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Enjoy bromeliads

When I saw my first bromeliad, I thought, “What a perfectly arranged plant, shaped like a flower.” Yes, the leaves spiral out of the center of the plant and arrange themselves to circle the middle in a “rosette.” This is especially true for the neos, short for Neoregelia, one type of ...

Lot purchase offers by phone, email and text

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I have owned a lot in Cape Coral for about 10 years now, and I hope to build on it someday. Recently, I have received a few letters from people wanting to buy the lot, which has happened occasionally. However, now I am getting texts on my phone asking if I want to sell. ...

Cape’s May home sales and prices up big versus 2020

As you look at the number of closed sales for each of the Cape’s single-family home segments for the month of May, shown below, keep in mind that the year ago comparisons are against the COVID-19 shutdown market lows in May 2020. Once this COVID market bottom was in place and Florida reopened ...

Ginger and turmeric: tropical spices that beat the heat

Spring and early summer are the best times to add tropical spices to your ornamental edible garden. Two of my favorites, ginger and turmeric, are both classified as perennials in the Zingiberacaea family. Ginger, Zingiber officinale, the smaller of the two, grows 2 to 3 feet tall; has ...

DIY deeds

Mr. Feichthaler: We read your column every week, and love the practical tips you give. Unfortunately, we tried to prepare a deed on our own, and are having some issues. We wanted to prepare a deed that provided our son receive our home at our passing without probate. Instead, it appears we ...

Is inflation out of control and will it pop market prices?

As pretty much anybody paying even the slightest bit of attention knows, the real estate market in Southwest Florida and throughout many parts of the U.S. has been scorching hot this year. We saw similar hot market conditions on a recent trip to Connecticut, and based on articles we have seen ...

Baiting the hook?

If you plan to continue fishing from beneath one of Cape Coral’s bridges, get ready to buck up — the city has made casting a line there illegal and subject to a $50 fine. Saying the city has been receiving complaints of left-behind litter and trespass onto abutting private properties, ...

Milking the cash cow

Kudos to the members of Cape Coral City Council who understand that those who do not receive a service should not have to pay for it. The elected board on Wednesday rejected a redux on an ordinance just approved last month that changes the way property owners pay for backend solid waste ...