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Island Breeze A Coastal Island Between Sarasota & Ft. Myers 7092 Placida Road Cape Haze, Florida 33946 U.S.A. 941.697.4800 Resort ● 941.697.0696 Facsimile

Fall 2016 Issue XX

Welcome by Rick Brunette, Vice President & General Manager


Leverocks Refreshed


Aquamarina Palm Harbour 2

Greetings with a very warm welcome to everyone. Since our last Island Breeze, Spring 2016, so much news and stories need to be shared…...but one which I cannot express often enough is how sincerely we value you as a friend of Palm Island Resort. Yesterday I sat back and started to fill out my messages on some personal Christmas cards and I think its appropriate to share one of them as it also pertains to all of you. “I thank you for your participation in being part of Palm Island and for you being simply, you!”

Art Santos, Tennis Pro Tennis Courts Update

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Market Watch 2016


Villa Refurbishment


PIR Olympics


Activities Area In Memory

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Stump Pass Update


New Massage Room


Have a wonderful season this later Fall, Winter and early Spring.

PIR Service Team


Warmest Regards,

Palm Island Resort has always prided itself in being a common stage for memories to be created and shared with others. Whether it is between people meeting people which will lead into friendships being formed, a place shared by varied ages in spending quality time with one another, or simply to gain insight from one another’s diversity. What is always magical to see though, is that the legacy is being passed along to future generations. We wish to specifically express how honored we are to be the site of choice for seven (7) of our property owners in selecting Palm Island for their own, or for their family member’s weddings over the last couple of seasons. Nothing rings better than to participate in the joy of two lives merging together as one. We look forward to meeting any of those future memory seekers yet to be born. We anxiously await their discovery of Palm Island.

Rick Brunette

Chef Khoum with Rum Bay Restaurant Since 1990, Khoum Khampapha on Palm Island Resort is one of the best hidden treasures of Southwest Florida. Tucked away at Rum Bay Restaurant you will find a very dedicated unique person, who is committed to providing excellent and delicious dishes to all his patrons. Recently featured September 27 on ABC7 Suncoast News, he prepared his famous tailgate shrimp, which is a popular dish on Rum Bay Restaurant’s Menu. If you would like to view this segment go to click on dining, prompt tailgate shrimp to watch Chef Khoum work his magic and get his recipe. Next time you see our new celebrity, Chef Khoum, don’t forget to congratulate him on his success. Bon Appetite!

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Leverocks Refreshed If you haven’t been to Leverock’s in a while, now is the time to stop by and enjoy the mouthwatering delights of an updated menu which serves new items as well as the famous favorites. Leverock’s has just recently been remodeled, updating equipment and refurbishing the restaurant, bringing a fresh new look to an already outstanding waterside restaurant. Leverock’s first opened its doors in 1998 and after 18 years is currently setting a new standard in cuisine and service. The staff, with smiles on their faces at Leverock’s are ready to show you the new look of Englewood while maintaining it’s tradition in excellence. With the addition of a newly refurbished kitchen to help improve the expediency of service and quality, they are ready to impress upon you their intentions of offering you one of the most diverse and all inclusive menu ever presented to the Englewood market.


Leverock’s has consistently been an active participant in the Englewood Community and focuses their efforts on developing the community through their partnership with local charities and the Chamber of Commerce. Please come in and show your support, it is only through mutual efforts that we create the environment we live in and with our commitment and support that we can maintain the old Florida feel while staying current with the local trends and quality available to us in the marketplace. If you haven’t been to Leverock’s in a while, come in and enjoy the best that Englewood has to offer and see for yourself the new face of the Community. “Catch the Spirit of Leverock’s!”




Aquamarina Palm Harbour Aquamarina Palm Harbour provides the boating enthusiasts with all amenities that they could expect from a top quality marina. Aquamarina Palm Harbour is located behind Leverock’s Restaurant on the mainland. The Marina is easily accessible to Palm Island Resort by water with your own personal boat or the convenience of a water taxi that will drop you off on the dock of Rum Bay Restaurant. The marina is surrounded by tropical flora, and this sheltered yacht harbor maintains berths up to 65 feet. Aquamarina Palm Harbour welcomes boaters of all kinds with daily, monthly or annual rates for liveaboards and non-liveaboards alike. Arrive by water alone or with a cruise club and enjoy a night or two of relaxation at Aquamarina Palm Harbour docks. For a side trip, catch the on-premises ferry to scenic Palm Island Resort.       

