A 55+ Community in N. Fort Myers, Florida

January - February 2023

Edition No. 25

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Manager's Corner
 

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Happy New Year from our Del Tura team to our amazing residents! Read on to be introduced to two new Del Tura staff members.

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Manager's Corner

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Del Tura Management would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!!!

A new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself.

We would like to introduce two new Del Tura Staff members. Please welcome:

Jodi Haidel (picture 1 below) – Front Gate Associate

Jeremy Couey (picture 2 below) – Maintenance Associate

We know Jodi and Jeremy will be a big help to us this year.

Take care,
Julie
Community Manager



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The office will be closed Monday, January 2, in observance of New Year's Day and again for Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 20.

Food

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All Hail the Kale

Kale is a superfood packed full of nutrients and fibers, but it can also be delicious! Check out these recipes to make a kale salad worth raving about. They’re also great to pack for lunch on the go!

Sales Update
 

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Del Tura’s Sales Team had a great 2022 sales year. Read more to find out how we can help if you are considering selling your home in 2023.

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Sales Update

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Our Sales Office Team would like to thank all the residents for a great 2022 sales year. Our team sold over 84 homes here in Del Tura!

We always welcome new listings, and we especially need them now as our inventory of homes is low with the volume of homes sold this summer. As we approach the upcoming busy season here at Del Tura, this would be an opportune time to contact us as your home is worth more now than you may think!

Hometown’s nationwide website has proven to be a fantastic way to showcase your home and the fastest way to get it sold. Plus we have a heavy volume of walk-in business at our Sales Office.

Our wonderful referral program pays residents $100 when they refer friends or family who buy a pre-owned home. This is a great way to get them to become your new neighbor!

Call us at (239) 731-3330 or stop by our Sales Office and see Cindy Silvestri for Listing information, or Susan and Betty for Sales.

Capital Improvements

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Have you seen the latest improvements to the main pool fountain and cart path? Click to see photos.

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Capital Improvements

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New paint and beautiful succulents were added to our Main Pool fountain, and the Cart Path range area now features newly painted posts and chains.



Upcoming Events
 

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Hometown America Loves Our Residents Month begins, and we have some special days in February for our residents and their furry friends. Mark your calendars!

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Upcoming Events

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February is full of activities for our residents to enjoy.

February Candy Guess
Stop in the administration office any day during February and guess the amount of candy in the jar. The resident that comes that closest without going over wins a special prize. The winner will be announced during coffee hour on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

National Wear Red Day
Tuesday, Feb. 7

Come into the office and show off your red wear and receive a raffle ticket. The winner will be announced during the Tuesday, Feb. 28 coffee hour.

Flowers in the Foyer
Tuesday, Feb. 14

During coffee hour.

Pet Appreciation Day
Friday, Feb. 24

Stop in the administration office to receive a special treat for your pet.

Other Del Tura Happenings:

Saturday, Jan. 21
Alter Eagles (Eagles Tribute Band)

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Health Fair 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11
Electric Lip Stick (Dance Party)

Sunday, Feb. 19
Bachelors of Broadway



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Your Health

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Cut Out the Clutter

Is there anything more frustrating than being surrounded by clutter? Not only is it an inconvenience, but it can also be a hinderance to your mental health. Read the benefits of decluttering and choose what technique will be the best for you!

Restaurant Review
 

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Do you like fresh bagels? Then you’re going to love The Bagel Factory of Cape Coral. Learn all about it.

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Restaurant Review

Restaurant review

The Bagel Factory of Cape Coral has old-fashioned kettle boiled bagels and sandwiches. This hidden gem is a good breakfast/brunch spot. They make fresh bagels daily in a wide variety of flavors, and whether you like sweet or savory, they have you covered.

The Bagel Factory has classic fresh sandwich favorites like: egg, chicken, and tuna salad. They also serve wraps and salads. Stop in for quick bite, you will not be disappointed.

The Bagel Factory is located at 3571 Del Prado Blvd. N Suite #1 in Cape Coral. (239) 543-2075

Hours

Tues – Fri: 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sat: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sun: 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



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Resident Spotlight
 

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Our Resident Spotlight this issue is Navy veteran Sherwood “Woody” Eastman Cook. Learn more about Woody and his adventures.

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Resident Spotlight

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Sherwood “Woody” Eastman Cook has been a resident of the Del Tura Community since 2014. During the first week of their short visit to Del Tura, Woody and his wife Dorothy bought their home. Prior to coming to Del Tura, Woody served in the United States Navy for 31 years. He then worked for Battelle Institute of Technology for 15 years as liaison for projects Battelle was doing for the Navy.

