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CaptivaBound

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There is a sign up on the gate to the pool near King's Crown noting there will no longer be access to the pool from that gate.  It will only be an exit.  Resort guests will only have access through the main gate, near Scoops and Slices. 

The private access gate for Cottage and Plantation House owners was being rebuilt this week.  It appears the gate is going to be taller.  Apparently, some non-amenity payers were reaching over the gate and turning the knob to open the gate from the inside.  The resort had taken the knob off to make it more difficult to open from the outside.  However, it also made it more difficult to exit the gate. 

There is an attendant at the main gate all day.  To enter the pool area, each person has to insert his/her amenity card in the card reader.  If the reader flashes green, the attendant opens the gate for you. 

We found there are no longer attendants in the two pool houses at the pool.  They are using one as retail space for suntan lotion, etc. and the other for signing up for a swim school.  Towels are stacked outside, and it's help yourself. 

On weekends when the weather is nice, they have a bar set up near the water's edge.  It looks quite nice when open, but lifeless the rest of the time. 

The last night we were there, it looked like the resort of old.  They were setting up for a party on the King's Crown lawn.  Also, upstairs at The Pointe, tables were set up with white tablecloths for a party of about 50.  They were setting up for a buffet dinner up there.  I agree it is a great view up there.         
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reebop

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8 days to go!

Our son and his wife are coming down with us for the first week.  Knowing that we ship boxes down they've added a heap to the haul.  I think I'm going to have to call R&L Carriers instead of shipping UPS this year . .  not really.   I figure with all the business our business gives R&L, I've purchased a palm tree or two in front of the monstrosities they're building on Captiva.  I like what the islander says on the video Captivated posted:  "blatant, in your face wealth."  Sums it up.  Is this what happens when you give a truck driver unlimited wealth?  They buy a Nascar team and build a gigantic plantation house on the beach?  What an incorrect statement!  But those can be the most fun!

Well back to the point . . . I'm shipping shoes, a case of wine, kitchen utensils, an electronic wine cooler, fishing gear, suntan lotion and other sundries, beach towels (including our SSP interval purchase gift towel), hats, beach bags, a "soft" cooler, binoculars, a half completed puzzle from last year, shut-the-box (a dice game) and  . . . the list goes on.

Anyways we can't wait!

Any fishing reports from along the wall, around the curve to Lands End?

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kenzie

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Reply with quote  #78 
reebop:

Do yourself a favor, get a storage locker in Ft Myers.  It's cheaper than the shipping costs you are going to incur. 
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We just got back, our stay this year was shortened due to a family emergency.  We had to leave Monday instead of tomorrow, once I get my mess at work caught up, I will post some of our observations/opinions.  Overall it was our best visit post Charley/LXR takeover.


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Well here we go... forgive me if it seems like rambling.  We checked in at the security gate, they were not expecting us and didn't have the mirror tag ready. "Have you stayed here before?  Oh, your interval owners, you know where to go."  (Nice welcome) The landscaping all looks great and the natural vegetation is coming back nicely.  The new slide pool doesn't bother Plantation House, but we feel really bad for anyone in the cottages especially whoever is in the upper corner unit.  We would not be able to use the lanai or even have the slider open if we were in that unit.  Also the trees in front of our unit have filled out and will be a nice barrier to the regualr pool.

Our unit had the same problems as always, cracked tiles, floors that turn your feet black, marks on the wall, peanuts on the bedroom floor, couch that hurts my back worse than an airplane seat, coffee table that looks like garage sale material from a frat house. All items were noted on the housekeeping sheet.  I can live with dirty feet but the furniture needs attention (years ago).

All the employees we encountered seemed much more polite and sincere this year.  The ships store had good stuff as usual, but the new shop by the sailing school was very upscale and not practical for our wants.  You can go in the main pool entrance or use your key at the slide pool entrance.  Still only allowed bottled water brought in officially.  You can get around this if your discreet and don't use a cooler.  Water bottles filled with rum, water and propel drink mix work very well by the way.  We were never approached by any wait staff for food or drink.  We were told at 5:00 one day that the pool was closing soon.  My reply was it closes at sundown, he finally agreed and let us leave when we pleased. 

More to come, gotta get back to work.

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Continued...

The first night we went into slices out of convenience, to get 2 slices of overpriced cardboard. We were completely ignored by 3 workers for 10 minutes. Walked out never went back. We had no channel guide for the t.v., so I called the front desk the answer: "We do not service or are responsible to interval owners". A call to housekeeping solved that.  The remote wouldn't work so I flipped it over and discovered black electrical tape holding the batteries in.  We tried to go to the 3rd floor of the point for a drink and were told it was for reserved private groups only. 

Now don't think everything was negative.  Everything else was wonderful, just what we've come to expect and enjoy.  The beach, the pool, the lanai, the wildlife is still the same or better.  One thing I must recommend is a book by "Captain Bob Sabatino" titled "Everyday Is Saturday", he's a fishing guide who is still there today.  Very neat perspective on the history and evolution of the islands, a must buy!  More to come as time allows, any specific questions?  Fire away...

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Sorry about your experience at the 3ed floor of The Pointe, I'm the guy that has been recommending it and still do.

In May when I am there, there are few if any private parties.  I buy a drink for my wife and me at the bar on the second floor and walk up to the 3ed floor deck...it is a wonderful view and the solitude is great.  We have never, ever encountered another person on that deck when we were there enjoying it.

Next time you go, check to see if there is a private party in progress and come back when the party is over or best yet become a "wedding crasher." My preference, the latter, the drinks and tastees are free.  Remember, dress like all the other guests and never answer a question by another guest...just ask if they have seen Aunt Sally or Uncle Tom and move back to the bar.  If it is a business party, few kids, just ask if you missed the main mans' welcoming remarks.

Good Luck.
 

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reebop

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Excellent advice Captivated.  I suggest going and telling everyone that you are the new main man and then proceed to drink too much.

Maybe I've got it reversed.  Maybe you go and drink too much and then assume that you are the main man . . . either way works.

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reebop

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Be in our unit in about 23 hours!

Are shrimp still available from the harbormaster?  Does he sell them willingly if your not a yachtsmen?


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captiivated

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reebob,

The Habour Master is a good guy and he sells bait shrimp for a dollar per dozen over the boys.  The Shrimp, however, are three times the size of the Jensen's and a lot closer.  The extra dollar per dozen is well worth it. 

Have a GREAT WEEK!

They call me Mr. Snook!

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DonFromSLC

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Also, if you chat up whoever is dishing out the shrimp and slip them a buck or two, they don't count very well and you usually get twice as many shrimp!

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reebop

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Thanks!

Looks like the weather's going to be good.  PH seems to be in better shape.  The footsteps in the paint outside out front door are gone!  New bed linens and towels!

The floors the same problem, but that's not going to go away without major expenditures and replacement.  The patio furniture gets worse and worse as it ages years beyond it's expected life.  Whatever.   I'm but one voice . . .

I've attached a pic so you don't think I'm going overboard on the patio furniture.  The pic's a bit darker than reality, but close.

Anyways, we're looking to have fun, not complain.



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captiivated

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Reply with quote  #88 
reebop,

The picture you attached is, I think, that of a cement slab not the patio furniture.
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reebop

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So as not to give the wrong impression, I adjusted the photo.  This one is pretty spot on.

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DonFromSLC

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Reply with quote  #90 

reebop, give it up and go fishin'!  Also, have a Rum Runner for me!

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