November 2018 Newsletter
Greetings!

Welcome to the November Edition of my "Real Estate Resource" Newsletter.

Please check out my website waltbethel.com to view my listings, search for property, or to enjoy one of my archived newsletters.

I appreciate having you as a client and a friend, hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!
  
Walt
NOTE FROM NEIGHBOR
Fresh Cut NC Christmas Trees

2163 SE Hwy 70 (across from Winn Dixie) Arcadia, FL

Open till 8pm and there till gone!


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Citrus Update
Showing a 75% increase from last year’ s Hurricane Irma damaged crop, Florida’s 2018-19 citrus production is forecast at 86.9 million boxes by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Output is still far below Florida’s peak output of 244 million boxes during the 1997-98 season.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said the big uptick in production is welcome.
“This citrus production forecast offers a glimmer of hope to Florida’s iconic citrus industry, ” Putnam said in a statement. “For more than a decade, we’ve battled citrus greening and the industry most recently was dealt a devastating blow last year from Hurricane Irma. This estimated increase in production is the much-anticipated good news that Florida’s growers have hoped for. Much work remains, but the citrus industry is strong and here to stay.”
The USDA forecast that Florida’s all-orange output at 79 million boxes for 2018-19, up 76% from 44.95 million boxes in 2017-18.
For grapefruit, the USDA forecast Florida output at 6.7 million boxes in 2018-19, up 72% from 3.88 million boxes from 2017-18. Florida red grapefruit output was 5.5 million boxes, up from 3.18 million boxes last season.
Florida tangerine/mandarin output for the 2018-19 season is 1.2 million boxes, up from 60% from last season.
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Turkey Talk
Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for all who cherish its traditions involving friends, family and food. Some love preparing dishes from recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Others enjoy experimenting with new flavors. Many hunters would love to bag a special Osceola Turkey for their family feast. Among other things, the difficulty of negotiating dangerous swampland, cranky insects and thick underbrush make the hunt a delicious challenge for dedicated sportsmen.
An interesting culinary trend is using organic ingredients, and serving  wild turkey  for Thanksgiving is a delicious, clean-eating option. “Florida’s abundant wild turkey populations can provide the ultimate locally-sourced, organic Thanksgiving feast when knowledge, skill and good fortune come together for a successful hunt,” said Chef Justin Timineri, executive chef and culinary ambassador for Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 

Osceolas exist only on the peninsula of the Sunshine State and nowhere else on the planet . The Florida panhandle hosts the Eastern turkey. Of the five subspecies of turkeys in North America, Osceolas weigh in at a bit less than the Eastern turkeys with males ranging from 18 to 30 pounds and the hens from 8 to 12 pounds. Darker in color, the feathers of the toms display a broken band of white on the wings, rather than the more common continuous band, and chestnut brown tips on the tail feathers. The males also sport the longest beards of all the turkey species.
As unique as the Osceola (also known as the Florida Turkey) is, it has shared a similar history with the rest of its North American cousins. As with most other North American wildlife, prior to the arrival of Europeans, turkeys enjoyed vast numbers and plenty of their favorite wooded habitats. Then, land underwent clearing, and the growing human population hunted the birds relentlessly. By the  nineteenth century , most of the wild population had become seriously decimated, if not wiped out in the North Eastern part of the continent.

Florida, on the other hand, retained a fairly healthy population during this time. Because the state remained less settled and because of its difficult landscape, turkeys continued to flourish here. Sadly, as development accelerated in the twentieth century, too much time passed before conservation authorities imposed hunting limits. The Osceolas began to rapidly decline here, too. Fortunately, though, conservation efforts did come into play before they became an endangered species.

Helping to restore numbers, Osceolas are abundantly fertile. Hens lay an average of 10.3 eggs per brood. Since the toms play no part in incubating or raising the young turkeys (poults), they remain free to continue mating. Today, surveys of Osceolas strongly suggest that most of Central Florida enjoy a  95 percent   chance of harboring the precious birds.

Wild turkey is a tasty and versatile protein. Fresh from Florida chefs adapted several recipes to use wild turkey ranging from  Tikka Masala , an Indian dish traditionally served with chicken, to  wild turkey quesadillas  and  wild turkey cottage pie  (a take on shepherd’s pie). Because wild turkey meat is low in fat, techniques for cooking them differ from domestic birds, and the Fresh from Florida chefs provide  recipes and tips  on how to prepare tender, juicy meals.

