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The gulf fritillary butterfly

I find that observing butterflies is one of the greatest joys of maintaining a garden. My garden has numerous nectar plants that attract a variety of butterflies, yet my only butterfly host plant was milkweed, which is used by monarch butterflies. I had often seen gulf fritillary ...

Inflation, interest rate shocks and demand destruction

We wrote this column prior to the results being released from the two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting about the economy and interest rates, which ended Wednesday afternoon of this week. Coming into this meeting, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell tried to pacify the markets in advance by ...

Right plant, right place — site analysis

“Failing to plan is planning to fail” -- Alan Lakein Let’s say you have an outside location that is begging for a fresh start. How would you go about turning things around to create an area that is both functional and visually pleasing, with the right plants in the right place? I ...

April condo sales down from last year, as listings rise

The main takeaways in the Cape Coral condominium market in April involved a significant decline in the number of closed sales compared to last year, while median sales prices remained firmly at record levels. There was also a sharply higher level of supply available for sale through a Realtor, ...

Miami, mangroves and a living shoreline

A current debate in Miami has me revisiting my previous article about mangroves published in the Cape Coral Breeze on June 26, 2020. This debate is a response to a confluence of recent events: frequent flooding in the Miami area, decreased water quality in Biscayne Bay, a proposal by the Army ...

Living trust created in 1998 will help children avoid probate

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: We hold our residence in a living trust we created back in 1998. We have read your columns before about life estate deeds, and wonder if the trust should give the property to the trust through a life estate deed, with our two children receiving the property at our ...

Cape Coral’s active listings increasing in a likely market shift

Technically speaking, we are still in a lower inventory seller’s market for single-family homes in Cape Coral, however, it appears that our market conditions are in the early stages of shifting towards more of a neutral, or balanced market. Although we are not there yet, we are identifying ...

Citrus pests

There are many pests that affect citrus trees in both the commercial groves and in the dooryards of homeowners. Two of the more serious pests are the Asian citrus psyllid and the citrus leafminer. The Asian citrus psyllid is responsible for transmitting the disease called citrus greening from ...

Do-it-yourself deeds can present many unintended consequences

Mr. Feichthaler: I recently wrote my own deed, adding my son to ownership of my home. I recorded that deed in the public records, then I saw I had a misspelling in his name. I prepared a new deed and recorded it, showing his new, correct name. Do you think title is OK with my house? — ...

Cape’s April home sales dip, listings and prices higher

The number of closed single-family home sales in Cape Coral declined in April versus April 2021, while median sales prices posted huge year-over-year gains in April, as prices remained at record levels. The number of active listings has also continued to increase, providing more choices for ...