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Spectacular River and Sunset Views

Posted by Shane On May 13th

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5915 W. Riverside Drive  Fort Myers, FL  33919

Price Reduced$649,500
Build your Own Riverfront Dream Home
Spectacular River and Sunset Views
Deep water right at your dock   –Rare find
Existing private Dock and 24,000 Pound lift

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However, Dixie Roadhouse announced late Friday afternoon that they had withdrawn their proposal to concentrate more on their current business and expansion of that business.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

Tarpon Lodge On Pine Island

Posted by Shane On June 14th

The water is warming up and the fish are biting again in Pine Island Sound and Boca Grande Pass areas. I have a really cool Historic/Nostalgic place to go to.

This is the one and only Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island. This place is really neat and offers something for everyone. You can go there for the day for lunch or dinner or make it a long weekend and stay at this amazing property. The accommodations are awesome. Stay in the Historic Lodge built in 1926. The rooms in the Lodge are awesome. Or you can Stay in the boat house or the Cottage, the choice is yours. Enjoy the Four Star Dining, Lunch or Dinner.

There are many things to do, of course for the boater you can bring your boats and moor up to the dock over night. For those of you that are not aware of the fishing in this area, it is outstanding, Snook, Red Fish,Trout,Flounder,Snapper,Sheep Head and many more species. Take a short boat ride to Boca Grande Pass and catch Grouper, Big Mangrove Snapper and Tarpon if your timing is right. Boca Grande is the Tarpon Fishing Capital of the world.

For those that are not into boating there are so many things to do at Tarpon Lodge. Hang out by the pool, grab a book and go sit on the dock and watch the wild life abound. Ospreys, Bald eagles, marine birds, so much wild life.

I could go on and on. Tarpon Lodge has got an amazing web site, so you have to go to it..

http://www.tarponlodge.com/home

You will have a fantastic time!!!!!!

http://www.tarponlodge.com/dining/

 

Bayfront Bistro On Ft. Myers Beach

Posted by Shane On May 24th

Bayfront Bistro is simply amazing. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is great. This entire facility is new and it shows. I cannot even begin to tell you the best dish on the menu, because everything is so great there. From the appetizers toany of the meals, lunch or dinner. You will not be disappointed.

There are beautiful views of the marina and back Bay from the upstairs dining area. Or you can go down to the bar area and enjoy the out door facilities

 

For us boaters, there is a full service marina and much more.

This facility offers so much, I think it would be better just to go to their website and check it out for your self. You are going to love this place. Below are just a few photos for you to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How Do I Get There?

The are two ways to access Bayfront Bistro. Coming from the water, come around the north end of Ft. Myers Beach (Matanzas Pass) and follow the well marked channel south. Or you can come from the south end of Ft. Myers Beach through Big Carlos Pass and head north, north west. The channel is well marked. When you get to Bayfront Bistro and Snook Bight Yacht Club & Marina, you cannot miss it.

Make it a great time!!!

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For more information on this facility go to:

http://www.bayfrontbistro.com/ OR

http://www.snookbightmarina.com/

 

The Gulf Shore Grill & The Cottage

Posted by Shane On March 21st

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Have I got a place to go for you this weekend in the boat. Have you heard of the Gulfshore Grill & The Cottage on Ft. Myers Beach? This is a great time of year to go (Spring Break). If you like to people watch and have a great time you have got to go. Once you have anchored off of Ft. Myers Beach, you can walk up to the beach and get lunch at the Cottage. At The Cottage you can sit out on a deck or inside over looking the beach and Gulf of Mexico and watch all the people, it is really quite amusing. The food at The Cottage is really good an the cold beverages are great too. If you want to dine inside in the air conditioning walk next door to the Gulfshore Grill which also offers amazing views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico. The food here is really good as well. After lunch you can go down stairs to the Beach Bar and hang out enjoy a cold beverage and people watch. Or throw a Frisbee or play smash ball or just relax in the refreshing waters of the  Gulf of Mexico. You will have a great time here, everyone is happy and having a great time!!!Oh, do not forget you camera. Enjoy the photos.

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How Do You Get There?

How do you get there? This is easy. Starting from the Sanibel Causeway. Head towards Fort Myers Beach VIA the intra coastal waterway. Keep heading down parallel to Ft. Myers Beach. You will see the big Concrete pier, just past the pier, you will see a large green building. Right to the left of the Lani Kai (the green building) you will see The Gulfshore Grill and The Cottage. You cannot miss it.

www.gulfshoregrill.com

Hello! I hope you are celebrating the first day of Spring doing something fun! I just wanted to take a minute to share some exciting news with you. Cypress Realty Inc has just received the “2012 Best of Fort Myers Award”  🙂

The full copy of the news release (see below) can be found online on our web site www.shanewaterfrontwilson.com.

Congratulations to our broker and all the great real estate agents at Cypress Realty! So happy to be a part of this great organization!

Make it a great day!

Shane “Waterfront” Wilson

Cypress Realty Inc Receives 2012 Best of Fort Myers Award.

Cypress Realty Inc Receives 2012 Best of Fort Myers Award.

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……….

 

 



5 Steps to Finding Your Florida Waterfront Vacation Home

Over the past couple of months I’ve given you 5 Steps to Finding Your Florida Waterfront Vacation Home because I grew up in Islamorada, FL, I’m an avid boater, fisherman, and scuba diver. So when I say that living the waterfront lifestyle, is my business, it truly is!

If you’ve been online searching for a waterfront vacation home, my free eBook will help you accomplish this goal. You can download on my website. Otherwise, let me give you a quick recap:

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Shane Wilson Takes You On a Boat Tour

This is the fifth of 5 Steps to Finding Your Florida Waterfront Vacation Home which is available as a FREE eBook at ShaneWaterfrontWilson.com.

A Florida vacation isn’t complete without a day on the water! Once you’ve found a home that could be “the one”, it’s time to take a boat tour. As a boating enthusiast and Florida native, I have been navigating these waters for over 20 years. This gives you a huge advantage when you are viewing waterfront homes with me as your guide. I’ve had the opportunity to find some amazing places on the water, that even some of the locals may not know about!

My favorite part of helping you find the perfect vacation home, is introducing you to the full experience of the waterfront lifestyle. On your boat tour, I’ll take you to some cool Florida boating destinations and you’ll get to see how close they are to your waterfront home.

Here are just a few fun things we can do and some of the destinations we may visit:

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Waterfront Vacation Homes

This is the fourth of 5 Steps to Finding Your Florida Waterfront Vacation Home which is available as a FREE eBook at ShaneWaterfrontWilson.com.

Now that you’ve come down to Southwest Florida, it will be my pleasure to take you on a little “Joy Ride” as we go driving through the neighborhoods, searching the many waterfront vacation homes until we find the one with your name on it.

Depending on the location of the home you are considering, we may be driving past sights like:

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