CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A Charlotte County beach was the setting for a TV show pilot Monday. A few months ago WINK News told you tourism leaders were talking with nationally known beach expert, Stephen Leatherman, or 'Dr. Beach.'
He wants to pitch a new cable series called 'Buying Beachfront.' He thought some properties on Charlotte County's Palm-Knight island would be perfect for the opening episode. WINK News was there as the cameras began to roll.
Dr. Beach and his production crew have been on location for several days shooting video from the ground and the air hoping to sell this location to not only potential home buyers, but also potential networks.
If you're looking to make this your backyard you go to the expert.
"Most real estate shows are just about the house itself. How many bedrooms and bathrooms and of course we do that too but if you're buying a beachfront house, there's a lot more you need to know," says Stephen Leatherman.
That's where Stephen Leatherman, better known as Dr. Beach comes in. The coastal environment guru is bringing the scientific side to real estate on a new TV series called, 'Buying Beachfront.'
Monday, Dr. Beach and his crew shot part of the pilot episode that will show three different properties here that buyers will narrow down to one.
"I want to talk about how well the house is built, how well it'll survive a hurricane and the qualities of this beach and how stable the beach is," he adds.
Dr. Beach has 50 criteria he looks at with the buyers from the house to the water which is why they'd like to market the series to networks like HGTV and the Weather Channel. County film office Director Jerry Jones says this is a great opportunity to put Charlotte County on the map.
"I think anybody who's here feels like this is this undiscovered gem and not that we want to have everybody just come crashing in on top of us but it is good to get the word out ... when this actually goes on national airwaves, it's like a 30 minute infomercial for the Gulf Islands here," Jones says.
The production crew expects to be done shooting by Wednesday and they hope to have this pilot episode ready and edited by early next year.