“Turkey hunting in Florida is a chance to experience the outdoors in a very special way,” said Roger Shields, wild turkey program coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). “However, wild turkeys are extremely wary and possess sharp eyesight and excellent hearing so hunting them is a challenge.”
The FWC uses scientifically proven wildlife management strategies and professional expertise to meet conservation objectives and perpetuate sustainable  turkey hunting opportunities . You can  learn more about wild turkeys , including their behavior, habitat needs, and where they live in Florida at  MyFWC.com .
Source: MorningAgClips
FEATURED LISTINGS
16+ Gorgeous Acres
SW Cypress Bend Arcadia, FL 34269


16.84 +/- Gorgeous Acres situated adjacent to the Sunnybreeze Golf course in Desoto County. This parcel provides adequate privacy with ample space to build your dream home. This cleared parcel has convenient access to a newly upgraded public boat ramp with access onto the Peace River. Only minutes to Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and I75. Come bring your horses and build your dream home on this beautiful piece of land!

MLS: C7401036
Total Acres: 16.84
Listing price: $278,000
20 Acres with Move In Ready 2/1 Home
5556 County Rd 661A Arcadia, FL 34266

20 Acres with Move-In Ready 2/1 Concrete Home located West of Arcadia off Highway 70. An ideal place for all your animals and private country living. Gorgeous fenced pasture with large oaks. Live in the home while you build your primary residence, or turn into an income rental property, endless options!! Just 10 minutes to downtown Arcadia.

MLS: C7407288
Total Acres: 20
Listing price: $275,000
1,612 +/- Acre Ranch-Manatee County
26005 Harrison Rd. Myakka City, FL 34251
Located only 20 minutes from Sarasota and I-75 sits this spotless ranch property. With just over 1,600 acres, the beautiful “old Florida” landscape provides endless opportunities for the hunter, rancher, farmer or a recreational get away. It's one of a kind lodge boasts 5 bedrooms, a spacious living and dining area, and a beautifully updated kitchen. The entire property is abundant with deer, turkey, and other wildlife. Barns and guest houses round off this complete package. Call today to schedule a private showing! Click here for a Gallery of Images

MLS: C7405242
Total Acres: 1,612
Listing price: $8,463,000
PENDING! 191+/- Acre Recreational Hunting Tract
4022 Aurin Grade Arcadia, FL 34266
191 +/- Acres situated in the highly sought after Kings Hwy area in DeSoto County. Two parcels combine to form this ideal recreational property with a newly built 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom Cabin and pole barn. The property is fenced, gated, and is encompassed by beautiful sloughs an old Florida Oak hammock’s. Saw Palmettos And Pine Trees finish off this beautiful Old Florida landscape.Deer & other wildlife are abundant and the solitude is serene. This property is the perfect spot for your weekend getaway. The entrance is right off Kings Highway (State Road 769) with convenient access to Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Interstate 75, or to the downtown Arcadia area.

MLS: C7404561 
Total Acres: 191
Listing price: $1,250,000
5 Acre Tracts Kings Hwy
*JUST REDUCED*
Can be Combined!
SW Albritton St. Arcadia, FL 34266
Highly Desired Property off Kings Hwy!! **FINANCING AVAILABLE**
Offering a quiet and private setting this is the ideal building site for your dream home with plenty of space for a barn, pond, or animals. 
Located right off Kings Highway (State Road 769) with quick access to Port Charlotte, Interstate 75, or to the downtown Arcadia area. Sarasota and Gulf Beaches within close proximity. 

Total Acres: 5 Acres
Listing price: $69,500 per 5 Acre Tract
PENDING!
Self Storage Facility off Hwy 17
4232 Duncan Rd. Punta Gorda, FL 33982

About Walt Bethel
Walt Bethel is a fifth generation Floridian, born and raised in Arcadia, with a vast knowledge of all areas of Florida Real Estate and an ardent appreciation for Florida history.  
The purchase and development of his first orange grove when he was just sixteen years old fueled Walt's passion for real estate.  
Since then, he has bought, owned, and sold a wide variety of properties throughout a successful business career. His investments have included acreage, agricultural properties, residential homes, condos, and commercial properties. 
Walt's marketing and sales experience was cultivated over time at his family's business, Bethel Farms, where he marketed, managed, and sold products to "Big Box" retailers across the Southeastern and Midwestern United States.
From an early age, Walt's dad instilled in him the values to work hard and always have a goal, to look for a better way of doing things, and to constantly improve on them.  
The daily implementation of these principles, coupled with his enjoyment of networking with new people and his experience in business, sales, and marketing, have contributed to Walt's success as a Realtor.
 Walt has served on various boards and committees throughout the years. He has coached and actively supports local youth athletic programs and leagues. 
He and his wife Jill, also a fourth generation Floridian, reside in Punta Gorda. They have two children, a daughter Peyton and a son Truman.
Walt Bethel | RE/MAX Harbor Realty| 863.990.1748 | wbethel@waltbethel.com| www.waltbethel.com