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CaptivaBound

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The marina is almost full this weekend.  The Naples Yacht Club is here.  Looked like they were having a golf scramble this morning.  They had a party last night, and the tables are set outside again today. 

The new Art Gallery by Holy Smokes had a Grand Opening last night.  One of my tennis partners went, and said it was packed.  The announcement said South Seas was providing champagne and appetizers. 

We have moved into our Cottage.  We are not pleased at all with what LXR has done to our view, but very pleased with the interior of the Cottages.  The new master bathroom is very spacious and beautifully done.  We like the new furnishings the board has chosen.  We noted in our maintenance list last year that the doors that have delaminated on the bottom need to be replaced.  We will again note this on our list this year.  We also think the Cottage entrance porches need to be power washed more than once a year. 

It's an absolutely beautiful day here.  Life is good             
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The front came through around 10am yesterday, with just a few minutes of drizzle.  Windy and cool yesterday, and looks like the same today.  I think they said there was only 1/4 inch of rain in February.  Natural areas along the road look very dry.  Some of the plants appear to have frost damage. 

On Saturday, the new high speed excursion boat went by while we were walking on the beach.  Also, the parasailing boat was out, and the hot dog/ice cream boat. 

Hope it warms up for good.  This is probably the average coolest weather we've had in the years we've been coming down.       
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So where is global warming when you need it?

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Exactly. 

The sun is shining brightly this morning.  The wind has died down, and it was actually warm on the tennis court this morning.  Life is looking up.  Our guests walked the beach this morning, and said it was much warmer today.  Yesterday, with the wind, they found some nice shells actually rolling in.  I was amazed they walked all the way from Lands End to the Mucky Duck on the beach.  We decided we must be getting soft.  We would have been on the trolley.  The resort is now running a van at times.  One of the trolley drivers said they were running one trolley and one van. 

Some friends said they went to the Twilight Cafe on Saturday night.  It's opened where the Riveria was (which was the Nutmeg House prior to that).  They said their dinners were very good.

As we walked along the marina this morning, they were shooting photos of food outside at the Harbourside Grill.  There was a lovely looking chop over mashed potatoes, and thinly sliced vegetables on the side.  So far we have only heard from one couple who have been to the Harbourside this year.  They weren't particularly complimentary.  On the other hand, we have heard good reports about Holy Smokes.  Most of our fellow timeshare owners still say they would like to have Capt'n Al's back.  They seem adverse to wanting to eat at the pool.                  

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Warming up some more today.  Very busy day at the main pool.  We met friends as we were walking through the marina.  They had lunch at The Pointe.  People were just getting off the Lady Chadwick, having spent the day at Cabbage Key or Useppa.  We talked with a couple who were staying on Sanibel.  It was their first trip to Useppa, and they loved the dolphins.  Our friends were "selling" them on staying at the resort next year. 

Not a lot of boats in the marina, but a large yacht is in today.  It looks to be about an 80 foot Berger. 

We aren't picking up much of any news about the resort.  We were told that every Cottage is occupied this week.  Not sure about the other timeshares.  We've heard that those who have met the new resort general manager are pleased with their contact with him.  They feel he is genuinely listening. 

Doc Ford's was packed last night.  There was a 30 minute wait.  'Tween Waters had a 2 for 1 All You Can Eat Prime Rib night last night.  Last week we noticed they were having a Hog Roast one night.  The Punta Gorda Yacht Club was staying at their docks.    


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Great weekend weather.  The Gulf is a beautiful blue green.  Slight breeze.  It's Captiva at its very best.  Lots of people at the pool.  Fishermen fishing on the shore by Seabreeze, and a half a dozen fighing boats anchored.  We watched three dolphins swimming among the boats.  The fishermen seemed to be bringing up one sheephead after another. 

We learned a lesson on Saturday.  We had friends staying with us.  We had a bottle of wine and appetizers on the porch, went to Doc Ford's for dinner (25 minute wait at the bar), came back and had dessert, and called it a night about 11:30pm.  The next morning our friends said, "Did you know there were no sheets on the beds?"  Lesson learned.  The previous owner must have had guests who took the sheets off when they left, but put the bedspreads back on the beds for neatness.  The cleaner and inspector (whose names are listed on our housekeeping sheet) obviously never looked, and I didn't think about checking.  Only by chance, I had taken the sheets and pillowcases and blanket for the pull out couch from the master bedroom and put them on the shelf in the guest bedroom, to make more room in our closet.  At least they were able to make their own beds with just a bottom sheet.  Last week we didn't have enough pillow cases in our unit for our guests. 

They were holding the auction again yesterday at the old CW's.  Personally, I don't think it is a positive image for the resort.  However, we did see a couple people walking out with paintings.              
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The inspector may be listed, but I don't think any inspection occurs.  When we checked in at Harbourview we had a seat cushion missing from one of the main living room chairs.  Hard to miss during an inspection.

