This week I want to talk about two great neighborhoods on the Island. Centrally located off of Sanibel-Captiva Road, Heron's Landing and Heron's Landing II are gated communities near the beach, Captiva Island and the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge.
Both neighborhoods are located off the Sanibel Bayous subdivision and each has properties overlooking the Bayou and some with second floor Gulf views.
If you are looking for a home, or a place to construct your dream home, I can help you with the ins and outs of home buying or construction on our island! Sanibel Island real estate presents you with lots of great opportunities!
Currently there are a couple of terrific listings in Heron's Landing. There are two homes currently listed. One is a furnished three bedroom, two bath for $879,000. The other is a three bedroom, three bath with Bayou and Gulf views listed for $1,695,000.
There are two vacant properties for sale, one for $379,00 and another for $595,555.
All these properties have pros and cons and if you would contact me I can explain each area and property to you. Sanibel Island is an incredible place to live, and as a long time island resident, I have the knowledge to help you with your real estate decisions!
Our real estate market is definitely on the rise with market prices coming off its lows and sales activity is on the rise. If you have been thinking of buying on Sanibel, Captiva Island or Fort Myers, this is the time to get in high gear and let me go to work for you! We have some terrific properties ready for you.
Whether it's a condo, home or vacant lot, our pre-season inventory has just about every type property you can imagine. On Sanibel, home prices start at $250,000 and go up to $5,496,00. Condo prices from $129,000 to $2,999,900. I can definitely find just the right place for you!
The Sanibel & Captiva Island lifestyle awaits! Use my contact form or give me a call at 239-691-4915. It's starting to get cold up north and we are expecting a very busy real estate season so pick up that phone and give me a call!!
Next week I'll talk about the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge! I have a great video that you can watch HERE, so until then... Thanks!
Last night I attended a talk sponsored by the Bayous Preservation Association on the current status of Blind Pass. The guest speaker was from the Lee County Department of Natural Resources, Engineer - Robert Neal. As background - Blind Pass, which had been closed for 5+ years was re-opened and improved the water flow between the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound and also improved the flushing of Dinkins and Clam Bayous so much so that the birds and fish have returned in abundance..
The good news from last night is that they are monitoring the situation. The bad news is that it seems as though, until the Pass is actually closed, they will not take any action to re-dredge. April is the decision month and that seems very far away when on a daily basis the opening appears smaller and more shallow. At question seems to be the definition of "open". Mr. Neal kept repeating the idea that the pass needed to be "open" and that didn't mean for navigational purposes but for water flow. He presented several charts with water flow rates, both projected and actual and it appeared, from my naive perspective, that the estimates were way off. This raised the question from the audience about who had made the projections and perhaps they needed different folks to do it because the ones who did weren't very good at their job. Perhaps true.
My other side tells me that people have been messing around with Mother Nature for a long time and the past history shows that she will do what she wants, when she wants and how she wants regardless of what the humans want. I came away last night feeling that the government agencies were trying to do the best job they could however it wasn't with any type of pro-active intent. They continue to react and as a result, should Blind Pass close, it won't be until September or October of this year that we will get the dredge back to re-open it. Additionally, the permit only allows them to re-dredge the approved area from before, even though it is evident at this time that a different channel is what Mother wants.
Blind Pass was not scheduled to be opened for another week. However, Mother Nature took matters into her own hand on Friday and opened it herself. While the dredging and debris removal is not complete, there is water flowing from the Gulf to the Bay for the first time in years. May the pass remain open for a very long time! This YouTube video was shot by the first boat through. Note: They don't want boat traffic yet as they aren't done removing old bridge pilings, however this powered canoe owner (video below) just couldn't help themselves!
The Sanibel Bayous Preserve issued this update concerning the opening of Blind Pass.
The Construction may conclude as early as Wednesday, July 29th pending weather. Current forecasts are favorable through Thursday but do not look good for Friday and Saturday.
The opening of Blind Pass, or removal of the last sheetpile wall, could occur as early as August 1. The opening will not occur prior to completion of the dredging in the Gulf or prior to marking the Pole & Troll zone in Wulfert Flats.
