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Significant Changes Coming to Bailey’s Shopping Center

The Bailey’s General Store has been a staple on Sanibel and has provided groceries, hardware, and general needs to tourists and residents, long before any bridges were built.

Recently, Bailey’s owner Richard Johnson said significant changes would occur to this much-loved store to enhance the shopping experience and match the needs of modern-day grocers. Exterior changes will include replacing the yellow and brown look with the flat roof that has remained for decades with more prominent, blue facades on top of the building, including the most significant one right at the grocery store entrance.

That’s not all, Johnson also said that the grocery store will be expanding further towards the south side of the shopping center, adding an additional 6,000 square feet in retail space.
To do so, the Island Cinema, a building located next to the grocery store in which the shopping center owns, will be demolished to create additional floor space for the store. Johnson said this decision came about during the COVID-19 pending when he and his staff decided to not to re-open the theatre.
With these expansion plans to add new spaces to the Bailey’s store, many of the much loved, old features will remain, including the liquor store, which will be relocated, and the coffee bar.

Additional changes include increasing the parking space for both cars and bikes, adding more vegetation around the parking area, adding charging point for electric vehicles to some parking spots, decrease the amount of developed property on the parcel, as well as bring the center into accordance with Sanibel’s Architectural Design Standards.
These renovations will ensure that the store represents the community aesthetics, not appear monolithic. The re-designed architecture will be more visually attractive for the shoppers, pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist, as wouldn’t permit noise, light and other impacts on the quiet and private enjoyment of adjacent residential uses.

This means that the shopping center’s renovations will be “constructed, maintained and improved in a manner that enhances the environment, visual and physical character of Sanibel consistent with the Sanibel Plan and its vision statement,” the ordinance reads.

These proposed changes are coming after the grocery store added more renewable energy to not only save money, but to improve the environment on the island as well.

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CEPD – Tentative Apportionment Model Map

Map of the Apportionment Model

CEPD Technical Policy Director, Daniel Munt, crafted an interactive map utilizing the ARCGIS system that displays the tentative apportionment model, under consideration by the CEPD Board, as would be assessed across Captiva properties. The application has been embedded on the CEPD website so that all property owners may conveniently search for their estimated assessment.

The map of the apportionment model is searchable by address or STRAP number. Please follow the below steps to take the best advantage of the map

  • To view individual property data, click on the desired property and all values will be displayed in a pop-up.4
  • In an instance where multiple parcels are selected, click the arrow on the pop-up to navigate to the intended selection.
  • The legend can be viewed by clicking the “>>” button in the top left corner of the map.
  • Zoom in and out by clicking the “+” and “-” buttons under the legend view.
  • Click “View Larger Map” at the bottom of the page to open the application in a new tab

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Captiva Beach Brief June 19th 2021

NEW TENTATIVE APPORTIONMENT PUBLIC HEARING

Due to a defect with the newspaper notice for the June 28 meeting, the CEPD board will be unable to vote on an apportionment model at that time. The district will take this opportunity to present the apportionment methodology that is up for a vote at the next Regular Board Meeting on August 9 and will take questions from the public.

A new notice will be published and mailed to all property owners. The public is invited to be heard, but only objections raised in the August 9 Regular Board Meeting will have legal significance.

On August 9, 2021 at 1 p.m., the CEPD Board will hear comments from interested persons regarding the project plans and specifications, cost estimates and/or the tentative cost apportionment and assessment. CEPD will be sending out additional letters to the public at that time.

For all updates to our schedule, meeting agendas, and materials, please visit us at: https://www.mycepd.com/board-meetings

SEA TURTLE NEST RELOCATION ON CAPTIVA

With the projects potential start in the next couple months, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation has begun relocating nests that are laid in the project area. According to the SCCF June 16 newsletter update, 85 nests have been laid on Captiva and 14 have been moved out of the project areas.

SCCF has also begun a new research project to characterize the physical properties of sand along Sanibel and Captiva and evaluate how these variables affect the groundwater flow, moisture content, and temperature inside the nest cavity.

