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However, Dixie Roadhouse announced late Friday afternoon that they had withdrawn their proposal to concentrate more on their current business and expansion of that business.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

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Charlie’s Pass

Posted by Shane On May 29th

Hello Again,

I have been getting a great response from all of the subscribers that get the boating guide weekly.

Many folks want to know where to go by boat to beaches that are not packed with a bunch of people and only accessible by boat


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Here ya go, have you heard of Charlie’s pass? It is located on North Captiva Island. Charlie’s pass is an unofficial name for it, but everyone calls it Charlie’s Pass. Years ago when Hurricane Charlie came through, it literally blew a hole right through the island, hence the name Charlie’s Pass. It was plenty deep to bring larger boats through it. In a short time, the pass began to close up to where it looked like a little creek that only skinny water boats could get through. A very short time later the creek closed up. Now it is an amazing place to go to. We love to spend the day here on the beach. The neat thing about the beach here is, you can anchor and back right up to the beach with in feet of the dry sand. (No long walks to shore). The sand here is the nice white sugar sand and loads and loads of sea shells. Most people set up an umbrella or canopy right on the beach and enjoy the rolling waves on to the beach and the gentle sea breeze. My children and I cannot sit still, so we swim in the beautiful blue green waters and shell along the beautiful Beaches.

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Okay this is the really fun part if you like to fish. Walk East Opposite of the Gulf about 200 yards and you will come to the back Bay, it is a natural estuary full of marine life. Birds, Crabs, Fish,, you name it. You will see in one of the photos my son throwing his cast net catching bait for his friend Jo Jo. Who caught a nice Snook and of course released it. Enjoy the photos below, this is such a beautiful place, unspoiled and full of nature. You are going to love it and you will not want to leave. Have fun!!!!!


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How do you get there?

Coming from Pine Island Sound. Head towards Redfish Pass. Hint, South Seas Plantation is on the south side of the pass. Once you are in Redfish Pass, head north up the beach . You will see a few homes on your right. Keep heading north and you will come to an area where the trees are gone and you can see clear over to the Bayside. You are there. Enjoy..


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Dolphin Fishing In The Keys – Part 2

Posted by Shane On May 17th

Hello everyone,

I hope you all are doing great. The weather continues to get more beautiful here everyday. The Tarpon are back in the passes rolling, the Sharks are back as well chasing the food they feed. The Snook bite has picked up as well as the Red Fish and the  Spotted Sea trout bite is on. OffShore, my friends went out and limited out on Gag Grouper and Snapper. They caught King Fish and plenty of Spanish Mackerel. Come on the down the fishing is red hot and so are the deals on waterfront property. I never ever thought we would see waterfront prices this low again. It is really crazy…

Now back to part two of the Dolphin Fishing in the keys. We left off at Alligator light. It is an amazing reef off of Islamorada. The water here is so beautiful. The undersea life is just incredible and yes it is all protected, it is a no take zone period which is a great thing. I am going to share many photos with you so you too can enjoy the beauty of this magical place

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Alligator Reef is just an amazing place. The water is so clear the sea life is out of this world. So much to see and experience. Check out these photos..

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We decided to climb up in to the light house. Oh my Gosh what a view, just amazing. Check out the photos…

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We had just swam back to the boat for lunch when the United States Coast Guard pulled up and got on there loud speaker and said. “It is a federal offense to be up in the light house. Disperse immediately!!!” Yikes.. We still had a blast though

I am going to show you some really amazing photos that my friend Jesse took. I could not believe it my self..

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Jesse was able to follow this Juvenile Logger Head Sea Turtle around for about 25 minutes. What a neat experience. This place is just so absolutely incredible. These photos do not do it any justice at all.

If you do make it to the keys, please do not hesitate to call me or e mail me for places to stay, places to eat on the water, fishing charters, Dive Charters, Boat rentals, homes to rent on the water. What ever you need , tap my years and years of knowledge. All I can say is you must get to the Florida Keys one day.

Until next time, make time for your family and friends. Life goes by so fast enjoy it. Another tid bit for you. If you ever wake up one day feeling no so great, please look around you. There is family, friends and loved ones that care about you and that you care about. Be very thankful and grateful for what you do have, not what you do not have. There is always going to be someone out there that has it way worse off than you. Life is a gift, you can choose to live it and enjoy it icon smile Dolphin Fishing In The Keys   Part 2

Take Care and enjoy you weekend.

Shane “Waterfront” Wilson

Dolphin Fishing In The Keys

Posted by Shane On May 8th

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are doing great. The weather continues to warm up here in SW Florida. It has just been beautiful out. We are beginning the get our afternoon thunderstorms which are really nice. It cools everything down and the air smells so crisp and fresh after the hard rain. The rain does not last long at all.


