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Monday, August 1, 2016

Boating out of Pineland

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Pineland is a neighborhood and a zip code, an area of about 2 square miles on the far west side of Bokeelia.  In Pineland, there are two places to launch a boat.  First the Pineland Marina is probably the largest marina on Pine Island, with a large boat barn, big boat ramp, kayak put in, and ship's store.  Several charter boats and water taxi's to the outer islands operate from Pineland marina, and you can lease a boat from the Freedom Boat Club there.





There is a shady waiting area for boaters to relax under a palm thatched roof.  Nearby, just a quarter mile south on waterfront drive, is the public non-motorized boat put in known locally as Hattie's Landing.  Here you can put in a kayak, canoe or paddle board and glide out to beautiful Pine Island sound, where I have seen sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, manatees and many birds and fish.  Parking is extremely limited to 4-6 vehicles.  There is also a pier that is meant to be an outlook pier, not a fishing pier.



If you proceed north a few hundred yards to 13810 Waterfront Drive, you will come to the Calusa Heritage Trail at the Randell Research Center.
 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Four Winds Marina and Lazy Flamingo in Bokeelia

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Four Winds Marina is located at 16501 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia, about 1/4 mile from the tip of the island.  Four Winds has a large boat barn and wet slips available for rent, and also rents six different styles and sizes of boat, ranges from 21 to 24 feet, that will accommodate 4 to 6 people.
Rates range from $235 per half day to $350. for full day.

Fours Winds also offers gasoline and has a nice ships store with sundries like hats, t shirts, charts, sunscreen, snacks etc.  They are open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There is no boat ramp, though.




Besides being a nice full service marina, Four Winds is home to the Bokeelia Lazy Flamingo Restaurant.  Lazy Flamingo is one of my favorite Pine Island restaurants.  Casual but delicious with beautiful water views, some of the specialties include peel and eat shrimp, fresh local fish sandwiches and platters; burgers and vegie burgers, and various salads and side dishes.  Very good smoked fish, too!  Not to mention ice cold beers and ice-t to cool off after a hot day on the water.  They'll clean and cook the fish you catch!
For more information, www.fourwindsmarina.com and www.lazyflamingo.com.

 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Boat ramps and launches on the east side of Bokeelia

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There are two good places to launch a vessel in Bokeelia.   For a power boat, the most affordable option in Bokeelia is the public boat ramp on Barrancas Road, known as Lavender's Landing.  Here you can launch a boat and park your vehicle and boat trailer all day for $10.00.  T shirts, hats, charts, sunscreen and a small array of snacks and drinks are for sale.  Also at Lavender's Landing are some small rustic rental cottages, and you can rent kayaks and canoes.




Lavenders Landing is also the office location of Tropic Star cruises, which offers daily cruises to Cayo Costa State Park and a Nature Cruise to Cabbage Key.  The actual tropic star boats, Tropic Star and Calusa Star, leave from Jug Creek Marina at 16498 Tortuga Lane, Bokeelia, a couple of blocks away.  At Jug Creek there is no boat ramp, but there is a ship's store, gas station to gas up your boat, and seafood for sale.  For more info about Tropic Star cruises, visit their website at www.tropicstaradventures.com


A very nice place to launch a paddleboard, canoe or kayak is a "no-name" marina at the far end of Portobello Street, in Bokeelia (the next street over from Tortuga Street.)  Here for only $5. per vessel you can put in your non-power boat.  It just a short paddle to some of the most beautiful waters around.  We've seen dolphins, many fish, sea turtle, and crab there lately.  It is about 1 mile paddle to Calusa Island, which has picnic tables, a small beach, and fabulous views of Charlotte Harbor.



Next time, I'll post info about 4 Winds and Pineland Marina, the two largest marinas on Pine Island, but don't miss the little gems listed above, either.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Where to go Boating on Pine Island

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I decided to do a four or five part series of posts about where the best places to go boating from on Pine Island.  This week, I'm focusing on Bocilla Island Seaport, which is home to the Bokeelia Fishing Pier (www.bokeeliafishingpier.com) at extreme northern end of Bokeelia, next to Captain Con's restaurant.  On the back bay, behind Captain Con's, you will find dry or wet storage for your boat and a boat ramp.  You can launch a kayak or canoe or paddle board there to, and several charter captains operate from this location.

This is northern most waterfront boat access on Pine Island and the most direct access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico.    Whether you go boating, paddling or fish from the pier, or just enjoy the beautiful views, don't miss the Bocilla Island Seaport, sunrises and sunsets are especially beautiful here.





