Fort Myers Beach, FL Real Estate News

By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
      Waterside at Bay Beach  is located towards the South End of Fort Myers Beach, also known as Estero Island.  This beautiful Fort Myers Beach gated community along the back Bay or Estero Bay offers of course pools,tennis courts and the only golf course available in Fort Myers Beach, sauna and steam room, guest units, conference rooms.Number of units per building ranging from 54 to 58.                                                                             above:Estero Bay, Fort Myers Beach                                    Waterside These luxury buildings were build starting 1997 up to 2006.It is luxury life at its very best in one of the Premier Communities of Lee County with also dock purchase available smack on the Bay Bay which of course leads directly to the Gulf Of mexico...
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By No Longer Active
(Real Estate)
This is a great site I discovered a few years ago after a several months of fitness walking evolved into my interest in running.  Since I have always been somewhat of a numbers nut tracking my time and mileage was important to me so while searching for a better way to figure out my distance I stumbled into America's Running Routes. Last week while on vacation in Fort Myers Beach was the first time I used the site to select a route.  On the west coast of Florida the sun doesn't rise as early as I'm accustom to in New England so I was up early waiting for dawn so I could begin my first run on the sand. Since I was staying towards the northern end of the island I estimated the journey to the starting point of the mapped route and back would be about 7 miles which was what my training plan ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
I'm hardly a gourmet.  My wife will confirm this fact.  She's a good cook. But, I can manage to turn out a summer dinner once in awhile.  This is for people who aren't cooks.  Below is the perfect dinner for a hot evening on Fort Myers Beach in Summer.  I believe that it will taste good outside of Fort Myers Beach, as well. Easy Summer Dinner for People Who Aren't Cooks: At market, buy sirloin hamburger patties already molded into patties and corn on the cob, mushrooms already sliced and French hamubrger rolls. Once home, start up Charcoal Grill.  Take off green from Corn and wash.  Then wrap each cob in aluminium foil.  Place cobs dirctly on the coal, but on the edges of the coal.  Back in house, put a little butter into a pan and then sliced mushrooms.  Turn them over from time to tim...
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By Karen Nichols, Beach Realtor - Ft. Myers
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
A house, of course, looks nice, more inviting with lush landscaping, but part of the pleasure in a new home may also be to plan some of your own gardens and then watch it grow.  When we purchased our home on Fort Myers Beach years ago, we had extensive landscaping in front, but not so in the back.  My husband's idea was was buy fully grown tees and bushes for our back border.  But, I wanted smaller bushes and trees and flowers. My husband said that these would take forever to grow (he didn't quite realize the power of the rainy season), and and I told him that he was right, that it would take awhile for the landscaping to fill out, but watching it grow year after year would be exciting.  My husband doesn't write poems often, but he wrote one to me after our "gardening" conversation.   I...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
On a Saturday morning here on an overcast summer's day on Fort Myers Beach, I delve into the national news.  What is going on in our country?  It's been a common complaint, the tabloid news and the serious news being blended in the last few years.  Do I care about the latest mess Brittany Spears has gotten herslelf into?  A definite NO.  No interest whatsoever.  Do I care that John Edwards had an affair at a time when his wife was ill and needed him?  Not really, but badly done, John.  Do I care that a little girl in the Orlando area cannot be found and her mother went out to nightclubs while her daughter was missing(before being arrested, that is) and then smiling in Court.  Yes.  The mother makes me sick.  If my dog was lost, I would be out looking and worrying, not out partying.  Nev...
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By Gregg Fous
(Market America Realty and Investments, Inc.)