For more information on SCCF’s work, sign up for their Wednesday Updates at this link: http://www.sccf.org/our-work/wednesday-update

SEA TURTLE NEST RELOCATION ON CAPTIVA

With the projects potential start in the next couple months, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation has begun relocating nests that are laid in the project area. According to the SCCF June 16 newsletter update, 85 nests have been laid on Captiva and 14 have been moved out of the project areas.

SCCF has also begun a new research project to characterize the physical properties of sand along Sanibel and Captiva and evaluate how these variables affect the groundwater flow, moisture content, and temperature inside the nest cavity.

For more information on SCCF’s work, sign up for their Wednesday Updates at this link: http://www.sccf.org/our-work/wednesday-update

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Florida Mortgage Rates Drop Again

Florida Average Mortgage Rates Falling 2.93%

Inflation hasn’t pushed mortgage rates higher because the market believes it’s only temporary, says Freddie Mac chief economist.

This week’s average mortgage rates fell a bit more, to 2.93% from last week’s 2.96% for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly update. In times of rising inflation, mortgage rates begin to rise. However, that hasn’t happened this time, at least so far.

Mortgage rates for the week of June 17, 2021

  • The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.93% with an average 0.7 point for the week, down from last week’s 2.96%. A year ago, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.13%.
  • The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.24% with an average 0.6 point, up slightly from last week’s 2.23%. A year ago, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.58%.
  • The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.52% with an average 0.3 point, down from last week’s 2.55%. A year ago, it averaged 3.09%

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Periwinkle Wetlands restoration project begins

This week, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will begin the preliminary steps of a multi-phase restoration project on the newly acquired Periwinkle Wetlands Preserve, officials reported.

LAND CLEARING PHASE

Over the next several months, contractors will conduct the land clearing phase, which will include the removal and eradication of dense stands of large, invasive exotic trees. The work will be overseen by SCCF Habitat Management staff and vegetation debris will be mulched onsite. In addition to the tree removal, staff will conduct selective herbicide treatments to manage invasive exotic vines, groundcovers and grasses. Habitat Management also will begin to revegetate many areas throughout the property and construct hiking trails.

Removing exotic plants — which lack any native predators or pests to keep them in check — is key to successful restoration. The timing of the restoration was planned around nature, and a firm completion date has not been established.

RESTORATION/IMPROVEMENT PHASE

Following the initial restoration, improvements will be added to the approximately two acres fronting Periwinkle Way between Purdy and Martha’s lanes. The improvements will be open to the public, while the majority of the preserve acreage will be dedicated for exclusive use as wildlife habitat.

PERIWINKLE WETLANDS

The community space will be replanted with native landscaping. It will feature a 1,100-foot loop walking-biking trail connected to the shared use path. The trail will take bikers and walkers through a welcome plaza with a water bottle-filling station and interpretive panels. A demonstration marsh with wetlands features will include water-quality education panels, and there will be interpretative gardens with seasonal blooms and a sculpture garden.

Throughout the restoration process, SCCF Habitat Management staff will routinely conduct inspections for the reintroduction of invasive, exotic species to ensure it is a diverse healthy ecosystem.

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F.I.S.H. announces annual 10K

Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva will host its 13th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. on Oct. 23, in conjunction with the Fort Myers Track Club. Planning is in beginning stages and additional details are forthcoming.

As in years past, Hortoon’s creator Dave Horton designed the event logo depicting his lovable animal characters. Horton has been crafting amusing cartoon drawings for newsprint since he was in high school, starting with his school newspaper and eventually landing a deal with Hallmark as a teenager.

Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H

Participating runners will receive a dri-fit shirt with the logo on the front.

F.I.S.H. has had great fun with its annual 10K race. Last year, out of an abundance of caution for the public, the event was held virtually where runners participated and logged their time in October.

For information on sponsorships, as well as 10K Days — opportunities for island businesses to showcase their establishments and support F.I.S.H. — visit https://www.fishofsancap.org

For more information, contact Cortese at Dianerc10@gmail.com.

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Peak sea turtle nesting season kicks in

June is peak nesting season for sea turtles, so it is an exciting month for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation as it monitors nests and addresses a few on-the-ground projects.

