For the avid golfer, living in Pine Island would be a little like living in paradise with New Smyrna Beach Golf Course as your backyard. This is a very highly rated public golf course that is well maintained and quite affordable for the average golfer. If you prefer a private course, you are less than ten minutes away from the Hidden Lakes Golf Club, an exceptional course in a natural setting.
Living here puts you far enough from the center of town to get away from the hustle and bustle, yet close enough for everything you need to be within a short drive. From outstanding restaurants to pet supply stores, you can find anything you need in town. If you hop over the Flagler Avenue bridge, your trip will take you onto historic Flagler Avenue where you can find several quaint shops, restaurants, and pubs that are definitely worth taking the time to check out on a warm summer's eve.
One of the things about living out here is the distinct lack of heavy traffic as this is closed loop residential neighborhood. The only times of the day you are likely to encounter traffic are during rush hours and when the school bus is running through. The same applies to pedestrian traffic unless school is in and the kids are headed to or from the bus stop. You and your dog should encounter minimum pedestrian traffic.
You should be able to take your dog for their walks on a loose leash most of the time, but be sure you are ready to tighten up if needed. For a planned community, there isn't much in the way of shade along the streets. You may find that during the hottest months of the year, going for walks early in the morning before things started heating up is best. Your dog is sure to appreciate the cooler temperatures.
The neighborhood is surrounded by waterways and trees, there just aren't any along the sidewalks. There is the golf course, but it's only open to golfers and not pooches. The waterways winding throughout the area offer you and your dog plenty of open space to wander around on. There are several small parks nearby as well as Otter Parks North and South where you and your dog can wander along the many nature trails threading through the parks and around the lake.
A short drive to the east will take you and your dog to the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. The two of you can spend hours wandering along the nature trails running for three miles to Rose Bay and back. The trails are very popular with dog walkers and nature hikers alike. It's a great place to get out of the direct sun and enjoy long walks in the shade with your pooch.