Archive for August, 2012


The storm stayed at tropical wind speeds while off our coast so we had no major problems with the storm.  Most Sanibel businesses were closed on Monday, but reopened on Tuesday.  This storm really covered a huge area; we were still getting gusty winds and rain last night, but the sun is shining today and things are back to normal. ... Read More »

Hurricane Watch

It has been a slow hurricane season for us so far this year, but that appears to be changing.  We are keeping an eye on Isaac who is still a Tropical Storm south of Haiti, but is forecast to intensify after it passes over Cuba.  We are in the 5 day “cone of probability”, the new phrase weather forecasters now use when... Read More »

Sanibel Visitors

This wonderful place we live in continues to be a big attraction to vacationers. The Chamber has reported that the number of visitors in January was up 16% over a year ago. They also reported that there has been a significant rise in traffic on both islands and their retail members are reporting that business was up this past season.... Read More »

Another Day in Paradise

With local schools restarting this week, everything has slowed down on island…fewer cars and fewer people.  September is historically an even slower time and many local restaurants take the opportunity to close for a short respite.  But it’s still a great time of year to visit and prices are at their lowest.  Come on down! Read More »

Sanibel Sales for 2003 through 2012

Here are some interesting statistics for 2003-2012 (year to date): Houses  Number Sold (closed)       Average Sale Price 2003                       238                       $698,622 2004                       269                        $851,418 2005                       266                        $1,017,864 2006                       156                        $1,144,135 2007                       143                        $1,024,007 (-10.5% from ’06) 2008                       147                        $957,316  (-6.5% from ’07) 2009                       144                        $755,003 (-21.13% from ’08) 2010                       121                        $775,172  (+2.67% from ’09) 2011                       178                        $820,569  (+5.34% from ’10) 2012(as... Read More »