Lee County is considering authorizing additional dredging in the Gulf after the pass is ‘opened’ to extend the dredging as long as October. The additional work stems from infilling expected to occur immediately after the sheetpile wall is removed.
The Contractor is expected to continue working 24 hours per day until the initial work is completed in the Gulf.
Lee County will be removing up to 20 of the old bridge timber pilings that were found in the channel prior to removal of the sheetpile wall. The total number of pilings still in place from the old bridge is not known.
This is very exciting news for all the bayous home owners. The water quality, which is very good right now, will get even better!. Sanibel Island real Estate on the north end should see a boost in values as the water is even better and there will now be a shorter trip to access the Gulf of Mexico. Check out the photo below of Blind Pass from an offshore prospective. You can see the large cranes at work.
Please excuse the long Blog message however this is important and timely! The economic impact of not ensuring clean water here is huge! Read on and see what you can do. Thanks, Sarah
Newsletter - Bayous Preservation Association - June 14, 2009
WE NEED YOUR HELP BEFORE WEDNESDAY!
The BPA, working with the SCCF, is doing water quality monitoring at the four sites on Sanibel and Captiva where we have been testing for two years prior to the opening of Blind Pass. We will continue and are funded for water quality testing in the same four sites for a full year following the opening of the pass.
HOWEVER--the Lee County Tourist Development Council's Beach and Shoreline Fund, which has previously funded similar water quality monitoring on Captiva, at the Sanibel Caloosahatchee Water Quality Observatory and Sanibel Water Quality Monitoring--San Carlos Bay, has asked the Lee County Commission to pick up the tab this year.
In view of of the many increasing threats to the quality of our surrounding waters--due to factors such as runoff, fertilizers, algae, and bacterial pollutants--the support of all concerned BPA members is needed to encourage the Lee County Board of County Commissioners to fully fund in FY 2009-2010 these three important water quality projects.
The issue of funding will be discussed at a budget workshop on Wednesday, June 17 (no public input planned), and the commissioners need to hear from us.
WE'VE ALREADY PAID THE TAXES FOR THIS, SO ENCOURAGE THE COMMISSIONERS TO SPEND IT FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR WATERS.
If you support the continuation of water quality monitoring on the islands, PLEASE SEND AN E-MAIL to the commissioners before Wednesday morning. Their e-mail addresses are listed below, as are some bullet points you can use to craft your individual message in support of this effort. Your email can be simple and to the point.
We in the BPA are lucky that, thanks to generous grants, donations, and memberships, we are able to continue our water quality monitoring program. Let's help these other areas, which are as critical to the water quality of the Blind Pass ecosystem as the opening of the pass, to get the funding they need.
I urge you to support full county funding in FY 2009-2010 for three important water quality projects previously funded by the Tourist Development Council:
1.Captiva Water Quality Monitoring, Year 2 at $99,294.
2.Sanibel Caloosahatchee Water Quality Observatory at $67,689.
3.Sanibel Water Quality Monitoring -- San Carlos Bay at $30,000.
Water quality is an essential issue for Lee County, for both environmental and economic reasons. Healthy water is the basis for a healthy environment, a crucial building block to maintain ecological balance in the face of competing pressures and pollution sources.
The value of healthy water and beaches for the county's economy cannot be overstated: to bring visitors here to enjoy our coastlines and waterways, to keep residents drawn here by the many water-based resources available to them and to support the industries that rely on healthy water.
In a county that promotes its miles of white sandy beaches, its kayak trails, its abundant water-based recreational options and its commitment to preserve a fragile environment that has drawn people to this area for decades, protecting water quality is paramount.
In a county that brings in millions of dollars thanks to its environmental assets, spending thousands of dollars to ensure its waters stay healthy and its beaches stay open is a prudent investment for the future.
Water quality requires a more stable funding source to ensure this vital effort is adequately supported in years to come.
We understand financial times are tough and dollars are tight, but this is simply too important and timely an issue to wait until it's convenient. By then, it could be too late.
Be sure to include your name and Lee County address in your email.