For those of you who do know and those of you who do not know, starting the Middle of May the Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) start there annual migration. The schools of Dolphin are thick along the coast of Florida out in the Gulf Stream and sometimes just off the reef in a few hundred feet of water.

For those of you that have larger boats that you can stay aboard with a cabin there is a place called Plantation Yacht Harbor. They have an amazing facility there. Fuel docks, 30, 50, 100 amp service, water, fish cleaning tables, clean bathrooms and showers. There is a 42 acre park with pool and white sand beach. It is located right on the bay and minutes through Snake Creek to the Atlantic Ocean. One of my Broker / Managers has his boat there in the water for the next 3 months. For the cost of keeping your boat in the Marina or renting a house or condo for 3 months, the Marina is a much better value. Please check out the website….

This time of year off the Reef the sail fishing is slowing down and the Dolphin and Tuna fishing is picking up. The reef fishing has picked up too for Yellow Tail Snapper and other reef species.

My son Wade and I headed over to Brad’s boat right after sunrise. Brad and Jesse had the boat all ready to go. We boarded the boat and headed out. It was a flat calm day, no wind at all, nice cool morning breeze. We headed about 7 miles out and began to troll for Dolphin or Tuna. We had a hit pretty quickly and pulled up a small Black Fin Tuna. These are great eating, white meat fish. Just be sure to bleed it as soon as you get it in the ice box.

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After Trolling for awhile we decided to head out farther, to about 23 miles out. You will see a lot of big ships when you are out this far. We were trolling and saw a bird frantically flying over the water. I said Guys there is fish under that bird you watch. We trolled by the bird and whammm!!!! Fish on!!!! It was a nice 48 inch Dolphin. Brad struggled with the fish and got it to the boat, I gaffed it and swung it in to the fish box

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Off in the distance you could see the dark clouds building up, nothing to be concerned about, just aware. As the dark clouds moved closer, Brad said, Shane is that a water spout? I said yes it is and they can be very dangerous. Check out the photos. It is the cone shape dropping from the clouds. A water spout is like a Tornado except over the water. The winds can be from 10 MPH to 90 MPH. I have never stuck around so I could not tell you personally. I always head away from them. Check out the photos…

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The fishing was slow so Brad asked where a great place was to go snorkeling. I said Alligator Light. The ref is amazing and so is the wild life and you can jump off the light house into the water. So we headed to Alligator Light. The water there is just so amazingly beautiful. Check out the photos….

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When you come to the Keys, you must get out to Alligator Light. It is so beautiful, the water looks like you are in the Bahamas. I have much more to share with you but I am out of time. Next week though I will finish up the boating guide. Please, Please, when you plan your trip to the Keys and need a home to rent on the water, need a great hotel to stay at, a ramp to put your boat in, cool places to go by water or great places to go fishing, Please send me an e mail and I will be happy to help you any way I can.

Make it a great weekend and remember make time for your family and friends, Enjoy!!!

Til next time….

Shane “Waterfront” Wilson



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….

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.

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……….



Hi There!

Thanks for your patience as I get Part FIVE of Lobstering in the Florida Keys 2011 underway. We have TONS of pictures in this last post of the boating guide! I hope you enjoy them. But before you check out the pictures, I wanted to let tell you about the Real Estate Market and Facts I just posted:

There has been a lot of news about our area, so I decided to gather all the facts together, so you can see what is happening in Southwest Florida for yourself! If you have any questinos about this information – don’t hesitate to give me a call (800) 741-3757.
Alright, now on to the fun… The next morning we woke up to this..… Just an incredible beautiful morning.. Check out the photos just outside my room and around the property..

Is it not just an absolutely amazing place. It is so tranquil and peaceful. You have to experience it for yourself. It is called the Coconut Palm Inn. It is in a great location. Close to shopping, restaurants, food stores. There is a boat ramp right next door to drop your boat in the water.

Check out their website:

and check this out …

See I told you this place is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good golly, trying to wake up these kids and get on the water is like pulling teeth. I guess this is Teens today. Once I said the boat was leaving in 10 minutes, they finally got up and ready 🙂

We hit the water – WOW… the air was crisp and cooler than normal, there was a slight breeze, the sky was blue, blue, blue. We headed to some other Lobster spots where I knew we would do well. I am not going to bore you with a bunch of words, just enjoy the photos 🙂 …

Is this not one of the most beautiful places you have seen. The water is so clear, the sky so blue. It just does not get any better than this, unless you have a big fat Lobster in your net..Momma Caught a Lobster….Check it out…..

