Fort Myers Beach, FL Real Estate News

By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Time to lace up the running shoes for the 23rd annual 5K Shrimp Festival 5K Race.  This annual event is organized by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and is sanctioned by the Fort Myers Track Club.  The race will begin at  9:30 AM March 8, 2008 with a shotgun start .  The race attracts approximately 300 runners and will begin in front of the Key Estero plaza on Estero Blvd.  Runners can register online at: www.fmbchamber.com or calling 454-7500.
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
 Ft Myers Beach Relay For Life will be held March 1 beginning at noon until March 2 6am.  The annual event will be held at the Fort Myers Beach Holiday Inn .  Thirteen teams will be walking for 18 hours, raising money for the American Cancer Society.  At 12 o'clock the Opening Ceremony begins followed by the Survivor Lap,Caregiver Lap, Relay Committee Lap and the Team Captains Lap. There will be Luminarias to buy In Honor Of or In Memory Of love ones.  There also will be chance drawings, bake sales, food, hair cuts, purses to buy and much more.  Any questions call American Cancer Society at 239-936-1113.  
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Ft Myers Beach Relay For Life will be held March 1 beginning at noon until March 2 6am.  The annual event will be held at the Fort Myers Beach Holiday Inn .  Thirteen teams will be walking for 18 hours, raising money for the American Cancer Society.  At 12 o'clock the Opening Ceremony begins followed by the Survivor Lap,Caregiver Lap, Relay Committee Lap and the Team Captains Lap. There will be Luminarias to buy In Honor Of or In Memory Of love ones.  There also will be chance drawings, bake sales, food, hair cuts, purses to buy and much more.  Any questions call American Cancer Society at 239-936-1113.
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Shrimp Dinner on Fort Myers Beach Saturday Feb 16, 2008 St. Raphael's Episcopal Church, located on 5601 Williams Dr on Fort Myers Beach is having their delicious Shrimp Boil Saturday February 16, 2008 from 5-7 PM.  The dinners feature wild caught Gulf shrimp. cole slaw, corn bread, baked beans, coffee, beer, wine and ice cream for desert.  If you like shrimp, the real kind direct from the Gulf of Mexico, you owe it to yourself, family and friends to try this eating experience.  Cost is $15.00 and payable at the door.  Dress is casual.  Just bring your appetite and a smile !  
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By Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions
(International Financing Solutions )
  Hello Folks,you may have caught some of my previous posts which highlighted unusual mailboxes that can be found in our part of Florida (S.W. Florida - Ft. Myers & Naples). Anyway, While I was out driving about, I came across some additional unusual mailboxes and here they are..... The wild looking mailbox to the left is by far my Favorite to date. It was carved from a Palm Tree, upside down with the trees roots used as the hair.The mailbox to the right is that of a Carved Tree Also. It is made to resemble a Manatee.          Here are a couple different samples of Manatee Mailboxes.The one to the left with the baby Manatee is quite cute.        Here is one of a Pelican holding a Snook in it's beak. Very interesting and probably my second best favorite.Personally, I would be afraid of t...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
St. Raphael's Episcopal Church, located on 5601 Williams Dr on Fort Myers Beach is having their delicious Shrimp Boil Saturday Jan 19, 2008 from 5-7 PM.  The dinners feature wild caught Gulf shrimp. cole slaw, corn bread, baked beans, coffee, beer, wine and ice cream for desert.  If you like shrimp, the real kind direct from the Gulf of Mexico, you owe it to yourself, family and friends to try this eating experience.  Cost is $15.00 and payable at the door.  Dress is casual.  Just bring your appetite and a smile !
