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Wednesday, June 26 2013

Sanibel Island's Government Website

If you have some spare time while clicking around the web, take some time to look over the great website put together by the Sanibel Island government. As you know our island has much to offer and we are always in motion as we discover more of what Sanibel has to do to maintain its surrounding natural environment.

You can quickly check out the City Charter, or City Codes. Or if you want something a bit less mundane, check out the island news page that will show you all our upcoming events that you can attend. From scholarship applications to building permit applications, you can go here and review the sites full list of City Forms.

One of my favorite links on the website are the videos of the "untold stories" of Sanibel and our surrounding areas. This is a four-video collection.

Part one: The Sanibel Legacy
Part two: Sanibel - The Untold Stories
Part three: After the Ferry
Part four: The Sanibel Causeway

Our island history is fun to explore. Before the causeway was built, Sanibel Island was accessed by ferry boat and it was a very different place.

Of course our environment and its preservation is an important part of what Sanibel has to offer our visitors and residents. There is a great section on the Sanibel website with environmental updates and links - you can check it out Here.

You can watch a slideshow about native vegetation on Sanibel, or you can download and save the "environmental reference handbook," which has just about everything you need to know to landscape your property while staying natural.

Lots of people come to our islands with fishing on their minds! We have it all - back bay fishing, deep water fishing, fishing from the beach or fishing from a dock. You can rent a boat, hire a guide or just rent your fishing pole!

Fishing is a fantastic way to just relax and watch the world go by. This short video from the Sanibel website tells you what you need to know to get started and to keep within our local fishing rules and regulations.

Check out the video to the right...

Even though this is a great website for exploring Sanibel Island, I still think the BEST website is mine. You can Click Here to start your search for the perfect island property! If you live on Sanibel and you are thinking of listing - Contact Me! I have a well thought-out plan to market island properties and as a long-time island resident I know our island neighborhoods, condos and homesites. I have access to all listed properties and I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Call me at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form and I'll get started today!

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
www.SarahAshton.com

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Wednesday, June 19 2013

Time to Pay Attention to the Weather

 

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.

Government Emergency Information

Hurricane FEMA information

Local Loop Weather Radar

 

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
239-691-4915
www.SarahAshton.com

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Wednesday, June 12 2013

Have Fun Boating!

 

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 Key Website

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.

 

Useppa Island Website

 

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.

 

Cayo Costa State Park

 

 

 

The ways to get to these islands start at our many marinas on the islands. These are a few links to give you some choices:

65' Lady Chadwick
New Moon Sailing
'Tween Waters Charter Guides
Jensen's charters and boat rentals
South Seas Resort Marina

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!

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
www.SarahAshton.com

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Monday, June 03 2013

Take a Tour!

 

Did you know you can take a quick tour of some of our favorite neighborhoods? I've been putting together web pages and videos of Sanibel and Captiva for you to enjoy as you start your search of island properties. Our summer weather is almost here and it's a great time to enjoy all the sights and fun things to do on the islands. Besides searching for your island home, summer is great for birding, fishing, shelling and just enjoying miles and miles of our word famous beach!

Captiva Island

 

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"Downtown" Captiva

 

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Sunset Captiva

 

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Gulf Ridge

 

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Sea Oats

 

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Seaspray

 

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Sanibel Bayous

 

By watching these videos you can get an idea of what each neighborhood has to offer. I also have a web page for each area in my website's "Near Beach" section. It's a great place to start to explore our islands! I also have pages dedicated to the Lighthouse, Wildlife Refuge and a video tour of Sanibel's eastern end. As well as the information in my website, I'd love for you to use my contact form, or call me at 239-691-4915, so I can put together information for you for your perfect island property!

 

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Bayous North

 

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Herons Landing II

 

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Herons Landing

 

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The Dunes

 

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The Sanctuary

 

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Lake Murex

 

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West Rocks

 

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East Rocks

 

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Beachview
When you're looking for something to do this summer I can help you explore and learn about my favorite place, Sanibel Island. I'm a long-time resident of Sanibel Island, and I love to show off what these islands have to offer. Royal Shell Real Estate has offices on Captiva Island as well as Sanibel Island and I have access to every listed property! Call Me! 239-691-4915

 

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Seagull Estates

 

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Sea Oats

 

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Chateaux Sur Mer

It's June already and I'm getting ready for another busy summer. I am never too busy to help you and your family and friends with their island real estate! I'm looking forward do hearing from you and I hope you enjoy my video tours!

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
www.SarahAshton.com
239-691-4915

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