Full marine service and haul-out facilities with a capacity to 50 tons Heated outdoor pool and gas barbecue grills with kitchen area for gatherings Pavilion area with picnic tables and private restrooms and showers Washer/dryer and 30 amp/ 50 amp electric, water and cable tv with free Wi-Fi Valvtect- treated marine gas and diesel Waste pump out station and fully enclosed dry storage area Leverock’s Restaurant featuring fresh seafood with a full bar

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Introducing Art Santos, Tennis Pro We are pleased to announce that Mr. Art Santos, a tennis professional with Peter Burwash International has joined Palm Island Resort on November 1st. He will host the Palm Island Resort Tennis Program until May 15, 2017. As many of you are aware, Bill Longua had to retire from professional services due to health reasons. Art is a veteran professional and has joined us from his summer stage at Pine Hills Country Club in Wisconsin. Last winter, Art was at the Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City, Florida. After realizing that palms in a City is nothing like palms on an Island, it seemed only appropriate to accept our invitation to take over our tennis program for this upcoming season. Previous tennis experiences include 28 years at Kohler's Sports Core and the American Club Resort in Wisconsin. Born in Hawaii and a graduate of the University of Hawaii, Art implemented the Peter Burwash programs in places like China, Austria, Oman, St. Kitts, Kuala Lumpur, the Hong Kong Country Club and at Carefree Arizona. PBI, are tennis specialists who embrace the PBI Philosophy of Service while providing talented and experienced professionals to direct the tennis programs at some of the world’s finest resorts and clubs. PBI professionals are recruited from a worldwide pool of candidates. Successful applicants fulfill PBI’s requirements on personal character and integrity, tennis teaching ability, playing or potential in playing ability….In that order. The selection is thorough and rigorous providing “the best of the best.” You will find Art either on the court or in his newly renovated pro shop. You will find Information available there and at every tennis court on a new bulletin board with a monthly calendar.

PINPOA Tennis Courts; Home of Palm Island Resort Tennis In collaboration with Palm Island North Property Owner's Association, Palm Island Resort is pleased to continue with its contributions to maintain the best possible tennis facility while we provide a great tennis program for all our owners and guests to enjoy. Palm Island Resort and PINPOA are pleased to announce that all 6 tennis courts have been resurfaced. Three (3) of the 6 courts have been resurfaced AND cushioned. Although cushioning of the tennis courts will provide a softer bounce of the tennis ball, it will be more enjoyable and be better for those of us who have lost some strength in our knees and legs. In essence, the play is a little slower yet more enjoyable.....unless you are on the USTA circuit of tournaments. BILL LONGUA Many of you have asked how Bill is doing and we continue to be in contact with him. As of September 1, 2016, Bill has been retained by Palm Island Resort for him to canvas the college and club tennis programs and to sell "Palm Island Resort" to those that seek tennis destinations for hosting their tennis camps and clinics at. We certainly have had so many years of enjoyment with Scarsdale Tennis Club that we are happy to have someone who knows the details of tennis clinics now on our Sales staff. Bill will be corresponding and soliciting the business from thousands of contacts he has acquired. We are proud to have Bill continue being on our team while joining another department with Palm Island Resort.

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Market Watch 2016

This is always a fun time on Palm Island Resort. The weather begins to change; not quite so hot and humid. The earliest of our returning winter residents arrive, ready to soak up some of that year round Florida sunshine. Preparations for a full and exciting upcoming season are underway. Palm Island Properties has begun a new 2016-2017 advertising campaign which includes weekly featured listings in the Boca Beacon Newspaper, as well as monthly advertising in Welcome Home Magazine and Gasparilla Magazine. We’ve also engaged a social media consultant to increase our exposure on Facebook and Twitter. We’re very excited about a busy season on the horizon!





Visit our website to see what’s new: Penny Office 941-697-1445 or cell phone 941-628-1698

Villa Refurbishment Program The vacation rental market is currently growing and evolving. The industry worth is expected to reach $169.7 Billion by the year 2019. As our seasons become busier and the demand continues to increase, we want to respond by making villa refurbishments a priority and partner with you to meet the demands of travelers. Below are some simple and affordable means to get a great value for modest financial expenditure. Take a moment to consider some of our recommendations and some minimum specifications that will help in making this an easy process. Again, the below items we believe will offer our guests the biggest visual impact of the pride in villa ownership:

 Flat Screen TV's - Older box televisions date the villa.  Bedspreads - Add décor and style while covering a good amount of   

visual square footage which provides for a good impression. Mattresses - Everyone deserves a good night's sleep. Carpet or Flooring Replacement - New carpet or flooring provides for a substantial amount of visual square footage to everyone who enters the villa. Appliance Upgrades - New appliances give a visual impact as well as lesson the risk of an untimely needed replacement during valuable vacation time.

Please take a look at the suggested categories and we certainly hope that you consider each for the merit it can provide in sustaining our market share, joining hands in our partnership to provide the best possible accommodations through attending to details, and respecting our common goals.

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Palm Island Resort Olympics Palm Island Resort hosted America this year at the annual general managers reception held in November 2016. We went for the gold with Art Santos, Palm Island Resort’s new Tennis Pro as he carried the torch for the start of the games.

