Recently life has been rather hectic for the Murex family with lots of “stuff” happening related to job, elderly parents, adult children and new grandchildren. Unfortunately, that may sound familiar to many of you. In addition, MurexAlice and I have recently purchased a lot on Sanibel Island and are in the process of making plans to build a home. For the 36 years of our marriage, I have stated many times that I did not think that our marriage could survive the building of a home. That disclaimer notwithstanding, MurexAlice and I have now decided to temp fate and proceed down that treacherous path.
After work this past Thursday we flew down to Tampa and drove a rental car to Sanibel Island. Since guests were using our condo, we stayed four nights at the Holiday Inn, a first for us. The room was clean and served our purposes, since we actually spent very little time there. Most of our time we spent interviewing architects, home designers and builders. That was an eye opening experience! We also went to a home show in downtown Fort Myers and visited several tile and kitchen appliance stores. MurexAlice seemed to enjoy the experience much more than I did. Fortunately, I was able to walk the beach in front of the Holiday Inn for a total of about 60 minutes. I found a few Wentletraps, a nice orange Ribbed Cantharus, shellmuseum.org/shells/shelldetails.cfm?id=79 and one pair of Channeled Duck Clams, shellmuseum.org/shells/shelldetails.cfm… , but that was it. Certainly not my most productive shell-collecting trip!
We had nice dinners at Doc Ford’s, which is always excellent. Perhaps the most enjoyable part of our brief, hectic trip was finally meeting in person some trip advisor friends. Good conversation while watching the Gulf of Mexico, sipping red wine and eating cheese and crackers. Well, it just does not get much better than that. We ended up having a nice dinner together at the Sand Bar, a new restaurant on West Gulf Drive, where the Stone Crab restaurant use to be.
This last minute, long weekend trip to Sanibel was much different than our usual, fairly relaxed, shell-collecting trip, but it was productive and pleasant. For anyone considering the purchase of property (condo/home/lot) on Sanibel Island, one word of caution may be helpful. Flood insurance is undergoing significant changes, due to recent federal legislation. Premiums for flood insurance will most probably increase significantly during the next several years. These changes will affect property values and may affect rental prices. If you are interested, a recent YouTube video is informative, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDQ1jMS1OSM