Pine Island Florida

Tourist season is about to begin again this year, soon the streets will be buzzing with out-of- towners looking for places to go and different activities to occupy their time.  Many visitors are not aware of the relatively untouched beauty less than a 20 minute car ride
from Cape Coral; Pine Island.  Pine Island is the largest island on the west coast of Florida and measures 17 mile long and 2 miles wide.  Pine Island consists of 5 communities Matlacha, Pine Island Center, Bokeelia, Pineland, and St. James City.  Each of the 5
communities unique and distinct from the other.  The island is truly unspoiled; it boasts abundant wildlife and untouched nature.  Current legislation prohibits high density, high-rise development, preserving its current state for generations to come.

Pine Island has a charm that is indescribable; it is reminiscent of a century old fishing village complete with quaint cottages and small hotels.   Some visitors describe Pine Island as reminiscent of Mayberry.  In addition to outdoor activities like camping exploring, canoeing, and fishing.  There are many things to see indoors as well. Pine Island is known for their many upcoming artists that showcase their creations in the galleries lining the waterfront, as
well as the large number of eateries that specialize in fresh seafood dishes provided from the mornings catch.  Pine Island is a full of rich history and beautiful scenery, just waiting to be discovered.

If we can help you with your buying and selling needs, please don’t hesitate to call we look forward to hearing from you,

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty Team


Cape Coral summer activities

Children all over Lee County are anxiously awaiting the final bell to ring marking the start of the summer vacation. We are so lucky in Cape Coral to have so many great things for the kids to get involved in all summer long. From water parks to camps, we have it all.

Cape Coral’s parks and recreation is one of the largest organizers of events in this area. They offer camps for all ages and interests. They offer a safe, fun, and educational way for our children to spend their days. The Camps will begin the week of May 29th and go all summer ending in August. Ages 3-16 are welcomed, with schedules and themes changing weekly.

Sunsplash is also a highly sought after summer spot. Sunsplash has 14 acres of pools and waterslides, and my personal favorite the lazy river. They offer swimming lessons from ages 6months to 15 yrs, with all abilities welcome. The junior lifeguard program is available to ages 10-15; your children can get acquainted with what it takes to become a lifeguard.

Mike Greenwell’s is another local favorite, they offer Mini golf, 4 go-cart tracks, batting cages, an arcade, paint ball and much more. Spend an hour or the day, Mike Greenwell’s will always deliver on fun!

We hope you have a wonderful summer!

Bayfront Cottage for sale in Matlacha Fl

Open House in Matlacha 5/19/2012 From 2-5pm

Saturday May 19th Florida Future Realty will be holding an Open House event from 2pm till 5 pm at  4241 Pine Island Rd Nw, Matlacha Fl 33993 (Coconut Cove Cottage). Bayfront Cottage for sale in Matlacha Fl and then you reach the wrap around deck with the stunning views of the Matlacha Bay and Mangroves. The private pool to your left is fronted by your very own beach with 2 coconut trees and a hammock. Watch the video for a detailed tour of the property. Stop by and see our agent Erica this weekend for refreshments and a personalized tour of all this oasis has to offer.

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Last year we had a world travel writer visit for a weekend and wrote a nice review about the island and Coconut Cove Cottage. Read what he wrote Here

Catching Fish in Cape Coral

Cape Coral FL Fishing

Catching Fish in Cape CoralFishing in Cape Coral, Florida

Local Cape Coral fishermen will be quick to tell you about the great fishing opportunities in our Cape Coral area. Living in Cape Coral we see a lot of great fishing going on. There are some certain rules you will need to follow but they are pretty easy to understand and you’ll be on your way to fun in no time.

