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No charge for parking at Bowman’s and Turner Beach July 29-30

July 26, 2017 In honor of National Parks & Recreation Month, numerous regional parks, beach sites, boat ramps and pools will offer free parking and swimming Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 3. more »»

 
 
 

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No charge for parking at Bowman’s and Turner Beach July 29-30

July 26, 2017 In honor of National Parks & Recreation Month, numerous regional parks, beach sites, boat ramps and pools will offer free parking and swimming Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 3. more »»

City votes to hold line on millage rate

July 26, 2017 The City Council voted to remain at 1.9139 mills for the proposed operating millage rate for the 2017 tax year last week. The rolled-back rate for the City of Sanibel 2017 tax year is 1. more »»

Name change for Tarpon Bay Road?

July 26, 2017 Although the City Council all agreed that a request from the Gavin family to change the name of a major road on the island meets a historical point of view, they were unsure of what policies need to... more »»

Council starts advertising for Charter Review Committee

July 26, 2017 Seven members will be elected for the Charter Review Committee to meet once a month for a year to go over the charter in its entirety, according to a vote the City Council took last week. more »»

BIG ARTS lease discussed at council meeting

July 26, 2017 A new lease for BIG ARTS was discussed in detail during the City Council’s meeting last week due to the request of a liquor license. more »»

News from around the region

Council members mull proposed tax rate

July 27, 2017 Property owners in Cape Coral will pay more in ad valorem taxes and assessments this year unless City Council steps in during the budget approval process to curb additional spending among the many... more »»

'Back to School' section posted to District web site

July 27, 2017 The first day of the 2017-2018 school year is fast approaching — classes begin on Thursday, Aug. 1. more »»

Lee District to join HB 7069 lawsuit

July 27, 2017 The Lee County School District will join a lawsuit challenging the state's new education bill. more »»

Florida Yards and Neighborhoods hosts annual plant sale and rain barrel workshop Saturday

July 27, 2017 As the summer season continues in Southwest Florida, year-long residents may be looking to their gardens, patios and courtyards for some mid-summer updates and alterations. more »»

Auto shops to give car to veteran

July 27, 2017 It can be very difficult for an armed services veteran to find dependable transportation. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

‘Ding’s’ annual photo contest is back

July 19, 2017 For the last 30 years, the refuge has held its annual “Ding” Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest. The deadline for the contest, which began on Saturday, is Sept. 15. more »»

Author Jen Calonita to have book signing at library

July 12, 2017 Jen Calonita, who recently published “Tricked” as part of her “Fairy Tale Reform School” series, will have a book signing at the Sanibel Public Library Tuesday, July 18, from 6-7 p.m. more »»

Author Nancy Zimmerman visits Sanibel for inspiration

July 12, 2017 Nancy Zimmerman, began her “Sadie's Great Adventures” series last year. The author met her main character, Sadie, completely by chance. more »»

Jimmy Jensen sounds on for American Legion Post 123

July 12, 2017 Next time you pull up to the Island’s fabled American Legion Post 123, your ears will perk up to the new crystal clean, clear and totally entertaining music coming from within, all thanks to Jimmy... more »»

Chris Bright teaches teenagers the ropes of video production

July 5, 2017 For the past four years, Chris Bright, BIG ARTS’ operations and technical director, has taught teenagers the ins and outs of video editing. more »»

Business

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa hires new chef, gets updated menu

July 19, 2017 Greg Nelson became ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa’s newest executive chef April 10. Nelson brings to the table over two decades of experience in the restaurant industry. more »»

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa brings in talented sushi chef

July 19, 2017 Anton Vidianitski became the Captiva House Gulf-front Seafood and Sushi Restaurant’s newest sushi chef in March. more »»

Association of Realtors seeking volunteers for Meals of Hope packing event

July 19, 2017 The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors continues to “Make A Difference” this year through helping combat hunger through a partnership with Meals of Hop. more »»

Planning Commission further talks formula retail

July 19, 2017 The Planning Commission moved forward with its decision from last month’s meeting in regards to the definition of formula retail store. more »»

Drink like a local: Best cocktails on Sanibel and Captiva

July 12, 2017 Although both Sanibel and Captiva are known for their picturesque Gulf views and shell-filled beaches, the islands are also foodie paradise. more »»

Obituaries

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 »»

James Handy Moore

July 7, 2017 James Handy Moore, 85, died Friday, June 30, 2017 in Sikeston, Missouri. more »»

