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Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum reschedules docent training sessions

September 22, 2017 The second "Exhibits" training sessions are now scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28 and 29, at 8 a.m. at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. more »»

 
 
 

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Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum reschedules docent training sessions

September 22, 2017 The second "Exhibits" training sessions are now scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28 and 29, at 8 a.m. at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. more »»

Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ bounces back after Irma

September 21, 2017 Before Hurricane Irma even made landfall in Southwest Florida Sept. 10, Rev. Dr. John H. Danner of Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ and his staff were already prepared. more »»

Beaches hold up well after Irma

September 21, 2017 For the most part, the beaches on Sanibel remained unscathed after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Southwest Florida Sunday, Sept. 10. more »»

More than 32,000 sought a shelter in Lee County

September 20, 2017 The largest evacuation and sheltering operation in Lee County's history took place during Hurricane Irma with more than 32,000 people and 1,700 pets seeking shelter at 16 locations at the peak of th... more »»

Despite Hurricane Irma the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will still go on

September 20, 2017 It’s that time again. Dust off your toe-tapping flip flops for the upcoming 4th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. more »»

News from around the region

Lee County School District accepting donations for students and staff in need

September 25, 2017 The School District of Lee County is accepting donations to benefit students and staff affected by Hurricane Irma. more »»

Election 2017 Question of the week: What did you learn from Hurricane Irma

September 22, 2017 Each week through the primary, The Breeze will ask the candidates for Cape Coral City Council an issue-related question. more »»

Rooney's office to offer aid with FEMA apps

September 22, 2017 Congressman Francis Rooney’s staff will be available to assist individuals affected by Hurricane Irma. Congressional staff will be available at the following locations and times: * Saturday – Sep. more »»

Cultural Park Theater kicks off its Broadway season with 'Tarzan'

September 21, 2017 “Tarzan” will kick off the much-anticipated Broadway season at Cape Coral's Cultural Park Theater at 528 Cultural Park Blvd. more »»

First Cape Coral budget hearing set for Monday

September 21, 2017 This Monday’s public hearing at 5:05 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall was originally meant for the Cape Coral City Council to approve its 2018 city budget. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Despite Hurricane Irma the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will still go on

September 20, 2017 It’s that time again. Dust off your toe-tapping flip flops for the upcoming 4th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. more »»

Florida native to play Island Hopper Songwriter Festival

September 6, 2017 By ASHLEY GOODMAN agoodman@breezenewspapers. more »»

‘Ding’s’ bathrooms get an upgrade

September 6, 2017 “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is entering the second phase of its bathroom renovations. more »»

MacIntosh seeks youth to create best bookmark design

August 30, 2017 Sanibel youth are invited to submit a handmade bookmark depicting a specific theme for a contest MacIntosh Books & Paper is holding to find the most creative design to be given out this tourist... more »»

Auditions being held for two plays: ‘Elf Jr. the Musical’ and ‘Annie Kids’

August 9, 2017 Young actors have an opportunity to audition for two upcoming shows at the Community House, “Annie Kids” and “Elf Jr. the Musical,” which is being put on by Creative Theater Worksho. more »»

Business

John Lai to become new CEO, president of Sanibel Captiva Chamber

September 12, 2017 Sanibel holds a special place in the heart of the newly announced Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce CEO and President John Lai, which is igniting a true excitement of what the role hold. more »»

A labor of love: Lighthouse Cafe celebrates over two decades on Sanibel

September 12, 2017 It was around this time - nearly 30 years ago, that Mike Billheimer bought the Lighthouse Cafe back in 1988. more »»

Doc Ford’s celebrates year at new location

September 6, 2017 The new Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille restaurant, on Island Inn Road, is celebrating its one year anniversary this weekend. Saturday, Sept. more »»

Sea School to offer mini boat based semester for adults

September 6, 2017 The Sanibel Sea School is offering an opportunity for adults to learn about the marine ecosystem on the water this fall. more »»

Throw F.I.S.H. a Lifeline campaign kicks off Sept. 3

August 30, 2017 To help F.I.S.H. restock its food pantry during the organization’s most critical time of year, Bailey’s General Store will hold their annual Throw F.I.S.H. a Lifeline campaign beginning Sunday, Sep. more »»

