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Monday, October 21 2013

"Ding" Darling is back open for business!

After being closed for the summer for major road repairs, and general upgrades, the J.N. National Wildlife Refuge is back open for business! It was a rocky re-opening, as just when the Refuge was about to open, we had the federal government shutdown. When the Refuge finally opened this past Thursday, the refuge manager offered free admission for the day!  I took advantage of the opportunity and enjoyed a lovely bike ride, on the newly paved Wildlife Drive around 5:30 in the afternoon. The light was magical - low and glowing. There were some birds but the main thing I saw was a 4 foot aligator. I am really glad I jumped on my bike as the Refuge resumed its regular schedule and was closed on Friday!

We're happy to welcome back all the Refuge workers and we are looking forward to a busy year as we let our wildlife entertain us! With over 60% of Sanibel Island being preserve property, there is always something fun to see! See below for information about our ongoing "Ding Darling Days."

The main road, Wildlife Drive, has been resurfaced with concrete pavement for long life, as well as help with future road maintenance. Improvements were also made to the parking area, observation tower, Calusa Shell Mound Trail and the Wulfert Keys Trail.

The Refuge is one of Sanibel Island's major attractions and it's great to have it open to the public again.

If you are  in the area, or planning to visit, visiting the Wildlife Refuge is a must! There are three major trails as well as the four-mile main Wildlife Drive. There is the four-mile Indigo Trail, the quarter mile Shell Mound Trail and the quarter mile Wulfert Keys Trail.

And, of course, there is the visitor's center just next to the parking area. The Center tells the history of "Ding" as well as all the wildlife you can expect to see along the trails. Be sure to bring your camera!

The Refuge opened just in time for "Ding Darling Days," which offers events from tram tours, to wildlife presentations, and even fun things for the kids like archery. The event is underway from October 20 to October 26th. Stop on by and enjoy all there is to offer!

You can check out events for Ding Darling Days Here.

In other news, we had our first cold front last week where our temp dipped below 70 degrees! Although I think the dip happened in the middle of the night. Summer is definitely over and our daytime temps have been in the mid 80s. This means it's time for our part-time residents to return for our fantastic winter season. We also have a GREAT inventory of properties for sale on the islands. Contact me and can make you a Sanibel-Captiva Island resident! Whether it's a home, homesite or condo, I can find you the perfect place in paradise!

There is always something fun to do on the islands and it's time you made this area your home! Miles of beach, shopping, 20+ miles of bike/walking trails, the best restaurants, and lots and lots of natural environment for you to enjoy - Call Me Today!

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Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915

Posted by: AT 11:05 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, July 02 2013

Our Wildlife Get A Makeover

Okay, so maybe our wildlife doesn't get a makeover, but Wildlife Drive does! Wildlife Drive, the main road through the Refuge, is being re-paved and is expected to reopen October 1, 2013.

The good news is that the rest of the Refuge will remain open. You can still visit the Education Center (free), and also enjoy everything on the summer program schedule - click here for the full list!

This is from the press release about the closure, "This construction project will replace the existing open-grade pavement on Wildlife Drive with an asphalt concrete pavement. Existing and newly planted vegetation will help filter runoff. Portions of the shoulder currently used for parking will be reinforced and/or topped with crushed stone/gravel to prevent erosion and additional runoff.

Check our my Refuge Video above!

The Press Release continues, "The new surface will be an asphalt concrete that will extend the life of Wildlife Drive for 20 years, and will enhance visitor access, especially for bicyclists and pedestrians. Indigo Trail will only be accessible through guided tours conducted by Tarpon Bay Explorers. All other refuge access locations, including Tarpon Bay Recreation Area and the Bailey Tract will remain open."

This means you should still come and check it out! A guided tour along the Indigo Trail would really make your day. All the wildlife along Wildlife Drive can also be found along the Indigo Trail, and the Visitor Center is a great place to learn about our area as well as cool off before heading to the Bailey Tract area (also  open!).

J.N. Darling Website

 

We love our local wildlife and it makes sense to take care of our protected areas. In case you didn't know, Sanibel is over 60% preserve property. We take our natural surrounding seriously... and it's worth it. As a long-time Sanibel resident, I can assure you our Sanibel lifestyle is something you should try! Contact me for information about making the move to Sanibel Island!

If you want to check out the live web-cam of the improvements being made to the Refuge, Click Here. Maybe you will see one of our alligators checking out his new road! I was just checking out the webcam and I think this might be a great way to watch one of our sunsets over the lagoon. Take a look and email me about anything interesting you see!

This is the week of our July 4th events and if you're in the area come check us out! Our parade (always a good time) starts at 9:30 a.m. The Parade Route will begin at Tarpon Bay Road on Periwinkle Way and end at Casa Ybel Road.

And yes, we will have fireworks! They start around 8:45 p.m. (dusk) and will be launched from the north end of Bailey Road. You can check out all the fourth events Here at the City of Sanibel website.

As always, I'm here and ready to help you become my island neighbor! Our summer is a great time to start your search for the perfect property. Whether it's a home, homesite or condo, I've got access to ALL the listings! Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you... Call Now!

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
239-691-4915
www.SarahAshton.com

Posted by: AT 11:28 am   |  Permalink   |  Email


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