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CaptivaBound

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Talking with the pro at the tennis center, he told us they had the best Christmas ever at the tennis center.  They were crazy busy.  They were very hopeful it would continue.  He said since Christmas it has been very slow at the tennis center.  The highlight will be watching the pros play.  They, of course, are good players, and very entertaining to watch and listen to their banter.

We stopped into the sales office.  We were told there are about 550 weeks for sale (out of 6000 weeks) at the moment, compared to the usual 150-180 weeks pre-Charley.  The majority of the weeks for sale are not the high season weeks.  However, obviously it is a buyer's market, as in most markets, and there are some good buys.  A few of the good deals to be had are a result, unfortunately, of the owner passing away and the estate selling the weeks.  A sad reality for those of us who have made friends here over the years. 

We walked along Andy Rosse Lane on Saturday, and walked into an Open House at one of the Key West style houses on the left side of the road where Bellini's used to be.  Again, the owner had passed away, and the family had the house for sale.  The house was listed at $2, 095 Million.  The agent told us it had been reduced $400,000.  He said it would sell for under $2 Million, and it would be the first time in 6 years that one of these houses had sold under $2 Million.  He said the house has been bringing in about $100,000 in rent annually.  On the other side of the street, two new houses are being built.  They are large, and the drawings of the homes look lovely.  A couple other homes on the street have been completed since we were here last year.  In addition, a women's clothes boutique with extraordinary prices has opened.  It looks like the building with the stores near the Key Lime Bistro has closed.  The Mucky Duck was very busy late afternoon, well before sunset. 

Reebop, looks like we have similar tastes in vacations.  When we leave here, we are going to South Beach for a week.  We love the Art Deco architecture and people watching.  We are staying at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club on Ocean Blvd.  Love choosing among all the sidewalk cafes. 

We are so glad key access has been installed at the pool gates.  I was really put off by having uniformed security guards at the pool.  We haven't seen any signs of anyone serving guests at the pool, apart from the seating area at The Pointe.  We've seen very few people having lunch, and haven't noticed anyone using the cabanas.  The hot tub seems to be very popular, and the slide pool is definitely the most sought after location.                    
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CaptivaBound - Thanks for the updates! Can't wait to get down there. Did you by any chance happen to notice the name of the boat in the harbor? It reminds me of an boat we use to romp around in Long Island Sound, called Showboat.

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The name of the boat in the photo is Enticer.  It said Newport, but was not flying a New York Yacht Club burgee.  Our next door neighbors said they watched it leave this morning.  They enjoy going to the Ship's Store in the morning, getting coffee, and sitting at the tables out on the sidewalk, enjoying the sun, and talking with people as they go by.  The guys actually found two other guys to all go out on a fishing charter just by talking at the tables.  Still several large boats in the marina, but quite a few headed out after the weekend. 

PBC is having their "Do It Ourselves" Welcome-back party this evening 5pm-Sundown at the middle pool.  All timeshare owners are invited.  I think they are having this every Tuesday.  Fun to meet other devoted owners.  Last year the weeks we went, there were owners looking for adjacent weeks to rent for this year.      
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http://www.woodenyachts.com/press/PhiladelphiaInquirer_July906.pdf
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susiq45, thank you!  What a story.  Since it's a timeshare yacht, let's all get together and use it one week!  Believe me, it is in perfect condition.  It looked beautiful moored next to the Harbourside Grill.  I feel honored having had the opportunity to see such a gorgeous, historic yacht.  
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So am I correct in assuming you just swipe your room card for access to the pool?  If there are no guards there, are the towel booths still manned?  Also of interest, if they're not serving to the pool chairs, are we expected to go up and place our orders and still not able to bring anything in but bottled water?  How is the noise level from the slide pool affecting the units (specifically Plantation House)?  Sorry for all the questions.... just getting geared up(next week Friday is our arrival)!  Thanks in advance.