You can read more online at (Florida’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission)

The site even has fun stuff for kids and tips and tricks as well (like how to tie knots) 🙂

Fishing is definitely a common activity in, and around, Cape Coral. The following chart shows fishing locations in Cape Coral (from Cape Coral parks & rec fishing page)

Fishing Locations in Cape Coral

Below is a list of approved fishing locations within Cape Coral’s parks and the hours that people are permitted to fish:

Park Location Hours
Bernice Braden Park Shoreline & Under Bridge 24 hours
Four Freedoms Park Seawall Area 24 hours
Four Mile Cove Eco Preserve Two Piers Daylight only
Glover Bight at Rotary Park End of Boardwalk Daylight only
Horton Park & Boat Ramp River Shoreline 24 hours
Jaycee Park Shoreline Daylight only
Lake Kennedy Park Two Small Piers Daylight only
Seahawk Park (Lake Argosy) Around Lake Daylight only
Sirenia Vista Shoreline Daylight only
Yacht Club Community Park Fishing Pier 24 hours
Yacht Club Community Park Canals along Floridian Ct. Daylight only


You could even hire a professional fishing company such as Conway Charters to take you & your friends/family out on a private fishing trip. Tell him we sent you 🙂

For more information about fishing rules, locations or buying a house in Cape Coral near great fishing spots, contact us! We’d be glad to help you with your Cape Coral fishing questions.

To get started you can start your online search now for Cape Coral property or fill out our contact form to have an agent contact you right away about Cape Coral fishing & Cape Coral real estate!

We look forward to working with you!

If you own a Cape Coral waterfront or even off water property and would like to see it featured here; please let me know. We are looking for realistic sellers who want to get the most out of their property within a reasonable timeframe. We also handle short sales in Cape Coral.

Yours in Success,

Susan Milner, REALTOR Broker/Owner ~ e-PRO, GRI, SFR, CDPE, and (TRC) TransNational Referral Certification

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I’m always looking to hire more motivated and professional licensed Florida real estate agents. If you are interested in learning more about Florida Future Realty, Inc. feel free to contact our office at 2816 Del Prado Blvd. S., Unit 1, Cape Coral, FL 33904, via phone at 239-542-8521, online at Cape Coral Real Estate Career or via email at Susan Milner, the broker in charge & owner of Florida Future Realty, Inc. can also be reached on her personal cell phone at (239) 218-2229. All contact will remain strictly confidential.

Unless otherwise noted all content Copyright 2010-2012 Susan Milner of Florida Future Realty, Inc.

What to do in Cape Coral

The end of October is quickly approaching, and the holiday season is right around the corner. Luckily we don’t have to fight the winter weather and can enjoy the fall and winter season with fun outdoor events and activities.  Cape Coral never disappoints when it comes their schedule of events each year.  Looking for something local to do?  Here is what is planned each weekend for the remainder of the year.

November 11th-13th Cape Coral’s Coconut Festival. This is a three day long carnival like event will include entertainment, food, games, craft exhibits, bands and so much more. 

November 18th –Nights on the Parkway.  This is a new event that is scheduled the 3rd Friday of every month throughout the season.  Take a leisurely stroll around the South Cape enjoying shopping, live entertainment, art, food, and much more.  This new event will have a different theme each month. 

November 19th Southwest Florida Blues Festival.  Some of the best blues musicians around will be playing their tails off at this outdoor event.  In addition to a great afternoon of music you can count on great food and drinks from some of our local eateries. 

December 3rd Holiday Festival of Lights.  Kick off the holiday season with this highly anticipated event.  This festival begins with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in downtown Cape Coral.  You will be sure to get into the spirit while enjoying holiday inspired entertainment like drum lines, dance troupes, actors and musicians. 

December 10th Bike Night.  Get out your leather chaps for an exciting night filled with motor cycles, music, food and fun.  Don’t miss this highly anticipated Cape Coral favorite.

December 18th Holiday Boat-a-long. Cape Coral residents get there boats holiday ready; complete with lights, costumes and decorations for a cruise around Bimini Basin. 

December 20-23rd Santa Land.  Children all over Cape Coral can’t wait to get in line and meet Mr. & Mrs. Clause.  In addition to the headliners, your children will be able to see a real Elf Village, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, carnival rides, and take a holiday train ride around the lake.

