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Lobstering In The Florida Keys Mini Season Pt 1

Posted by Shane On October 31st

Hello every one! I hope you all are doing great. I know it has been some time since I sent out the Boating Guide. I have had a lot of response from people out there who miss it. They say they miss the updates on our local Real Estate Market and what our market is doing.  I have had an even larger response from some saying they miss the boating guide itself, all the great boating adventures, places to go by boat, whether it’s really cool beaches, awesome places to fish, great places to go shelling, great restaurants and bars to go to by water. I have done this for years and years, we are all geared up and ready to share what is happening in the Waterfront Real Estate market as well as, I know  many cool places to share with you regarding boating,  beaching, shelling, fishing, restaurants, boating trips for places to go for the afternoon or longer boating trips for days. Please remember, no matter what I write about, please always feel free to contact me and ask me any questions. I am more than happy to share my years of waterfront knowledge with anyone who has questions. We are living The Waterfront Lifestyle and I could not imagine it any other way and I would love to share it with you.

 

Let’s start with our Waterfront Real Estate Market. 2013 has been a phenomenal year for Real Estate sales on the water. We have seen prices go up quickly. Why? Do you ask? There is only so much waterfront property available, our inventory of waterfront homes has come down. People who have always dreamed of being on the water are now living their dream of owning their home on the water and having their boat in the back yard ready to go boating anytime. Many people from up north and overseas are coming here and buying, because our waterfront property here, is still very much affordable compared to other parts of the Country. You have asked me what price ranges are selling, I would have to answer, all price ranges. Homes in South Ft. Myers are selling from the low $200’s to a Riverfront Estate listed at over $5,000,000 recently became pending, according to the MLS. There are waterfront homes with Gulf access in Cape Coral selling below the $200,000 mark to well in to the Millions in Cape Harbour. The sleeper area is North Ft. Myers in a neighborhood called Waterway Estates. You can buy a gulf access home there in the mid to high $100,000 range. Shoot down to the Estero and Bonita area and waterfront prices will jump up some, but you still have good access out to Estero Bay and then out to the Gulf of Mexico.  Now moving farther south to Collier County (Naples) everyone has heard of Naples. Waterfront homes here start in the Million plus range up into the tens of Millions of dollars. South West Florida has waterfront Gulf access properties for everyone at all different price ranges. If you are serious about an area and want to know prices for waterfront homes for sale, pending and what has sold? Call me or e mail me and I will set you up on a free program that will e mail you all the details of any waterfront property you have questions about here in South West Florida. It is free and I will be happy to get you set up.

 

Okay, now onto the fun part of the Boating Guide… Where to go by boat and what to do by boat??? Should we stay here in our local waterways? Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island, Picnic Island, Captiva Island, North Captiva Island, Cayo Costa Island, Cabbage Key,  Boca Grande Pass, Gasparilla Island or take trip to the Florida keys, Dry Tortugas(Fort Jefferson), Key West or the Bahamas?

 

LOBSTERING IN THE FLORIDA KEYS Mini SEASON Part 1

 

Tell you what; let’s start with a trip to the Florida Keys for Lobster Mini Season. If you have never been, you have got to go. Mini Lobster Season is when the Lobster Season opens early for two days only, they call it sportsman season. It is a blast; there are a bunch of Lobsters to be caught. Another name for Lobsters is “bugs”, yes bugs…

This year as years in the past we went with a group of families. Our local Fort Myers families and some families from up north who have never done this before. We loaded the boats on the trailers and headed to the keys. The first day is the drive to Layton Key which is about 4 to 4.5 hours depending on the traffic. Once we got there we unloaded, got settled in and got the boats into the water and brought them around to the hotel, which is located right on the canal.

