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Pelican Bay – Naples, FL – Last Friday, December 6th, there was a special meeting of the Pelican Bay Board of Directors to let residents express their opinions about the proposed change of our media provider from Comcast to Summit Broadband. I felt the meeting was very well run as every resident that wished to express their views had 3 minutes to do so.  Residents voiced opinions pro and con. At the end of the meeting, the Board voted unanimously to change our media provider from Comcast to Summit Broadband. Our contract with Comcast expires in February 2015.

At the meeting attendees were given this handout; Pelican Bay Foundation Special Meeting of the Board of Directors Dec 6 2013. If you take a minute to check it, you’ll see a list of the services and hardware we will be receiving along with the costs.

My husband, Don Wilber, was in attendance at this meeting. Don runs a business helping people with their personal computers.  A large amount of his clients all live in Pelican Bay.  Don was a HUGE proponent for a change from Comcast.  He has been euphoric since hearing the Board’s decision to change to Summit.

Will you be in residence this holiday season? WIll you have family with you? If you have a night you do not feel like cooking and don’t want to leave your residence, I have to tell you that both Bravo’s at the Mercato and Brio’s at the Waterside Shops offer an on-line family style dinner take out called Pasta Presto for four people for $49.00.  This Realtor has already taken advantage of this special twice!  When you go on-line you get to choose one salad from a selection of three salad and you also choose one pasta entre from a choice of five entrees. Your order also comes with homemade focaccia.  You schedule the time you want to pick up the order on-line.  This is a great no stress way to serve dinner.

To order from Bravo’s Click Here—>

http://www.bravoitalian.com  In the upper right hand corner you’ll see a Bravo bag with the words ORDER ON-LINE. Click on that bag and you’ll be taken to the page where you can follow the prompts to order on-line.

To order from Brio’s Click Here—–>

http://www.brioitalian.com  In the upper right hand corner you’ll see a BrIo bag with the words ORDER ON- LINE. Click on that bag and you’ll be taken to the page where you can follow the prompts to order on-line.

I hope this dinner tip helps reduce some of your holiday stress and allows you and your family to enjoy sunsets such as this without worrying about dinner plans.

December 2013 Sandpiper Beach Sunset Pelican Bay Naples FL

December 2013 Sandpiper Beach Sunset Pelican Bay Naples FL

Would you like to own a home in Pelican Bay? SEARCH HERE once at the search page you can search by development and save your search. You will receive new listings on a daily or weekly basis.Should you be thinking of selling your home in Pelican Bay and want a candid assessment of what it would take to sell your home in today’s market, I am happy to give you a free market evaluation. Feel free to call me at 239-594-2780 or e-mail me at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com

Want to see what homes are selling for in Pelican Bay? Click here: HOME SALES.

Would you like to subscribe to Pelican Bay updates? E-mail me at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com and I will add you to the subscription list. Please know that I will keep your e-mail address private.

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Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 36 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to Pelican Bay Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780.

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Pelican Bay, Naples, FL – Our community has been buzzing with excitement with the purposed change from Comcast Media to Summit Broadband. As with any change, some people are for the change; some against it.

This Realtor is IN FAVOR of the change from Comcast to Summit. I see the change as a huge plus for our community!  The Pelican Bay Post published an in-depth article about the change in the mid-November issue of the Pelican Bay Post. If you are a resident of Pelican Bay, you can get access to this issue of the Pelican Bay Post at www.PelicanBay.org.

This coming Friday, December 6th at 10:00 AM in the Pelican Bay Community Center there will be a special meeting of the Pelican Bay Board of Directors to discuss this change. There have already been two town hall meetings on the subject.  At this late date, Comcast has sent out a letter today saying that they have been encouraged by the overwhelming support and concern from their customers in Pelican Bay and that they are preparing a revised proposal! I want to let the world know that I certainly have NOT supported Pelican Bay staying with Comcast.

If you cannot attend this important meeting, I would urge you to call or e-mail our Pelican Bay Board members to let them know your opinion.  You can find our Board members contact information at http://www.pelicanbay.org  or by calling 239-596-6180.

Should you be thinking of selling your home in Pelican Bay and want a candid assessment of what it would take to sell your home in today’s market, I am happy to give you a free market evaluation. Feel free to call me at 239-594-2780 or e-mail me at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com

Would you like to own a home in Pelican Bay? SEARCH HERE once at the search page you can search by development and save your search. You will receive new listings on a daily or weekly basis.

Want to see what homes are selling for in Pelican Bay? Click here: HOME SALES.

Would you like to subscribe to Pelican Bay updates? E-mail me at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com and I will add you to the subscription list. Please know that I will keep your e-mail address private.

Do you have some photos of Pelican Bay you would enjoy sharing? If you are a member of FaceBook, you can login in and join the Florida Beaches and Spectacular Sunsets on FaceBook to posts photos, videos and experiences about Pelican Bay.

Care to comment about living in Pelican Bay? Just click on the ADD COMMENT link at the end of this entry.