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
        Bonnie is a free spirit. We met her soon after we moved from Naples some nine years ago. She was raised in NY and her family relocated to Naples in the 70's. But Naples for all its beauty was not her style and she opted for the Old Florida life style of Fort Myers Beach some 25 years ago.It was pretty wild then. Now its party wild partly conservative. Her garden shows part of that laiser faire attitude. No pesticides there.Every plant is let in its natural environment. Some years the bougainvilleas, banana trees, buttonwoods were so grown and palms where so high and wild that only part for the home could be seen from the street. We have been invited numerous times to barbecues and open fires ( with permits!) in her back yard with her boy friend, another full fledged eccentric wi...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Have a Great 2008!!! LLoyd Nichols Active Rain Blog: http://activerain.com/blogs/lloydn Website: http://www.mlsouthwestfloridahomes.com Website Blog: http://ftmyershomesandgardens.blogspot.com/ LLoyd Nichols-Real Estate Network Services6360 Presidential Ct, Fort Myers Beach Real Estate Network Services 6360 Presidential Court, Suite 4 Fort Myers, FL 33919 cell: 239-810-2980 Fax: 239-463-4826 home office: 239-463-5217
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By Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions
(International Financing Solutions )
  Southwest Florida is full of fabulous restaurants. From Marco island up into Fort Myers you can find an endless supply of quality places to eat and you can expect to pay for the good food. Although we have great restaurants, many of these eateries are a bit pricey, but HEY.... We are located in a resort area and like most resorts, things are a bit more expensive.My favorite restaurants are those with outdoor eating and great views. Pilar & I just recently learned of another great restaurant which offers both.... Good Food and a Great View. Parrot Key Grill at Fort Myers Beach. I'm amazed that we had not heard of this place previously because they have been rated as 'The Best Waterfront Restaurant" for Southwest Florida every year since 2003.This was a very nice restaurant with lots of...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
As the count down is nearing down I have to wish all of you dedicated members ( and you know whom you are and there are many!) a strong, inspiring and successful New Year. Lets not forget our many visitors and the public at large who are part of our extended family and are the reason why ActiveRain is. I am sending this slide of the Gulf Of Mexico, Fort Myers Beach which are fragments of the heart of the island. I am also thanking Activerain for pushing the enveloppe always further, always searching to improve its format with Localism.com among others, raising the bar of Real Estate bloging and offering me many opportunities to promote my area of South West Florida and my listings, learn from so many astute members and visitors and providing me with real clients through this exciting p...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Looking for some family fun here on Fort Myers Beach ?  Mark your calendar for Saturday December 29. 2007.  The annual Ferd Hauser Family Fun Run/Walk will take place starting at the Junkanoo parking lot.  Registration will begin at 7 AM.  Cost is $5 per entry with the first 150 participants receiving a beautiful T-Shirt.  Runners will start at * AM with walkers starting at 8:15 AM..  Awards and refreshments.  For more info call 850-9293.
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Mark your calendars now for the 12th Annual Fort Myers Beach birthday celebration.  Hosted by the town of Fort Myers Beach and the Civic Association on Dec 31 at Times Square from 1 to 3 PM.  Music by Mary Winner and free cupcakes to all visitors.  The Fort Myers Beach Civic Association is dedicated to informing the public about issues of local concern
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
The Island Arts Foundation Christmas Concert will be held at 2915 Estero Blvd on Fort Myers Beach.  " Biolding a home for Art One brick at a time " will feature Gene " King Saxe " Walker and Sean Carney.  The event will start at 4 PM with musical cocktails followed at 5PM with dinner and concluding with a 6 PM Christmas Concert. There are only 30 tickets left !  First comr - first served.  Get your tickets at The Island Sand Paper, 2801 R Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach.  IAF members: $20/ non-IAF members $ 25.  Includes Food & Drink
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Off -island visitors to Fort Myers Beach will still be able to " Park and Ride " the beach shuttle but the popular shuttle will no longer benefit from having a dedicated  " Shuttle Only " lane over the bridge.  Ridership is up and visitors and businesses alike generally support the shuttle operation.  State officials decided not to make a temporary   " Go ahead" lane permanent due to concerns about needed safety upgrades on either end of the Matanzas Pass Bridge.  This means that visitors will still be able to avoid parking hassles on the beach but probably experience longer wait times as shuttles now will wait in line with other beach bound traffic.  Budget restrictions also were responsiblr for a reduction from 6 trollys to three.  This will add to expected problems in getting to a da...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Save these dates:12 th Annual Spirit of the Holidays dinner and auction: Date:  Tuesday, December 4, 2007Place: South Beach GrilleTime: Social Hour  5:30          Dinner Hour   6:30Cost:  $25.00 donation per person The event provides much needed gifts for needy families here on Fort Myers Beach.  South Beach Grille is located at the north end of the Santini Plaza.  Plenty of free parking.  There is also a Pancake Breakfast SAturday Dec 8th and a Gift Wrapping on Tuesday December 18th.   For more information on this popular annual event you may call the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. 