 

The next morning we got up to scout our area where we would be bolstering. We loaded up the boats and headed out to our secret spots. We guard these spots with total secrecy; you are not allowed to tell anyone where the secret honey holes are. When we reached our destination, there were other boats around doing the same thing, scoping out the honey holes for the next days catch. Let me tell you, it is so hard to see all those bugs just sitting under the ledges and you cannot touch them or bother them in any way or you will face stiff penalties! We did find several new honey holes FULL of bugs. Below is what we are looking for from the surface, once you see these ledges from the surface you jump into the water and dive down to the holes and ledges and see who is home.

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That lobster is looking me right back in the eye and saying, Ha Ha,, Cannot touch me. Ugggg….. Until tomorrow Mr. Lobster.

 

Check out this video, (turn up the volume)……

My son Wade looking for Lobster. If you look closely as soon as he goes down and looks in the first hole, what comes sticking his head out?? A Moray Eel. Yikes!!!!!!

click on the link…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65htXNglFLM

Okay now Dad’s turn to go down and scout out some bugs for the next two days catch!!!

Can you say Honey hole?? Wow!!!!!! (turn up the volume)……

click on the link…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15IGAxYLHx0

 

It is a great time for the kids as well, You never know what you are going to see. Look what Jake is holding. A big Horseshoe Crab..

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We had so much fun the first day on the water. The weather was beautiful and calm. It was great to spend time with friends and family.

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After an amazing day on the water looking for the Lobsters we headed back in to swim in the pool and get ready for a big feast with everyone.

You will have to wait until next week for LOBSTERING IN THE FLORIDA KEYS MInI SEASON Part 2. I promise you, it will be very exciting and interesting.

Please remember, time goes by so fast!!! Make time for your  family and friends. As Nike says, “Just Do It”. Time goes by  soooo fast…..see you next week.

Make it a great weekend!!!!!

 

 

City chooses Ford’s Boathouse to take over Yacht Club restaurant location

POSTED Tue, 07/16/2013 – 2:05am | POSTED BY Jeff Koehn

                       

Ford’s Garage officially opened in the former Leapin’ Lizards location on July 4

On the day one era ended at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, another one began.

On Monday night, the Cape Coral City Council accepted the proposal of Zak Kearns one of the owners of local restaurant Ford’s Garage.

Ford’s Boathouse, as it will be known will take up residency at the former home of KC’s Riverstop at the Cape Coral Yacht Club pier, hopefully within the next four months.

Kearns says Ford’s Boathouse will be an extension of Ford’s Garage, which opened its Cape Coral location just a few weeks ago at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge.

With their latest venture, the company will look to create a waterfront destination that would be family oriented with hamburgers, hot dogs, seafood, and drinks targeted to accommodate beach goers and boaters, “We are going to go above and beyond to make it a hang out.”

Included in the plan would be a possible extension of the restaurant’s deck, live music and entertainment, and possible beach service for food and drinks. Kearns also said the company is looking into the possibility of adding sunset cruises aboard a pontoon boat.

Ford’s Boathouse was one of three proposals the city received to take over the restaurant, fuel dock services and bait/tackle shop after the city decided not to extend the lease of current tenant KC’s Riverstop. Cape Coral’s Dixie Roadhouse and T&D Adventures of SW Florida were the other proposals received.

However, Dixie Roadhouse announced late Friday afternoon that they had withdrawn their proposal to concentrate more on their current business and expansion of that business.

With Dixie Roadhouse withdrawing, that left the council with the choice between Ford’s Boathouse and Poppy’s Grill at the Yacht Club.

Poppy’s Grill was proposed by T&D Adventures of SW Florida, owned by South Cape Diner owners Tom and Debra Timmerman. Also, part of the T&D Adventures team was former Cape Coral Mayor and owner of BJM Consulting Joe Mazurkiewicz.

Mazurkiewicz made the announcement of his involvement in the project while presenting the proposal to the city council at Monday night’s meeting.

Mazurkiewicz explained that between his 45 years in the community and the Timmerman’s years of experience in owning restaurants both in Cape Coral and New York, Poppy’s Grill would be just a piece of a larger puzzle, “This is bigger than a restaurant, this is about the entire Yacht Club,” he explained to the council. “We want to evolve this into the jewel of the Southeast Cape Coral.

