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First-ever documented leatherback hatching on Captiva

July 1, 2020 On June 28, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation documented the hatching of a leatherback sea turtle nest on Captiva — a very rare occurrence for the Gulf coast of Florida. more »»


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First-ever documented leatherback hatching on Captiva

July 1, 2020 On June 28, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation documented the hatching of a leatherback sea turtle nest on Captiva — a very rare occurrence for the Gulf coast of Florida. more »»

Number of COVID-19 cases increases on Captiva

July 1, 2020 Lee County has 5,869 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — 5,751 Florida residents and 118 non-residents — including 19 cases between Sanibel and Captiva, according to the Florida Department of Health. more »»

SCCF captures loggerhead nest boil on video

July 1, 2020 Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan was on beach patrol on Captiva on June 14 when she came upon the rare opportunity to see and film a loggerhead sea turtl... more »»

LWV of Lee County to present Virtual Candidate Forums

July 1, 2020 In partnership with the Alliance for the Arts, the League of Women Voters of Lee County will present Virtual Candidate Forums — available free to the public — for the following races by mid-July: -... more »»

New COVID-19 testing site opens

July 1, 2020 Lee County reported that as of June 30, a new COVID-19 testing site opened in Cape Coral at the Chester Street Resource Center, at 4816 Chester St. more »»

News from around the region

Lee County Sheriff Races: Republican Primary and General Election candidates

July 1, 2020 The Lee County Sheriff’s race appears on both the Aug. 18 Primary and Nov. 3 General Election ballots The Republican primary has two candidates, incumbent Carmine Marceno and James A. more »»

COVID-cases nearing 160,000

July 1, 2020 As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there are 158,997 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 6,563 since FDOH's last update Tuesday morning. more »»

School District cancels graduations

July 1, 2020 High school graduations have again been cancelled due to the pandemic. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Council keeps beaches open; imposes mask mandate

July 1, 2020 Fort Myers Beach will be open this weekend without any beach access limits though there will be a new requirement on mask-wearing. more »»

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee campaign reaches goal for 27th year in a row

June 30, 2020 The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has concluded the 2019-2020 campaign, and exceeded the campaign goal of $10,783,56. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Maestro to return in 2021 to conduct farewell orchestra concerts

July 1, 2020 Amy Ginsburg, executive director of the Southwest Florida Symphony, recently announces that Maestro Nir Kabaretti will return in the spring of 2021 to guest conduct concerts as a proper farewell... more »»

The Community House

June 30, 2020 The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, will present the following: Smoke on the Island Smoke on the Island will be held on July 3 at 6 p.m. more »»

Summer Reading Program continues at Sanibel library

June 24, 2020 The Sanibel Public Library and Youth Services Librarian Deanna Evans is inviting families with children ages “baby to teen” to register online for the 2020 Summer Reading Program. more »»

Library features Playaways for children, lighthouses and more

June 17, 2020 Something new is in the Children’s Area at the Sanibel Public Library — with a gift from Hans and Leslie Fleischer, the library has added learning tablets, audiobooks, and audio-enhanced books. more »»

Seahorse Festival Art Contest winners named

June 16, 2020 The Sanibel School PTA announced the winners of the annual Seahorse Festival Art Contest. Officials reported that the festival was postponed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. more »»


DDWS, refuge report WoW project rolling along

July 1, 2020 Building, design and curriculum planning continue on the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge's Wildlife on Wheels (WoW) mobile classroom project. more »»

CROW admits 3,000th patient

June 30, 2020 The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife admitted its 3,000th patient of the year on June 23 — three weeks earlier than reaching the same number of admissions in 2019. more »»

Business Notes

June 30, 2020 New owners, name for Sanibel Medical Dr. Bob Bussing and his wife, Nancy, recently purchased Sanibel Medical from Dr. more »»

Florida DBPR suspends alcohol consumption at bars

June 26, 2020 UPDATE: FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Florida banned alcohol consumption at its bars today after its daily confirmed coronavirus cases neared 9,000, a new record that is almost double the previous mark se... more »»

