A 55+ Community in N. Fort Myers, Florida

March - April 2021

Edition No. 14

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Manager's Corner
 

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March has arrived and there is no better time of year here in Del Tura! Even though spring officially starts on Saturday, March 20, our Community Manager, Fred, couldn’t wait to share five reasons why we love spring here so much. Read on to hear them!

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Manager's Corner

Fred

Spring is in the air!

The month of March has arrived and there is no better time of year here in Del Tura! Even though spring officially starts on Saturday, March 20, I couldn’t wait to share five reasons why we love spring here so much.

1. Endless Sunshine
After the colder winter months, cozy spring sunshine comes in to make your soul smile! This means trading out your jacket for a colorful short sleeve shirt. Make it a point today to simply sit outside on your deck or patio and enjoy the Florida sunshine.

2. Perfect Temperatures
Spring is the reward that comes between cooler winters and scorching summers. That’s why this gorgeous season brings us the ideal temperatures to pursue outdoor adventures. Now is the perfect time to get out in the fresh air for a nature walk, a golf cart ride throughout the community, or venture out to a nearby beach to relax.

3. More Sunny Hours in a Day
Thanks to the spring equinox, we’re able to enjoy longer days and shorter nights. That’s why spring is a perfect season to start a new hobby or project. Have you ever thought about crafting or woodworking? Wait no more and take this spring as the ultimate season of opportunity to join a new Del Tura club or volunteer group.

4. Workout Outside
Who has used the excuse of the blistering weather to skip the outdoor workout? In spring, welcoming sunshine will persuade us to leave the house even if we don’t feel like it! Now is the perfect time to get out and play some golf, tennis, pickleball, or shuffleboard, to name a few.

5. Spring Cleaning
In this season, everything seems to be waking up, including your cleaning spirit! With the sun shining, the fresh air flowing in, and the motivation coming into being, cleaning your cherished home becomes a pleasure. Now is the perfect time to walk around the outside of your home and knock out any needed exterior maintenance and spruce up those landscaping beds. Make your spring cleaning a priority, you won’t regret it!

Until next time, I hope your spring here in Del Tura is an active, calm, and relaxing season!

Sincerely,
Fred Taylor
Community Manager

Office Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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It's Time to Moo-ve On

If you’ve been trying to reduce the amount of dairy in your diet, a great and easy way to start is with milk itself. With these non-dairy alternatives, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. Not only are there health benefits to reducing your dairy intake, but you also reduce your carbon footprint- it’s a win-win!

Daylight Saving Time

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Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 14 at 3 a.m. local time zones. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead by one hour!

Sales Update
 

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Looking to sell your home? Selling homes is not a side job for us, it’s our only job. While we’re sad to see you go, we’re here to help you every step of the way. We work exclusively in and for this community, you, our Del Tura residents, being our main concern. Contact the Sales Office to speak with a team member today.

Capital Improvements

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Hometown America and our Del Tura management team are continuously working to maintain and improve the community. Keep reading to see pictures of one of our biggest projects yet!

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Capital Improvements

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Hometown America and our Del Tura management team are continuously working to maintain and improve the community.

We are happy to announce that over 5,000 square feet of community sidewalks were recently removed and replaced throughout the community where needed. To see the improvements for yourself, check out the photos below.



Your Health

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Dreaming of Good Sleep?

Can you say you feel well-rested every day? Not only does sleeping soundly help improve your mood, but it also boosts your immune system, increases healthy digestion, helps your day-to-day productivity, and more. If you’re ready, check out these easy solutions to help you get a good night’s sleep, every night!

Happy Updates
 

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We are very happy to announce that the Del Tura COVID-19 restrictions allowed the winter 2021 softball season to commence as scheduled. To get the latest on both the Amigos and Diablos, read on!

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Happy Updates

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We are very happy to announce that the Del Tura COVID-19 restrictions have allowed the winter 2021 softball season to commence as scheduled.

In January, the season had a successful start. Members of both Del Tura teams and spectators were all happy just to be able to be out on the field and in the safe viewing areas enjoying one of their passions.

By the time you are reading this article, both the Amigos and Diablos will be well into their season. During the month of March, both teams will be playing games at the Carmelita Fields in Punta Gorda. Games will be played at 5:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday through March 17.

Safety continues to be a top priority at the ball fields. Anyone attending will have their temperature checked upon arrival and receive a wrist band upon verification. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged in all viewing areas.