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Hey, Ospreywatcher, looking forward to seeing you.  You will see they have put up permanent screened fences way out in the water to prevent people from coming into the pool area other than through the gates.  There is someone at the desk at the main entrance to the pool complex, which is next to Scoops & Slices.  The two other entrances (one by Kings Crown and the other by the Cottages) have key entry only. 

As we've walked through the pool area, we have noticed a server bringing lunch baskets to people by the pool.  We haven't noticed a server walking around taking orders so don't know the procedure for ordering. 

The noise from the pool at the Plantation House is probably about the same as past years.  The slide pool hasn't added to the noise.  In fact, the slide pool is definitely the one most used, and as a result the other pools are less used than previously.

The weather has been a bit strange.  It's been sunny and warm during the day, but windy and cool in the mornings and early evenings. 

Be sure to include a stop at Blind Pass.  It's very interesting to see how they are clearing the pass.  Much work to be done yet.      
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I don't understand why the real estate office doesn't post intervals for sale in some fashion.  I'd be very interested in seeing what's available without having to get an agent involved.

The key access at the pool is a great improvement.  We've got a little over five weeks to go.  Not that far away.  Better start thinking about what we're going to ship down.

Last year I shipped down a case of wine.  Probably cut that in half.   I wish they'd serve the South Beach Surfcomber Hotel's Rum Runner.  I think I'm going to have to learn how to make my own . . . takes some of the fun out of it though.

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Reebop, try Jamie at the Sandbar (or whatever they call the bar at Sunset Beach now).  He was making a killer Rum Runner (my favorite drink in the Tropics!) last Thanksgiving and I think he will make it just about anyway you want, if you tip him well enough!  I was barely able to make the walk up the beach to the Mucky Duck after getting a really gooood one from him last year!

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reebop:

Hans site, listing "classified ads" seems to be fairly complete and nicely arranged by unit week and association (116 unit weeks listed currently).  Some listings show offering prices.

Try ordering wine from "wines till sold out" for tax free and free shipping direct to Captiva. It will lighten the load and they deliver to your door.

Since you told me about WTSO I have completed about 12 orders in three months and Karol tells me our wine bills now exceed our food costs...so whats wrong with that!


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Yep, I'm in box collecting mode at work as we speak.  My wife says she's "downsizing" this year.  We'll see about that.  My parents are skipping this year and they drive down, so I won't be able to go to Sam's Club and load there vehicle up with locally priced supplies.  Might mean one or three less cases of Corona drank this year, oh-well I'll make up for it elsewhere.  Already in short-timer mode, while trying to make sure everything will go as smooth as possible while I'm on island time...


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Reebop, I'm sure Rick Barnes in the sales office would be happy to fax you the listing sheets.  Perhaps he can even e-mail them to you.  I'm sure if you told him you were just interested in looking at what was available, he wouldn't pressure you in any way.  

If you are interested in some weeks specifically in the Plantation House, for example, I would be glad to get the listing sheets and let you know what's listed.  I know your point is broader than that.......why isn't the interval sales office more innovative in their sales approach.  We have been told LXR doesn't consider timeshare marketing a priority.    

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Captivated - I'm glad you're using WTSO.  Anne complains about the number of boxes we now have to dispose of but some of the deals are just too good to pass by.
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We tried to see "Frost Nixon" at the Island Cinema last night.  When we got there, it was sold out, and people were still streaming to the box office.  We ended up buying tickets for tonight, the last night it will be playing.  The ticket agent told us they've had sell out crowds virtually every night since Christmas for their movies.  "Doubt" was there for 3 weeks, and they were amazed virtually every night sold out. 

That was a first for us at the Island Cinema.  Another first for us, we were seated immediately at 7:15pm at Matazulana's on Sanibel.  No wait for a table of four. 

It's a gorgeous day here.  The landscaping on the plantation looks lovely.  They were busy putting new mulch down along the Promenade bushes yesterday.  I haven't seen as many groundskeepers as in years past, but it looks great.          
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The Island Cinema has been upgraded since we were there last. The seats are high back, rocking, leather seats.  The walls have been painted.  It no longer smells musty.  They are featuring 3 movies a day.  A great improvement for the island.      
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