Island Update

Captiva Beach Brief by Captiva Erosion Prevention District

Got Sand?

The recent Beach Renourishment Bid Selection means Captiva renourishment will commence July 2021 and likely go through October 2021.

During the May Board Meeting of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District (CEPD), Commissioners accepted the engineering and CEPD staff recommendations on the selection of the dredging contractor. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLDD) was awarded the contract with a low bid of $15,625,485.

The bids were submitted with the condition that the Commissioners may decide to adjust the amount of sand placed on the project by as much as 25%. The low bid unit price per cubic yard for sand came in only marginally greater than the last project by $0.05 per cubic yard. This attractive and highly competitive bid provides an opportunity for the CEPD to increase the volume of the project as appropriate. The CEPD has authority to elicit a change work order to increase the project sand volume even higher should our sand needs extend beyond the +25% threshold. Total project costs are still being estimated.

The CEPD is planning a public Town Hall meeting once the timeline for the project has been finalized, tentatively in late June or middle July. This meeting will provide Captiva residents, property owners and businesses an opportunity to meet with the contractors, Commissioners, CEPD staff and SCCF for questions surrounding the project.

In 2019, Captiva residents voted with a significant majority in favor of a referendum to borrow an amount not to exceed $18,000,000. This authorizes the CEPD to finance the cost of the beach nourishment project until all costs are known and the apportionment of the costs can be appropriately assessed to property owners. At the May Board meeting, the CEPD Board also voted to finalize negotiations for a municipal bond loan with Synovus Bank; Mr. Mark E. Raymond, Esq., was approved by the board to serve as the district’s bond counsel and has worked on the CEPD loans for past projects.

Turn off your lights!

We are currently up to 36 nests since the May 1st start date of turtle season. Sea turtle hatchlings emerging from the nests can be found heading in the wrong direction when artificial lighting emanating from nearby beachfront properties. Instead of finding their way toward the Gulf of Mexico, the disorientated hatchlings will head into the dune vegetation and towards the artificial light.

Unshielded interior lighting, even from just a single beachfront condominium, resort unit, or residence is enough to disrupt the normal sea-finding behavior of sea turtle hatchlings. Hatchlings are guided to the ocean by an instinct to travel away from the dark silhouettes of the dune vegetation and toward the brightest horizon – light from the sky reflecting off the ocean. Artificial lights near the beach can deter females from nesting and disorient hatchlings. Most hatchlings that wander inland will die of exhaustion, dehydration or predation. Please protect the sea turtles by and remember to turn off lights, close curtains and blinds after dark. This simple practice is a true life-saver for sea turtles. Sea turtle hatchling disorientations are 100% preventable and it is our responsibility to ensure that these amazing creatures survive for future generations to enjoy.

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Island Update

Hurricane season approaches

The arrival of the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season – Ana, which formed Saturday – is a reminder that the official start of the storm season is June 1.

If you missed the hurricane preparation discussion by Chief Jeff Pawul and Lt. Mike Sawicki at the last Community Panel meeting, Chief Pawul has put together a summary f what you’ll need to know in advance of any storm. Click here to download a copy.

Real Estate News

April 2021 Southwest Florida Real Estate Insights

Closed Sales
April posted 4,837 closed sales, over double that for April of last year when an abnormally low 2,234 sales were posted due to the initial impacts of the pandemic. Comparing April 2021 sales with the average for April 2017, 2018, and 2019, sales were up 74% from 2,774 to 4,837. On a 12-month rolling basis, sales through April 30 were up 40.8% from 27,658 to 38,942.

Listing Inventory / New Listings
As of April 30, 2021, there were 2,390 properties on the market, down 79.8% from the same date last year when 11,801 properties were available. Months of supply as of April 30 was under one month, at .74, down 85.6% from last year when 5.12 months was posted. New listings for April were up 95.4% from last year, mainly due to last April’s sharp but temporary drop in new listings due to uncertainty about the pandemic at that time. However, at 3,587, new listings for April 2021 were consistent with the 3,670 average for April 2017, 2018, and 2019. On a 12-month rolling basis, new listings were up 1.7% from 38,149 to 38,800.

Average Selling price
For the 12-month period through April 30, the average selling price was $557,227, up 23.15% from the preceding 12-month period when a $452,496 average was posted.

We’ve experienced a steady decline in standing inventory over the past year; however, the rate of that decline has started to decrease in recent weeks. This is due in part to a modest increase in new inventory entering the market over the past few weeks when compared to typical patterns for this time of year. With standing inventory still in short supply, it is this increase of new inventory that is helping satisfy continued strong buyer demand

April 2021 Insights

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Island Update

2021 Sea Turtle Season

2021 Sea Turtle Season Officially started from April 15 to October 31, you can be a life saver.

Sea turtle hatchlings emerge after dark and use the light of the night sky to find the water. Hatchlings will crawl away from the water and toward light sources, so turn off all artificial lights visible from the beach and never use flashlights or cell phone lights on the beach during nesting season. If necessary, use only approved amber or red LED bulbs.

