protect the natural diversity and beauty of the Pine Island region by acquiring, managing and preserving in perpetuity environmentally sensitive or historically important land and to foster appreciation for and understanding of the environment and our past. Visit the Calusa Land Trust and Nature Preserve of Pine Island for more information and location of the different preserves throughout the island.

 

If interested in purchasing a home on Pine Island contact us.

Pine Island – Country Waterfront Living

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Sanibel and Captiva Island – The Shell Islands!

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Picture6LIVE!! From Sanibel Island …take a look at what’s happening  click on the  Sanibel Island Beach Cam

Sanibel CaptivaSanibel Island and Captiva Island are known as the Shell Islands. They are actually made out of shells, like some magnificent work of shell art created over thousands of years. When islanders dig gardens in their backyards, they find conchs, whelks, scallops and clam shells often perfectly intact.

The best shelling is found on the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The islands rank tops in the world for shelling because of geography. Sanibel Island does the twist as it parades along the coastline among a string of other more orderly, straight-and-narrow islands. The east-west torque of Sanibel’s south end acts like a shovel scooping up all the seashells that the Gulf imports from The Caribbean and other southern seas.

The variety and abundance of of shells have made Sanibel and Captiva Islands shell-obsessed  tourist destinations. People come from all over the world, drawn by the lure of the seashell. They walk along the sands doubled over in a stance that’s been dubbed the Sanibel Stoop. Every March, they gather to compare and appreciate shell collections and shell art at the annual Sanibel Shell Fair & Show. Throughout the year, shell shops sell seashells by the seashore in all shapes and sizes. and of course shells are the dominant focal point  in island decor and boutique gifts from frames to laquered shell toilet seats (yes it’s true) it’s all there!

Shell species that are found on Sanibel and Captiva Islands:

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First Row from left to right   Lightening Whelk, Tulip, Sand Dollar

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Second Row from left to right: Olive, Junonia, Coquinas

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Third Row Conch, Cockle

 

 Highlights of the Cape Coral Mango Festival

Attended the Mango Festival in July at the German American Club in Cape Coral.  It was mango crazy!  Mango chuttney,, mango jelly, plain mango slices, mango BBQ sauce, mago marinade.  I tried them all.  Never realized this tropical fruit had so many uses.  Also learned about growing mangos in my back yard so now I am thinking of getting a tree.  There are about 15 different fruit varities. There was also musical entertainment under the big tent.  They crowned the Mango Queen and the mango pie eating contest was surreal! Vendors of all types lined the grounds.  What a great time.  Same time next year!

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