Sunday, October 23, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Massive media over coverage of Hurricane Matthew might lead people to think all of Florida was effected by Hurricane Matthew. The only effect here on Pine Island were some nice breezes out of the northwest. Hopefully our neighbors on the east coast will all be okay.
Here are some photos from dawn in Pineland the other day, one of the most beautiful outlooks on the island.
If you notice the ripple in the water in the last photo, a little wake, it was a manatee swimming just under the surface. Pine Island has an awesome natural world. This month the under water explorer Zeb Hogan (star of Nat. Geo Wild's "Monster Fish") is featured in the Nat Geo Magazine in the waters off Pine Island swimming with an 800 pound Goliath Grouper! If I can find when that episode will air on TV, I will post it.
For more info about Pine Island, and real estate here, please let me know, ErikaFoye@embarqmail.com
Thursday, September 22, 2016
More signs of fall on Pine Island: Eagles Nesting up on Howard Road in Bokeelia; ripe bananas, mango and avocado from your backyard garden and a Harvest Moon setting over Pine Island Sound!
Now all we need is some cooler weather (and the white pelicans which fly in around Halloween!)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
August flew by, though lots of rain and heat held up my usual morning bike rides for most of the month. I got back out on the bike path in Pineland and Bokeelia this morning. The temperatures feel just a tad less hot and humid.
My mango trees (I believe are the Keit variety) are finally bearing nearly ripe fruit, September the last of the four months of mango season here. I'll be picking them this weekend, peeling and freezing for coffee cakes when it is cool enough to cook.
Another sign of fall, I had a sighting a Baltimore Oriole this morning! Usually they migrate through here in Spring and Fall, but it was awfully early to see one in September. They are beautiful birds.
Hope to post more frequently now that fall and cooler weather is here. For more info about Pine Island, contact me, Erika Foye, Real Estate Broker, at ErikaFoye@embarqmail.com.
Monday, August 1, 2016
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 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
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
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
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.