Posted by: myriverlandings | October 21, 2010

Milestone Day at River Landings

After a long summer of planning and preperation, we have begun work on the site at River Landings.  I have uploaded some pictures that will help us remember this day.  We will start work on the Island, Oxbow and River Line and go from there. We can’t wait for everyone to see how beautiful it is here!

Posted by: myriverlandings | August 16, 2010

River Landings’ Favorite RV/Snowbird Bumper Stickers

River Landings knows your getting ready to make that trip to Sunny Florida.  Here are some of our favorite Snowbird/RV Bumper Stickers we have seen on the road:

 If You Can Read This, I’ve Lost My Trailer.
Yes, I’m Retired – Goodbye Tension, Hello Pension!
Honk If Anything Falls Off
Cover Me – I’m Changing Lanes
He Who Hesitates Is Not Only Lost, But Miles From The Next Exit
Boldly Going Nowhere
How Many Roads Must A Man Travel Down Before He Admits He is lost? (Snowbird Wife)

But – what we really like to see on the road – is you!  Stop by or call today so we can tell you all about our Unique Community! 

Posted by: myriverlandings | March 30, 2010

For all our Snowbird Friends heading home . . .

We had a couple stop by today to say goodbye as they head to their northern home.  As they were leaving,  I was left with this joke and I thought I would share.   Drive safely everyone! 

As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his cell phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him “Herman, I heard there’s a car going the wrong direction on Highway 10, be careful!” 

“Darn”, said Herman, “Mable, it’s not just one car it’s hundreds of em” 

Posted by: myriverlandings | March 17, 2010

Happy Hour at River Landings, a Great Night for Everyone!

Franklin P. Jones once said “Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor’s noisy party than being there”, and that was certainly true last night when so many of our River Bend neighbors joined us for Happy Hour.  Expecting a small crowd, we were happily surprised that so many people took the time to come over and support our project.  We got to tell a little bit about our plans and everyone was extremely complimentary.  Getting your input and being good neighbors is very important to us and we hope that this is just the beginning of all the shared functions we will have together. 

Thank you to John Friday for staying late and keeping the music going all evening.  Everyone agreed that his voice and tropical tunes were the perfect  complement to sitting and chatting with friends by the river.  We would also like to thank Lesley Turnpaugh for the Skin Analysis and Chuck & Sherry for keeping the food and drinks going!    A special thank you to Jerry Chafton for the last minute use of his grill and of course, Mike Harder for the extra burgers. 

We really enjoyed the company and plan to do it again soon!

I wanted to share some recent River photos our photographer, Waddy Thompson took of the Caloosahatchee River.  It’s such a peaceful, beautiful river that seems to offer a different spectacular view every day.  To accompany the photo’s, we found an article called the “Legacy of the Caloosahatchee”, written by: Charles Edgar Foster & Rae Ann Wessel.  It’s a fascinating account of the Caloosahatchee River’s origins. We have taken some excerpts from the article and included them here because we thought that in order to appreciate the future, we have to know and respect the past. We hope you agree.  
  
 

  
The features of the Caloosahatchee basin we know today were formed by Pliocene and Pleistocene sediments deposited by fluctuating sea levels over one million years ago. As sea levels receded, a mainland emerged with a series of lakes connected by wet prairies in a shallow valley which stretched between an inland sea and a gulf. From a tiny lake in the center of the valley a waterfall fed a tortuously crooked river which flowed to the gulf. Archaeological records indicate that first humans inhabited this region over ten thousand years ago. The lush flora and fauna of the valley provided an ample supply of food, clothing and shelter for the original inhabitants. The earliest written accounts of this region were supplied by the Spanish explorers who arrived in the early 1500′s. They named the inhabitants the Calusa and the Mayaimi; the waterway, River of the Calusa; the inland sea the Mayaimi Lagoon -Big Water; and the peninsula, Florida for the variety of flora found here. Many of their names remain in use today. The Seminole, who were southeastern Creek Indians, fled to this area from Alabama and Georgia in the mid-1700′s. Like the Spanish, the Seminole left a legacy of many place names. The Mayaimi Lagoon became Lake Okeechobee, and the river became the Caloosahatchee. The name Florida survived. After the Civil War in the 1860′s, homestead opportunities attracted many southerners and squatters to Florida. Settlements were built as far south as the Caloosahatchee. Twenty years later in 1881, Florida Governor William Bloxham persuaded Philadelphia toolmaker and developer, Hamilton Disston, to purchase four million acres of South Florida at twenty five cents per acre for development. The one million dollars the state received from the purchase was used to clear title for the sale of state land. Hamilton Disston’s first project in southwest Florida was to drain the land around Lake Okeechobee. The first step in the dredging was to dynamite a natural waterfall between Lake Flirt and the Caloosahatchee. Despite these drainage efforts the powerful hurricanes of 1926 and 1928 caused significant flooding and loss of life at Moore Haven and Clewiston. Demand for relief from the repeated flooding reached Washington in the midst of an economic depression. After the 1928 hurricane President Hoover, an engineer by training, visited the area to view the devastation and recommended assistance to prevent future flooding. In 1930, Congress appropriated money to construct the Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee.
 
As part of the 1930 flood control project, the St. Lucie River and Caloosahatchee were dredged and channelized creating the Cross-State Ship Channel. This channel, now known as the Okeechobee Waterway or C-43 Canal, links the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Construction of the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam, originally known as the Olga Lock, began in 1962, approximately twenty five miles upstream from the Gulf near Olga. The main purpose of the dam was to assure a fresh water supply for much of Lee County and to prevent salt water intrusion into upstream aquifers.