Next week I'll post about some other Bokeelia boating options.  If I can get you more info about Pine Island, just let me know.  Sincerely, Erika Foye

Monday, July 4, 2016

Scenes of Summer in Bokeelia

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I've been spending lots of time in Bokeelia, biking and paddling, the past month.  Early day bike rides to Bokeelia are great, it's not hot yet from 6 - 8 a.m.  Later in the day, the way to get some exercise with out getting too hot is go out on the water.  I've been paddle boarding out of the small marina with boat ramp at the end of Portobello Street in Bokeelia.  Fish and dolphins everywhere!  Even on the Fourth of July, the waters were serene and not crowded by boat traffic.

Here are a few scenes of summer from around Bokeelia.






 
As you can see the lychee and mango fruit trees are producing great volumes of fruit, the cactus flowers are blooming at night (and being pollinated by honey bees) and the water in Charlotte Harbor at the Bokeelia Pier is smooth as glass.   A client of mine who is buying a home in Bokeelia told me that Charlotte Harbor is regarded as one of the 10 best places to sail in the United States!  They built their own 30 foot sailboat.  I just updated my real estate search website, www.pineislandhomesandland.com, you can easily search all of the real estate that is for sale in the Pine Island communities of Pineland, Bokeelia, Matlacha, Saint James City and Pine Island Center.
 
 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Bokeelia Florida on this fateful day

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What a sad day for Orlando, Florida and our country.  This is what comes of fermenting hatred against our LGBT community.  I had to get away from media and went paddling in Bokeelia.  Praying for peace, and love and prayers for all the victims.



 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Royal Poinciana in Bokeelia

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It's been a really lovely Spring on Pine Island, though summer is around the corner.  Yesterday we hit the low 90's, typical for late May.  Here are a few photo's from around the island.  Especially striking are the Royal Poinciana trees, now in full bloom all over Pine Island, with some especially flamboyant trees at Randell Research Center in Pineland.








Interestingly, Royal Poinciana (known as Flame Tree in Australia) now grows in almost every warm climate on the planet, and blooms world wide in various locations, during different growing seasons.  In south Florida, the growing season is May and June.
Some of the other places they grow are: Bangladesh, Egypt, Vietnam, Caribbean, India, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Sudan, Thailand, Philippines, Peru, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Israel, Hawaii and Mauritius.

 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Beautiful Bokeelia

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April continues to be a beautiful month here on Pine Island.  The sky is azure blue, light breezes and relatively low humidity with temperatures in the 60's at night, low 80's during the day.  We gave the horses bath this morning, while our barn cat Sheba relaxed on a saddle pad.



Beautiful Bokeelia, April is my favorite month here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Bokeelia Spring

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This osprey was enjoying a breakfast of a fat spotted trout when I saw him on my Bokeelia bike ride this morning.  As the water warms up, the fishing off Pine Island gets better and better.  Another true sign of Spring is the blooming of gardenias, which come into full bloom in April.  Here is one from one the big gardenia bushes in my side yard.
 
 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Who is moving to Pine Island, Florida?

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As a buyer's agent, I almost always work with buyers moving to Pine Island, Florida.  I thought it would be interesting to go back and track where my recent home buyers are coming from.  Pine Island home buyers are coming from every region of the country, and from several international locations.


Snowbirds is the colloquial term for northerners who spend the winter months in Florida, but actually about one half of my clients are making a permanent move to Pine Island, while the rest are buying winter homes or homes for future retirement.  Also, not all the "Snowbirds" are from up north,
more than a fifth come from Southern States (including Florida), and 2 came from California.

Here is my (non-scientific) study of where Pine Island home buyers are coming from, as far as my last 70 home buyers:

Western Region:  5 sales, one each from Kansas, Oregon, and Alaska, 2 California - 7%
Midwest Region: 15 sales, 8 Ohio, 3 Illinois, 3 Michigan, 1 Wisconsin - 21.4%
South Region: 15 sales 2 West VA, 2 North Carolina, 2 Georgia, 1 Arkansas, 8 Florida - 21.4%
Mid-Atlantic:  14 sales, 4 New Jersey, 8 Pennsylvania, 2 Maryland - 20%
New England:  17 sales, 1 Vermont, 5 Massachusetts, 9 New York, 2 Rhode Island - 24%
International:  4 sales, 2 Canada, 1 Ireland, 1 Czech Republic  5%

So it's easy to play that game we did as kids, on long car trips, counting all the different license plates, from all different places... here's a selection of who was visiting a Bokeelia marina this morning!  Pine Island visitors have "been everywhere" and yet decide to settle on beautiful Pine Island.