Take in one or all of these amazing events; we are certain you will not regret it.  If we can help you with your buying or selling needs please don’t hesitate to call we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours in Success

The Florida Future Realty Team


Cape Coral’s Nights on the Parkway

Cape Coral FL has just introduced “Nights on the Parkway,” a great family friendly way to spend a Friday evening.  This event will take place every 3rd Friday of the month from 6-9 p.m.  It will offer free live entertainment and give attendees a chance to shop our local and unique business. This event will offer all who attend a one of a kind experience. 

This past Friday, the launch party included art and entertainment from:

• Carmen -Love Child Band
• Emma Briggs Coleman- Singer/Guitarist
• Di Babi Blu
• X2- Local Solo Guitar Player
• Hedi Henrich

• Cape Coral Art League Suzie Nelke and 3 artists
• Artist Dreams Gallery- Local artists painting on the sidewalks

Fashion & Dance
• Fashion Show at Razzle Dazzle
• Zumba Dancers

Family Entertainment
• Face Painters
• Clowns
• Doggie Halloween Costume Contest at the Cape Dog Bakery

Nights on the parkway, is located from Vincennes Boulevard to Cape Coral Street, as well as on SE 47th Terrace, and all around Big John’s Plaza. This new attraction will not only allow local business to display their inventory, but it gives locals a chance to see all the great business located right here in the Cape.  In addition to this event, many other events begin again around this time.  Almost every weekend you can bet there will be something fun for you and your family to participate in.   The Farmers Market  and Oktoberfest are two of my favorites.  Cape Coral is great place to live and work, if we can help you and your family with your real estate needs please don’t hesitate to call we look forward to hearing from you.


Yours in Success,


The Florida Future Realty Team








Red, White and Boom just around the corner

American Flag, Uncle Sam, Fireworks, Backyard B-B-Q’s, are all important components to an  amazing and memorable 4th of July holiday. For more than 10 yrs we anxiously await the City of Cape Coral’s Red, White and Boom celebration.  This event is SW Florida’s most spectacular fireworks display.  Along with this amazing show there are activities to entice all ages.  “The Escape Zone” for kids will include a bounce house, obstacle course, and rock climbing wall.  There will also be more than 100 vendors selling food, drinks, crafts, novelty items, and sponsoring giveaways and raffles to keep the remaining partiers busy.

For entertainment this year Heidi Newfield and the former guitar player from “Trick Pony” will be performing for a crowd of 20,000 expected spectators.   New this year an “American Tribute” a stage presentation that is to honor our local service persons that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a special fireworks display to commemorate our fallen soldiers.

A debut of the 5k Freedom Race over the Cape Coral Bridge will begin promptly at 6:30p.m.  Runners will begin behind Roger Dean Chevrolet Stage on Cape Coral Parkway.  They will then head east over the bridge through the “Toll Plaza” to the Macgregor flyover and back to the starting point.

Let’s of course not forget the true reason for this special day, The 4th of July is to reaffirm our independence and hold our freedoms sacred. We look forward to seeing you there. If we can help with your buying or selling need please don’t hesitate to give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you.

What:  Cape Coral’s Red, White, and Boom

Where: The foot of the Cape Coral Bridge

When:  July 4th from 4-10 p.m.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

The Florida Future Realty Team


Taste of Lee this Saturday

The Taste of Lee scheduled for this Saturday June 18th.  This super popular annual event gives participants a chance to sample locally grown and raised vegetables, fruit and seafood.  Bring your appetites; some of the items available for sampling will include edible native plants, fresh juices, and very exotic fruits; like sapodilla, chesses, honey and much more.  Many of these items will be available for sample as well as for purchase.   

There will be an “ask the experts” booth on site for a Q&A session pertaining to Native fruits veggies and how to grow and take care of native plants and trees (which will also be on site for sale).

