A shady spot to work, catch up with friends far away or post a blog comment. Our beach front pool is only steps from the sparkling gulf waters and your Sanibel cottage condo at Ocean’s Reach. Our wireless, high speed internet access is complimentary from your condo, lanai and pool!
We just had our annual trim and Ocean’s Reach is really looking beautiful! Palm tree trimming looks like a very difficult task, but what I’m wondering is, what do they do with all of those coconuts?Â And speaking of coconuts, do you remember how to open one them?Â Refresh your memory with Tony’s video, ” How To Open A Coconut“.
Discover Bunche Beach which is located just a couple of miles from the Sanibel Causeway and only a short drive from Ocean’s Reach. It is located at the end of John Morris Road. Bunche Beach is a county-owned park which offers a long, narrow strip of sand that stretches from just south of the Sanibel Causeway to a residential area behind Fort Myers Beach. Bunche Beach has a wonderful view of San Carlos Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The waves are small and water close to the beach are very shallow. it is a popular spot for wade fishermen and kayakers, windsurfers and kitesurfers.
Low tide at Bunche Beach…
Sunset over Sanibel from Bunche Beach.
Saturday night, February 28th, the Kiwanis Club of Sanibel held their annual spaghetti dinner in the Community Center to raise money for the various children’s agencies they support. The dinner is prepared on site and served in the main hall which can seat up to 240 people. The dinner is the main social event during the month of February and attended each year by more than 1,000 dinners. The food is plentiful and extremely good with every diner receiving a complete Italian feast consisting of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, toasted garlic bread and beverages… and it’s all you can eat! Everyone truly enjoys the feast, the entertainment and the fun of competing for exciting prizes at the auction and raffle that follow the dinner. This year one of the main items in the auction was a Marya Dabrowski necklace valued at $1295, which was donated by Lily & co. Jewlers. All of the proceeds from the dinner go to children and families in need.
The primary sponsors of the event are Bailey’s General Store, Bank of the Islands and Sanibel captiva Trust company. Many of the other local businesses show their support by donating items for the raffle and the auction.
If you are Sanibel next year during the annual event, I strongly recommend you attend, as it is an evening you will not soon forget.
Lisa Sherburne has been shelling on Sanibel Island since she was just six years old. This was her first junonia. She found it out in front of Ocean’s Reach condos at 9:30 pm, at low tide. Lisa acquired her shelling interest from her dad, Sam Bumgarner and her paternal grandmother, Lucile Bumgarner. Since marrying Lisa, Brad, her husband has caught the shelling bug and has become an avid and dedicated sheller as well. He found two pretty cones shelling the same night. They have a lovely collection in their home in Iowa.
Bill Kinsman and his family would like to share with all a very true and beautiful love story that began at Ocean’s Reach.
The Marriage That Resulted From Our License Plate.
Bill KinsmanÂ Â Â Â March 4, 2009,
Some ten years ago, about Valentineâ€™s Day, 1999, we used to park our car right across from the Office at Oceanâ€™s Reach.Â This is a story about our license plate, or actually the frame or surround around our license plate, which anyone could see as they walked toward the Oceanâ€™s Reach office.Â Â It was a young nurse from Boston, Diane Lauer, who took special note of our license plate.Â The frame read, â€śFriendly Motors, Penn Yan, NY.â€ťÂ Now Penn Yan is an interesting name.Â It is not Chinese.Â It was created when a group of area farmers, who referred to themselves as Pennsylvania Yankees, named their town â€śPenn Yan.â€ť
Getting back to our young friend, Diane Lauer, it seems that Diane had been brought up in Penn Yan.Â Not too many people are.Â Diane got quite curious as to who might be here from Penn Yan.Â Finally she ran into my sister, Mary Monroe, at our swimming pool.Â Mary and Diane talked about Penn Yan for some time, because Mary had always spent her summers in the Penn Yan area.Â Diane impressed Mary most favorably.Â Finally Mary asked if she might send Dianeâ€™s Email address to her unmarried son, Robert Monroe, who lived in Washington.Â Diane said, â€śCertainly,â€ť and eventually Rob did Email Diane, and messages went back and forth, and photos went back and forth, and they met and became engaged.Â Rob asked his employer for a transfer from Washington to Boston.Â The transfer was arranged.