As it turns out this was a really great spot. We found all kinds of Lobster, which Many were shorts and we through them back of course.  I was towing Wade over a spot and I heard a loud.. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh through his snorkel. I looked back and I see Wade towing behind the boat with feet high in the air. I started thinking what in the world is Wade squealing about. Once I pulled him a little farther, I circled around to see what was up. He said Dad very funny!!!!!!! Exclaimed  Wade. I said What, Again, Very Funny DAD!!!!! I said what? Wade said Dad you Pulled me over a massive 9 to 10 foot Shark. I said Wade no way, He said , Yes Dad it was.. Ha, Ha, Ha, we got a good laugh afterwards.. There was a huge, massive Nurse Shard laying on the bottom near some rubble Wade was going to go down on.

We wanted to try one more spot where you need scuba tanks. Since Wade is a certified Scuba diver and so am I, we put on our tanks and headed to the bottom with a dive flag teathered to me so the boat could follow us. We saw several shorts, but no keepers. It was great fun…

We did really good catching Lobster throughout the day and the kids wanted to go and feed the Tarpon at Robbies. So we loaded up and headed to Robbies to feed the Tarpon and see a buddy of mine Joe who is a Charter boat captain there. Joe can take you out Dolphin, Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish, Grouper, Yellow Tail, Snapper, whatever kind of fishing you want and he is great. He will even take you out Lobstering.. MMMM 🙂

Check out Robbies website….

Robbies has everything, boat rentals, Kayak rentals, jet skis, great food, awesome atmosphere. Everything you could want and of course hand feeding the Tarpon, It is a blast and the kids love it J Enjoy the photos…





What a long fantastic, amazing,  fun filled ,beautiful day!!!!! We decided to head home and you got, clean the Lobster.  As soon as we hit the doc the girls went to the room to get ready for dinner and the boys cleaned the bugs. We did get some great photos first. Check them out…


Wade took a liking to his Lobster buddy. I had to convince Wader, “Son you gotta twist his tail off, we are gonna eat him.” I think Wade was thinking something else. Look at the photo and you tell me …

It took awhile, But Wader did come to his senses and did what he had to do..

We got done cleaning the Lobsters  just in the nick of time, cause there was a big rain storm coming..

Wow, it is so neat to watch these storms come rolling in, the air temperature drops 15 sometimes 20 degrees, the lightning is flashing all over the skies, the lightning bolts are dropping from the heavens, the thunders sounds like loud bombs going off, shaking all the windows in the building. Then suddenly as it starts, it is gone. The air is has a crisp clean smell. Everything is so quiet and calm. The birds start to chirp again, the squirrels come out of the trees. Words cannot describe what it is like.

All in all it was a fabulous Mini Lobster Season in the Florida Keys. Everyone had Blast!!!!!  It was a safe, fun, amazing time. If you have never done this, you have got to do it with the family or just you and your significant other.

Before I sign off, I want to remind you all make time to smell the roses. Time goes by so fast, way too fast. Make the time now to set your vacation time with the kids, grandkids, family, friends.  Like NIKE says , JUST DO IT!!!!!

Till next time.. Make it a great week and even better weekend!!!!






Hello Everyone. I hope you all are doing great. Our local Real Estate market still remains strong, contrary to what you may be seeing in the National News. Homes are still selling and our inventory of homes to sell is getting smaller and smaller. As I said last time, banks are lending money to buyers who can truly qualify for a mortgage. Yes, you have to qualify for the mortgage. (wow what a novel idea.) Interest rates are low, low, low…..Like crazy low. Try around 4% for a 30 fix rate loan, this is amazing. We are still seeing many foreigners from other countries coming here and buying property as well as the Northerners. They are coming here to buy for their retirement now while prices and interest rates are soooo low, they retire here in a few years to a home they bought at the bottom of the market. It you have any questions on the Real Estate Market and what is happening as far as values, what is on the market, what is selling. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. I will set you up on a computer program that will give you full access to our MLS. It will even e mail you new updates whenever a property fitting your description hits the market. It is really a neat way to track our market and best of all, it is free… Yippee!!!!!!:-) Just let me know.