This event sponsored by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Office and the Caloosa Rare Fruit Exchange, will offer lectures throughout the day.  The lectures offered will cover How to freeze and dry fruit, Edible native plants, Teas make from edible herbs and plants, and how to plant and maintain your own fruit trees.  (10 a.m. – noon)

Don’t forget to dust off the plastic fruit; there will be a Carmen Miranda look-alike contest. 

Taste of Lee will be held at:

First Baptist Church of Fort Myers 1735 Jackson Street Downtown Fort Myers

Admission will be Free for 7 and under $1.00 and an additional $3.00 for participation in “Speakers series.

Gather your friends and family for a great Saturday at the Taste of Lee. 

Yours in Success

The Florida Future Realty Team


Cape Coral 2011 Summer Programs

Cape Coral 2011 Summer Programs

Cape Coral, Florida

Summer is almost here and now is the time to start planning for camp. Camp is a great way for your children to make new friends, be active and have fun.  Working parents often find themselves scrambling for a solution with summer vacation less than a month away. Luckily, our friends at the Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Dept never stop imagining fun and exciting ways to keep our children occupied each week of the summer vacation.  This year is no exception.  Children of all ages, interests and skill levels can find a program to keep them entertained and active all day long.

Each offered camp will cater to interests such as art, nature, science, kayaking, and exploring, just to name a few.  Rest assured your children will keep their minds and bodies busy all summer long.

Take a quick peek at the 2011summer camp guide for more details.

The Cape Coral Parks & Rec Dept isn’t the only to offer camps in our community, local churches, and recreational facilities such as the YMCA also offer programs that cater to children of all ages.  If you are looking for a fun, exciting and safe way for your children to spend their vacation, our community has much to offer. We wish you and your family a memorable summer.

If we can help you with your Cape Coral real estate buying or selling needs please don’t hesitate to call, we look forward to assisting you.

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty Team


Lee County Fair is coming to town

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well it is that time of year where you can almost smell the funnel cakes and cotton candy wafting through the air.  For the 87th year in a row we welcome the Lee County Fair to town.  It will be held at the Lee civic center from Feb 25th – March 6th.  The fair offers animals and exhibits, live entertainment, carnival rides, great food and so much more.

The Lee county fair is eagerly awaited by locals and visitors alike,each year they continually raise the bar and add new attractions to make it bigger and better and full of excitement for its participants. This year you can expect nothing less than the best.

Entertainment this year will be especially exciting they always have great shows from local celebrities like Ronnie Morgan, Brooke Huffmaster, and the Del Prados.

Many shows will capture the attention of all age groups,  a children’s favorite, Kandu & Co. Magic Show,and Tadpole the Clown will be making his second appearance at the Fair. They also will have the Wild About Monkeys animal show and the highly anticipated Shark Encounter.  New to the fair this year is the Discovering Science Exhibit and the new Extreme Canine Stunt Show (which has been featured on Oprah, The Ellen Show and even the Tonight Show)

The fair is a great way to spend some time having a little fun. If you are new to the area or visiting we hope to see you there.  The Fair will open Friday 25th at 5:00 p.m. and at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission Prices

Adults $7

Children Ages 6-11 $4

Children Ages 5 and under FREE!


We look forward to seeing you at the Fair, until then if we can help you with your buying or selling needs we would love to hear from you.

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty Team


Christmas in Florida

Cape Coral has a lovely tree lighting ceremony with other great Holiday activities each year in December in downtown Cape Coral. This year is no exception. On Saturday, Dec 1, 2012 from 4PM-10PM Cape Coral visitors and residents will come down to see Santa arrive around 6:15PM and watch the Christmas tree be lit up as well. There will also be a snow drift slide for the kids, a train ride and other kids fun as well as food, drinks and performances on stage! Come on down and if you see us be sure to say hello & Merry Christmas too!