He also stated that the two proposals were not that different, other than their approach, “T&D wants to evolve the site into a destination, and that will take 3-5-10 years.”

T&D said part of their growth strategy would the possibility of adding a roof covering three quarters of the deck in the second five years of their lease.

According to their written proposals, both establishments agreed to pay $3,500 per month in rent plus property tax. However, both told the council they were negotiable when it came to the amount of rent the city would charge. Both were asking for a five year lease, with Ford’s Boathouse asking for two five year options following.

For the council, while there was excitement generated by the proposals, there was also some questions, “I have some concern about the hours of operation,” explained council member Rana Erbrick, who said the restaurant’s location in a neighborhood area does not allow for late night music enjoyed at some establishments.

Council Member Kevin McGrail echoed Erbrick’s concerns, “I have a scary vision of bad karaoke at midnight.”

Both Ford’s and T&D explained that it was their goal to develop a strong relationship with their neighbors, and would have to adjust their entertainment accordingly in order to not have a negative impact on the area.

Another concern was the lack of parking available at the Yacht Club. No one had an immediate solution to that problem that has plagued the Yacht Club for years. However, both said they would work with the city to at the very least optimize the parking that is currently available.

In the end, the council commended both firms for having impressive proposals, but went with Ford’s Boathouse in a 5-3 vote with council members Marty McClain, McGrail, Derrick Donnell, John Carioscia, and Lenny Nesta voting for the proposal.

Kearns says they expect to have the improvements completed in time to have the new restaurant open for the upcoming season.

Now having two restaurants in the city, they are hoping to have a positive impact on the entire South Cape district, “It takes one to start a fire. I think Ford’s Garage is going to be the igniter. When we put them all together, along with all the other establishments in the South Cape, we can only make them better. We are extremely excited about adding Ford’s Boathouse to that mix.”

This article is courtesy of: CapeCoral.com

http://capecoral.com/content/city-chooses-fords-boathouse-take-over-yacht-club-restaurant-location

Camping by Boat to Cape Sable (Part Three)

Posted by Shane On December 9th

Welcome back to Part Three of Camping by Boat to Cape Sable!

Hope you are doing well this holiday season, can’t believe we are coming up on the end of the year already. 2012 will be here before you know it! I hope you are taking the time to enjoy your family and friends during the holidays. I’d love to hear what you have been up to, please leave a comment below and share!

Alright, so we left off last with a long night of fun pranks while sleeping on the beach at Cape Sable. The next morning or should I say when the sun came up. It was so beautiful. Cold as could be, but beautiful clear skies and no storms, Yippee..

We did have a small problem though, when we looked down to the boats, we realized that we had not anchored them far enough off shore. With the tide dropping so drastically, one of the boats sterns was high and dry…UGGGGG… Not a good thing..

It was not bad, we were able to get the boat right off… We went to check on the other boys still sleeping and they were out like lights….could not wake them up for anything. We started to cook the Bacon and Eggs and toast and wouldn’t you know, there heads popped out of the tent, we are hungry. We ate like kings, it was soooooo good. Imagine this… cooking an amazing breakfast on a beach that overlooks the gulf as far as you could see.. check out the photos….

After breakfast we all decided to run up to Lake Ingraham and fish for awhile. Lake Ingraham is amazing. There are all different types of Creeks feeding into it. This is a great place to catch Red Fish, Snook, Trout, Tarpon and some times Snapper if you can find some type of structure, whether it be man made or Mangrove Roots.

We did okay fishing caught a lot of fish, many of them too small so we released them. It was time to head back and pack up our camp and get ready for the beautiful journey ahead of us.. check out the photos and photos of our way home.

 

All in all, it was an amazing adventure. The weather was amazing and beautiful. Everyone caught fish, no one got hurt. The memories these kids have made. They will never ever forget this trip for as long as they live.

This is what life is all about, enjoying your family,friends and Loved Ones…

Make time to make time and enjoy life. It is far too short.

