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Trip Start Jun 14, 2010
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Pine Island Resort/KOA
I am a native Floridian -- born and raised in Miami but consider Tallahassee my adopted hometown, since I lived there for 24 years, not counting my time at Florida State University (go 'Noles!!). After moving to Michigan in 2000 for work, I quickly determined that I needed a dose of real sunshine and warmth in the middle of the cold gray winters of Lansing. Therefore, Jim and I started making annual trips down to Florida for our sunshine dose.
One of our favorite Florida vacation areas was the southwest coast on the Gulf. We especially liked Pine Island - a relatively unknown destination just north of Fort Myers and near Sanibel and Captiva. I had never heard of Pine Island when I lived in Floridahttp://www.pineislandfl.com/)
We spent our summer vacations exploring other parts of the country but because of our (and especially Jim's) love of boating and the ability to see family and friends in Florida more often, we decided that after retirement (and our year-long road trip) we would settle in SW Gulf Florida. Although we liked Pine Island, we were open to settling in other communities between Ft. Myers to the south and Sarasota to the north.
And then the oil spill disaster happened. We knew that this could severely impact the fragile environment here and hesitated about whether this was still the right choice. But we decided that the best course of action was to proceed with coming down here. We had always planned to rent for a while to get to know the area better and determine where we wanted to buy a house. Now, we will rent at least until hurricane season is over and we know the impact of any tropical weather activity on the oil spill's path and the severity of oil-related damage to this area
We have rented a furnished condo/villa in the Port Charlotte area which we are moving into this weekend. It is centrally located for exploring the area and provides us with a no-maintenance situation and resort amenities such as a pool and fitness room. We still have our household goods in storage back in Lansing and won't move them until we buy a house.
We are looking forward to enjoying this area while it is still undamaged. We hope that it stays this way. What has happened to the north Gulf coast makes us heart-sick and the fact that containment and assistance to affected areas has been disgustingly slow has made us angry -- as it should all Americans. The Gulf coast is a precious resource and should never have been put in harm's way through lack of foresight and oversight. Let's hope this is a wake-up call regarding our dependency on the finite resource of oil for energy and the need to ramp up clean energy initiatives.
p.s. I've attached some photos from previous trips to this area to give you an idea of why we love it here. As we start to explore more, I'll update the blog with more photos.