New Activities Area The activities area located in the center of the Island is ready for fun! Red Beard is prepared for his scheduled family shows and crafts for all. He has a new ghost story that he can’t wait to share with anyone who dares to listen. This will be the area to meet for nature walks, croquet, badminton, S'mores and scavenger hunts. Palm Island fitness program has gotten under way. Classes include water aerobics, balance & core, power sculpt and yoga on the beach or the green will be available throughout the month. Please look for our fitness calendar at the fitness center.

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In Memory: Alex Lindfors It is with great regret and sadness that we must inform you that Mr. Alex Lindfors, our resort Landscaping Manager has passed away. Alex had been receiving treatment for cancer over the past 6 months and after a valiant fight, finally succumbed on Thursday, September 15th. Many of you knew Alex personally. Over the past 8 years Alex exemplified the best of our staff. He always put the beauty of the resort, associations and homes above all else. His ideas and landscaping philosophies can still be seen across the entire resort and will remain for years to come. Alex created an excellent, hard working crew that will remain in place and continue working with the knowledge he bestowed upon them. Although their hearts are heavy, they will continue their work day in, day out. After speaking with Alex's wife, it was his wish to be cremated and to have his ashes spread across the water through the Neptune Society. We will miss Alex's presence and contributions on Palm Island.

Stump Pass Update / Beach Nourishment


This project provides for continued monitoring, as required by permitting, for dredging Stump Pass that re-established the 1980 channel alignment and provided for re-nourishment of critically eroded beaches. Maintenance dredging of Stump Pass and beach re-nourishment onto the north beach of Palm Island is expected to commence in January 2017. An engineered structure will be installed at Stump Pass on the south side of Manasota Key and is being constructed to improve program performance. In the permitting process, an Adaptive Management Plan Strategy will be employed to provide options for modifications to the structure placed with the capability of initiating smaller dredging projects should the need arise due to smaller storms which adversely effect the pass. The US Fish and Wildlife Service agency prepared a new Biological Opinion (BO) for this Project. It is noted that the Red Knot was recently listed on the threatened and endangered species list, thus a new BO was necessary to review the project for migratory birds including Piping Plover and Red Knot. At present, the bidding process has been initiated with the intent to award the contract by the end of the year and mobilization of dredging equipment to commence immediately. The beach nourishment program for Don Pedro and Knight Island has been delayed to coincide with Manasota Key’s project scheduled for 2019. In the meantime, Charlotte County has retained an outside consultant charted with the scope to determine long range funding so that future beach nourishment and dredging projects can be scheduled on a long term and regular basis. Updated Stump Pass Schedule Mobilization in January 2017. Commencement in late January 2017 Completion in late May 2017

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New Massage Room Yes, it feels good, but did you know how good it is for you? Massage decreases and alleviates pain, stiffness, anxiety, stress, headaches, high blood pressure and edema. It increases mental clarity, range of motion and circulation. Massage induces a restful night’s sleep. It is useful in treating symptoms of many illnesses, diseases and disorders. Karen Kupse, our Licensed Massage Therapist, has new massages that you might like to schedule: Massage Therapy: An eclectic blend of combining the art of Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology and de-stressing massage techniques. Each massage is designed to your body’s needs. Massage series will always include aromatherapy, warm compresses, steamed towels, as well as natural creams, oils and gels. 60 Minutes $100.00 Hot Stone & Warm Bamboo Fusion: Calm & rebalance the body and mind with exotic oils, heated stones and the art of warm bamboo rods rolled and kneaded over the entire body. A flowing massage using these tools to soothe tired muscles will induce a deep level of relaxation. 80 Minutes $150.00 A Taste of Palm Island: Take a timeless journey through ultimate spa indulgences. Drift away with a combination of relaxing Swedish and tension relieving deep tissue massage complimented with healing hot stones to the back & a flexology treatment to the feet with towels and a soothing warm coconut oil scalp massage. 90 Minutes $160.00 Please schedule a massage with Concierge to feel the difference in our newly renovated, beautiful massage room.

Maintenance: Frank Naro and his Service Team If you should call the maintenance department, Kimmer Manera is the person you will be speaking with. In 1991 Kimmer was hired for management of the Rum Bay Store. She not only managed the store, but helped in the recreation program that had just started, which is now called Coconuts. She left us in 2007 to take care of a family member who needed her support. Welcome Back Kimmer! Frank Naro and his contract service team as well as his maintenance department have been very busy this year! They not only changed the appearance of the activities center at the gazebo, they have also transformed a storage room into a soothing relaxing area for massages. Now that the massage room is finished, the fitness room will be made larger for exercise equipment and classes.

Your Island….Your Time….Your Memories

As Published in the Boca Beacon Visitor’s Guide 2017

A Coastal Island Between Sarasota & Ft. Myers 7092 Placida Road Cape Haze, Florida 33946

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ISLAND BREEZE NEWLETTER Debbie Curtis, Editor Photography credits: Debbie Curtis Kris Vetter Chris Finck Contributors Rick Brunette, General Manager Debbie Curtis

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