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Newsletter                                                May, 2016

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May is half gone and the seasons seem to fly by.  Summer is coming, the car trailers continue arriving, there's a flurry of dates to say good-bye to our snowbird friends and poof, the summer dinner specials start!
  
Once again we feature an article by Rodney Cole about Bird Island on the BallenIsles East course.  We continue to have good news following the tragic lack of breeding three years ago.  Read all about the encouraging return of many mating pairs and watch a wonderful video. 
  
Best,
Laura & Tana

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BallenIsles Birds
by Rodney Cole 

This year at the end of March Florida Fish and Wildlife biologists found that there were 22 Wood Stork nests and 19 adults, 18 Great Egret nests  and 27 adults, 17 Cormorant nests and 36 adults, 2 Anhinga nests and 1 adult.

This is considerably less than last years totals and the numbers are definitely down not only here but throughout all of South Florida .The large amount of rain that we had earlier this year combined with the water being released from Lake Okeechobee has resulted  in the Wood Storks foraging areas being flooded,the water being too deep and thus depriving them of food.  There is some speculation that some Wood Storks are starving.  In addition many colonies in the Everglades have failed to nest because of the lack of food.
As a result our colony here in BallenIsles may well be the largest breeding colony in South Florida.

A later report indicated that many of the Wood Stork nests had three chicks some had four chicks as compared to the usual two.  It would be unusual  but not impossible for the third or fourth chick to survive.  Chicks that survive until four weeks old are considered to be viable.

Florida Atlantic University Department of Biological Sciences are also conducting surveys every two weeks to establish what food is being fed to the Wood Stork chicks and from where it came.  Last year it was established that 85% of this food was Sunfish and small marsh fish. 

It is quite fascinating the steps taken to undertake the survey.  Before entering the colony they locate active nests and an appropriate entrance point from the shore to limit disturbance.  Once in the colony, they move frequently so that no nest is disturbed for more than 30 minutes.  Chicks often regurgitate in the presence of humans and this is collected for analysis
Once a chick regurgitates they leave bait fish to compensate for the loss of food.  The adult Wood Storks leave their nests when the survey is being done but return to their nests within less than10 minutes after the survey team has left the island.

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (a Federal Authority) lists the Wood Stork as an endangered species and has issued guidelines  for the management of their habitat in the southeast region.  Some of these guidelines are advisory whilst many others are mandatory.  Going forward it is clear that great care should be taken to preserve this extraordinary breeding site
that we are so fortunate to have right here in BallenIsles.  With continuing care and protection it should remain a marvelous part of our great community.  Our own bird island is truly worthy of a National Geographic special!
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REAL ESTATE TRENDS BI moongate
BallenIsles Sales

As our newsletter readers know by now, we are generally optimistic and like to see the silver lining in just about any market scenario, but one can't ignore the consistent reports of softening sales and wonder...is everything ok?  The simple answer is YES!  There continues to be very strong demand from buyers, inventory is growing and consumer confidence remains positive.

We see buyers who have cash to make a swift purchase or strong equity in their current residence that can quickly go to work for them, and though inventory has recovered to a healthy balance, they seem willing to wait to find just the right opportunity.  It seems that the buyers' mentality is that prices will indeed maintain an upward path, but not at a pace that makes them uncomfortable...yet.

BALLENISLES 2016 SALES  
#
ADDRESS
BR
BA
    SOLD $
   ORIG. $
    DATE
MKT TIME 
1
54 LAGUNA TERRACE
3
3.0
   $465,000
   $519,000
01/08/2016
261
2
244 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $344,500
   $385,000
01/14/2016
 41
3
104 SUNSET BAY DRIVE
2
2.0
   $350,000
  NON-MLS
01/27/2016
 
4
11 LAGUNA TERRACE
3
3.0
   $525,000
   $599,000
01/29/2016
220
5
139 WINDWARD DRIVE
3
2.5
   $470,000
   $499,000
02/01/2016
14
6
40 SOMERSET TERRACE
4
4.5
   $950,000
   $995,000
02/04/2016
1
7
113 PEMBROKE DRIVE
3
3.5
   $817,500
   $829,000
02/08/2016
11
8
117D PALM BAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $486,501
   $515,000
02/09/2016
47
9
71 SAINT JAMES TERRACE
4
4.5
   $955,000
$1,059,000
02/12/2016
5
10
116A PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
2.0
   $305,000
   $350,000
02/15/2016
75
11
40 BERMUDA LAKE DRIVE
4
4.0
   $650,000
   $749,000
02/16/2016
250
12
162 WINDWARD DRIVE
3
5.5
   $525,000
   $629,000
02/19/2016
385
13
144 ORCHID CAY CIRCLE
3
3.0
   $649,000
   $600,000
02/24/2016
9
14
116 ST EDWARD PLACE
4
4.5
$1,600,000
$1,850,000
02/25/2016
122
15
107 BANYAN ISLE DRIVE
3
3.5
   $600,000
   $711,000
02/25/2016
73
16
116 SUNSET COVE LANE
4
3.0
   $385,000
   $429,000
03/01/2016
126
17
102B PALM POINT CIRCLE
2
2.5
   $225,000
   $330,000
03/14/2016
245
18
107 SAN MARCO DRIVE
3
3.0
   $796,500
   $799,000
03/31/2016
6
19
115B PALM BAY DRIVE
2
2.0
   $360,000
   $395,000
04/07/2016
100
20
130 PEMBROKE DRIVE
3
4.0
$730,000
   $749,000
04/08/2016
10
21
44 ST THOMAS DRIVE
4
6.5
$1,118,000
   $944,500
04/11/2016
19
22
102A PALM BAY CIRCLE
2
2.0
   $255,000
   $348,800
04/20/2016
315
23
159 VINTAGEISLE LANE
5
6.5
$1,300,000
$1,499,000
04/20/2016
79
 
*This representation is based on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 05/06/16.     
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
561.758.8625      561.389.6838

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