Whale Shark off AMI

The placid waters of the Gulf of Mexico rewarded a boat load of fishers a rare sight of the largest fish in the sea: whale shark!

Here’s some visual.

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Canal Home with Pool and Two Boat Lifts

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Boaters will love this updated Holmes Beach canal home. It comes with 100 feet of sailboat-water seawall, two boat lifts (one of which is rated at 20,000 pounds!), a 26- by 12-foot sparkling swimming pool, and a new metal roof.

Inside, there’s an open, vaulted-ceiling great room opening to the back porch and deck, three bedrooms, and  two baths in just over 1,500 air conditioned square feet. A super large lot, at 12,000 square feet, features the long seawall and plenty of room for further development, subject to setback restrictions.

518 71st front

A 2012 renovation added the roof and both front and back porches, plus a number of upgraded cosmetics. An earlier renovation upon the seller’s acquisition back in 2002 brought the property up to modern requirements.  This property offers a family size and convenience for a great beach home. The oversized, one-car garage makes a perfect spot for that zippy electric car and all the beach gear.

A change in family circumstances halted the renovation before it was finished, leaving the circular drive and landscaping for a new owner to execute. But from the travertine flooring in the public areas to the scraped Eucalyptus engineered wood in the bedrooms, this is a home you could be proud to call your own.








First AMI Shorebird Nest Is That of a Least Tern

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Least tern on nest

According to a recent article in The Islander, the first shorebird nest identified this year is that of a Least tern, a bird that leaves its southern hemisphere wintering grounds for an eventual summering place far north of Anna Maria Island.

A protected species, the Least tern is quite the traveler. But it pauses on its way north to breed and raise a chick or two. With Florida a long-time breeding ground, the huge influx of people has pretty much destroyed most of its favored nesting sites.

For many years, flat, gravel roofs, popular in the last century, were used by the birds, usually without the homeowner even knowing about it. But these days, the old houses are being replaced with newer style roofs, not supportive of the shallow scrapes that are the actual ‘nests,’ not twigs or reeds or grasses that one thinks of from terrestrial birds.

So the preservation of some of their original, beach-y nesting sites is essential to the survival of the species.

Here is the Islander ARTICLE, a pretty good one by Jennifer Glenfield.

Seven Inches of Rain Last Weekend


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The good news is that the rain dried up very quickly.

This photo was taken on Sunday, after a Friday and Saturday combined deluge that overwhelmed most rain gauges. And who would guess that we’d need no-wake zones in our streets? With the roads all draining toward the Bay side of the island, a high tide can stack water up along Gulf Drive and Marina Drive,  and up on the north end along North Shore. If that happens, though, it pays to just be patient, and wait for it all to drain away. The next day’s sun will do the rest!

AMI Real Estate Mirrors National Trend

Just received the monthly Campbell Survey of national real estate market trends. I’ve been a part of this survey for a long time, and it seems to be a reasonably accurate measure of what’s happening in the national real estate scene,, and — more specifically — the one on Anna Maria Island.

Here’s a LINK to the survey. Lots of data here!