Woody had an interesting career while in the Navy. He enlisted in 1969 with the intent of becoming an underwater demolition expert. During boot camp he met a fellow sailor who served in USN Submarine Force. That is where his life course changed. He continued to pursue Navy training to become a submariner. He served on a fleet ballistic nuclear-powered submarine for five years before being assigned to Commander in Chief Atlantic to work. There Woody’s dedication to the Navy and Submarine Force was noted and his command recommended Woody to the Navy Limited Duty Officer program. He was promoted in 1979.

His first assignment as an officer was La Maddalena, Sardinia, Italy. From there he applied to become a Navy Diving Officer but again life had other plans. While serving on the USS Howard W. Gilmore in La Maddalena, Woody was involved in a shipboard accident. The executive officer was killed, and Woody had internal injuries that required he be flown to Naples, Italy. He had surgery and quickly recovered. Still determined to be a diving officer, he worked hard to get in shape to pass the physical.

In 1980, Woody attended Navy hard hat and saturation divers training. After completion, Woody was selected to work in the Navy’s special projects group. It is a small area of experiments and development of new equipment for the Navy. During his years at the DEVGROUP (Navy Development Group), he was awarded several legions of Merit, for service of great significance to the government of the United States. The work the group did was of great importance to the security of our country. Woody was very proud to serve his country in any way he was needed.

Before retiring from the Navy, Woody served in the Pentagon working closely with the Navy department and congress to fund projects for the Submarine Force. From there Woody retired and pursued a civilian career that still supported the Submarine Force. Now Woody and his wife are enjoying the tennis and golf, entertainment, and friendship of life at Del Tura.

Past Events Recap
 

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After recovering from Hurricane Ian, we started celebrating the holidays. Check out the ways we got together as a community at the end of last year.

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Past Events Recap
 

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Ian hit us hard in October, and we took a break from recovery efforts with a “cleanup cookout.” Then after the storm and its effects had passed, we celebrated! So long, Ian!

We also had Thanksgiving dinner together as a community. We enjoyed good food, company, and conversation! Thank you all for celebrating with us.



Home & Garden

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White Sheets, Better Sleep

Have you noticed you always tend to sleep better in hotel rooms? White bedspreads may be the answer. White bedsheets create a feeling of luxury and serenity, making it easier for you to fall asleep. Consider switching your sheets to the classic color. You’ll be catching more ZZZs in no time.

Find Your Color Season

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Have you ever noticed that the same shirt looks great on someone else but not on yourself? Don’t worry, you are probably just a different color season! Read on for more about what that means and how best to dress.

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Find Your Color Season

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Have you ever noticed that the same shirt looks great on someone else but not on yourself? Don’t worry, you are probably just a different color season! People are divided into Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter color palettes based on their natural features and coloring.

For example, if your skin tone has a warmer undertone, or you consider yourself a redhead, the odds are you’re an Autumn. Dressing in earthy tones like brown, dark green, or orange will help you shine! If your skin has a cooler, pale undertone, and you have dark brown or dirty blonde hair, you’re probably a Winter.

Dressing according to the right season can help you look your best all the time! Take these steps to determine your color palette, or you can do a quiz here!

Getting Back to Travel

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Make 2023 the year of achieving your dreams! Start planning you next trip now, and check out these resources to help you do it.

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Getting Back to Travel

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It’s probably been a few years since you took a vacation or traveled out of your area. But borders are open, the weather is right, and it may just be the season for you to explore somewhere new!

This time of the year is considered “off-season” for tourism, so wherever you go, you’re sure to hit lower prices and lower crowds.

Whether you decide to experience the architecture of Spain, relax on the beaches of Jamaica, or hit the slopes in Colorado, give yourself the opportunity to take it all in. Check out these must-do travel destinations, or head somewhere you’ve always wanted to go!

Maybe flying isn’t your speed, though—maybe you prefer to sail! Cruises are a great way to travel to Alaska, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and more. Never been on a cruise before? It’s more convenient than you might think. Read the 10 advantages to cruise vacations and you’ll be booking today.

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!

Experiences

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Farmers’ Market Follies

Farmers’ markets are a great way to source fresh produce and other unique finds, but there is a “wrong” way to visit the market. Learn the most common farmers’ market mistakes and what to do instead to make the most of your trip!

SafeHaven Insurance

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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.

 
 

Entertainment

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Board Game Bonanza

Board games are a timeless and fun way to spend quality time with those around you, but it can be hard to pick the right one when looking to expand your collection. This list has the best board games for adults based on shopper ratings and expert guidance, with options for 2 players or larger groups!