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Sanibel Health Club offers free class demos and more at annual Community Fitness & Health Fair

January 10, 2018 To kick off the new year, the Sanibel Health Club will hold its 5th annual Community Fitness & Health Fair Saturday, Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. more »»

 
 
 

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Sanibel Health Club offers free class demos and more at annual Community Fitness & Health Fair

January 10, 2018 To kick off the new year, the Sanibel Health Club will hold its 5th annual Community Fitness & Health Fair Saturday, Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. more »»

Tower Gallery holds art show to benefit Zonta

January 10, 2018 To help raise money for the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, Tower Gallery will hold its Tower Gives Back event Thursday, Jan. 11, from 5 to 9 p.. more »»

CROW celebrates golden anniversary

January 10, 2018 Like many nonprofit organizations, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, formed out of a necessity after one individual wanted to help an injured bird, but had no place to take i. more »»

Garden Grow series offered at Community House

January 10, 2018 A new series, “How Does your Garden Grow,” — designed to explain and demonstrate commitment to farm to table cooking — is set to kick off next week at the Sanibel Community House. more »»

Sea School offers hands-on ocean experience to students

January 10, 2018 Last month the Sanibel Sea School treated elementary aged children to Bunche Beach Preserve as an extension of what they learned in the classroom, complete with hands-on experiences. more »»

News from around the region

Nelson, Rooney keen to keep oil rigs away from Florida coast

January 12, 2018 The beaches of Aruba: crystal clear water, bright pink flamingos and offshore oil rigs in the distance. more »»

Fifth Third bank on Del Prado robbed

January 12, 2018 A man armed with a handgun held up the Fifth Third Bank at 2724 Del Prado Boulevard S. shortly before noon morning. There were no injuries. Police responded to the 11:30 a.. more »»

CCPD to conduct 'saturation patrols' Jan. 15-19

January 12, 2018 The Cape Coral Police Department will conduct a traffic saturation operation next week, Jan. 15-19, from 6 a.m.- 8 p.m. each day. more »»

North Fort Myers man faces life in prison in burglary

January 12, 2018 A man Cape Coral police say is linked to multiple burglaries in the Cape faces life in prison after being convicted of charges in a North Fort Myers burglary while under surveillanc. more »»

Public invited to Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Celebration on Monday

January 12, 2018 The City of Cape Coral and the Cape Coral Charter School Authority will host a “Unity Celebration” on Monday, Jan. 15, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Tower Gallery holds art show to benefit Zonta

January 10, 2018 To help raise money for the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, Tower Gallery will hold its Tower Gives Back event Thursday, Jan. 11, from 5 to 9 p.. more »»

‘Natives in Paradise’ exhibit on display at ‘Ding’ Darling

January 3, 2018 Botanical artists Pauline Goldsmith and Cynthia Rice, who both hail from South Florida, are paying homage to native Florida plants and butterflies during their "Natives in Paradise" exhibit at J.N. more »»

Giving and love topic of new children’s book

December 27, 2017 When one Sanibel resident went to grab a pencil at church one Sunday afternoon, she noticed they were all broken, keeping her from jotting notes during service. more »»

Investing in the arts

December 20, 2017 The arts have a lot to offer to Lee County. more »»

CROW Speaker Series kicks off in January

December 20, 2017 To coincide with the breeding season of ospreys, and the public’s interest of the birds, the CROW Speaker Series will kick off with “The Story of Ospreys,” next month. more »»

Business

Mobile Mammo Coach taking appointments

January 9, 2018 The Sanibel Recreation Center will host the Radiology Regional Center's Mobile Mammo Coach on Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. more »»

Sanibel reminds community of holiday decoration regulations

January 9, 2018 As a reminder to Sanibel homeowners and businesses, holiday decorations, lighting and displays which are clearly incidental, customary and commonly associated with any national, local or religious... more »»

Holiday operation hours, refuse collection schedule for Sanibel

January 9, 2018 The City of Sanibel Administrative Offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 15 and will resume regular operating hours on Jan. 16. more »»

Dinner and wine pairing offered at Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant

January 3, 2018 Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant will offer a special dinner and wine pairing limited to 30 people on Friday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. more »»

Thistle Lodge’s bar gets a makeover

December 27, 2017 The Thistle Lodge is in the process of revamping its bar. The goal behind it? Restaurant manager Sean Ramsey said he is looking to attract a younger crowd. more »»

Obituaries

Donald H Wall

January 12, 2018 Wall, Donald H. Age 76, of Sanibel Island and Lemont Illinois, at rest January 7, 2018, at his home in Lemont surrounded by his loving family. more »»

Mary S Reed

January 8, 2018 Mary S Reed, known as Sally (nee Schell) age 91 died peacefully with her family by her side on December 20th 2017. more »»

Burton E Sorensen

January 3, 2018 Burton E. Sorensen, former General Partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co., passed away on December 30, 2017 in Fort Myers, Florida. He was 88 years old. more »»

Reverend Montague G Burnsed Jr

December 20, 2017 The Rev. Montague G. Burnsed, Jr. , "M.G.", went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 13, 201. more »»

Bernice Kupsaw

December 14, 2017 Bernice Kupsaw died peacefully at age 93 on December 28, 2016 in her Shell Point Arbor apartment with family at her side. more »»

Local Columns

Shell Shocked: A brand new game

January 10, 2018 (Editor’s note: This column ran in a previous issue of the Islander.) The American public worships our national sports: football, baseball, golf and basketball. more »»

In the Garden: The rattlesnake plant

January 10, 2018 Calathea lancifolia (rattlesnake plant) is a species of plant in the Marantaceae family and is a native to Brazi. more »»

Poetic License: Cold winter morn on Sanibel

January 10, 2018 For blood grown thin forty Fahrenheit is Siberia; breezes suddenly blue and brittle shiver through citrus leaves; a birdsong bleak and off-key chills our sense; sunlight, pale and tentative,... more »»

Living Sanibel: Great blue heron

January 10, 2018 The great blue heron is the largest and most widespread heron in North America. A magnificent bird to watch, this skilled hunter can be found throughout Southwest Florida. more »»

Rotary Happenings: 2018 Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair Feb. 17 - 18

January 10, 2018 Although the big countdown of the year at midnight on Dec. 31, 2017 brought us to our new year 2018, this is pretty much old news. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: Much accomplished in 2017; much work ahead in the new year

January 10, 2018 As we begin the new year, it is a time to reflect upon past accomplishments and look ahead to 2018 goal. more »»

America is better today

January 10, 2018 To the editor: After a year in office, President Trump has succeeded in making America great again. more »»

Guest Commentary: Affordable housing unattainable in Florida

January 10, 2018 Florida is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. Unfortunately, our governor and state lawmakers are only making matters worse. more »»

Talking points

January 10, 2018 To the editor: Letters to you from Gloria Garber and David Fetzer in the Jan. 3, Reporter caught my attention. more »»

Marine litter kills

January 10, 2018 To the editor: Marine litter, or marine debris, is a huge environmental issue. Marine litter is waste materials, like plastic and such, that end up in our oceans, lakes, or waterways. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

On the Water: A nice warm week to end the year

January 3, 2018 Christmas week brought us daytime temperatures well into the 80s and it looks like we will close out the year with well above average temperatures. more »»

On the Water: Beautiful weather on the water

December 27, 2017 Weather around Southwest Florida rebounded nicely after our first cold front of the season. Heading into the weekend, anglers found calm seas, blues skies and air temperatures climbing each day. more »»

On the Water: Fishing ahead of the cool down

December 20, 2017 After weeks and weeks of uninterrupted mild weather, the first real cold front of the season arrived in Southwest Florida over the weekend. more »»

On the Water: With cooler weather, shrimp becomes the best bait

December 13, 2017 There are two times I look forward to each year fishing: first, when the water warms after winter and bait fish return to our waters, and second, when the water cools to the point as we approach the... more »»

On the Water: Fishing up and down over the holiday week

December 6, 2017 All in all it wasn’t too bad of a week on the water. more »»

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