Please note that I receive no compensation for mention of any businesses or events.

About the author:

Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 36 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to Pelican Bay Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780

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Pelican Bay – Naples FL – In reading over some business articles, I ran across one that you might find helpful about rising flood insurance.

Flood Insurance Rates Going Up? Here’s What to Do

By:  Dona DeZube

Published: July 22, 2013

 Why Are Rates Going Up?

Two reasons:

1. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating its flood maps to be more accurate, which could change your flood risk designation. If your risk is higher, your premiums will go up. If it’s lower, your premiums could go down.

2. Last year, a new law took effect that requires the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to phase out subsidies for some older properties to reflect the full risk of flooding.

Phasing out the subsidized rates and discounts over the next five years will help the NFIP stay solvent.

Some subsidies have been given in the form of “grandfathering.” A grandfathered rate is a discount given to homes built in compliance with then-existing standards in a flood-mapped community where the flood risk has since increased.

Congress and FEMA are reviewing these properties to determine whether to phase out these grandfathered rates. FEMA won’t make a decision on this until late 2014. By then, Congress could pass a law delaying the increase indefinitely.

Do You Have a Subsidized or Discounted Rate?

Only 20% of NFIP policies are subsidized. Most hom eowners already pay the full rate and won’t see an increase.

If your property isn’t your principal residence, is in a special flood hazard area, and was built before the first flood insurance rate map was implemented for your community, you may be getting a subsidy for being what’s called Pre-FIRM (pre-flood-insurance-rate-map).

TIP: To find out if your home is Pre-FIRM, look up your area in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Community Book.

1. Click your state.

2. Look for the date in the “Init FIRM Identified” column for your area.

If your home was built before that date and it’s in a special hazard zone, you probably have subsidized flood insurance.

If Your Premiums Aren’t Subsidized or Discounted

It’s possible you still could see a change in your flood insurance premiums if your home is in a community that adopts a revised flood map after July 6, 2012. If that revised flood map puts you in a different zone, your rates could go up or down.

When Will the Rate Changes Take Effect?

If your home is Pre-FIRM and it’s a second home (rental or vacation), you may already have seen your rates change. A 25% increase was implemented for policies renewing after Jan. 1, 2013. Increases will continue each year until they reach full-risk rates.

In October 2013, more subsidized homes will start seeing rate increases of 25% each year:

  • Severe repetitive loss properties
  • Business properties
  • Properties with previous flood claims for more than the market value of the property

If you have a Pre-FIRM home, and it’s your primary home, and it doesn’t fall into the above-mentioned categories, (lucky you!) you get to keep your subsidized rate until:

  • You sell your home.
  • You let your policy lapse.
  • You have severe, repeated flood losses.
  • You buy a new policy.

Can You Get a Better Rate?

You may be able to get a lower flood insurance rate by changing your home’s flood risk. Congress appropriated a large sum of money for property owners to raise their homes onto piers, posts, columns, or pilings. Check with your local community to see if grant money is available to help you do that. Talk to your insurance agent about how elevating your house will change your flood insurance premium.

There’s also a Community Rating System that could reduce flood insurance rates by up to 45%, depending on which flood plain management regulations your community adopts.

Check with your local officials or insurance company to see if your community participates and if you can get a discount for that. If your community doesn’t participate, write a letter to local officials urging them to join the Community Rating System.

Other things you can do to trim your flood insurance premiums:

  • Opt for a higher deductible on your excess insurance policy if you have one.
  • Convince local officials to put more money into community flood mitigation projects to lower your flood risk.

It won’t lower your premium, but having a flood cleanup kit on hand will make your life easier if you do have a flood.

By the way, NFIP is the best deal. Without it, you have to take your chances in a virtually nonexistent private market for flood insurance at rates only the wealthy can afford.

Some of the same companies that provide private flood coverage also sell “excess coverage” flood insurance. Excess coverage pays to rebuild homes valued at more than the NFIP limit of $250,000.

Mistakes in Flood Insurance Premiums

It’s possible the rate you’re quoted for flood insurance is wrong. If you disagree about whether your home is in a particular flood zone or the insurer didn’t take into account the pilings that raise your home 12 feet in the air, you can appeal your home’s flood zone determination.

An elevation certificate from a surveyor or engineer can lower your premium if it proves your home sits above the predicted flood level.

You’ll also want to correct insurer mistakes that lower your premium. For example, if your policy says your home doesn’t have an elevator or crawlspace and it does, tell your agent, even if your premium will rise when those are included. That ensures your property and possessions are fully covered and recoup what you’re owed.

Think the FEMA map itself is wrong? Check with local zoning officials, your builder, prior owners, a local surveyor, and FEMA to see if anyone has filed a Letter of Map Amendment asking for a map review.

If no one has filed, you can do your own appeal.

“Visit HouseLogic.com for more articles like this. Reprinted from HouseLogic.com  with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.”