Okay on the fun stuff..
Mini Season Lobstering in the Florida Keys 2011 Part 3

We last left off Lobstering at a secret spot. We caught some bugs and and Stone Crab and saw some really cool fish. Of course we released the Stone Crab, cause they are out of season. About this time everyone started getting hungry, so we all decided to go to the Island Grill right on the Ocean. It is a cool place to go to by boat. It is right on the Atlantic Ocean. There are three areas to sit. One area is out on the beach with great views of Snake Creek and the Ocean. The next is inside in the A/C…. UGGGGG….The other area you can sit is on the canal side, it is all under cover and the ocean breeze feels great. Go and check out the website.. It is a really cool place. Oh yah and try the Tuna Nachos, oh my, they are great!!!!! Check out the photos.. sorry I only got a few photos, I totally forgot to walk out to the beach bar and take more ☹

Well with our bellies full we headed to a different spot. This is another secret spot, so do not tell anyone…

Well as it turned out this spot was so very secret the Lobster could not find it either. There was nothing there. Now of course I have to hear it from my crew… Dad , Mr. Shane you could not find a Lobster if your life depended on it. Well of course my competitive nature kicked in. I said oh Yah, “Well. I am going to take you to a spot where I know there will be lots of Bugs (Lobsters) to get and no one knows about it. My crew on the boat was like Yah RIGHT!!!! I said you will see. So we headed off the top secret spot. I cannot take photos of the spot or you may know where it is, but I can show you what we caught.. Yes Capt. Shane redeemed himself J Oh Yessssss!!!!! See the photos……

It was now getting late and we decided to head home. We first ran south in the boat to Upper Matacmbe  to drop Nate off at his home. Nate also lives on the water. It is such a beautiful ride seeing all the nature, birds, fish, skinny little mangrove channels. Check out the video and the photos…

How cool is this, to have a channel in your back yard carved out of Coral Bed Rock to a basin in your back yard. I thought it was neat. Check it out…

We headed back north in the boat going home it was getting late.  Ya know I always say you never know what you are going to see on the water. I also know there are people out there that take their Lobstering very serious. Even if they do not have a boat to go out in they find some way to get on the water. We drove by these Kayaks that had dive flags and scuba tanks and diving gear on them. I thought this is very interesting. I do not think I would ever do this my self, but again it was interesting to see..

As I said before you never know what you are going to see on the water.. Well check this out!!!! Now I have seen it all..  I looked off in the distance and I see what I think to be a car driving on the water. I am thinking no way. Maybe I have heat stroke. I looked again and this car driving on the water was getting closer and closer. Now  my crew sees this thing and they say,” what the heck is that?, It looks like a car driving on the water.” I thought to myself thank goodness I am not losing it. A Cadillac Deville driving across the bay…”REALLY”

I am sorry to say now, but I have to go.  Stay tuned for “Mini Season Lobstering in the Florida Keys 2011 Part 4”

Remember make time to smell the roses, spend time with your family and friends.  Just make the time, schedule it out and JUST DO IT!! Life is way to short.

Until next time make it a great week.

Shane “Waterfront” Wilson

A Lobstering Getaway To The Florida Keys Part 2

Posted by Shane On September 10th

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing great. The weather is still beautiful here. We have had a bunch of rain, I mean a bunch of rain for several weeks now. I know we needed it, but this is crazy. The fishing here is still great. Lots of bait everywhere, Lots of green backs also know as white bait. Big Thread fins at the causeway. Great reports of all kinds of fish being caught.
I was at dinner with the family talking about fishing and boating and fish we had caught. This guy in the next booth turned around and said I could not help but hearing you all talking about fishing. You will not believe what I caught on Ft. Myers Beach today. He showed me this mammoth, Monster Snook on his phone. It is huge. He caught it on a frozen Mullet. This is not normal guys. I have fished my whole life and have never caught a Snook even close to the size of this one. WOW.. check out the photo…

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Hello Everyone, I Hope You Are All Doing Great.

Posted by Shane On August 12th

We are great here in super sunny South West Florida.. It is warm, but the afternoon showers cool everything down which is very nice. The fishing still remains hot. Spoke to some friends who landed a few Tarpon up in the River. They are still catching Snook, Red Fish and Trout. My other friends ran off shore, not even to far and caught their limit on Grouper and Snapper.

As far as the Gulf Oil Spill, from what I am seeing on TV and reading it is still capped off. There in NO OIL, NO OIL here or anywhere near us. This does not mean the folks who got hit up north are not suffering with the devastation of the wetlands, animals, sea life, birds. It is just awful. Please keep all these folks in your thoughts and prayers as they have a long road ahead of them.

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Dolphin Fishing In The Keys – Part 1

Posted by Shane On June 11th

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are doing great. The weather continues to warm up here in SW Florida. It has just been beautiful out. We are beginning the get our afternoon thunderstorms which are really nice. It cools everything down and the air smells so crisp and fresh after the hard rain. The rain does not last long at all.

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