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Tropical Storm Colin

Greetings!

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   I’m sure you are all wondering how Harbour Village fared in Tropical Storm Colin. I don’t imagine you heard that we had an equally large storm in this area the day before! The wind was stronger than Colin, and we lost lots of our dead and lose palm fronds which cluttered our property, and a few lanai soffits fell. It was quite dramatic! The following day when tropical Storm Colin came, it was more storm serge than wind. Those of you who were here last winter saw the waves pounding over the sea wall, so you know what I’m talking about! We had no damage, just quite a bit of sea weed and trash the waves brought in over the sea wall. 

 

IMG_6692    Manasota Key had major problems- lots of erosion north of Englewood Beach and Stump Pass St Park.  Homes were damaged, and turtle nests wiped out. On our zone (with Coastal Wildlife’s Turtle Patrol),  between the public beach and Stump Pass, we had 44 nests, and 19 had the stakes washed out. The waves washed all the way up the beach for 2 days. Fortunately the nests remained and are being re-found by using the back measurements. The nests seem intact. Below are a few photos​.​

We hope the storms will be kept to a minimum this season!

 

Linda Moreau
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Hail at Harbour Village

 

Greetings!
I hope all of you had good trips back up to your northern homes!
We still have quite a few people here in Harbour Village, so we’re not too lonely yet!
Yesterday morning we had a quick but intense storm that brought hail with it!
In the 20 years we have been in Harbour Village, we have NEVER seen hail!!
Rich and I were on the way home from looking for turtle nests on Englewood Beach (we have 1 on our zone so far!) but our daughter was here to listen to the hail on the tin roof!
Fortunately there is no damage. I am including some photos Christie took as the hail was subsiding.
We are hopeful we will have a peaceful summer like last year – free of large storms!
Linda

 

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August 2014

8-14-1Harbour Village is still quiet, and I’m sure you have noticed that our weather has been unusually quiet! No major storms, but we have our exciting thunder storms almost everyday. It rained everyday but 2 in July!

   Our turtle nests are hatching, and we had 2 visitors on the beach who made a wonderful film with their GoPro camera. After about 3 1/2 minutes into the film he follows the turtle into the water, and we can see it swimming through the gulf! We were told that when the hatchling folds in its flippers and glides, it has seen something threatening and is  being still, pretending to be debris so as not to be noticed. We have more nests than we have had since 1998! 108 on our 1 mile stretch!
The first part of the video is the first day the one out 3 turtles made it to the water & the second part is the second day where we found the one little turtle just coming up out of the sand.
Enjoy!!
​If you would like to find out more about our Turtle Patrol organization, Coastal Wildlife Club, you can check out our website at   http://coastalwildlifeclub.org/
I’m including a few wild weather photos of Harbour Village, and a water spout taken at Englewood Beach. We saw several of these this week!
Stay cool and enjoy the last month of summer!
Linda Moreau​
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July News

July News
Not much news this month! Our 1st tropical storm just appeared off Florida’s east coast, but doesn’t look threatening here. It has been exceptionally HOT and humid! This brings more critters! We have had 2 sets of Florida Duck families! One is almost grown, and the other still has fuzzy little babies! Here’s a few pictures, one with both families intermingled! And of course those of us without screens get the Cuban Tree Frogs. LOTS of them! As you can see from the photos, they are quite cute! And keep the bugs down!
Turtles nests will begin to hatch soon!
Happy 4th of July!
Linda

June News

P1000301    It’s hard to believe summer is here! We now have our summer weather right on schedule – black skies (with sunshine!), and downpours of rain! June brings the opening of hurricane season with it, and we hope our season will be as mild as they are forecasting!
    We had a wonderful winter seeing all our friends return to Harbour Village! The highlight was a Poolside Party to thank all the hard working owners and renters alike who helped with so many projects! (See the attached photos!) One of the biggest projects was to create a walkway over the swale to the fishing pier. This benefits us summer people most, since the daily rains keep the swale full!
 I finally (after 7 years!) completed our Harbour Village Photo directory! Our new permanent renter Donna Hutcherson is computer savy and saved us by  puttiing all my photos together into  this beautiful directory! Many of you got a copy while you were here, but there were a few errors. Residents can contact the office to receive a digital copy, print ready. Manager@HarbourVillageFL.com
 If you’d rather, you can send me $10 (that includes shipping) and I will mail you one. My address is:        Linda Moreau,  4410 Warren Ave #311, Port Charlotte, FL 33953.       Questions?  call me at (941) 764-7236
 P1010026 The turtles have begun to nest mid May.

We had an unfortunate incident today. A sandhill crane and it’s immature baby were walking around HV this evening~ A couple was coming off the fishing pier with their 2 unleashed small dogs, which immediately went after the birds. The cranes panicked and the adult flew away. But the youngster couldn’t fly, so it frantically scrambled into the mangrove roots, and into the water. It went almost all the way to the end of the pier looking for the parent. Finally it turned around and slowly returned to shore. As it tried to get up onto the sea wall we could tell it looked injured. It somehow managed to limp and use it’s wings to push along the ground to get to the grass. We called Venice Wildlife Rescue, and they came and got the crane to keep overnight, check it out, and hopefully bring it back tomorrow to reunite with it’s parent if it is not too badly injured.

   Lesson learned! These people said they just moved in and did not know about the leash rule. Really?? Please owners: BE SURE your renters know the rules! Leave a copy and tell your renters to read them! And renters, please look at them! This was a tragic way to learn this lesson!
Linda