We attended their beautiful wedding in a pretty garden in Concord, MA, on June 24, 2000.Â I can still picture the newlyweds cutting their wedding cake.Â The tiered layer cake was covered with white frosting, decorated with strawberries and blueberries and raspberries!
Diane and Rob are such a nice couple!Â We thank Oceanâ€™s Reach for helping them find each other, and for finding us such a wonderful niece.
Q. Whatâ€™s your best helpful hint for newly arriving Oceanâ€™s Reach guests?
A. Change from travel clothes into casual island dress. Get ready ASAP to enjoy the many exciting recreational and educational activities that Sanibel offers. Some of these include biking, swimming, shelling, kayaking, tennis and golf, just to name a few.
Q. What would you spend your first $10 vacation mad money on (Sanibel only)?
A. Rent a bike and get ready to explore Sanibelâ€™s many miles of wonderful bike paths.
Q. What are your top 3 activities on Sanibel?
A. There are so many to choose from, but I would pick biking, relaxing in the sun, and enjoyable dining out in the evening.
Q. Whatâ€™s best about the â€śnewâ€ť Oceanâ€™s Reach?
A. The beautiful landscaping and the wonderful newly refurbished gulf-front condominium units. Each condo has a direct view of the Gulf of Mexico.
Q. What would we be most surprised to know about you?
A. I was a farm boy who attended eight years in a one-room country schoolhouse with grades one through eight. In the eighth grade, I was the school janitor. I was paid the handsome sum of 50 cents per week, and was very glad to get it.
Q. With your resources, why did you select Oceanâ€™s Reach/Sanibel as your annual vacation destination?
A. For nearly 50 years, Mary Lou and I watched real estate development on Sanibel. Oceanâ€™s Reach is unique because of the proximity to the Gulf, its remote and serene location, and its wonderful, professional office management staff.
Q. What is the inspiration behind your new book?
A. Most of the manuscript was written two or more years ago. My training in economics permitted me to see the upcoming perfect economic storm on a global basis. This was evidenced by the spending and debt being incurred on a governmental and individual basis. The book is essentially a warning about impending global economic problems and what each of us as individuals can do to prepare a bulwark against such economic storms. The suggestions outlined in my book are ageless.
The book, Seeking Inner Peace and Financial Freedom: Stepping Stones in a Chaotic World, is available in bookstores or online from Barnes & Noble, Borders and Amazon.com, and from the publisher by calling (800) 288-4677.
Q. Whatâ€™s the best advice you can give to our guests to help them weather tough economic times?
A. My suggestions are simple: Spend less than the amount earned, and purchase only what is needed, not what is wanted.
Q. Has there been a time when you didnâ€™t follow your own advice?
A. No, frugality was deep-seated at an early age. I was reared that way.
Weâ€™ve always liked to travel; Mary Lou and I did that even when we didnâ€™t have much money. In our 60 years of marriage, we have spent money to travel extensively in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Q. How has being an owner at Oceanâ€™s Reach affected you financially and personally?
A. Our investment in Oceanâ€™s Reach proved to be the cornerstone of our savings program. The rental return and price appreciation over the years has been unparalleled. Oceanâ€™s Reach is a rare piece of Sanibel real estate. Itâ€™s like finding a rare junonia shell on the beach, a â€śGem by the Sea.â€ť
Weâ€™ve watched Sanibel real estate for 50 years, and it has weathered many economic cycles over that time. Value has always been pushed forward by buyer demand and limited supply. It is my belief that the present represents a positive opportunity for acquiring a rare piece of island real estate. The long-term rewards are certain to be outstanding.
Note: Please consult your own financial advisor before making any investment decisions.