May 2021 Newsletter

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May Achievements
We are very proud of our son Truman's recent graduation from Ole Miss. He received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Hotty Toddy!
"How Plant 'Vaccines' Could Save Us From A World Without Fruit"
A future where chocolate, wine and oranges can be afforded only by the wealthy certainly feels dystopian. But it could be a reality if some of our favorite crops succumb to plant diseases — a reality that is already taking shape in some parts of the world. To tackle the problem, Anne Elizabeth Simon, a virologist at the University of Maryland, is attempting to create what she calls a "vaccine" for crops that could protect our food supply.

Like the current approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have long dealt with pathogen spread among plants by quarantining infected flora to spare surrounding ones. And, depending on the type of disease, plants may also receive pesticides or antibiotic sprays.

But to offer more reliable protection, Simon is part of a team developing a vaccine-like solution as an efficient and relatively quickly deployable solution to preempt — or possibly cure — plant diseases.

Simon joined the fight against plant pathogens by chance: While studying plant RNA viruses in her lab, she happened upon a surprising sample in a genetic sequence database that contradicted her 30 years of research.

It turned out to be a new type of virus-like RNA that she named iRNA. It shocked Simon because iRNA lacks certain genes found in all normal plant viruses, yet can still move between cells in a plant’s veins by attaching to plant-generated movement proteins.
By tweaking the iRNA to carry tiny fragments of a virus, it can provoke plant enzymes to chop up the harmful virus into little pieces, without causing damage to the plant. “This can be a vehicle, not just for one type of tree, but for many,” Simon says. “It’s all because of this very unusual, never-before-seen property.”

The iRNA sample was first discovered by University of California, Riverside researchers in the 1950s when it appeared in limequat trees. They found that the iRNA can infect many citrus species with very mild to zero symptoms. Yet its disease-eradicating properties were only recently discovered when Simon identified the missing genes that allow it to move through plant veins.

“This could become one of the important tools in the belt of the industry and farmers to keep citrus going,” says Georgios Vidalakis, a plant pathologist at the University of California, Riverside, and director of the Citrus Clonal Protection Program. “It looks very promising. Still, there is a lot of work to be done."

2021 FCA Annual Convention and Trade Show
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Wednesday. May 19th is the birthdate of DeSoto County!

DeSoto County is named for the Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto. The county was created from Manatee County in 1887. Until 1921 DeSoto was one of the largest counties in the state, but residents complained of the vast distances between home and courthouse and it was subdivided to create Hardee, Charlotte, Highlands, and Glades Counties.

The original DeSoto County seat, which had also served Manatee County since 1866, was located at Pine Level. Although apparently built of brick, the Pine Level courthouse, or at least its jail, was derided as "flimsy," allowing the escape of prisoners to such an extent that vigilantism was rampant in the large and undeveloped county. Ghost town researcher James Warnke has located the site of this structure, but reports that only a few bricks remain beneath the shade of an oak hammock. Eventually a new county seat was created at "Tater Hill Bluff," renamed Arcadia, in 1888.

Source: Visit DeSoto
35+ Acres Zoned RMF-6 with Improvements
9881 Lettuce Lake Rd. Arcadia, FL 34269
35+/- Acres in DeSoto County less than 15 minutes to Interstate 75.This property is zoned RMF-6 allowing for a total of 211 units. Improvements have already been completed such as paved roadways, retention pond, curbing, fire hydrants and lift station. Previously approved development plans are available for review. Opportunity to be in a growing area located near the Peace River with river access 2 minutes away. This property is centrally located between both Kings Hwy and Hwy 17 with quick access to Arcadia, Port Charlotte, or Punta Gorda. Only 45 minutes to Sarasota and Fort Myers.

