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Confirmed COVID-19 cases on islands holding steady

April 2, 2020 Lee County has 245 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — 237 Florida residents and eight non-residents — which includes four cases between Sanibel and Captiva, the Florida Department of Health reported. more »»

 
 
 

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases on islands holding steady

April 2, 2020 Lee County has 245 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — 237 Florida residents and eight non-residents — which includes four cases between Sanibel and Captiva, the Florida Department of Health reported. more »»

Virus-related updates on island activities, more

April 2, 2020 (Editor's note: To have an item or announcement added to the list, call 239-472-1587 or email Editor Tiffany Repecki at trepecki@breezenewspapers.com. more »»

Waiting week for Reemployment Assistance waived

April 2, 2020 The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, at the direction of Gov. more »»

UPDATE: Fire district commission meeting canceled

April 2, 2020 UPDATE: The Sanibel Fire and Rescue District reported today that the monthly commission meeting planned for April 8 has been canceled. ..... more »»

Governor issues statewide stay-at-home order

April 1, 2020 UPDATE: Today, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order effective on April 3. more »»

News from around the region

Fire damage tally: 3,516 cars

April 5, 2020 The damage tally is in: 3,516 cars were destroyed or damaged in a fire that started Friday afternoon in an overflow parking lot at the Southwest Florida International Airpor. more »»

Florida COVID-19 cases surpass 12,000

April 5, 2020 As of 11 a.m. Sunday, there are 12,151 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 60. more »»

COVID-19 cases pass 11,000 mark

April 4, 2020 Editor's note: The Lee Health numbers have been updated to reflect Saturday morning stats. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, there are 11,111 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida. more »»

Fire sweeps through rental car lot at Southwest Florida International Airport

April 4, 2020 A fire that broke out late Friday afternoon in a grassy area off Terminal Road at the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers damaged thousands of vehicles in a rental car parking l. more »»

FAQs for Gov. DeSantis' limited contact order

April 4, 2020 FAQs for Executive Order 20-91 GENERAL QUESTIONS Q: When did the Governor’s Executive Order take effect? How long does it last? A: The Governor’s Executive Order took effect Friday, April 3,... more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Library's eShelf delivers the world to your door

April 1, 2020 The Sanibel Public Library is closed out of concern for the health and safety of patrons and staff amid the spread of COVID-19. more »»

People's Choice awards for 'Project Refuge' unveiled

April 1, 2020 The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge reported that it received nearly 600 votes for the People's Choice award for the “Project Refuge: A Couture Fashion Show Using Trash. more »»

Keep Lee County Beautiful extends art contest deadline

April 1, 2020 Keep Lee County Beautiful recently extended the entry deadline for the 2021 “Leave The Scene Clean” calendar art contest to May 29. more »»

Refuge, DDWS and Sanibel Sea School turn to tech to stay connected to public

March 31, 2020 With most programs and activities canceled or suspended due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, some island entities are tapping into modern technology to engage, entertain and educate the publ. more »»

Festival suspends season, announces ticket policy

March 26, 2020 The Sanibel Music Festival recently suspended the 2020 season, citing public health concerns and inability of upcoming performers to travel from overseas. more »»

Business

Waiting week for Reemployment Assistance waived

April 2, 2020 The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, at the direction of Gov. more »»

UPDATE: Fire district commission meeting canceled

April 2, 2020 UPDATE: The Sanibel Fire and Rescue District reported today that the monthly commission meeting planned for April 8 has been canceled. ..... more »»

SanCap Trust covers market, investment strategy

April 1, 2020 Capital markets remain extremely volatile as the COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe. more »»

Florida AG issues subpoenas, secures refunds and more

March 31, 2020 Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office has taken swift action to address allegations of price gouging by assembling a Rapid Response Team to quickly respond to reports of unlawful price increases. more »»

Ad grant program aims to help local businesses weather pandemic

March 30, 2020 Southwest Florida businesses can now apply for an advertising grant to help them survive the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and thrive beyond it. Ogden Newspapers Inc. more »»

Obituaries

Allan E Hall

March 17, 2020 Allan E. Hall, 86, of Fort Myers, FL., formerly of Leawood, KS. passed away March 10, 2020 at The Springs of Shell Point. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Sat. more »»

Gail McGinnis Weiss

March 10, 2020 Gail McGinnis Weiss, 82, of Sanibel, passed away February 22, 2020. more »»

John Russell Wilson

March 10, 2020 John Russell Wilson, 92, of Sanibel, passed away March 3, 2020. more »»

Janice Eileen Holly

March 9, 2020 Janice Eileen Holly, 72, of Sanibel, FL passed away on March 4, 2020.  Arrangements entrusted to Harvey Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Service.  www.harvey-engehardt. more »»

Gail McGinnis Weiss

February 26, 2020 SANIBEL- Gail McGinnis Weiss died in Sanibel, Florida on February 22, 2020 at the age of 82 with her husband by her side. Gail was born in Binghamton, New York on March 9, 1937 to Raymond C. more »»

Local Columns

A viral primer

March 31, 2020 (Editor's note: This is the first segment in a three-part series on viruses planned for publication. more »»

Please Governor DeSantis, no victory lap

March 31, 2020 Gov. Ron DeSantis will soon sign what the Legislature, in an example of clever marketing, has labeled the “Clean Waterways Act” (Senate Bill 712). more »»

Safe at Sea: Safe and secure anchoring

March 31, 2020 (Editor's note: The following column is a reprint from the paper of June 13, 2018.) A few years ago I chartered a sailboat in the Caribbean. more »»

Faces on Faith: The unexpected

March 31, 2020 It was a Wednesday evening and my wife and I were driving home after choir and Bible Stud. more »»

Shell Shocked: Hunkering down

March 31, 2020 It was the worst of times. It was the worst of times. I need to differ publicly with Charles Dickens who started his famous novel “A Tale of Two Cities” with the line, “it was the best of times. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Tolerance for bicyclists on the road — please!

March 31, 2020 To the editor: I’ve been meaning to write this letter for years. Last week’s irony finally convinced me. more »»

Thankful farmers market still open

March 31, 2020 To the editor: I'm so thankful that the Sanibel Island Farmers Market remains open, albeit with limited “essential” vendors. more »»

Sanibel, Captiva workers need our help

March 31, 2020 To the editor: Many of the wonderful workers on our islands are already suffering financially in this crisis and are turning to F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva for help more than eve. more »»

Global cooperation needed on climate change

March 24, 2020 To the editor: You know, I'm very sympathetic to Ms. more »»

Thank you for the support

March 24, 2020 To the editor: The 83rd Annual Sanibel Shell Festival, co-hosted by the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club and the Sanibel Community Association, was a great success and the two organizations wish to expres... more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Confirmed COVID-19 cases on islands holding steady

April 2, 2020 Lee County has 245 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — 237 Florida residents and eight non-residents — which includes four cases between Sanibel and Captiva, the Florida Department of Health reported. more »»

Virus-related updates on island activities, more

April 2, 2020 (Editor's note: To have an item or announcement added to the list, call 239-472-1587 or email Editor Tiffany Repecki at trepecki@breezenewspapers.com. more »»

Governor issues statewide stay-at-home order

April 1, 2020 UPDATE: Today, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order effective on April 3. more »»

Public asked to fish responsibly

April 1, 2020 Because of pandemic measures, the J.N. more »»

Dunes announces DMGA Member-Guest results

April 1, 2020 The 2020 Dunes Men's Golf Association Member-Guest was recently held at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club on Sanibel. more »»

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Sanibel Moorings offers Botanical Gardens tour 04-08

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