St. George Island 8th Hottest 2nd Home Market in USA

Those of us who love St. George Island always knew it was great, but now, so does the rest of the world.  SGI is currently the 8th hottest 2nd home market in the country, according to recent data from Trulia.  Here is a link to the full article.

25 Hottest Markets for Second Homes

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Market Update After Election

The election is over, and it’s time, once again, for real estate to boom on St George Island, Apalachicola and the Forgotten Coast.  We’ve had four years of a stable market and are positioned for growth. In my experience here, since 1981, it does not matter to the real estate market which candidate or party is elected.  But uncertainty slows the market during an election year. Now that we know who the president will be, the financial markets should stabilize and real estate here will likely take off early next spring.   For buyers, this is a great time to invest, at the start of a rising market. For sellers, the tax rate for capital gains will not increase and may decrease.   Please contact me if you have questions or would like to discuss the local market.  Helen Spohrer 850-899-1262 or hspohrer@stgeorgeisland.com.

Helen Spohrer

Helen Spohrer

 

St George Island – 10 Best Beaches in Florida

Great article in Coastal Living that names St. George Island one of the ten best beaches in Florida.

http://www.coastalliving.com/travel/top-10/florida-best-beaches

St. George Island

St. George Island

My New Company-Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Beach Properties of Florida

I am pleased to announce that I’ve joined a new real estate company on St. George Island – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida.  We’re located at 140 West 1st Street, Suite B, St. George Island.  My contact information is the same.  PHONE: 850-899-1262.  FAX: 888-287-5620.  EMAIL: hspohrer@stgeorgeisland.com.

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Apalachicola on US News & World Report List

US News & World Report just published an article on “Secret Florida Towns to Visit This Winter.”  Apalachicola made the list along with Fernandina Beach, St. Augustine, Santa Rosa Beach, Seaside and Everglades City.  Here is the link to the article:

http://a.msn.com/03/en-us/BBnI6Bo?ocid=se

FOR SALE:  Apalachicola South Side - $775,000

FOR SALE: Apalachicola South Side – $775,000

St. George Island Beaches Named To Top 10 List

St. George Island’s Dr. Julian G. Bruce State Park has again been voted one of the Top 10 Beaches in the U.S., according to Dr. Stephen Leatherman’s annual nationwide ranking of beaches.

Sunrise on St George Island

Sunrise on St George Island

The St. George Island State Park Beach remains at the #3 spot for 2015 – a position it has maintained since 2013. This is the fifth year that the nine-mile beach park located at the east end of St. George Island has made Dr. Leatherman’s top 10 list. The St. George Island State Park Beach is one of three Florida beaches to make the 2015 list.
Dr. Stephen Leatherman, (a.k.a. Dr. Beach) is a professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. He is considered a world authority on coastal storm impacts, beach erosion and has been ranking the nation’s beaches since 1991. The doctor uses 50 criteria to select his spots, including water quality, safety, available activities and environmental factors.
About the St. George Island ranking, Dr. Leatherman says, “The Florida panhandle beaches are known for their powdery, super white sands. The sand here is squeaky clean (just rub your feet on the sand and hear it squeak). The State Park beach is on the eastern end of the island. Pathways take you across the “walking” dunes to the bayside. Stingrays are sometimes resting in the shallow waters so shuffle your feet when entering. Birding and fishing are very popular activities.”

According to Josh Hodson, St. George Island State Park Manager, park attendance has increased by approximately 10 percent each year since the island park has made Dr. Leatherman’s list. In 2014, park attendance topped 225,000, Hodson said.

The complete top 10 Beach List for 2015 is as follows:
No. 1: Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
No. 2: Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park, Bonita Springs, Florida
No. 3: St. George Island State Park Florida panhandle
No. 4: Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
No. 5: Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, North Carolina
No. 6: Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida
No. 7: Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
No. 8: Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
No. 9: Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples, Florida
No. 10: East Beach, Santa Barbara, California

     To learn more about St. George Island, visit Saltyflorida.com.

Press Release from Franklin County Tourist Development Council • 731 Hwy. 98, Eastpoint, FL 32329 • 866-914-2068

7 Florida Beaches Locals Want To Keep Secret

More favorable publicity for St. George Island!

Article: http://huff.to/1w2AOaE

St. George Island

St. George Island

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Moon 7:07 am 10-8-14

Here’s shot by John B. Spohrer, Jr. of the total eclipse this morning.  Shot at 2 mile, Lombardi Seafood Park.

Lunar Eclipse by John B. Spohrer, Jr.

Lunar Eclipse by John B. Spohrer, Jr.

Meet & Greet – Royce Rolstad, Saturday July 12

Please join Royce Rolstad for a Meet the Candidate event on Saturday, July 12 from 11 am – 2 pm at Battery Park in Apalachicola.  Royce is a candidate for Franklin County Commissioner in District 4.  Have lunch with Royce and talk about the issues.  While this district is in Apalachicola and not St. George Island, all five county commissioners vote on issues for the island and the entire county.  If you’re tired of your tax rates increasing each year, please support Royce.  Anyone can contribute to his campaign and put up a sign.  Royce Rolstad Campaign Fund.  The election is August 26.  To learn more about Royce, go to his website at www.roycerolstad.com.

County Property Values Increase

For the first time since 2006, Franklin County’s tax base will show an increase, according to Property Appraiser Rhonda Skipper’s initial “good faith estimate” filed with the State of Florida.  The increase will be approximately 3/10th of 1% or 5.5 million dollars.  The total tax base is now about the same as it was in 2003 before the real estate boom and bust.

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