Thomas Martin Heike Ehlers

June 28, 2017 Thomas Martin Heike Ehlers died in Fort Myers, Florida, on June 8th, 2017. Tom was born on February 5th, 1937 in Worthington, Minnesota, to Genevieve and Martin Ehler. more »»

Carol Dolores Spencer

June 14, 2017 Carol Dolores Spencer, 89, died at Hope Hospice in Shell Point, Fort Myers, Fla. on June 7, 2017, surrounded by her loving husband and three sons. She was born on April 19, 1928, in Fond du Lac, Wi. more »»

Constance Gerhard Brown

June 8, 2017 Constance Gerhard Brown, daughter of Margaret and Sherman Gerhard, died at home with her family at her side on June 6 at the age of 79. Connie was born May 19, 1938, and grew up in Nutley, NJ. more »»

Local Columns

In the Garden: Buttonwood: The tree by the sea

July 26, 2017 Buttonwood is a favorite native grown as a multi-trunk shrub or in standard tree form and comes in both a green variety (Conocarpus erectus) or a silver variety ( Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus). more »»

On the Water: Typical summer weather, typical summer fishing

July 26, 2017 Over the past week we settled into a typical summer weather pattern with light winds, blue skies, very hot and sticky, followed by some wicked afternoon thunderstorms. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Rotarians are making a difference in their endeavors to build a better world

July 26, 2017 During the summer attendance at Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meetings usually shrink a bit, but not this year; a larger constituency of members stayed on island and many new members are year-round... more »»

Faces on Faith: From Baali to Ishi

July 26, 2017 A few weeks back, as the dark clouds began to move in on the beaches of Sanibel, I stood with a precious couple ready to repeat their wedding vows before God and all those gathered with them. more »»

Shell Shocked: So I make things up

July 26, 2017 Let’s hold it right there, folks. I’ve been writing this column for 31 years and some of my readers still aren’t aware that I make things up. I believe the term is literary license. Yes, I confes. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Tarpon Bay Road name change is a very slippery slope

July 26, 2017 To the editor: At the July 18 council meeting, a proposal was made by the Gavin-Walker families, in conjunction with their upcoming centennial celebration, to have Tarpon Bay Road renamed... more »»

Lack of adherence to the Lee Plan is a water crisis in making

July 19, 2017 To the editor: Recently, Lee County’s Local Planning Agency passed the Verdana, a 1,460 unit development in the midst of our Density Reduction Groundwater Resource Area, on to county commissioners a... more »»

Guest Commentary: Lee County wholly committed to ‘One organization, one community’

July 12, 2017 Lee County government does not tolerate workplace discrimination for any of its 2,500-plus employees at any of its site. more »»

The end of the Oilygarchs

July 5, 2017 To the editor: Technology never sleeps. more »»

Guest Commentary: United States realignment of Cuba policy

June 28, 2017 Reactions to President Trump’s recent executive order reversing President Obama’s misguided Cuba policy have missed the point. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

On the Water: Typical summer weather, typical summer fishing

July 26, 2017 Over the past week we settled into a typical summer weather pattern with light winds, blue skies, very hot and sticky, followed by some wicked afternoon thunderstorms. more »»

Offshore Sailing School offers discount to Florida residents

July 26, 2017 Throughout the year, the Offshore Sailing School offers a discount on their two-day learn to sail weekend packages to Florida residents. more »»

On the Water: Full moon brings some good fishing in area

July 19, 2017 On the water over the past week, anglers experienced calm seas and scorching heat to go along with great full moon tides. more »»

Lee’s Special Olympics SUP team is practicing up for the regional qualifier

July 12, 2017 Two of the main goals of the Lee County Special Olympics SUP team are to have fun and to build confidence. And the team’s six athletes are most definitely meeting those goals. more »»

On the Water: Summer’s here — get ready for the July heat

July 12, 2017 Summer is in full swing bringing hot, humid days and the possibility of thunderstorms almost every afternoon. That does not mean fishing is poor, it can actually be very good if you plan accordingl. more »»

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Year-round triathlon swim program 07-28

Calling all Sanibel triathletes! Are you training for an upcoming triathlon and would like to improve your swim time? SWAT Swim Coach and former triathlete, Curt McIntyre will be running a year-round swim program tailored just for the triathlete. more »


 
 
 
 
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