VHL Charlotte County Property Records & Sales

The URL below will download an Excel spreadsheet that I created on 3/7/2023. It contains an export of all registered properties in VHL and another tab showing the last 10 years of sales records. It was obtained by performing a crafty property search using the Charlotte County Property Appraiser website.

I use it to review who the legal registered owners of specific properties are and what sales prices have been recently. I assume that recent sales are not current due to reasons we can only speculate.

Hurricane IAN Casualty Loss

I sent an email to my tax accountant in Dec 2022 asking how to claim a “Hurricane IAN” casualty loss on my 2022 federal taxes. Since hurricane IAN is a federally declared disaster, with an approved FEMA disaster code (DR-4673-FL), individuals may claim a disaster loss on their federal tax form (under certain conditions).

Note that I’m not a tax expert and provide this information as-is. You will/should contact your own tax accountant for additional information.

My tax accountant responded with 2 attachments that help explain this issue:

  • Hurricane IAN CPA Tax Assistance Guide. This guide was provided by a service my tax accountant obtained that provides business advise.
  • IRS Booklet 584. This booklet is published by the IRS and provides instructions and help guide on how to calculate a loss that you may deduct.
  • DR-4673-FL. FEMA Hurricane IAN Quick Links

Most of the requirements necessary to calculate your loss state that you must calculate the loss suffered by comparing the pre-IAN residence value to the post-IAN value. Additionally, this paragraph was included in the brief sent to my accountant which implies that you can claim a loss on the “cost to repair or replace” damaged items.

So, read the information above and contact your tax specialist for clarification.

Send email to me if you want me to correct or alter this information at: ele@EdbergNet.com

DuPage Forest Preserve Clam Propagation

Jacques Hooymans, Sue and Eric Edberg took a tour of the DuPage Forest Preserve’s Clam and Dragon Fly propagation facility in Blackwell Forest Preserve.  We learned how the staff are propagating native clams to keep populations stable and how Dragon Fly’s are grown.

The tour was interesting in that we learned that clams depend on, and initially grow attached to, the gills of fish for a couple months before they drop off and continue to grow.   This facility normally grows a new crop of clams each year using fish caught in the local streams.  They are release at then end of the year if growth permits.  The fish are also released at the end of the year too.

New Image Repository: Bird Family & Grand Rapids

After collecting, scanning, and inventorying many photo’s of the Bird family, relatives, and friends I finally uploaded them to this new image repository.  Thanks to Marcy Perry who helped re-name and correct date’s for many images of Dick and Leone’s relatives.   If you want to see these images click the URL below:


Exporting An Outlook Contact Folder As A Collection Of Vcard (.vcf) Files

I recently wanted to export my contacts to individual .VCF files for backup purposes and also have the ability to import them into other programs. There are ways to do this for a few contacts at a time by forwarding them in email to yourself or performing File -> SaveAs operations, but they suffer from scaling issues when you have many contacts export.

I authored this VBScript Outlook MACRO to export any Outlook Contact folder one afternoon.

View the article and code at this URL:


2019 – Spring In Florida

Eric & Susan are spending a lilttle more time at our mobile in Port Charlotte, Florida now that Eric is in full retirement-mode. We arrived in mid-Februrary and will stay through mid-April. Fred and Lissa Burgoon arrived soon therafter for a 1 month stay too. Weather has been great, warm, and we all are building our tans! Recently, the mosquitoes have been annoying. Here are pictures of our recent stay.