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Newsletter                                                May, 2019


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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!
  
We reprint an except of an article from the Palm Beach Post about this year's decline in the nesting of wading birds.  This only highlights the critical importance of our very own Bird Island on the East Course. Read all about the return of many mating pairs and watch a wonderful video. 
  
Best,
Laura & Tana

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BallenIsles Birds
By Kimberly Miller 
The Palm Beach Post

South Florida was rich with wading bird nests in 2018, the white fluff of chicks dotting the Everglades and its tree islands like spilled popcorn in an abundance of faunal wealth not seen in at least a decade.

But numbers have plummeted this year, falling an estimated 87 percent for four key species in water conservation areas strung together in marshy pools from the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge west of Boynton Beach to the Tamiami Trail.

The birds, an indicator of prosperity in Florida's unique river of grass, are suffering from an imperfect recipe of rainfall and desiccation that has made it difficult to get enough food to support hatchlings while also making nests easier targets for predators.

Scientists aren't overly concerned about the dearth of fertility this season.

"Thank goodness for last year," said Susan Gray, bureau chief for applied sciences at the South Florida Water Management District in a presentation last month.

But they are eyeing 2020 warily. Too many bad years can dent not just the wading bird population, but signal setbacks in restoration efforts and water management of the delicate Everglades ecosystem.

"Wading birds are almost instantaneous indicators of ecological conditions because they can move about and respond quickly to changes," said Mark Cook, who takes aerial surveys of nests as section leader for Everglades Systems Assessment at the water management district. "They can take care of themselves foraging in yards or other places, but when they have three to four chicks, they need to find really high densities of food or the chicks will starve."

Wading birds flourish when a prolonged or unusually wet rainy season encourages higher fish populations that spread with rising waters over the corrugated ridges and sloughs of the Everglades. As the waters dry up during winter months, fish are consolidated into smaller areas.

The high densities of fish are needed by wading birds who hunt by touch, groping with their bills in shallow water, then snapping them shut when they touch prey.

A wood stork's bill closes with a 25-milli second reflex action - the fastest known for vertebrates.

For nesting, healthy tree islands are also required so birds can stay off the predator-rich ground, but enough water is needed for patrolling alligators. Alligators eat the raccoons that want to eat the birds' eggs.

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As a result our colony here in BallenIsles may well be the largest breeding colony in South Florida.   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 strong demand from buyers, low inventory and consumer confidence remains positive.

BALLENISLES 2019 SALES   
ADDRESS
BR
BA
    SOLD $
    ORIG. $
   DATE
MKT TIME
19 BERMUDA LAKE DRIVE
4
4
   $712,000
   $795,000
01/03/2019
89
164 WINDWARD DRIVE
3
2.5
   $607,500
   $649,000
01/04/2019
52
1108 CRYSTAL DSRIVE
3
3.0
   $490,000
   $575,000
01/09/2019
37
167 ORCHID CAY DRIVE
3
4.0
   $362,500
   $475,000
01/24/2019
630
119 EMERALD KEY LANE
4
4.0
   $775,000
   $797,000
01/28/2019
8
285 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $349,000
   $349,000
01/30/2019
17
123 BANYAN ISLE DRIVE
4
4.0
   $535,000
   $600000
02/12/2019
24
313 GRAND KEY TERRACE
7
7.5
$2,300,000
$2,695,000
02/15/2019
40
132 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $250,000
   $329,000
02/22/2019
152
121B PALM BAY TERRACE
3
2.0
   $350,000
   $389,000
02/22.2019
451
29 SAINT GEORGE PLACE
5
5.5
$1,400,000
$1,599,000
02/28/2019
285
122 SUNSET BAY DRIVE
3
2.5
   $525,000
   $549,000
02/28/2019
27
119A PALM POINT CIRCLE
2
2.5
   $240,000
   $299,000
03/01/2019
151
111 CORAL CAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $420,000
   $489,000
03/06/2019
354
110B PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
2.0
   $325,000
   $375,000
03/08/2019
97
106 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $412,500
   $459,000
03/11/2019
13
166 WINDWARD DRIVE
3
3.0
   $525,000
   $625,000
03/15/2019
91
112 PEMBROKE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $550,000
   $599,000
03/20/2019
255
116A PALM BAY DRIVE
3
2.0
   $387,000
   $419,000
03/20/2019
142
211 COCONUT KEY DRIVE
3
4.5
$1,075,000
$1,299,000
03/21/2019
165
29 SOMERSET DRIVE
4
5.0
$1,000,000
$1,150,000
03/25/2019
62
201 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $375,000
   $399,000
03/25/2019
219
211 GRAND POINTE DRIVE
6
7.5
$1,750,000
$2,350,000
03/28/2019
372
316 SUNSET BAY LANE
3
2.5
   $260,000
   $314,000
03/28/2019
596
31 SAINT JAMES DRIVE
3
3.5
   $550,000
$1,099,000
04/01/2019
490
1149 CRYSTAL DRIVE
3
4.0
   $640,000
   $799,000
04/01/2019
89
127 SAINT MARTIN DRIVE
3
3.5
$1,035,400
$1,249,000
04/01/2019
21
110 GRAND PALM WAY
3
4.3
$1,500,000
$1,599,000
04/01/2019
154
118 SUNSET COVE LANE
3
2.5
   $300,000
$360,000
04/02/2019
160
126 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $439,000
   $439,000
04/19/2019
3
112 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $480,000
   $539,000
04/23/2019
25
26 SAINT JAMES DRIVE
3
4.5
   $745,000
   $799,000
04/29/2019
479
125 BANYAN ISLE DRIVE
3
3.5
   $365,000
   $525,000
04/30/2019
115
 
*This representation is based on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 05/10/19..     
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
561.758.8625      561.389.6838

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