Cape Coral Pkwy between Candia St & SE 15th Ave – SE Cape Coral, Florida

Watch Susan’s son take a sled ride back in 2008 at the Festival of Lights in Downtown Cape Coral, Florida

From Dec 2010:

This weekend many children in our area will see snow for the first time, all right here in Cape Coral, Florida.  Yes you are reading correctly, there will be a 20ft snow drift brought in that gives children an opportunity to experience sledding,  snow balls,  and  snow man building, just like the kids up North do every winter.  In conjunction to this magnificent treat, the Holiday
Festival of Lights will be held this Saturday, Dec. 4th from 4-10p.m. in downtown Cape Coral.

The Annual affair will feature live performances a tree lighting scheduled for 6:16 , a Kidz street play area, a tiny tots train ride and an appearance from none other than Santa himself.

This year they will have the most performers since the festival was created in 2004. Every thirty minutes spread out between 4 stages a new act can be seen.

The scheduled performers this year will be:

Skyline Handbell Choir & Chorus, Rick’s Music Students, Robin Dawn Academy, Dance Dimensions, Oasis Singers, Calendar Girls, Rhythm in Motion, Cape Coral Academy of Music, Bishop Verot High School Drum line, Hot Flashz Dance Troupe, Kobayashi Dojo, Cultural Park Theater Chorus, Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance, Lariats & Lace Dance Team,
Lisa Lynn Dance World, Maranatha Dance, Cape Coral Christian Worship Band and the Vineyards Church Worship Band.

This festival promises to be the best of years past, bring your family and friends to this amazing holiday event.  If you’re having a hard time getting into the spirit this year, the Holiday Festival of Lights will certainly do the trick.

As always if we can help with your buying or selling needs, please don’t hesitate to call.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Holiday’s

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty Team


SW Florida Christmas event

Average temperatures in our area for the month of Dec are 76 in the day and 55 in the evening. Beautiful weather for outdoor activities but leaves a little to be desired when trying to get into the holiday spirit. Our locals can help evoke the Christmas spirit in our visitors and locals alike by hosting events all over our area throughout the month of December.  Here are some to keep the family festivities being held through the holiday season.

Festival of Trees ~ Nov 26th – Dec. 4th

This beautiful holiday showcase features dazzlingly decorated trees, elaborate wreaths, a children’s holiday workshop, breakfast with Santa, and a Ties and Trees Gala to wrap up this event.

54th Annual Holiday House ~ Dec 3rd

For the 54th year, the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club will bring holiday cheer to downtown Fort Myers by decorating two historic homes – Burroughs and Langford-Kingston homes. Holiday House 2010 – Christmas Through the Eye’s of a Child –

The Imaginarium Annual Holiday Land Family Fun Event. ~ Dec

The Imaginarium offers festive family fun with holiday flair, decorated for the season with twinkling lights; the Holiday Land is guaranteed to be fun for all!  The young and young-at-heart will enjoy visiting with Santa, posing for Christmas card photos, festive
face painting, creating shrink-magic ornaments and other activities exploring winter holidays around the world!

24th Annual Christmas Boat Parade ~Dec 4th

The spectacular event gets larger every year amazing boats decorated with holiday decorations and lights that can be seen nearly from space. Santa and Mrs. Clause will also join the festivities kicking off the parade by leading the boats from the Pink Shell Beach Resort to parades final destination the Matanzas Pass.

Christmas Luminary Trail Open House ~ Dec 4th & 5t h

This popular event draws visitors from all over the world as they join local residents to celebrate the season. Three miles of luminary candles line Periwinkle Way on Sanibel and Captiva  Island Businesses are decorated for the holidays with 2000 candles illuminating
the island pathways, storefronts and homes.

35 Annual Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates ~ Dec 9th -Jan 1st

One of the must see events of our area!   This year the estate will showcase their new lights and decorations that blanket the entire grounds. The Edison Botanic Lab and Estates Museum will be open every evening with special exhibits as well as nightly holiday performances by area students and groups. Events include the Estates
annual holiday party on Dec 8th Guests will enjoy a special preview of Holiday Nights, food and beverages by the river, live music and much more.  There will also be a live auction of wreaths decorated by area personalities, artists and designers.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

If we can assist you in your buying or selling needs, please don’t hesitate to call.  We look forward to speaking with you.

