Pat Fisher, Broker
I can virtually guarantee you'll not be troubled by alligators by following two simple rules:
Do not purchase anywhere near water.....no creeks, ponds, lakes or otherwise.
Do not purchase near a conservation area.....they typically have water and can be home to snakes!
If you'll allow me to work with you in finding your new home, those will be my uppermost concerns while finding a wonderful home here.
Broker Associate, MBA
Future Home Realty, Inc.
Reality is any body of fresh water in Florida could have gators in it. Most communities call anymal control once they are spotted, to have them removed. So in an an apartment community fountain pond you may spot a 4 footer or smaller, rarely bigger ones unless you are in a larger community with big golf courses and larger ponds. They are mostly afraid of people, so with mutual respect and distance there are no issues.
Over 23 years living in Central Florida i have only heard of gators being found under the car, inside a garage or in the comunity pool 3 or 4 times. That is a tiny insignificant number for the amount of them in out community. And if you keep the garage close when not in use, and the kitchen door closed, and the screen or fence around the pool area secure.....you will only get to hear aabout it in the news.
But worth a special promotion.
Did you know you could go for a 'Swamp Walk' from the art studio's of Clyde Butcher?
You would be a population of less the 0.01% of folks who have witnessed Florida in her natural state. One of the few who will witness the perfection of the chaos of nature.
This is a walk into to EVERGLADES! Yep, you will walk past alligators. I did see a Ghost Orchid. I am unlikely to see another in my lifetime.
Yes, I was up to may waist in the EVERGLADES. Nothing dispels fear like drawing it close and truly understanding it.
It is unknown how much longer the Clyde Butcher swamps walks will continue, but this year 2014, the opportunity is still available. Such adventures will make it clear why it is important to keep the fear imperiled up north where they can sleep in peace and worry only about black ice, loss of power during an ice storm, Lyme disease, West Nile Virus and high, high taxes.
Google Clyde Butcher Swamp Walk and take advantage by reserving your place, while Clyde is still among us.
Stay out of their home and you won't have anything to fear. Swim in their home and you still probably won't have anything to fear. Wear a bikini made out of meat and you're going to have a short swim.
Once in a while you'll hear of a gator in a backyard or in a swimming pool but these are properties right on ponds or canals and they don't have fences or screened enclosures.
Gators are the least of your worries. Here in Florida we have to worry about Bigfoots. Or is that Bigfeet?
Alligators? Unless you're waiding is ponds, lagoons, swamps, or frequenting areas where alligators are known to be present, you shouldn't have any problem.
Places such as John Chestnut Park and Corkscrew Park near Sarasota were where you could take visitors and count on seeing lots of alligators. Now, thanks to those who do not appreciate or respect Florida in it's natural state, have been successful in striping from the environment what makes this state distinctly different.
I have not seen an alligator in either John Chestnut Park (a large park along Lake Tarpon) or Corkscrew Park in the past four years. It is unlikely this situation will be reversed due to the hysterics of those terrified of alligators and threaten ligation against every municipality and county in Florida.
You should stay in the gator free environment in which you currently exist. There has been more injuries causes by killer whales at the theme parks than those injured by gators in Florida. Will you be terrified of killer whales? How about elephants at Barnum? Or coyotes that proliferate every park and have house cats on their menu? What about Gopher Tortoises or Anoles or Rosettas? Most of the fish in the Gulf of Mexico have teeth! Now, what is lurking beneath the surface of the want SHOULD elevate your awareness. Then you there are those gigantic Manatees that could terrify the unsuspecting in the Bays and rives of the area.
Please. stay where you are.