 Today’s channelized Caloosahatchee combines the past and its un-touched natural oxbows, with the future lock and dam structures to provide safety for all residents that reside along the River. 

 
 

 

   

   
 

 

 

 

Posted by: myriverlandings | March 2, 2010

LaBelle – A Town Stiched together with Love

What’s it like to live in LaBelle?  We found out at this years Swamp Cabbage Festival – February 27-28, 2010.

Have you ever driven down the main street of a small town, only to be waved at by a total stranger? Its small gestures like this that makes life in a small town unique.  There is no better example of this than LaBelle’s Swamp Cabbage Festival.  Every year the residents of this community come “home” for a weekend full of tradition, history, pride and fun for everyone.  This year’s theme was “The Town Stitched Together with Love” and we have to say, it was appropriate! 

The excitement began with the Swamp Cabbage Festival Parade.  People line the streets early in order to get the best views for waving at friends on passing floats.  As the parade ends, the town slowly walks together toward Baron Park which is an ideal setting along the peaceful Caloosahatchee River.  Amid the oaks that have been there for generations, there is a gazebo with musicians and dancers to entertain.  The aroma of food fills the air as you stroll past vendors selling Gator Tail and the famous Swamp Cabbage Fritters.  Some choose fresh strawberry lemonaide but for me it was all about the homemade Bannana Pudding!  From there we strolled through the booths filled with local craftsmen and artists.  There are so many things to do, from old to young take your pick:  5K Run-Walk; Bass Tournament; Rodeo; South Central Florida Car Club Show; 2010 Bike Show; Lawnmower Races; “3rd Annual Swamp Cabbage Festival Narrated Caloosahatchee Cruise” ; Mud-Holes and of course, the 2010 Ms. Swamp Cabbage Pageant.

We can’t wait for next year and we hope to see “ya’ll” there!

Posted by: myriverlandings | March 1, 2010

Thank you Liberty Coach!

We want to thank the Liberty Motor Coach/Konigseder Family for allowing us to attend their Stuart Open House Rally 2010

Liberty Coach has a reputation for excellence in the manufacturing of Class A Motor Coaches since 1970.  They build some of the highest quality, most technologically advanced motor coaches available today.  They were celebrating the opening of their new showroom located about 45 minutes north of West Palm Beach on Florida’s East Coast in Stuart. 

The rally began with cocktails on Thursday evening and culminated with a Super Bowl party on Sunday Feb. 7th. We were happy to sponsor a breakfast for the event and enjoyed spending time talking about our resort with Motor Coach enthusiasts.  We received a lot of positive feedback and we are so thankful for everyone who took the time to speak with us. 

It was also a pleasure to be joined by Hearthside Grove, a Class A Motor Coach Resort located in Petoskey, Michigan. They have a beautiful resort in the Petoskey area.  We enjoyed spending time talking with them and discussing the exciting things going on in this industry.

We look forward to the next Liberty Motor Coach Event!

www.libertycoach.com

Posted by: myriverlandings | February 24, 2010

BIRD WATCHERS PARADISE

Once you become aware of one aspect of nature or the environment, it can’t help but lead you on to others. We are dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of our area and with this goal in mind, we have become more aware of our surroundings. Our local photographer, Waddy Thompson has given us a glimpse at some of the beautiful birds found along our river property. So whether you’re a backyard bird watcher or an avid field birder, we have the perfect environment for you.

Birds you find may include: Heron; Ibis; Egret; Roseate spoonbill; Wood stork; Osprey; Bald eagle; Frigate; Kingfisher; Red-bellied or pileated woodpecker; Red-shouldered hawk; Terns; Anhinga; Cormorant; and Pelican to name a few.

Posted by: myriverlandings | February 23, 2010

Fishing in the Caloosahatchee River

People have asked us what kind of fishing they can expect in the Caloosahatchee River. So we decided to do some research for ourselves and it turns out that the combination of the inland freshwater; the eastern semi-salt waters; and the natural estuaries are prime fishing location for – well just about everything (Red Drum or Redfish; Tarpon; Ladyfish; Jacks; Snooks, Catfish, Sheepshead, Mullet, Sea Trout, Snapper and Bass)

Did we say Tarpon? Yes, in fact, close to River Landings is a little known secret called the Florida Power & Light Plant. This plant keeps the river (on the east side of where Interstate 75 crosses the Caloosahatchee), a steamy 10 to 12 degrees warmer than the surrounding water temperatures. Because of this, the area attracts manatees by the hundreds. But manatees aren’t the only critters that avoid migrating to more southerly waters by hanging out in the Caloosahatchee. At the peak of winter weather a boater on the river might be surprised to see; several hundred tarpon roll up all at the same time for a breath of air. The fish that do that trick are mostly juvies or less than 40 pounds, but their mamas and papas are around somewhere and this is the surest shot at a tarpon a spring angler can hope to take.

In La Belle, the Caloosahatchee becomes tidal, forming an estuary. This can be some of the best freshwater fishing in Florida. In fact, there have been many tournament winning bags near River Landings! The river has had some urban development which has actually added several canal systems, and these are great locations for resident fish as well as great places for the big river bass to spawn.

Fishing in the Caloosahatchee can be wading into the water; or fishing in a boat; or simply casting from the edge of a dock. Whatever you choose, it is a personal experience unlike any other. So may the water be like glass, the sun rise slowly and of course – the fish keep biting.

Please remember that the State of Florida requires most fisherman to have a valid Fishing License.

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