Baby Sea Turtle

While sea turtle hatchlings are particularly vulnerable to disorientation due to artificial light sources, nesting female turtles may also be disturbed by bright lights, loud noises, and people approaching too close. These disturbances may cause a female turtle to become disoriented leading to a “false crawl,” where the female fails to lay her eggs and returns back to the Gulf.

You can help sea turtles that nest on Florida’s beaches, you just need to follow below rules

  • Turn off or shield all lights that are visible from the beach. Do not use flashlights or cell phone lights on the beach. If necessary, use amber or red LED bulbs.
  • Do not disturb the screens covering nests. They prevent predators from eating the eggs and the hatchlings emerge through the holes without assistance.
  • Remove all beach furniture and equipment from the beach at night.
  • Dispose of fishing line properly to avoid wildlife entanglement.
  • Fill in large holes that can trap hatchlings and nesting sea turtles.
  • Do not disturb nesting turtles – please do not to get too close, shine lights on, or take flash photos of nesting sea turtles.
    Pick up litter.
Island Update

Mosquito control set for Sanibel​

The Lee County Mosquito Control District has scheduled spray truck activity for Sanibel.

The district reported that the following areas will be treated for adult mosquitoes from between sunset today and 2 a.m. May 7 by Ultra Low Volume spray trucks:

  • East end from the Sanibel Lighthouse west to Dixie Beach Boulevard and the west end of Middle Gulf Drive at Casa Ybel Road

Mosquito Control

The district provides mosquito control for the islands and all of Lee County. “Mosquito season” typically runs from May through October and mosquito activity increases with rain, particularly after heavy rains that produce large areas of standing water. Due to the abundance of mangroves, wetlands and salt marshes, the islands are a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Residents experiencing a high number of mosquitoes at their home can submit an online service request at www.lcmcd.com or they can call 239-694-2174. If the district receives complaints from a specific area or neighborhood, it will dispatch personnel to conduct a mosquito count and will fog or spray the area if warranted.

For more information or updates on treatments, visit the Lee County Mosquito Control District at www.lcmcd.org or follow the district on Twitter @leecomosquito.

Island Update

‘Tween Waters to host weekend music celebration for resort guests

‘Tween Waters to host weekend music celebration for resort guests​


‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on Captiva will host its third annual Captivaville Songwriters Weekend on June 18-20, featuring singer-songwriters from Florida and Nashville, Tennessee.

Free and open to resort guests, the event can be enjoyed through specially-priced weekend packages available at https://tween-waters.com/captivaville/ or by calling in-house reservations at 800-223-5865.

The lineup includes Sheena Brook, Kayley Bishop, Brian Sutherland, Trick Savage and Will Jones.

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Island Update

Round Robin Tennis returns to recreation center

The Sanibel Recreation Center is once again offering Round Robin Tennis on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Rec Center

Tennis Pro Joe McEntyre organizes the matches.  Cost to play is $13.25
for members and $17.50 for non-members; registration includes a demonstration of doubles tactics and doubles play.

Advance registration is required at the front desk as space is limited. Daily, weekly, semi-annual and annual memberships are available.

For more information, call 239-472-0345 or visit www.mysanibel.com. The Sanibel Recreation Center is at 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel.

Island Update

Greater amberjack reopens to recreational harvest

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack reopened in Gulf state and federal waters for May 1-31. After an annual season spawning closure in June and July, recreational harvest is scheduled to reopen again from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31

Amber Jack

If you plan to fish for greater amberjack or certain other reef fish species in Gulf or Atlantic state or federal waters from a private recreational vessel (includes anglers over 65 years of age), you must sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler. If you are already a Gulf Reef Fish Angler, your Gulf designation meets the new statewide requirement until it expires. To learn more about the no-cost designation, visit MyFWC.com/SRFS. Sign up today at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. Annual renewal is required.

Island Update

Bike or Hike Sanibel Brochures, Maps Available

The city is distributing educational Bike or Hike Sanibel brochures to educate cyclists, pedestrians and motorists of state and city laws when biking, hiking or driving on island. The development and printing of the map and brochure, which includes a map of Sanibel’s Shared Use Path System, are grant funded.

To bring awareness to the live cameras on-island and assist in navigating traffic this season, the city strongly encourages residents, business owners, workers and visitors to download the Sanibel Bound app. It allows users to view live street cameras located at key intersections. Download the app for free on Apple or Android devices. The live feeds are also online at www.mysanibel.com/Live-Street-Cams.

To receive a supply of the Bike or Hike Sanibel maps and brochures for a residence, business or accommodation, contact City Manager Judith Zimomra at judie.zimomra@mysanibel.com. To view Important Peak Season information, visit http://traffic.mysanibel.us/Flyer.pdf. To view the Sanibel Bicycle Club’s Bicycle Safety Video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ClTdJ6m9yo.