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Friday, August 12 2011


Last night the "Love that Dress" event to benefit the PACE Foundation took place at the Tahitian Gardens plaza on Sanibel Island.  The purpose was to raise money and to collect new or slightly used dresses that will be auctioned off next month.

It was a great time and the generosity of the residents and businesses on the island just continues to amaze me.  Royal Shell Companies was the primary sponsor of the event and Baileys General Store and The Prawnbroker Group - aka Timbers and Sanibel Grill provided great munchies and wine.  The chinese auction raised over $1000 and was made up of donations by the store owners in Tahitian Gardens.

Each of the stores had a "model" to showcase the stores' goods and to act as an official greeter to each store.  Realtors from Royal Shell Real Estate participated, including myself and we were able to adorn ourselves with clothing and jewelry for the evening.

Just a great night and a another reminder of why the islands of Sanibel and Captiva are so special!

Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 09:52 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, October 04 2009
Hi,

I have just listed a great one bedroom - one bath in the Sundial Resort on Sanibel Island.  The unit has been meticulously maintained with updated furnishings and appliances. This unit participates in the Sundial Resort Rental program and grossed over $40,000 in 2008.  Enjoy the beach, the pools, the tennis and the golf at this tropical escape.  Listed for $389,000 it is one of the true resort units that can be run as a business.
Sanibel Island Real Estate at its best!
Click Here for more information and photo of this great condo!
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 08:52 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, June 20 2009
It is definately Summer on Sanibel Island!  The temperatures are climbing and the buzz is all about July 4th.  As many know - Sanibel Island hosts a real July 4th Parade filled with great floats and the streets lined with kids picking up candy thrown from the floats.  It is a real treat and something quite unique.  The entire community comes out.  This year's theme of the parade is "Going Green"  It will be very interesting to see what the parade entrants come up with. 

What is new is that after the parade, in Bailey's Plaza, they are hosting "Bailey's Backyard Bar-B-Q" from 10 - 2 on Saturday the 4th.  This I am sure will prove to be a real hoot!.  There will be lots of fun for everyone and the food and beverage will be outstanding.  So - if you are in the area and looking for something to do - come see the parade and stop by Baileys. 
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 08:50 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, June 15 2009
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.
 
We thank you in advance!
 
The Crew at BPA
 
SEND your emails to TO:
 
Commissioner Bob Janes, District 1 -- dist1@leegov.com
Commissioner Brian Bigelow, District 2 -- dist2@leegov.com
Commissioner Ray Judah, District 3 -- dist3@leegov.com
Commissioner Tammy Hall, District 4 -- dist4@leegov.com
Commissioner Frank Mann, District 5 -- dist5@leegov.com
 
MESSAGE POINTS:
 
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.


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Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 11:35 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, June 11 2009
Hi,

There is a move afoot by the Lee County Commissioners and Lee County Department of Transportation to raise the tolls on the Sanibel Island Causeway.  To the casual visitor or day tripper, the proposal is for the toll to remain the same $6.00.  The increase comes to those residents and employees on the island who use the transponder discount program.  The proposal is to raise these rates to $3.00 per trip.  This is going to place a huge burden on all our island businesses, not to mention all the residents who have kids in school off island, residents with doctors off island or any other errands that occur off island.  Check out The News-Press article from today's paper for more detail on this issue.    http://www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009906110321
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