SCCF Sea Turtle Program staff are relocating nests on Captiva in preparation for the upcoming beach re-nourishment project by the Captiva Erosion Prevention District, officials reported. Existing nests within the project area will have hatched prior to mobilization at the end of July. The SCCF is operating under a permit issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to do the work.

Although nesting activity is rarely reported on the Sanibel Causeway Islands, the SCCF has been contracted to monitor Island B daily to document and relocate nests before construction begins on the island on Aug. 1. Additionally, the SCCF is launching a research project to study the impacts of sand quality on nest temperature, moisture and how the water moves through the sand surrounding the nest.

Three new interns joined the team to help with monitoring, relocation and research efforts. Emily Skinner, Taylor Lawrence, and Malina Baker arrived two weeks ago.

Sea turtle

SCCF’s team had recorded 228 loggerhead nests and three green sea turtle nests as of June 2. There appears to be a high proportion of returning turtles nesting on Sanibel. Sixty-three percent of the turtles have been previously tagged by the team.

Those who come upon a female during nesting season are asked to keep their distance, be quiet, do not use a flashlight or white light, and enjoy the moment. For information, visit SanCapLifeSavers.org

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Mortgage Rates Keep Hovering but Down Slightly This Week

The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.96% this week, down marginally from last week’s 2.99% as it remains in under-3% territory.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 2.96% this week, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly survey. It’s a slight drop from last week when the FRM came close to the 3% mark, averaging 2.99%.

For the week of June 10, 2021:

  • The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.96% with an average 0.7 point, down from last week’s average 2.99%. A year ago, it averaged 3.21%.
  • The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.23% with an average 0.6 point, down from last week’s 2.27%. A year ago, it averaged 2.62%.
  • A 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.55% with an average 0.2 point, down from last week’s 2.64%. A year ago, it averaged 3.10%.
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Hurricane Season Preparation Tips

The 2021 hurricane season is here. Readiness implies something beyond making a fiasco pack and evaluating your family’s disater plan, albeit these are basic initial steps.

There’s significantly more you can do to secure your home and family before a hurricane hits. You can limit expected damage from flooding and high breezes by being ready.

Plan in advance

  • Document items and contents in your home in photos.
  • Put together your disaster kit. This includes, but is not limited to: shelf stable foods, water, flashlights, battery-powered radios, batteries, medical, accessibility and pet supplies, cash, and first-aid supplies. If you wait until the last minute, you may encounter diminished or depleted supplies, crowds, and increased traffic on our roads.
  • Buy a National Flood Insurance Policy from your insurance company. Standard homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood damage. See msc.fema.gov/portal to know the flood risk in your area and see floodsmart.gov for information about risk and rates.
  • Download the FEMA app at fema.gov/mobile-app. The app provides disaster resources, safety tips, maps of open shelters, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. Go to Ready.gov for more details.

Trees with trunks larger than six inches in diameter should be far enough away from your house that they cannot fall on it. Remove branches that loom over utility wires. Professional regular pruning done can create a sturdy, well-spaced framework of tree branches with an open canopy that allows wind to flow freely through.

During a hurricane watch

Obtain severe weather information from NOAA website www.noaa.gov it provides real time data.

  • Keep an eye on phone alerts, stay tuned to TV or radio weather reports
  • Activate your disaster plan, go through your disaster kit. Make sure you have enough stock of essential items such as food/water, flashlights, battery-powered radios, batteries, medical, accessibility and pet supplies, cash and first-aid supplies.
  • Place your important documents such as as driver’s licenses, social security cards, passports, birth certificates, vehicle registration cards and insurance policies in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Know what you and your family will do if there is an evacuation order.

During a hurricane warning

  • Keep an eye on phone alerts and regular weather reports
  • Fill vehicle with gas
  • Keep your mobile devises fully charged
  • Disconnect electrical appliances
  • Bring your pets inside
  • Bring any loose items such as trash cans, yard furniture, bbq grills, items on your docks etc inside.
  • If you evacuate, turn off gas and electricity at the main switch or valve.

For additional information on hurricanes, visit ready.gov/hurricanes; for details on floods, visit ready.gov/floods. For more information on recovery, visit FEMA.gov, or follow @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and FEMA’s Facebook page.