Two boaters from Pennsylvania named Mike and David were visiting Fort Myers Beach three years ago. The weather was superb, the fish plentiful, the sun warm, and the fun endless. They thought Fort Myers beach was pretty cool. After three weeks here on the beach they wound up with an idea.  They bought property at the end of Delmar, built four luxury homes, complete with elevators, three bedrooms, two car garages, and balconies for enjoying the breeze, and then they furnished them ready to move into with everything a vacationer would want. Then they built a pool, rebuilt the commercial docks, and they called their piece of paradise "Dock of the Bay". Mike and David could not stay here in Fort Myers all year round; they still had businesses to run up North. They figured most of their frien...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
He's a grandfather.  He's a a wealty man.  Now he is after finding oil in his back yard.  Herb . The former cattleman, farmer and owner of a garbage business is now retired, able to count the dollar signs brought in by three oil wells. Herb Geving worked his whole life, but says oil changed his life. Now he doesn't work at all, just goes to his mailbox for the checks. Stanley, North Dakota, may not seem like the most likely place to find oil.  But oil was found, lots of it.  It's located in the Northwest area of North Dakota, about 50 miles from the Canadian border. But the town booming, all thanks to rich oil deposits sitting deep below the surface.  AS for the real estate, the values of risen dramatically.  The oil boom has resulted in good paying jobs, raised real estate values and n...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Fort Myers Beach is located in Lee County, southwest Florida. It is a lively independent city of some 10,000 residents who enjoy its 7 miles of white beaches, many gulf access canals which flow into the back Bay or Estero Bay and is close enough to Fort Myers and Cape Coral if you want more that city feeling.Its colorful history goes as far back as 4000 years ago with the proud Calusa Indians who dominated southwest Florida, the coming of the Spanish Conquistadors, to the pirates of the XIX century, the Utopian Koreshan society, its traditional shrimp fishing to its present day with the renovation of its downtown area and its colorful shops and restaurants, Fort Myers Beach is a "moveable feast" (part of title borrowed from E.Hemingway's short biographical novel " A Moveable Feast".    ...
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By Karen Nichols, Beach Realtor - Ft. Myers
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Private Studio Vacation Cottage Available on Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Tropically decorated. Glimpses of bay and boats from deck. Walk to seven mile white sand beach as well as shops and stores, restaurants, grocery. Washer and Dryer, Cable TV, full kitchen, tropical gardens. Cottage stocked with linens, dishes, pots, pans, books, lounge chairs. Large yard with tropical gardens. RATES: 2008 December 14-December December 31 $400/Weekly plus cleaning fee 2009 January through April $425/Weekly plus cleaning fee or $1,500/Monthly Respond via E-Mail to: KarenENichols@aol.com or call 239-849-3064. View From the Cottage
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Possibly, scientists believe, and explain it this way: Some strains of algae contain high concentrations of oil when compared to other biofuel sources. The specific strains are isolated and then harvested in large quantifies in pond systems or bioreactors. The oil is then extracted, processed and refined into fuel that has the potential for a variety of uses.  Evidently, this source of energy will also have a low impact upon the environment. The challenge will be to mass produce the stuff and also to prevent contamination of the algae by bacteria and viruses. An interesting possibility.  I've never thought of putting a pond in our yard here on Fort Myers Beach.  Because of our hot weather, a pond always struck me as a haven for mosquitos, etc, but I may have to reconsider.
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
   The fight is on. Which is best? Concrete CBS or frame homes? Of course I am talking about the best possible Florida frame home and these would be with a concrete slab and pilings. The more expensive ones may even have concrete exterior walls and partition walls up to the 2 floor and then the traditional floor joists and high tech beams or even steel beams.                         Many of my clients looking for homes in Fort Myers and Lee County in general prefer CBS homes. They think they are stronger against winds, less risk of attracting termites, are less maintenance and use less AC. New technology has permitted to build frame homes which can withstand 130 miles and hour winds and yes it is true that the strongest high condos are made of concrete and expansion joints. Frame homes ...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
   Just finished on the annual " Parade  of Homes " ! Owner will include one of the hot " SMART " cars with the purchase of this home !  Wouldn't this put a smile on her face ! Gorgeous 3/2 direct Gulf front home. Totally decorator furnished home.  I will be hosting this  listing on Tueday starting at  9:30 AM .  If you have been looking for a move-in ready beach front this is it.   If you are on Fort Myers Beach  stop in and and say " HI".  This beautiful home is a real charmer with light. bright beachy colors and decorator upgrades. Furnished and ready for you to move in !  Just reduced $100k to $1,495,000 .   Call me direct for additional details on ownership opportunities. Bill Gillhespy   239   699-7128   Just bring your flip flops !          
