Okay, we never want to think about hurricanes, but we have to and it's this time of year we need to refresh our memory on what to do. The main goal in a hurricane is to Stay Safe! And usually that means to evacuate low-lying areas. That means our islands. With hurricanes we are lucky that they usually come with a few days warning and we have lots of time to secure our homes, secure our boats, and plan where we want to go if a storm becomes imminent. Our local officials usually give the evacuation call and it's a good idea to pay attention to their advice.
One of our best tools to help us follow a storm is a tracking chart. Some people have them on their refrigerators, or thumb-tacked to a wall. The picture to the left is a good tracking chart and you can click on the photo (or here) and then save/print the large PDF version.
It's almost fun to follow the storms as they make their way across the Atlantic Ocean, but the fun rapidly changes as the "cone of probability" includes our area.
To the right is a video of our annual hurricane awareness seminar put together by our local officials. They cover lots of facts and "need to know" things that might save lives.
The speakers go over some pretty interesting trivia (hurricanes were first named after women when an Australian meteorologist got mad at his ex-girlfriend), to more important information (what supplies you need when you return to no electricity). It's a good idea to watch the video all the way through.
Below are three links that help you understand our tropical storms and hurricanes, and ways to prepare for them, and follow them on local radar. The local radar loop is also good just to check your daily weather and plan your day.
So that's enough about bad weather! This week our weather is fantastic and it's a great time to shop for island property. Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form. I promise to work as hard as possible to find you the perfect island home. Give me a call... the island lifestyle awaits!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
Lots of visitors, and yes locals too, haven't ever taken the time to visit our neighboring islands. There are lots of ways for you to get to these great destinations and I'll get to that in a minute.
First (pictured to the right) is Cabbage Key! Always a favorite. This is a small back-bay island about 100 acres in size. There are a few walking trails, a water tower to climb, and a very famous and laid-back restaurant. One of the most interesting aspects of the restaurant are the thousands of dollar bills taped to the walls. Visitors are given a marker to sign their bills and tape to stick them anywhere on the walls where they can find space. The tape will hold the bill for a year or two and then the fallen dollars are donated to local charities.
Cabbage is a great location to make some memories, have lunch, and even stay the night if you want. There are only a few rooms to rent, but it's sure to be a fun stay!
Just a stones throw away from Cabbage Key is Useppa Island. Useppa is a private Club, but you can enjoy their restaurant and tour the island if you make prior reservations. You can also take one of the scheduled tour boats from Captiva Island to Useppa.
Another great destination is the next barrier island just to the north of Captiva Island, called Upper Captiva Island. Locals just refer to it as "North Cap." This island is three miles long, but only the northern mile has infrastructure to support a community. The electricity/phone comes from an underwater cable from Captiva, and has been run underground throughout this northern area. The island has four restaurants, a private air strip, and over 200 homes.
The most popular restaurant, which also has lots of dockage, is called "Barnacle's". Owners and guests get around on the shell roads by golf/electric cart. This magical island is worth a visit!
Just to the north of Upper Captiva, the next island is called Cayo Costa. Most of this island is a state park and there are no restaurants (or electricity) on the island. You can go to Cayo Costa and spend the day on the miles and miles of deserted beach, or you can rent a small cabin and spend the night... or week! It's a great getaway for your family and might be the perfect place to relax and just enjoy nature.
So now you have no excuse not to visit our local neighborhood of really cool islands! The above links will also direct you to sunset sails, shelling trips and fishing guides. Captain Mick Gurley aboard New Moon Sailing is also available for romantic sunset weddings!
I hope you enjoy our incredible island community, and as always, call me at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form to get started on your perfect island property. Homes, condos, homesites... I will help you find the perfect fit for you and your family!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
Instead of continuing to explore the various condos and neighborhoods on Sanibel, I thought I would just share some photos of a gorgeous day at Blind Pass! For those of you not familiar with the area, Blind Pass is located at the northern end of Sanibel and crosses over to Captiva Island.The pass has been dredged and opened recently and it is fantastic! It's a great place to shell, fish or just relax.
Blind Pass has always been a favorite spot for shelling. Or maybe just bringing your umbrella and a book for some first class relaxation! When lunchtime rolls around you just have a short drive to some of Captiva Island's famous dining locations - The gulf front Mucky Duck is always a favorite.
There are a few properties located near Blind Pass so if this looks like just the area for you, give me a call 239-691-4915 or use my contact form here. Autumn is a great time to check out properties and to have miles of beach to yourself.
I hope you enjoyed the photos of Blind Pass! You can see more of Captiva Island on my webpage, as well as watch a video! Captiva is always a fun time so when you get to the area I can help you with all the latest information on my islands!
I think "Stunning" is the best way to sum up my new listing! This direct access river front home is located in the Iona area of Fort Myers near Sanibel and all the best shopping areas.
This home has five bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths! Located on the Caloosahatchee River, there is direct and easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and some of the best boating in Florida.
This incredible home also offers a large pool, spa, dockage, riverside patio, and your own private tennis court.
An elegant foyer leads to the formal dining room, gracious living room with fireplace, and a gourmet kitchen.
The home has two first floor bedrooms with private baths and the second floor has two-guest bedrooms and bath, an office and an expansive master suite with sitting area, balcony and over sized bath and walk-in closet.
My listing webpage has a terrific video you can watch for a full tour of this property! Just Click Here and enjoy!
With approximately 12,686 total square feet of home and over an acre of land, this is one of the BEST estates in the area! The home is almost like having your own private club!
The outdoor space is unsurpassed with a summer kitchen under the covered patio. This is a gated community and the home has a full security system.
Please enjoy the video of this home, and as always, please give me a call (239-691-4915) or use my contact page for more information about this home or any other listing in Fort Myers, Sanibel Island or Captiva Island!