Obituaries

Marlene Helen Nicholas

September 25, 2017 Marlene Helen Nicholas was born April 7, 1937 in Fountain Hill, PA to the late Chester B. and Quedell Nichola. more »»

James Raymond Wells Jr

September 22, 2017  James Raymond Wells, Jr. lived  a full life to 101 years old, and passed away peacefully on September 14th, 2017 in Ft. Myers, Florida. more »»

Duane D "Skip" Katzman

September 15, 2017 Duane D. "Skip" Katzman, 81, Elkhorn, WI and Sanibel Island, FL died Tuesday September 12, 2017 in Elkhorn, WI. He was born April 2, 1936 in Elkhorn, WI, the son of the late Herbert R. and A. more »»

Judith E (Grabowski) Gaggin

August 29, 2017 Judith E. (Grabowski) Gaggin, 71, of Carlisle, MA and Sanibel, FL, formerly of Lincroft, NJ and Springfield, PA, died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in her home in Carlisle, MA. more »»

Joan Emilius

July 10, 2017 Joan Emilius died surrounded by her beloved children in her home on July 3, 2017 in Sparta, N.J. after a long illness. She was 84. Mrs. more »»

Local Columns

Living Sanibel: Everglades Mink

September 20, 2017 The mink is a member of a larger family of weasels and polecats (Mustela), which contains 16 different species worldwide. Only two of these species are mink: the American mink and the European mink. more »»

Shell Shocked: It’s an embarrassing world

September 12, 2017 Someone asked me the other day what the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me was. I didn’t have to think long and hard about that one. more »»

Living Sanibel: Gafftopsail catfish

September 12, 2017 Similar in many respects to the hardhead but considerably larger, the gafftopsail catfish is a much stronger fighter when hooked. more »»

Poetic License: The night Charlie Parker played tenor at Montmartre Café in Greenwich Village

September 12, 2017 Like I knew when it was happening that sixty years after I could still tell you about it and you still wouldn’t really believe me: It’s one ‘clock in the morning and I wander into Montmartre ... more »»

In the Garden: Clusia: A tropical classic

September 12, 2017 Clusia (Clusia Rosea) lends both an exotic and classy look to our Florida tropical landscape. The leaves are thick with a leathery texture, are rather large at 4-6” and teardrop-shaped. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: FEMA assistance; how to access the help you may need

September 20, 2017 In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, it is important for our community to take action to start rebuilding. Here are some helpful tips in getting started. more »»

A++ hurricane preparedness and recovery

September 20, 2017 To the editor: We would like to commend City of Sanibel leaders Kevin Ruane, Judie Zimomra, Bill Dalton and Keith Williams plus dedicated city staff as well as partners Lee County Electrical Coop an... more »»

Lee history saved again

September 20, 2017 To the editor: Great news! The Lee County Commission in Fort Myers at this time has decided not to change the portrait of General Robert E. more »»

Intervention can save a life

September 20, 2017 To the editor: Interventions can be the difference between life and death for a drug addict or an alcoholic. more »»

Bring back the draft

September 20, 2017 To the editor: The all voluntary military began as a discriminatory practice excluding the rich and educated, while targeting the middle class, poor ,and minorities to serve. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa to host second annual USTA sanctioned tournament

September 12, 2017 After a successful turn out last year, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa will hold their second annual Florida Clay Court Championships Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Last year, the event attracted 64 participants. more »»

On the Water: Blue skies finally return

September 12, 2017 What a difference a week makes as the rain stopped and blue skies returne. more »»

Youth give all during SWAT practice

September 6, 2017 Six days a week, young athletes spend time at the Sanibel Recreation Center perfecting their swimming and gaining the skills they need to excel at their meet. more »»

On the Water: September brings a welcome change

September 6, 2017 Wow! It’s hard to believe just a few months back we were experiencing an extreme drought in Southwest Florida. Talk about going from one extreme to another as endless rain pelted us for days on end. more »»

On the Water: Fishing in the blazing summer heat

August 30, 2017 If you were fishing recently, you no doubt felt the heat. more »»

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SCCF teaches human uses of native plants 09-26

Did you know that Henry Ford stuffed the seats of his cars with the air plant, Spanish moss, or that Thomas Edison used the giant native Seaside Goldenrod for electrical conductivity experiments? Calusa fishermen of the past used the poisonous saponins in certain native plants to harvest their fish. more »


 
 
 
 
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