If you've never strolled through the Edison-Ford Winter Estates when they're decorated for Christmas, carve out some time this holiday season and pick a night to see what you've been missing. Opening ceremonies were November 24th, but you have until December 31st to visit the estates while they're decorated with thousands of lights and traditional Christmas decorations. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of this beautiful celebration with a special theme "A Star SpangledHoliday", highlighted with red, white and blue decorations.
The Waltzing Waters light/fountain show is back this year and adds a truly magical touch to an evening at the estates. And since we're in Southwest Florida, the weather will most likely be perfect with no need to bundle up like we'd have to for similar holiday happenings up North!
For further details about this Southwest Florida holiday tradition, click here.
SUE: Without a doubt, Cape Coral's Holiday Boat-A-Long is our favorite event in the City each year. Also known as the "Boat Parade", it's a chance to view or participate in an unforgettable night. Beginning at 4:00 p.m. boats beautifully decked out with twinkling lights, holiday inflatables, animated figures and whatever else their creative owners dream up, gather in the Bimini Basin at Four Freedoms Park. At 7 p.m. the parade starts, and families can enjoy food, drink, crafts and a visit from Santa.
The boats line up and parade through various canals in the south Cape. Some folks are lucky enough to live on the parade route, and many of them share their good fortune by hosting their own boat parade parties.
You'll definitely get into the holiday spirit as you watch the colorful, luminous vessels gliding through the shimmering, rippling water. Their reflections on the waterways is nothing short of amazing.This year's Boat-A-Long takes place on Saturday December 16th. Try to make time to see the parade. You won't be disappointed.
Facts & Stats
Lee County Unemployment Rate Drops Again: Good news from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The unemployment rate in Lee County fell to 3.3% this October (one of lowest unemployment rates in the U.S.), down from 3.6% in September. One year ago the rate was 4.7%. As Southwest Florida's snowbird season kicks into high gear, employers beef up staff at area restaurants, hotels, shops and attractions. Florida's unemployment rate was 3.6% in October.
Driverless Cars Will Reshape Housing: Rick Palacios Jr., director of John Burns Real Estate Consulting advises that over the next 10 - 20 years self-driving vehicles (AV's) will make their mark on the housing market and the economy. Palacios says that distant suburbs may grow in demand as AV's ease commutes. Older adults may also be more likely to stay put in their homes longer after losing their driving skills. That means an increase in home repairs and remodeling, as seniors opt to remodel their homes and age in place.
Realtor.com: Mortgage Rates Will Hit 5 percent by the end of 2018: TOM: We have been hearing this prediction for several years, but with an improved economy and a low unemployment rate this may finally be the year that it comes true.
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