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty Team


24th annual sand sculpting event to take place this weekend

It is that time of year again, the 24th annual American Sand Sculpting Championship and Beach festival.  The amazing display of talent and imagination is expected to be viewed by more than 50,000 spectators.  The artists come from all over the world to participate in this event. This year, 16 of the world’s top master sculptors will compete in this well know competition.   Many have had their works exhibited on well known T.V. programs and popular publications.  What is most interesting about this event is that you can see the sculpting in all stages, from beginning to end.  The sculpting begins on Nov 9th through the 14th and the best part is it is free to spectators.

Each day the there is even a once in a lifetime chance to learn how to create these works of art from the artists themselves. The sculpting is separated into amateur and professional competitions, allowing onlookers a chance to view talent on all different levels.

Saturday evening the street festival begins, there will be 4 bands playing in time square with free Hors d’oeuvres available to all festival goers.  There will be vendors selling various items and handmade crafts.  This truly an amazing family friendly event,worth fighting the weekend beach traffic for.  Great weather, food and culture, what better way to spend a weekend in paradise.

If we can help with your buying or selling need, please don’t hesitate to call.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty Team


Cape Coral’s local ecomomy looking good.

Is Cape Coral’s local economy reversing the economic rut we have been in?  A few new businesses are moving in to some buildings left vacant creating a bit of buzz as to the expected recovery of our community.  Just in time for season Cape Coral has welcomed a
number of new business a few of which are already open and the remainder to open very soon. 

Now open

The Original Moretti’s Italian Grill, 4721 Vincennes Blvd

Sans Sushi, 1306 Cape Coral Pkwy

Soon to open

La Terraza, South East 47th Terrace

Jones’ Joint bar and restaurant,  Lafayette St

Royal Key bar and grille, Cape Coral Pkwy

Chicago Pizza, South East 47th Terrace

Sabatino’s Slice of New York, Cape Coral Pkwy

Adding to the list of new restaurants, Sweetbay opened recently adding 30 more employees to their roster, giving a boost to the local unemployed.  In addition, plans have been made to add a new office building and a new pharmacy. 

It appears we are on the mend, we are creating new employment opportunities, and giving new service choices to our residents, eliminating the need to travel into Ft. Myers, or elsewhere.  The more we take advantage the services offered in our community,
the faster we can expect growth, and economic recovery.   

If we can help with your buying or selling need please don’t hesitate to call, we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty Team


Cape Coral Farmers Market

October is quickly approaching the holiday’s will be here before we know it, what that means for Cape Coral is that we are about to have an influx of part time residents.
Our local eateries, retail stores and parks will soon be bustling with positive energy and new sense of life in our community. We welcome these part time residents, and look forward to their return every year.  Cape Coral shows their appreciation for these snowbirds by adding great weekend attractions, one of our favorites is the Cape Coral Chambers
Farmers market. 

The farmers market is held every Saturday beginning October15 through mid  May.  We look forward to heading there Saturday mornings to get first pick of the local grown fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, fresh out of the oven baked goods, homemade pastas,
different cheeses and much more.  You can stroll through the rows of more than 40 vendors selling anything from jewelry and handbags to exotic spices and teas, while listing to festive island music. The smell of freshly ground coffee and roasted nuts fills the air adding to the
atmosphere making this the perfect Saturday morning landing-place. We look forward to seeing you there.

Cape Coral Chamber Farmers Market Every Saturday October 15, 2011 through May 12th  2012 from 8:00 am to 1:00 p.m.
Club Square
SE 10th Place & SE
47th Terrace
(239) 549-6900

If we can help with any of your buying or selling need please don’t hesitate to call we would be happy to assist you.

Yours in Success,                                                 

The Florida Future Realty Team