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
                  I have known Captain David Richardson for over 8 years. He used to anchor his 42' yacht on the back bay not far from our home.His wife would walk our street in Fort Myers Beach to work with her cool mutt Rusty and my wife and her would exchange island news and talk about her dog as he is 15 years old.  What he really loves is sailing.He charters his yacht year long. This is Florida chartering at its best.It is his passion.He makes Fort Myers Beach sailing a smooth and laid back adventure. There is no rush with Captain David Richardson.      We chartered his yacht a few times for a day with some friends and it was a treat.We took off towards Sanibel and  Pine Island Sounds and the other time we went to Bonita Springs and Naples.Captain David has over thirty-one thousand...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
These gentle Manatees need your help    You may have seen the friendly sea walrus along the South West Florida Coast and along Estero Bay.. Take a look with real player as a  mother manatee is slowly swimming with her offspring:  Manatees if you don't have real player click here to download it. These are mammals and they can be present mostly during the warmer days of summer.Some of the large ones can also be sighted during the winter,They can be over 10 feet and 1000 pounds and they are an endangered specie. There are a few guidelines when encountering them. Do not feed them ( same for dolphins ) Do not approach them closely Obey no wake zone And please do not try to swim with them!       So when you are boating along the coast of South West Florida be cautious. These great gentle cre...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
              Like many dog owners I take my dog pretty much everywhere. I live on island in Florida called Fort Myers Beach and we even are allowed to bring our dog there which is pretty cool because she likes to swim and chase egrets and what not.She is a water dog. A Rhodesian ridge back of 96 lbs and at 8 years old in pretty darn strong health but lately she has not been herself.                                             After trial and error I finally found the problem.Dogs have that nasty habit of sniffing and licking most things in nature. That is normal. We are there to make sure they don't do something stupid and even though we have a leash law on the island, 96 lbs lion hunter Miss red is a hard one to control. I was looking at some lawn and noticed the landscapers had just ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
      As I was cruising along Estero island or Fort Myers Beach I saw a garage sell sign and it took me to a 2 hectares property which covers one whole block and ends up with its south side on a gulf access canal. It is indeed a Florida cracker house.These days we migth call them Beach cottage or Beach Bangalow. It has all the details of the pre-air conditioning architecture with the many windows, the board and batten structure,  the slopped front roof which covers the front porch and of course the chimney. The home dates from the 1930's and needs some work to say the least. Ii took you back to when Fort Myers Beach had a wooden bridge and the Florida Homesteaders lived the simple life of fishing and had to go to Fort Myers for better jobs and the wives had only one or 2 summer dresses....
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Century 21 Had a regional promotion whereby anyone stopping at any of our " OPEN HOUSES " over the weekend could register to win free gas for one year !   Some of my visitors did not seem too excited about the offer, most did.  Our agents had quite a few of our listinjgs open on either Saturday or Sunday.  Most reported better turnout than in recent weeks.  Of those attending my opens I really felt the quality was much improved !  Hope all of you are seeing improvements in your markets !!!   Good selling to you.
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