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Suitability of the Island

June 10th, 2009

Selecting the right island for your vision is critical. It’s so much more than just selecting the prettiest island within your budget. The size, location, shape, water quality, existing vegetation and ease of development all play into the suitability of the island.

Your vision and overall budget will dictate the suitability of the island. Does the island need filling? If so, what is the availability of sand? How many structures will be on the island? Will all of the envisioned structures fit on the island? Will the island be used for commercial or private purposes? Are there governmental restrictions on the development plan of a particular island or general location?

Ironically, very few buyers end up buying the island they were initially focusing on. More often than not, once they see the property in person, they find that there are other islands more suitable for their project.

When all aspects of development are considered, sometimes it makes sense to look at a higher priced island.  Since the ease of development can save a tremendous amount of time and expense over the life of the project.

In the end, the purchase price of the island is just one small part of the entire overall equation. This is why it’s important that we discuss your plans for the island in detail.  With this information, we can recommend the most suitable property for your needs.

Our next installment will cover the Timing, Budget, and Return on Investment and over the next several weeks, all the topics below.

  • Timing and budget and return on investment.
  • Obtaining permits
  • Filling methods; what is sand?
  • Dredging
  • Drag Line
  • Small scale dredge and trash pumps
  • Hand filling
  • Excavating the island’s own material
  • Barging in sand
  • Rocks, tubes, and other natural sand gatherers
  • Landscaping
  • Sea walls

The previous installment talked about your island vision. Read this post by clicking HERE.

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