Should you be thinking of selling your home in Pelican Bay and want a candid assessment of what it would take to sell your home in today’s market, I am happy to give you a free market evaluation. Feel free to call me at 239-594-2780 or e-mail me at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com

Would you like to own a home in Pelican Bay? SEARCH HERE once at the search page you can search by development and save your search. You will receive new listings on a daily or weekly basis.

Want to see what homes are selling for in Pelican Bay? Click here: HOME SALES.

Would you like to subscribe to Pelican Bay updates? E-mail me at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com and I will add you to the subscription list. Please know that I will keep your e-mail address private.

Do you have some photos of Pelican Bay you would enjoy sharing? If you are a member of FaceBook, you can login in and join the Florida Beaches and Spectacular Sunsets on FaceBook to posts photos, videos and experiences about Pelican Bay.

Care to comment about living in Pelican Bay? Just click on the ADD COMMENT link at the end of this entry.

Please note that I receive no compensation for mention of any businesses or events.

About the author:

Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 36 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to Pelican Bay Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780.

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Pelican Bay – Naples Florida – Clam Pass – Many thanks to Pelican Bay resident, John Baxter, for snapping these photos of Clam Pass this morning!  These are great shots of Clam Pass since the dredging has taken place.  Thanks John!

Clam Pass Dredging - Pelican Bay

Clam Pass Dredging in Pelican Bay

Clam Pass in Pelican Bay

Many people will be happy that the water is flowing again at Clam Pass, including my brother James who LOVES to fish off the beach by Clam Pass.

Should you be thinking of selling your home in Pelican Bay and want a candid assessment of what it would take to sell your home in today’s market, I am happy to give you a free market evaluation. Feel free to call me at 239-594-2780 or e-mail me at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com

Would you like to own a home in Pelican Bay? SEARCH HERE once at the search page you can search by development and save your search. You will receive new listings on a daily or weekly basis.

Want to see what homes are selling for in Pelican Bay? Click here: HOME SALES.

Would you like to subscribe to Pelican Bay updates? E-mail me at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com and I will add you to the subscription list. Please know that I will keep your e-mail address private.

Do you have some photos of Pelican Bay you would enjoy sharing? If you are a member of FaceBook, you can login in and join the Florida Beaches and Spectacular Sunsets on FaceBook to posts photos, videos and experiences about Pelican Bay.

Care to comment about living in Pelican Bay? Just click on the ADD COMMENT link at the end of this entry.

Please note that I receive no compensation for mention of any businesses or events.

About the author:

Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 35 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to Pelican Bay Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780.

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Looking to sell your home in Pelican Bay? I ran across this article from REwired which shows the best month for home-searching. Wouldn’t you want your home on the market during this time?

Trulia reveals best home-searching season | REwired.

Should you be thinking of selling your home in Pelican Bay and want a candid assessment of what it would take to sell your home in today’s market, I am happy to give you a free market evaluation. Feel free to call me at 239-594-2780 or e-mail me at mailto:Lynn@NaplesBuys.com

Would you like to own a home in Pelican Bay? SEARCH HERE once at the search page you can search by development and save your search. New listings will be sent to you on a daily or weekly basis.

Want to see what homes are selling for in Pelican Bay? Click here: HOME SALES.

Would you like to subscribe to Pelican Bay updates? E-mail me at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com and I will add you to the subscription list. Please know that I will keep your e-mail address private.

Do you have some photos of Pelican Bay you would enjoy sharing? If you are a member of FaceBook, you can login in and join the Florida Beaches and Spectacular Sunsets on FaceBook to posts photos, videos and experiences about Pelican Bay.

Care to comment about living in Pelican Bay? Just click on the ADD COMMENT link at the end of this entry.

Please note that I receive no compensation for mention of any businesses or events.

About the author:

Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 35 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to Pelican Bay Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780.

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Getting ready to put your Pelican Bay home on the market?  Here’s a great article to help you figure out the value of your home……

Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this.

Copyright 2013 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Should you be thinking of selling your home in Pelican Bay and want a candid assessment of what it would take to sell your home in today’s market, I am happy to give you a free market evaluation. Feel free to call me at 239-594-2780 or e-mail me at mailto:Lynn@NaplesBuys.com

Would you like to own a home in Pelican Bay? SEARCH HERE once at the search page you can search by development and save your search. New listings will be sent to you on a daily or weekly basis.

Want to see what homes are selling for in Pelican Bay? Click here: HOME SALES.

Would you like to subscribe to Pelican Bay updates? E-mail me at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com and I will add you to the subscription list. Please know that I will keep your e-mail address private.

Do you have some photos of Pelican Bay you would enjoy sharing? If you are a member of FaceBook, you can login in and join the Florida Beaches and Spectacular Sunsets on FaceBook to posts photos, videos and experiences about Pelican Bay.

Care to comment about living in Pelican Bay? Just click on the ADD COMMENT link at the end of this entry.

Please note that I receive no compensation for mention of any businesses or events.

About the author:                                                                              

Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 35 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to Pelican Bay Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail at Lynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780.

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