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CaptivaBound

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Looks like we have exhausted the first thread on observations. 

I'm agreeing with Wkh3rd about what a gem the Captiva library is, and $15 is nominal.  For the record, we do pay, as timeshare owners, more than our fair share of property taxes.  The real estate taxes for most of the weeks we own are $416.32 per week. 

I miss the ABC sale in front of the library that use to happen the week of our arrival.  Great baked goods, silent auctions items, food booths, used household and clothing items, plants.  It was the place to meet fellow timeshare owners and most of Captiva.        
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Captivabound, I pass torch of First Hand Observations on to you. I must confess I loved the days when I could call my dad up and say " Quick. Go to Reebops site. The top 3 most answered threads today are whk3rd." Still 80 pages is nothing to sneeze at.

We drove my wife to the airport this morning and I swear there are fewer cars on the road. It looks like Six Mile Cypress is getting two new lanes.
The resort seems far less populated than normal for this time of year, but it could be the cold and wind.  The wind has been blowing steadily at a minimum of 20mph from the North-Northwest for the past 2 days. The sun is very warming but with a temp of 61 and the constant wind, it is cold. There are very few places to hide. The wind is carving some amazing patterns into the beach sand. The two main pools are now so wide open there is little protection. So you have many people trying to jam into the small area where the Plantation House and Cabanas manage to block the wind. The only really warm spot is the slide pool. It is protected from the wind on all sides. It is therefore jammed.

Got some interesting photos of North Captiva from our beach this afternoon. The homes on the gulf are now so exposed it looks as if the wind driven waves are cresting under the buildings.

I'm not sure if others have mentioned this. Golf carts are now being rented at the Marina up front. We have seen about 10 in use over the past couple of days.  Today two were parked at the new Golf Cart Parking area in front of the Honeymoon Cottages. When we went down to the Marina Villas yesterday at 10am there were a total of 6 cars in the lots. It was kind of spooky how deserted it seemed. 

It is supposed to be in the low 30's tomorrow morning. Still better than being home. Sorry Honey.







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My Bad. I meant the Bayside Villas overlooking the Marina at the South end seem deserted.

It's COLD. It 32 degrees at the airport. The wind is whipping out of the North.
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whk3rd

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glenn. You are coming down at just the right time. Upper 70's by Saturday and 80's most of next week. Its so cold that the " Bench Lady", who every morning sits on the bench at the entrance to the marina sipping her coffee and watching the sunrise was wrapped up in beach towels. The second the sun poked over the horizon she jumped up and left.

Great video from NBC showing how the Manatees are coping.
 http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&vid=69287e66-cdcf-4c8b-b76a-7fd2cecd65aa&playlist=videoByTag:tag:most+watched+news:ns:MSNVideo_Top_Cat:mk:us:sf:ActiveStartDate:sd:-1:vs:0&from=MSNHP&tab=m138&GT1=42003
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Whk3rd, choose another name for a new thread about being there.  I don't want you to miss your calls to your dad.  I think that's great! 

I was so disappointed yesterday when I found we could no longer have "first hand observations" dialogue.  It's almost like being there.  Only those of us who have been there understand that 61 degrees is cold.

I'm glad to hear the golf cart rental is at the small boat marina, and the area in front of the Honeymoon Cottages is only for cart parking.  I feared there was going to be something built there to house the carts.

It's been our experience when it is cold, people jump in their cars and head for shopping or the movies.  Last minute guests are probably pretty rare, too.  Good time to hit the library.    
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captiivated

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Libraries in CA all have computer stalls for people wanting to compute or access the Internet.  Perhaps the Captiva library has the same setup.  If so an easy way to get around the Resort's questionable or unreliable internet connection.

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Just to clarify, I started the new thread because the site said the first thread was full and would not let me reply.  I guess 80 pages is the max for a thread.  Reebop would be the expert on this.  Perhaps someone will come up with a more creative thread name than this one. 
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Captivabound: You know I was just kidding about the new observations thread. I just love reading about what is going on down here. It does not matter who starts what. 
Several days ago we went to all the laundry rooms at the north end of the island and put small, colorful strips of paper saying "Want to learn more about the Resort or Stay in touch with other owners?" Then try this web address or Hans website.  Some have already been taken. Hopefully we can get some new members.  
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OK, but your dad has to promise he will keep reading.  Loved the family photos in front of the old Plantation House.

Great idea for the bullentin boards in the laundry rooms.  After all, one might as well do the laundry when it's cold and windy outside.  Hope the weather improves soon. 
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Just returned from Doc Ford's. Joined a trio of "well lubricated" Illinoisians that had bar hopping on Sanibel in search of a bar that was WARM!! Apparently, Doc Fords has a good furnace.

Twenties and thirties for second night. I noticed some frosted vegataion on trip from airport. Beach is loaded with chilled/frozen scallops. Gulls are eating their fill. Haven't noticed the Snook die off that sometimes happens with cold spells.

This VIDEO summarizes my day.


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Glenn, you're all Hollywood...nice video.  Missed the covered bridge on your way to the airport.

Was amazed by the heavy winter clothes people on the beach were wearing, is it really that cold there?
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Great video, Glenn!  Looks like some good shelling time if you brought long underwear.  Shorebirds are a treat to watch.

Doc Ford's seems to be the "in" place.  It must partly be the location.  It was always packed there when it was the Timbers.  When Timbers moved and built their new restaurant it lost its magic, in our opinion.

Will look forward to further insights.  What bizarre weather.   

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whk3rd

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glenn you are carrying some good Karma with you. For the first time in week it is actually warming up. Thanks for coming down.
Not sure if these things have been mentioned before but since the trolley has stopped going to Lands End they now run on a regular schedule stopping at each of the old stops every 15 minutes.
In between the two main pools they have setup a nice table with iced water.  One with Lemon and one with Lime. At the Stone pillared Cabana at the North end in front of the Plantation House. There seems to be a wooden bar, buffet table, serving table and 4 or 5 tables with and chairs. Not quite sure what it is for.
Business meeting today. They are doing a full dinner set up in front of Kings Crown. Not many boats in Marina. Thats all for now. Time to catch some rays. Finally

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In May, the small bar and grill with tables nearest the Plantation House is a poor mans Pelican Peat.  They grill burgers, dogs and other stuff and have a full bar along with quite music.  It was quite popular when I was there.

The area where whk3rd described a water stand was an ice cream stand last May.  My guess is that the ice cream stand will be moved to the kids pool in warmer temp months.


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glenn

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Warm enough today that scantily clad sunbathers were around the Sundial pool. In the sun and out of the wind was quite pleasant. In meetings from 8 AM to 6:30 PM today so no fun stuff. (Unless you consider HR mgmt fun.)

Had dinner tonight at Timbers. Wait for 7:30ish seating was only 15 minutes as an indication of crowds. Crunchy Grouper and tap-- always good.



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