Until next time……

Shane”Waterfront”Wilson

Camping By Boat To Cape Sable (Part Two)

Posted by Shane On November 25th

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing great.

Our local Real Estate Market is still going strong. Homes continue to sell and new construction is being built. It is hard to believe, but the market is transitioning from a buyers market to a seller market. Our inventory is continuing  to shrink. Banks are loaning money to qualified buyers, yes qualified buyers. Although many of the transaction we are seeing in todays market are cash.

As they say, cash is king….

Home prices are so low and there are some amazing waterfront deals still out there,  but they are being bought up. If you would like any information on our local Real Estate Market, please let me know, by contacting me online or calling me at (800) 741-3757 . I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. I can set you up on an automatic program that will give you full access to our MLS. It will also update you on new listings that come on to the market as well as homes going pending. You will like it, it is a great program and it is free.

Okay now on to the fun stuff, the Boating Guide, Camping at Cape Sable by Boat Part 2.

We last left off with the sun getting ready to go down and getting ready to start dinner. We had the best dinner. Uncle TJ is a chef, seriously he is a chef and prepare this amazing food on the main land and brought it out in coolers. We warmed it up on the fire and cooked all of the fresh fish we caught, oh my it was just amazing. Out in the middle of no where and eating like kings. Of course with every campfire, you must have marshmallows.

After there fill of marshmallows, the kids decided to go on a walk about with their torches. This is gonna be good. I think they made it a couple miles down the beach and the torches burned out. Now that was funny, dark out, no light, & the flash lights back at the camp.

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Camping by Boat to Cape Sable (Part One)

Posted by Shane On November 10th

Hello everyone,

I hope you all are doing great . before we get into another boating adventure, I wanted to give you an update on our Real Estate market. Contrary to what may e happening around the country, homes here are selling. At this point in time there are more homes going pending and selling and closing than there are coming on the market.

There is definitely a market shift taking place.

In the past we had a huge over supply of homes for sale and it was killing our home prices, so needless to say home prices plummeted. We have seen a leveling off in our market place. Prices are stabilizing and in some areas we are seeing an uptick in pricing. Keep in mind the homes that are overpriced and have been over priced are going to sit on the market and get stagnant. Then when that seller decides to get realistic on pricing, they drop their price on their property and then you get the illusion prices are still falling.  

Right now as this  letter is being written, we have an under supply of homes for sale. In an average market, there is normally a 3 to 4 month supply of homes for sale. The current inventory of homes for sale is much less than that. The market is shifting. Have you noticed the new construction that has just started to be built again. Look around in all the developments, they are building homes and the crazy thing is, they are selling as fast as they can build them. Yes there is some inventory homes, but nothing like we have had for the last several years. Why is this happening, Interest rates are at an all time low, this is a fact. Home prices are so low now, it is like going back 12 to 14 years ago. You cannot afford to buy the dirt and build a new construction home for what many of the existing homes are selling for at this time. This buyers market we are in is beginning to shift and as the inventory dries up even more, you are going to see prices begin to rise at a normal rate. It is quite interesting to watch our Real Estate Market.

If you would like, at no cost or obligation, I can set you up on a program that is just like MLS. It will give you the most current information on home on the market, what is going pending and what is selling. It will even e mail to you any new listings that come on to the market. If there is anything I can do for you whether it be answer questions or if you have family or friends who want someone they can count on to give them honest accurate information, please feel free to give them my contact information. I will be happy to help anyway I can. Thank you in advance.

Okay now on to the fun part, the boating guide. It is getting to be that time of year again. It is cooling down and the mosquitos and bugs have gone away. It is time to go camping by boat. So load up all your camping gear, fishing rods and tackle, cause we are going to have a blast. We are going to Cape Sable, just south of the Everglades.

Let me show you a photo of where I am talking about. It is at the bottom of Florida.  

