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The Community That Saved Itself

Part One PUD #1 A Historical Perspective The Vietnam War and Richard Nixon were gradually fading into the history books. Iran was holding 66 Americans hostage, as Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan went head to head for the Presidency of t...

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GOOD NEWS for Spanish Wells Country Club

Escalante Golf “bought” Spanish Wells Country Club 5 years ago in an arrangement with Wells Fargo Bank. Escalante managed the Club for the past 5 years, mostly with negative reviews from the membership, residents, and golfers who paid to pl...

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Jim’s Book – The Bike Writer

Hello Subscribers … Jim and I have had many inquiries from clients, friends, and realtors about the status of Jim’s blogs. They have been largely absent from the Internet for the past year. There is a reason for Jim’s lack of blogging, ...

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Establishing The Price

So you’re thinking about selling your home in order to move to a different sized home, or a new or different community. Maybe health or family circumstances suggest a community that offers assisted living as an option. Whatever the reason f...

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WithlacoochieTrail

When I decided it was time for me to bike my age, I decided to do it on the Withlacoochie Trail in Central Florida. Why, you might ask, would I want to bike my age anyway? Well, it’s a “guy” thing. I can’t golf my age like some of my g...

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

About 40 years ago I was on a bike-camping trip in Wisconsin. We biked the Elroy-Sparta Trail, one of the very first “rails-to-trails” bike paths in the country. Because this part of Wisconsin is somewhat hilly, the now-abandoned train tr...

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LABOR DAY 2015

The clock of the summer of 2015 is ticking down. On May 25th (Memorial Day) we remembered and honored our military personnel, past and present, who have defended our freedoms for more than 239 years; on July 4th we celebrated the birth of our ...

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Housing: The Engine that Drives the Economy

When the housing market is strong, good things happen in the U.S. economy. When homes are not selling, the economy stagnates. The reasons may be complex for economists in their ivory towers, but relatively simple for Realtors on the ground wh...

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FAMILY GATHERINGS

Jan and I both come from large families. Jan has 5 siblings; I am the youngest of 7, with 3 of us still above ground. My parents had 28 grandchildren, many of whom also have children. We are scattered “from sea to shining sea” and family ga...

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SUMMERTIME IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero are winter homes for many “snowbirds” who fly North each Spring. The area is also home to many full time residents who enjoy the Florida climate and lifestyle all year long. It seems that every year, more...

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