This month, we encourage you to get out of the house and enjoy the mild springtime temperatures while supporting and cheering your Amigos and Diablos teams to end the season strong!

Note: Please follow all CDC guidelines and all posted COVID-19 restrictions in place at the Carmelita Fields to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Classic Car & Bike Show

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The second annual Del Tura Classic Car & Bike Show was a huge success! This year’s event was held on Saturday, January 30, in the main Clubhouse parking lot. We’d like to thank Tony and Sheila Double and all the resident volunteers who have diligently worked to continue to grow this event each year.

Valentine's Day Movie Night

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On Saturday, February 13, residents gathered in the main Clubhouse parking lot to enjoy the mild weather and an outdoor movie. Read on to hear how it went!

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Valentine's Day Movie Night

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On Saturday, February 13, residents gathered in the main Clubhouse parking lot to enjoy the mild weather and an outdoor movie. After receiving complimentary food and drinks sponsored by Hometown America as part of February’s Resident Appreciation Month, residents enjoyed the viewing of Blank.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable and relaxing night! We would like to thank all of our Del Tura team members, Tony and Sheila Double, and all other resident volunteers that made this night possible.

Home & Garden

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Follow the Yellow Trend

As L. Frank Baum says, “the road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick”, and we’re taking that to mean improving your personal palace starts with accents of yellow! Brighten up a room with this happy color through accents like picture frames or throw pillows, or even go bold with an area rug or couch. With all these ideas, there’s sure to be something you love.

Resident Spotlight
 

Residents of the month

We are so excited to introduce Del Tura’s newest residents, Mark and Tara Kent! Read on to learn all about them and what made them choose Del Tura. Don’t forget to say hi when you meet them out in the community.

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Resident Spotlight

Residents of the month

Introducing Del Tura’s newest residents!

Mark and Tara Kent have begun the process of living their Florida dream! In early January, the Kent’s purchased their Del Tura home on Las Palmas Blvd.

Mark and Tara were both born and raised in Massachusetts and currently reside in Holden, MA, when not at Del Tura. For the past 28 years, they have owned and run a successful tree service company together. In a few years, when they are ready to retire full-time, they’re look forward to transitioning their business to the next generation of their family.

Mark and Tara chose to make Del Tura their second home for a couple of reasons. First, Tara had a friend who lived here and helped introduce them to the community lifestyle. Second, the couple likes the central southwest Florida location that allows them easy access to many nearby activities.

Outside of Del Tura, one of Mark’s hobbies is flying Cessna aircrafts out of Page Field in Fort Myers and Tara enjoys traveling and exploring Europe. Unfortunately, their next traveling adventure is currently on hold until the current COVID-19 pandemic improves.

Inside of Del Tura, they enjoy playing pickleball. Tara enjoys spending time with the ladies she has established relationships with and Mark is currently playing outfield for the Del Tura Amigos softball team, and is hoping to contribute to another league championship for the team!

As you can see, Mark and Tara are a perfect fit for the active lifestyle here at Del Tura. On behalf of the entire community, we would like to extend them a warm welcome to the Del Tura family! Next time you see them out and about, be sure to say hello.

Restaurant Review
 

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In this edition’s Restaurant Review, we’re heading to a New Englanders paradise, the Clam Bake, but everyone is sure to appreciate the fresh seafood and fun atmosphere the restaurant offers. Keep reading for the full review.

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Restaurant Review

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New Englanders will feel right at home at the Clam Bake, but anyone will appreciate the fresh seafood and fun atmosphere the restaurant offers. Owners Mark and Laurie Thomson are Rhode Island natives and Mark developed his skills in the culinary arts at Johns & Wales University.

The Clam Bake is a true hidden gem, located in the Island Park Shopping Center. Once you've tasted the crowd-pleasing lobster roll, you'll think you're on the coast of Maine, not in a nondescript Southwest Florida strip mall. The clam chowder, lobster bisque and fried haddock are other mouthwatering favorites that aim to please. The Clam Bake also offers select daily specials until 6 p.m., which include an entree, chowder or salad, and side for just $11.99. Be sure to indulge your seafood cravings early, as the Clam Bake closes by 8:00 p.m. during the week and 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Clam Bake Restaurant is located at 16520 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33908. For additional information you can visit their website at www.clambakefortmyers.com.

Yard of the Quarter

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We at Del Tura are happy to congratulate and recognize Michael Cousino and Joyce Simmons of 1119 La Paloma Blvd as the 1st quarter 2021 winners of the coveted Yard of the Quarter award! Keep reading to learn more about them both.