Do you see where it says Cape Sable, this is where we camped. Do you see to the right side of the screen where it says Planation Key (underlined in black). It is approximately 37 miles by boat from Plantation Key to Cape Sable through the Florida Bay. This has got to be one of the most beautiful boat rides in the entire world. The water is only a few feet deep all the way there. There are tiny wheel cuts, which are little skinny channels that you drive through with your boat. On either side of the wheel cuts, it is only a few inches deep with the miles and miles of grass flats. There are every kind of marine bird you can imagine, Brown Pelicans, White Pelicans, Ospreys, the Great Bald Eagles, Great White Herons, Great Blue Herons, White Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Sea Gulls, Roseate  Spoon Bills, (what an amazing brilliant pink bird), Cormorants ,Anhingas. There are so many more marine birds, that I cannot even tell you their names. 

When we started our trip out of Plantation key, we started with three boats. Several miles in to Florida bay one of the boats with a dad and three kids had a mechanical falure and could not be fixed. You know the old saying, leave no man behind. We were able to get the broken boat back to shore and on a trailer. Needless to say the dad and kids were devastated about not being able to go on the camping trip. My other buddies and I said what?, No way we are all still going. The kids and the other dad were elated. We crammed all of their supplies and gear in to the other two flats boats and headed out. It was tight 8 kids and 4 adults in two flats boats.. YEE HAAAA!!!!!

We headed back into the Florida Bay as I said before, it is just an amazing trip and the scenery is so beautiful, like nothing you have ever seen. I know the photos will do no justice to the real thing.. check out some photos…

On the way you sort of pass Ranger Station, it is in what they call Flamingo. You can get there by car. There is a small boat launch and marina.. Check out the web site….http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/flamdirections.htm

After running awhile longer we came across the beaches, miles and miles of secluded beaches. There were a couple of campers which we saw up on shore. Check out the photos…

Finally we seek out camping spot. It is the best piece of Real Estate you could camp on… Check out this aerial shot 🙂 Check out our Gulf front View :-)…


Right on the point of what is called Middle Cape. Look at all that white sand. Miles and miles. So quiet and peaceful. No cell phones, no tv, no radio. Just the sounds of nature. The Chirping of the Osprey as they fly over, the screeching of the massive Bald Eagles. To see them swoop down and grab a fish from the ocean is just magnificent.  The best part of this spot is at the point that you see is a great tidal flow, very strong current which brings in the bait and the big fish that eat the bait. Great fishing on this point, but do not tell anyone..another good point about this spot is that you are somewhat protected from a storm, to a point. There have been many, many stories of winter storms that roll in. You are on the open Gulf with no protection at all. Many boats have broken anchor and washed up on the beach to be pounded by the crashing waves, eventually the boats break up. I have also seen boats washed up and a thousand pounds of sand has washed in to the boat. The only safe haven we have if the storm comes from the north we can tuck up into the south East side of Middle Cape.

Check out the photos as we come to our camping spot….

 

It is such a beautiful place, right on the Gulf of Mexico. With views of the ocean and beaches as far as the eye can see. We got the camp all set up and of course the boys wanted to fish right away…But of course if we wanted to stay warm we needed to collect fire wood. It was supposed to drop to the high 40’s. This is very, very cold for us Florida people.

It is kind of crazy who you will meet out at Cape Sable, after all you are 37 miles from home VIA the water. Mangrove Mike pulls up in his boat heading back home from fishing on Lake Ingraham. Mangrove Mike is a long time friend from the keys.. Mike owns Mangrove Mikes Café and Catering.. You really need to check out his website and the Black and white Ball he catered.  Scroll all the way towards the bottom. You have never seen anything like this, (Keys Style). Mike is a great guy and check out his Café when you go to the keys. Check out his website.

http://mangrovemikes.com/tag/islamorada/

We were all glad Mike came by, he gave us a bunch of fresh fish to cook that night, seeing how the fishing for us was slow. Not that we really tried that hard, we were busy setting up, the kids were all running around had to collect fire wood, ya know the normal stuff.. Okay, Okay, I will say it we go t skunked, we only caugt a few fish, not enough for Dinner. Thank goodness for Mike, Fresh Red Fish .. MM good..