MLS: C7442469
Total Acres: 35.71
Listing price: $2,900,000
137+ Riverfront Acres
10531 SW Kissimmee Rd. Arcadia, FL 34269
Gorgeous, undisturbed "Old Florida" river front property for your private estate or recreational hunting and fishing retreat. Offering 137.84+ acres full of oak hammocks, cabbage palms, and pine trees with approx. 1,970 feet of frontage on the Peace River via the quiet inlet "Lettuce Lake." A county maintained public boat ramp is just around the corner. Property is fenced and includes 1,800 sf steel building. Less than 15 minutes to I-75, and just 45 minutes from Sarasota or Ft. Myers. A rare find with navigable waters to Charlotte Harbor.

Total Acres: 137.84
MLS: C7437985
Listing Price: $2,399,000
Ready to Build? 10 Acre Parcels
Martin Lane, Arcadia, FL 34266
10 Acres of desirable land is waiting for YOU! Offering a quiet and private setting, yet within minutes to Kings Hwy with convenient access into Arcadia, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. Ideal building site for your dream home with plenty of space for a barn or animals. Zoning is A-10 which allows for agriculture and residential and NO deed restrictions.


Each offered at $170,000

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21 Acres Prime Corner Lot-Lake Suzy/Kings Hwy area
SW Peace River St. #A Arcadia, FL 34269
21+ Acre prime corner located in the Lake Suzy/Kings Highway area of DeSoto County. This property is in the pathway for future development and has a designated future land use for commercial. Located Just 3 miles to Interstate 75 and only minutes away from North Port, Punta Gorda and Fort Myers. Housing developments have already been approved and broken ground nearby. This is a great opportunity for a commercial development.

Total Acres: 21.25 Acres
Sold Price: $1,000,000

440+ Acres Recreational and Hunting Property
2333 County Rd 731 Venus, FL 33960
GET AWAY FROM IT ALL!!! BRING THE ATV’S….Recreational and Hunting Property. Approximately 267 acres in Highlands County. This land is full of beautiful Oaks, Cabbage Palm Trees, and improved pasture with plenty of deer, turkeys, wild hogs and other wildlife. This is a beautiful “old Florida” landscape. Get out of the city and enter your PRIVATE getaway!!! Located less than 90 MINUTES from the east or west coast of Florida.

MLS: C7432000
Total Acres: 440
Sold price: $1,400,000
5.5 Acres Commercial Property
3200 Cooper St. Punta Gorda, FL 33950
5.5 Acres of Commercial Land on Cooper St with visibility of US 41/Tamiami Trail. This property is zoned Industrial General and is located adjacent to a City of Punta Gorda facility. Zoning allows for a multitude of options such as distribution center, boat/trailer sales-storage and more! Great access to downtown Punta Gorda, US41, Interstate 75 and Charlotte County Airport.
Total Acres: 5.50
MLS: C7427738
Sold Price: $85,000

12+ Acres Pastureland-Beautiful Homesite
Reynolds St. SW #B Arcadia, FL 34266
Beautiful 12.38 acres of well-maintained pasture land with sprawling oaks. This property would make the ideal country estate with plenty of room for a barn and pond. Bring your cattle, horses, or other livestock and enjoy this peaceful piece of land. Call today for a showing!

MLS: C7438533
Total Acres: 12.38
Listing Price: $179,900
11.94+ Acres Kings Hwy Corridor
Hwy 760 #C SW Arcadia, FL 34266
Looking for the ideal homesite right off Kings Hwy? This beautifully wooded 11.94 acres is the ideal area to build your dream home with plenty of space for a barn and animals. Located in the highly sought after Kings Highway (State Road 769) area with quick access to Port Charlotte, Interstate 75, or to downtown Arcadia. Sarasota and Gulf Beaches are just an hour away. CALL TODAY!

Total Acres: 11.94
Sold Price: $190,000
7+Acres of Beautiful Pastureland
Reynolds St. SW #C Arcadia, FL 34266
7+ acres that would make an incredible homesite with plenty of room for a barn and pond. Bring your cattle, horses, or other livestock and enjoy this peaceful piece of land. Well-maintained pastures with sprawling oaks. Call today for a showing!

Total Acres: 7.31
Sold Price: $110,000
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.
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