Refuge STAR teacher helping with environmental education

June 25, 2020 Thanks to a grant from a private family foundation awarded to the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, the J.N. more »»


Dr Carol McDonald Connor

June 17, 2020 Dr. Carol McDonald Connor was a Chancellor’s Professor of Education at the University of California ­ Irvine School of Education. more »»

Virginia S (Van Horn) Taub

May 28, 2020 COTUIT, MA /SANIBEL ISLAND, FL ­ Virginia S. (Van Horn) Taub, 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's. more »»

John L Rushworth Sr

May 22, 2020 John (Jack) L. Rushworth Sr. passed away peacefully on May 20, 2020 at Hope Hospice in Ft. Myers. Born in Porthcawl, Wales, Jack joined the Royal Air Force at the age of 17. more »»

Rodney "Roddy" Mott West

May 13, 2020 Rodney "Roddy" Mott West, 72, a resident of Sanibel Island and Minneapolis died Sunday, May 10, 2020.   Roddy grew up in Excelsior, MN, attended The Blake School and the University of Minnesota. more »»

Weston Holmes Palmer

May 7, 2020 Weston Holmes Palmer of Sanibel Island, FL passed away on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 peacefully in his sleep at the age of 75 from natural causes. more »»

Local Columns

Manatee sightings helping to establish slow speed zone

June 30, 2020 Thanks to those of you who have sent in photos of West Indian manatee to help the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation build evidence to re-establish a slow speed zone in the San Carlos Bay from... more »»

Rotary Happenings: Economist discusses current financial state of affairs

June 30, 2020 The past few months has been a very tumultuous time for most everyone, especially when the stock market and economy is taken into account. more »»

Safe at Sea: Boating facts that are not facts

June 30, 2020 “Repeat something often enough, and people will believe it.” This seems to be at the core of today's news, ranging from TV to print journalism to social media. more »»

Faces on Faith: Necessary risks

June 30, 2020 Risk taking stirs up a variety of emotions; it invokes fear, doubt, trepidation, and anxiety. But all too often we are not even willing to speak of those fears, those anxietie. more »»

Shell Shocked: Fighting CD-10 mania

June 30, 2020 Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. This is the beginning of an old Johnny Mercer song. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Consider mandating the wearing of masks

June 30, 2020 To the editor: As year-round Sanibel residents and seniors, we have been pleased with the Sanibel City Council's attempts to protect us from the COVID-19 pandemic. more »»

More than surprised by letter printed

June 30, 2020 To the editor: I was more than a little surprised that the Island Reporter chose to print a letter in the June 24, 2020, issue from a writer who stated that “anyone not wearing a mask outside their... more »»

It is time to listen to the scientists

June 30, 2020 To the editor: Gov. Ron DeSantis' failure to “re-open” the state of Florida in a safe manner is taking a severe toll on the health and economic well being of our citizens. more »»

Masks for a different use

June 30, 2020 To the editor: While we wrangle over wearing masks, Chinese citizens have been wearing them for years. Pre-COVID, masks provided protection from poor air quality. more »»

Policy change not only in Florida

June 23, 2020 To the editor: Perhaps the most distressing statement in William Harvey’s letter to the editor published in the June 17 issue of the Island Reporter, which comments on my June 10 guest column (“The... more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Sanibel fire district resumes public CPR, first aid courses

July 1, 2020 The Sanibel Fire and Rescue District recently announce that CPR and first aid classes for the community are being scheduled. more »»

City presents Independence Day operation hours and refuse collection scheduled

July 1, 2020 The city of Sanibel reported that its Administrative Offices will be closed on July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday, and that they will resume regular operating hours on July 6. more »»

MLB announces 2020 regular season

July 1, 2020 Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred Jr. recently announced that Major League Baseball anticipates beginning its 2020 regular season in approximately one month on July 23 or July 24. more »»

Virus-related updates on island activities, more

July 1, 2020 (Editor's note: To have an item or announcement added to the list, call 239-472-1587 or email Editor Tiffany Repecki at more »»

Sanibel Sea School closes summer camps for season

June 29, 2020 As of June 25, the Sanibel Sea School's summer camps are canceled. more »»

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