Hello Everyone, I hope you are doing great. The weather has been great here. The rain is beginning to lesson, not the intense thunderstorms we were getting. In the mornings it actually feels cooler out, like in the mid 70’s and low humidity . It is great for walking the dogs in the morning. Fall is coming 🙂 The fishing here has been great, lots of bait fish which means lots of other fish chasing and eating the bait fish. 🙂 With the rain back to normal levels, we are getting reports that the Blue Crab Fisherman are having and Banner Blue Crab season so far. If you have never tried Blue Crab, you need to, it is Yummy 🙂 I had a great response on the boating guide last week about Little Gasparilla Island. Readers of the boating guide wanted to know more about Little Gasparilla Island and what is around there and things to do. Of course this is all by boat 🙂 :-)… Well Here you go. I am gonna give you some great places to fish, great places to go shelling, great places to watch amazing sunsets, great places to eat and get home made Ice cream to cool ya down and best of all something that I metioned last week my family and I witnessed. I had never seen this before in my life and I will probably never see it again in my life time. It was just incredibly amazing. I think you will really enjoy this edition of the boating guide. Please come on down and check out this wonderful place we live in. As for Real Estate, things are still selling, of course at a much lower price than what it was. Prices are really low right now, on the water and off the water and with interest rates hovering around 4.5% fixed for 30 years….. Get it??? Low prices, low interest rates… Now is the best time to buy. Do not miss out. If you would, like I can set you up on Listing Book, it is a really neat program that pulls properties right from our MLS system. It sends you new listings that come on the market each morning. You can search existing listings and listings that have sold. I offer this service to you for free… Free is good 🙂 Just e mail me and I can get you set up.
Okay, now on to the fun part of the boating guide. I am writing about Little Gasparilla Island and the surrounding areas. This is a great place, beautiful white sand beaches, beautiful water, amazing fishing. You will love it here. There is one catch, if you are staying on Little Gasparilla Island, you can only get there by boat. If you do not have a boat you can call Emit of Pirate Taxi. Emit will take you where ever you want to go. His number is 941-270-0541. Anyway, we ended up getting to the boat ramp late probably about 10:00 pm. We put in and headed by water to the island. It was such a beautiful night. The stars were out, it was calm, clear weather, just beautiful. We got settled into the house and about 11:00 ish pm. All the kids wanted to go down to the beach and chase the ghost crabs and run around in the dark on the beach.. Sounded like fun, so we headed down to the beach. We all chased ghost crabs for awhile and played on the beach, it was a blast. It was late and my son Wade was walking up the path to go back to the house, when he said Dad come here, there is another crab, then he said dad get over here quick its a baby turtle. I said Wade no way, I have been on the water my whole life and have never seen a baby sea turtle up on the beach. As I got closer to Wade he pointed at it. There was this little tiny sea turtle about the size of a silver dollar. I said Wade that is a new born turtle, there must be a nest hatching tonight. I said do not touch the turtle, they instinctively know to head to the water as soon as they come up out of the sand.. But something was terribly wrong, the turtle was heading the wrong way, it was heading to the sand dunes away from the Gulf. By now I have Kim and all four kids watching this little sea turtle going the wrong way. The kids starting yelling Dad, Dad, Mr. Shane, Mr. Shane you have to do something or he will die. Of course right there on this turtle nest is a sign DO NOT TOUCH THE TURTLE OR ELSE!!!
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