VanDyk Mortgage - December 2019

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Inside This Issue Tim Hart, NMLS #354676 8280 College Parkway Suite #101 Fort Myers, FL 33919 Is There an Emmy for Facebook Videos? PAGE 1

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The Deadly Shipworm PAGE 4

Great Realtors Know How to Deal With Shipworms TERMITES OF THE SEA

Columbus trouble and were the reason he had to abandon two of his three ships. Shipworms survive by eating cellulose in wood, and they’ve managed to spread over every corner of the world. In 1920, shipworms devastated the city of San Francisco when an infestation destroyed every wharf and ferry dock in the area. That kind of damage would cost billions to repair today. This disaster forced the U.S. Navy to step in and come up with a solution to this “plague.” Fighting a Tiny Army There were attempts to combat shipworms made throughout history. Some people tried dipping their wood in pesticides to kill any shipworms who tried to eat it. In the 18th century, the British Navy put copper plating on their boats, which was effective

As Fort Myers legend Jeff Hornsby of Hornsby’s Dock Piling & Restoration told me on a recent episode of “The HartBeat for Realtors,” crumbling docks aren’t as inevitable as they seem. In fact, ancient civilizations knew exactly what caused wood to crumble so quickly, and it wasn’t the seawater. We’re facing a plague here in SW Florida, but don’t worry, Jeff knows how to take care of it. Something in the Water “I like to say shipworms have sunk more ships than pirates,” Jeff said when he told me about how entire ancient navies in Greece and Rome were decimated by a tiny marine organism. Though they’re called shipworms, they’re not worms at all but rather bivalve mollusks that burrow into wood immersed in seawater. These little beasts are also called “termites of the sea.” Shipworms even gave Christopher

Here in Southwest Florida, there are so many immaculate houses that have a huge eyesore in the backyard because a lot of people are under the impression that this is just what happens to docks over time. The seawater just makes the pilings smaller and smaller until the whole thing collapses. Or does it?


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