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By Karen Nichols, Beach Realtor - Ft. Myers
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
We've lived on this street on Fort Myers Beach for almost 10 years.  I first met Kathy six years ago or so, when Kathy was six years of age.  Her mom was having some problems and so she came to live with her Grandma.  Her Grandma was a woman in her 40's, my neighbor directly across the street.   Kathy was named after her Grandma, my neighbor, Katherine.  There's a rental duplex near our home and at the time that Kathy came to Katherine and Mike, there lived on the top floor of that duplex a young couple and their young son, Korvin Dee.  Korvin Dee was only five at the time,  a year younger than Kathy, and they became fast friends. Kathy stayed with Katherine and her Grandpa, Mike for over a year. Then, Kathy's mom had got her life togther and Kathy went home to Texas.  But, every summer...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
  The history of Fort Myers Beach history cannot be separated from the influence of the Koreshan Unity, a rather odd religious group which was started by a Dr Cyrus Teed. On one side very prolific and successful and on the other self serving and highly eccentric.. He first settled in Fort Myers Beach with his family in 1893 after purchasing large acreages on the main land and in Fort Myers Beach, specially around now famed Mound key, which was build by the Calusa Indians some 4000 years before.                                          The Koreshan State Park in Estero, Lee County                       How odd where they? They believed that the earth was a hollow sphere, which was not very unlighted in the XIX century. Some where not allowed to marry and stay celibat. Okay, I am not sign...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
   We're gearing up for a hot summer weekend on Fort Myers Beach, Florida. I have a couple of appointments tomorrow morning and early afternoon, but after that, I'm free to enjoy the weekend with my family.  What is there to do on a summer's day and night on Fort Myers Beach? If one cares to venture out of their air conditioning shelter, on Saturday night, July 26th, there will be a benefit at the ChannelMark for local resident, Andy Hallam, who was injured in a serious motorcycle accident.  The benefit will feature live enteratainment, a silent auction, a dance contact and a pulled pork BBQ dinner and a motorcycle buddy ride.  The last event strikes me as a bit ironic. Also, on Saturday, There's an Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay with GAEA Guides, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, leaves from...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Centruy 21 Tripower Realty on Fort Myers Beach is collecting used printer cartridges and cell phones to benefit the Easter Seals Florida.  These funds help children and adults with disabilities lead fuller, more independant lives. In addition, Tripower Broker Judy Haataja and agents encourage residents to participate in the program by dropping off used ink jet cartridges and cell phones at our office located at 2555 Estero Blvd.  Collectively the Century 21 system has been affiliated with Easter Seals since 1979 and has raised more than $91 million dollars for the people it serves.  
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
  Fort Myers Beach councilmen are going through another delicate issue: should the beach be re nourished? Should they use the opportunity to get a $10 million dollars fund from the government to help re nourish the beach? The citizens are divided and they have to make a decision before 2010.Otherwise they loose these funds.        Beach frontage owners are concerned, and you cannot blame them.If the island goes along the Federal funding, they will have to follow their rules.That may mean that many owners may loose some land, that is, the town will then own any re-nourished part of the beach even if its on someone property. Perhaps it is more of a fear then an actually fact but I have talked to quite a few beach property owners and they do believe they will loose some land towards the sh...
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By Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions
(International Financing Solutions )
    WOW ....... Today is a HOT (97 degrees) but beautiful day in Southwest Florida. We have relatives who just came into town from Spain. They will be staying with us for 6 weeks....Soooo, we will be doing a lot of traveling around the state with them during ths time. Today we took them down the coast starting at Bonita Beach and headed north to Ft. Myers Beach. The Beaches were extremely crowned today, which is unusual for summer.... Our busy season is during the winter months for tourists. While at Bonita Beach we had lunch at Doc's beach House. A great place to eat.               While we were sitting inside the restaurant, I saw something which I had never seen before and wish I had gotten a picture of .... A school of adult Manatees were swiming down the coast headed south. There ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
PBS is often considered elitist, or boring, or both, but there's actually some hysterical programs.  For instance, Keeping UP Appearances.   The setting for the this show is a long way off, geographically as well as socially, from Fort Myers Beach, Florida.   This British comedy centers on Hyacinth Bucket, which she always pronounces as "Bouquet."  She's a middle ageed, middle class woman, who has three sisters, the poor Daisy, married to the boorish Onslow, who hasn't worked ever. the sexy Rose and Violet, the sister who married rich and in Hyacinth's words has a "Mercedes, Sauna and room for a pony".  Violet is unhappily married to the cross-dressing Bruce. Hyacinth will answer her phone saying: "The Bouquet residence, the lady of the house speaking", and from her shining kitchen to t...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Many were gathered earlier on to see a majestic red orange  sunset along the shores of Fort Myers Beach,but its the moon which caught my attention at 11:01 pm. For these who want to know where Fort Myers Beach Florida is located here is its longitude and latitude. Boaters and pilots can recognize the following:  Latitude 26.27 N Longitude 81.57 W     I enjoy checking the weather channel for Fort Myers Beach. I still don't know how a friend of ours does not live without ac, nor cares to have ac. I suppose its a question of getting used to it. Its not like she cannot buy an ac system. I set my thermostat usually pretty high around 77, because I don't like the changes of temperature from the outside to the inside. We all have our tricks in the Tropics. Current Weather Conditions In Fort My...
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