I have to give one of the boys credit. He sat and he sat and he sat fishing. He said he was not going to move until he caught a fish. So he sat and sat and suddenly fish on!!!! I have never seen a kid soooooo happy 🙂

Well it was time to bust out the cooking gear to feed all these little rascals..

While getting prepared to cook one of the boys noticed one of the boats floating away, this is not good. No one would fess up to who did not tie it up well. It is so nice to have children that know how to run boats and solve problem. The boys quickly hopped on Uncle T.J.’s boat and went and Got Uncle Derek’s boat from floating away.

It was getting to be that time to secure the boats for the night and hope and pray there would be no storms hit us during the night. At least in the day time you can see them, at night the air get really cool and bam. Lightning and thunder and strong winds!!!!!! UGGG. You also have to be very careful not to anchor to close to shore. There are really high and low tides. Some times as high as 3 to 4 feet. If we anchor too close to shore we could wake up and have our boats high and dry..

The kids were having a ball catching crabs and catching fish right off the beach. It is such a joy to see children having so much fun and in return being parents, it make you feel so great to see the children having so much fun. Kids need to be kids, they grow up sooooo fast.

The kids were beginning to get hungry and we had to explain we had to build a fire and set up the other stoves. In the mean time the boys caught a bunch of hermit crabs and said they were going to saut’e them in a pan with garlic and olive oil. I said go right ahead, so they did. Icky…

What an amazing long day so far, the kids are having so mch fun and the adults are having a ball just watching the antics and goofing around of these kids. it is amazing to see how much they learn on trips like this and how smart these kids are, to watch them teach eachother different things, like how to clean a fish, bait a hook, real in a large fish, throw the cash net, catch crabs and bait, how each one of them has their own style to navigating a boat. It is just amazing. This trip in not over yet, wait till you see what happens once the sun goes down you are going to be laughing soooo hard, you will fall out of your chair right on the ground. The things these kids come up with.. Just wait for  Part 2 of Camping at Cape Sable by Boat.

Like I always say, take time to smell the roses. Time goes by so very fast. Make the plans right now to get away with family, friends, loved ones. Do not keep putting it off and say oh next month, next year. Where there is a will, there is a way. Until next time, make it a great week and even better weekend.

Shane “Waterfront” Wilson

Part 2 to follow……….

 

 



Another Dry Tortugas Adventure Part 3

Posted by Shane On December 14th

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all doing great. I hope each and everyone of you had a great Thanks Giving. I hope you were able to spend time with family and friends. This is what it is all about. The family and I had a great time. We went out to the woods with my inlaws. We had about 52 people come out. Skippie my Mother in Law did all the cooking. Turkey, Ham, all the fixings. The best part was the swamp Cabbage, Bob, my Father in law went out with the kids and got. We call it killing a Swamp Cabbage, which entails going out on the swam buggy and finding the perfect cabbage tree and then Bob works his magic and pulls the heart out of the tree with the help of all the kids. He then brings it to the camp and cuts it all up and Skippie cooks it. It is the best thing you have ever tasted. Skippie also makes a whole bunch of home made pies. Oh my and they are good. I am going to share some of our Thanks Giving with you. I will mostly show you photos of the beauty Florida has to offer, YES, beside the water. I am obviously a water boy, but I also love the nature and beauty of the woods. Enjoy the photos…