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We actually did see the inspector this week.  She was doing some touch up in the kitchen just as we were told we could move to our new unit.  I saw her in the hallway and asked her to come back with some Softscrub or something similar to clean the patio table.  It was obvious it had been gone over, but the dark marks on it were so numerous, it looked unclean to eat on.  Again, I think we owners need to be more vocal about our set of standards.  I also called Maintenance and asked them to bring clear pads to put under the dining room glass top.  Apparently the previous owner(s) had half folded up paper towels and put them under the table top to balance the glass.  Charming.  When we leave, I don't want to leave the next owner with a tacky unit.           
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CB:

You go girl! 

I agree with all of that and wish more owners would do as you did. 

Regarding reebop's missing cushion story I was in a modest state of disbelief until I saw a guest leaving their SSC unit and taking the dining room table center-piece to their car.  I also call Harry if I see owners or guests (more often renters) bring their pets...I think that is happening more frequently.
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What's with these people?  Why take the centerpiece?  It's not as if they're "special" or even that attractive (the centerpieces, not the people).  They're basically a condo decorating "prop."  People amaze me.   They're compelled to either leave their mark or take something with them.

I absolutely agree that owners need to report what's wrong with their unit.  I don't think we should have to, but the reality is if we don't no one will.  I wish that HGVC would get off their butts and do a random spot check of one unit at each association each week.  Make sure it's been properly cleaned and look for maintenance items.  It's not housekeeping's responsibility to replace a missing cushion or shim up a wobbly table top - they clean.

There are 9 associations.  That's nine units to check each week on a random basis.  Inspect the cleanliness inside and out, turn the lights on and off, the disposal on and off, open the refrigerator/freezer, open the oven, turn the faucets, tub and shower on and off, flush the toilets, and look at the furniture.

Ten, fifteen minutes per unit?  Nine units?  That about three hours for one person including drive time between associations.  Three people . . . an hour each at best.  Next week check different units.

If some thing isn't working it doesn't have to be repaired on the spot.  Leave a printed form stating:  "On inspection we noticed your (fill in the blank) needs attention.  Please call HGVC at ext. XXXX so we can schedule a repair at your convenience."

The reasoning given is that checks aren't done because there isn't manpower or time to perform them.  This has never seemed valid to me.  I feel the real reason is that random inspections would find "problems" which would create an increased workload for HGVC.   If no one complains, its not a problem and most guests don't complain, so why go looking for them?  The answer is simple, that's what HGVC is contracted to do.  They're paid to oversee and maintain our units.
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I agree.  I haven't walked a day in Harry Griggs' shoes so I don't know what he has to put up with, in terms of owners and renters.  However, I do know I would like our boards to have more frequent replacement schedules for some unit items.  What we hear during our weeks::  "that item is on order, but we don't know when it is coming" or "the board is going to vote on that at the next meeting."  How long does it take to decide to replace cracked tile floors?

Anyway, more gorgeous days here.  The Naples Yacht Club is here, and the marina is full.  Some very beautiful yachts.  The golf course holes along the beach were actually backed up when we walked by.  Lots of people at the beach.  Looks like a good spring break week for the resort. 

We rented a boat from Jensen's Marina with friends yesterday.  We went out to Cayo Costa State Park to go shelling.  Our first ever visit there.  It turned out to be not at all what we expected.  We thought we were going to this virtually isolated island where the shelling would be exceptional.  When we got there, we found the docks were full of boats and there were many boats moored.  There was a tour boat in, and there is a campground.  The beach, which is .9 miles on the other side of the island from the docks, was busy virtually as far as one could see.  So much for finding rare shells.  After having lunch on our boat, we headed off back to near the resort to fish.  We ended up catching two nice keeper trout, and some smaller ones we threw back.  The water was calm, the day was perfect, and the intracoastal had a good deal of boat traffic.  And it's 2 below zero at home.      
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What could be better!

15 days and counting.  I'll start to box some things up this weekend and ship UPS next Thursday.  I think half the reason I ship stuff in advance is to become "Captiva active" a couple of weeks before we leave.  I think the only place you can still find a deserted beach is in Hawaii and that's getting tougher and tougher.

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Yet another picture perfect day.  Low 80's today, and barely a cloud in the sky.  Will be hard to leave tomorrow.  The Green Flash was very crowded this evening.  Large tables of families.  Lots of teenagers and young adults. 

Saying good-bye to the dear friends we have made here over the years, with some planning to see one another on travels this summer.  And, of course, wishing everyone good health and a better economy. 

Reebop, will look forward to your journal.  Hope you have a good trip down.   
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Sorry CaptivaBound, we all feel your pain for having to leave!  And reebop, we are all envious about your upcoming time in paradise!  To paraphrase an old saying, I guess "it is better to experience paradise once a year and have to leave, then to never have experienced it at all!"

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reebop~~~I know at one time you told us what you shipped down to Captiva~~can you please tell me again because I know you had some great ideas~~~7 days and counting!! Thanks
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