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Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the quarter

We at Del Tura are happy to congratulate and recognize Michael Cousino and Joyce Simmons of 1119 La Paloma Blvd as the 1st quarter 2021 winner of the coveted Yard of the Quarter award!

Upon purchasing their home here on January 7, they wasted no time removing the dated shrubs from the existing landscape beds. They worked diligently to install new concrete landscape borders, new stone, and many new shrubs/flowers.

Michael and Joyce are seasonal residents here in the community and when they’re not in Florida, they enjoy spending time with family and friends in Michigan.

Hometown America would like to thank Michael and Joyce for maintaining such a beautiful yard! They received a $50 gift card to Home Depot as a token of our appreciation.

Keep up the great work!

Experiences

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Shop & Eat Locally

If you’re tired of buying limp produce from chain supermarkets, consider looking into ways to purchase local. Whether it be grocery stores that offer local products, farmers markets, or small mom-and-pop stores, you never know where you can find something special! The benefits of eating fresh, local produce are numerous; not only for your health but for your city’s economy as well.

Your Guide to Nut Butter

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The days of peanut butter reigning as the sandwich spread champion are over, as there are now so many different kinds of nut butter alternatives, all claiming to be the healthiest. While it can seem impossible to keep track of all the different health benefits, we’re here with the ultimate guide to finding the nut butter best for your lifestyle - from flavor to protein to fat content. There are even easy homemade options to reduce preservatives! Read on for the full analysis.

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Your Guide to Nut Butter

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The days of peanut butter reigning as the sandwich spread champion are over as new alternatives step up to the plate. While it can seem impossible to keep track of all the different health benefits, we’re here with the ultimate guide to finding the nut butter best for your lifestyle - from flavor to protein content.

While classic peanut butter remains a good option for protein, other types of nut butter may be best for your diet depending on what you want more of. For example:

  • Almond butter has a higher amount of nutrients like Vitamin E and healthy fats.
  • For a delicious, lower-calorie option, try pistachio butter.
  • Walnut butter offers an additional perk of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • To lower your sugar intake and still satisfy your sweet tooth, try cashew butter.
  • Sunflower butter is a great option for those with nut allergies, as is hazelnut butter.
  • For something more exotic, Tahini, another seed butter, is extremely high in nutrients, as is coconut butter.

If none of those sound like your cup of tea, there are easy homemade options that can help reduce preservatives, and you can use your favorite type of nut! All you have to do is roast your choice of raw nuts in the oven, seasoned or plain, and then blend them until smooth for creamy, fresh nut butter. The only question left is, which one will you choose?

No Coupon Necessary

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There are plenty of guides out there telling you how to save money with coupons, but what if you didn’t need them? Paper coupons are a hassle to cut and easy to forget, and online coupons can be difficult to find and use. With these tips, you can start saving money on your weekly shopping in no time.

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No Coupon Necessary

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There are plenty of guides out there to show you how to save money with coupons, but what if you didn’t need them? Paper coupons are a hassle to cut and easy to forget, and online coupons can be difficult to find and use. With these tips, you can start saving money on your weekly shopping in no time.

There are two strategies for saving money on groceries. The first strategy revolves around planning before you even step into the store. Methods for doing this can include tracking your family’s most expensive items, and then learning which stores have them on sale. Many stores have cyclical sales, so buying these big-ticket items in bulk when they’re marked down can save you big time in the long run. Also, even though you may feel loyal to your usual grocery store, it may be worth it to price check other stores, or even discount grocers, for better deals.

The other strategy is how to use the groceries you buy most effectively to prevent waste and unnecessary spending. Buying in bulk is great in theory, but without planning it can lead to even more wasted money than before. Try freezing and dating things like meat, produce, and bread, or buying things in bulk that last longer like eggs, coffee, and snacks.

If you’re sick of spending time looking for coupons only to find you’re not saving money, these strategies are great options - happy shopping!

Connect with Us
 

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Join us on social media through Facebook to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

Entertainment

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At Home Detective

If you’ve binged every crime show on Netflix and you need a new mystery fix, we have the perfect option. With these Mystery Subscription Boxes, you can have new cases sent to your home whenever you want and solve mysteries from your couch. Use the materials to follow the clues and solve the case- you’ll be the newest Sherlock Holmes.

SafeHaven Insurance

SafeHaven

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call (800) 206-2753 for a quote.