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Hello everyone, I hope you all are doing great!! The weather is beginning to cool down here, well…. cool for us. I was out on a walk with the dogs the other morning about 6:30 am and the temp. was 68 degrees. I could not believe it. It was chilly out. I guess Fall is really here. It has also been continually windy. It is a welcome change as long as it does not get too cold to go boating 🙂 Fishing is still red hot here. Snook are back up into the creeks and canals, Red Fish are out on the grass flats in large numbers, getting ready to Spawn. The Sheeps Head and Snapper are still biting and there are still Tarpon around. There are Bonnet Heads, Black Tips and Lemon Sharks all over the grass flats on a high tide and they will eat just about anything. There is still a lot of bait in our area. I was talking to a good buddy of mine and last weekend they took out some friends scuba diving with spear guns off Sanibel on one of the wrecks. They came back up with Grouper, several large Mangrove Snapper and Hog Snapper,,, Yum, Yum !!!! They also said they had a large Cobia swim up behind the boat, take a free lined shrimp and then took off. The fish was large and the tackle too light, it snapped the fishing line quickly. At least they came home with fish…

The snow birds are just starting to come down, I see the out of state tags everywhere. This is great thing for our economy. Homes are still selling if they are priced right at market value. We still cannot believe how low prices are and how low bank loans are right now … Interest rates below 4.5% for 30 yrs fixed.. WOW Everyone, not just me is saying, now is the time to buy…….

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Update On Oil Spill In The Gulf

Posted by Shane On June 28th

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing great.

I wanted everyone to know that SW Florida’s beaches are free of oil.. NO OIL……. It would appear from what I am reading and watching that SW Florida may be spared from the oil. I have several Realtor Friends who watch the oil situation as well and we all compare the information provided to us. Below you will see some information from a Realtor Friend of mine David Haynes of Tarpon Realty, Inc. He is in the Charlotte County / Boca Grande area. Please also see the attached file to view. It is virus free do not worry.

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Fun Family Boating In Southwest Florida

Posted by Shane On December 4th

Hello All,

I hope each and everyone of you had a great Thanks Giving and Spent lots of time with your family and friends even though the Holiday weekend is not over yet. We had a great Thanks giving. Our Family goes out to the camp which is in the woods. Grandma Skippie makes a spread, Turkey, wild hog, swamp cabbage, all the fixings you can think of and all the home made pies you can think of. We bring the four wheelers out there for everyone to ride. We take the swamp buggie through out the woods and slough looking for Deer, Wild Hogs, Turkeys and all the other wild life that lives out there. It was a beautiful day, not to hot, not too cold sunny and just right.

Okay I have a really neat boating guide story this week, which has become near and dear to my heart. I had a man named Craig contact me several months ago saying he wanted to come to Florida and buy a place on the water for his family and friends to use and enjoy. He said he wanted to buy a boat and do all the fun things you do by boat in your boating guide. I said we can do that. When I met Craig , we clicked immediately. He is a great human being who loves his family and friends very ,very much and only wants the best for them. Long story short Craig bought a beautiful place right on the water. Craig said Shane, I need to find a boat that will accommodate my wife and 5 children. I said we can do that. So after giving Craig some advice on boats he found one in the keys he fell in love with. Craig told me the boat was in Tavernier (in the Florida Keys) I said Craig, I was raised in Tavernier and I have a very good friend who will go and water test the boat for you.The water test went great and Craig bought the boat and shipped it to Ft. Myers where Craig, Eddie and I met the boat at the city boat ramp. The first day we took Craig’s new boat out it was rough and windy, but it did not matter. The three of us decided to take the boat to Cabbage Key for lunch. It is about a 20 mile journey one way. The wind was blowing 20 plus knots, the seas were kicked up and rough. Once we were able to get the boat trimmed in just right Craig stuck the throttles to the consol, running about 58 MPH. Craig looked at me and yelled in my ear, I will never forget what he said… He said,” Shane I have dreamed about this moment for years and now I am living it, my dream!!!!” I will never forget that for as long as I live.

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Dry Tortugas Weekend Trip

Posted by Shane On July 24th

Hello Everyone, I hope each and everyone of you is doing Great.

We are going to mix it up a little this week. I have many, many people asking what about boating trips some where. There are a bunch of neat places to go out and stay on your boat. Either just over night or for many nights or just take you boat to one of the many resorts we offer or you take your boat and set up camp on an island. This next place I am going to tell you about is probably going to be for the more experienced boater with a long Fuel range.


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