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Coastal Watch, partners team up to plant mangroves

February 12, 2020 On Feb. 5, Coastal Watch partnered with the city of Sanibel and MANG to fortify existing mangroves along a section of road that is subject to erosion and shoreline degradation. more »»


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Coastal Watch, partners team up to plant mangroves

February 12, 2020 On Feb. 5, Coastal Watch partnered with the city of Sanibel and MANG to fortify existing mangroves along a section of road that is subject to erosion and shoreline degradation. more »»

Peek at the Unique to feature contrasting homes

February 12, 2020 The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva always promises rare experiences on its annual home tour, “A Peek at the Unique,” which raises funds to support organizations whose work empowers women. more »»

HAB Task Force releases initial recommendations

February 12, 2020 On Feb. 6, the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Task Force announced it had finalized and approved its initial recommendations to address red tide and its harmful effects. more »»

Sanibel Sea School presents seasonal offerings

February 12, 2020 The Sanibel Sea School is offering the following programs for the winter and spring: - Feb. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. more »»

City to host New Resident Reception

February 12, 2020 Each March, the Sanibel City Council hosts a “New Resident Reception.” This year's event will take place on March 4 at 9 a.m. at the Sanibel City Hal. more »»

News from around the region

Everglades restoration gets another boost

February 13, 2020 This past Tuesday, President Donald Trump submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year 2021, which included $250 million for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration. According to Gov. more »»

Pickleball popular -- and not -- in Cape Coral

February 13, 2020 Pickleball -- one of the fastest-growing sports in America, especially among seniors who want to get a little recreation, but may not be up for traditional tennis. more »»

Taste of the Cape moves to new location

February 13, 2020 Twenty-five restaurants will participate in the 7th annual Taste of the Cape, which this year will be held at a new venue this weekend. more »»

More than $300,000 waiting to be claimed by residents, companies

February 13, 2020 Citizens and companies, who have done business with the county in recent years, may have money waiting to be claimed. more »»

Planned Parenthood’s 2020 Choice Affair to feature bestselling author

February 13, 2020 Sarah Smarsh, the critically acclaimed author and journalist, will be the featured speaker at Planned Parenthood’s Southwest and Central Florida Choice Affair Luncheon next week. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Watson MacRae Gallery to host trunk show

February 12, 2020 The Watson MacRae Gallery will hold a trunk show on Feb. 13-14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. more »»

CCA holds Paint & Sip Nite

February 12, 2020 The Captiva Civic Association hosted a Paint & Sip Nite on Feb. 3 with artist Maria Makrynakis at the Captiva Civic Center. more »»

Historical village set to hold annual gala

February 12, 2020 The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village will host its 2020 Gala, “It Takes A Village,” on Feb. 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Community House on Sanibel. more »»

San-Cap Art League to hold meeting

February 12, 2020 The Sanibel-Captiva Art League will hold its monthly meeting on Feb. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. more »»

New book spotlights Ikki Matsumoto's work

February 12, 2020 Former artist Ikki Matsumoto's legendary talent is being celebrated in a limited edition, hardcover, coffee table art book. more »»


HAB Task Force releases initial recommendations

February 12, 2020 On Feb. 6, the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Task Force announced it had finalized and approved its initial recommendations to address red tide and its harmful effects. more »»

Addition to 'Ding' Studio exhibit

February 12, 2020 The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge recently installed the final element to the “Ding” Studio exhibit that it updated for its 75th anniversary celebration. more »»

Progressive Club to hold candidate debate

February 12, 2020 The Progressive Club of the Islands will sponsor a candidate debate for Florida Congressional District 19 with Democrats David Holden and Cindy Banyai on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at The Community House. more »»

LWV Sanibel holds monthly presentation

February 12, 2020 A Floridian's vote for president of the United States has only one-half to one-third of the power of the vote of a resident of the nine least populous states because of the way electors are allocated. more »»

VIP Realty Group announces top producers for the month

February 12, 2020 VIP Realty Group announced its top producers for the month of January. Mary Morris had the top sales. A Realtor since 1999, she has multiple accredited designations in the real estate industry. more »»


Nancy Newcomet Clow Oden

January 29, 2020 Nancy Newcomet Clow Oden passed away on December 13, 2019 at Hope Hospice, Ft. Myers, FL, at the age of 87 after a long battle with COPD, surrounded by family and friends. more »»

Carolyn Dill Foster

January 10, 2020 Carolyn Dill Foster, age 99, passed away peacefully in Fort Myers on New Years Eve 2019.  Carolyn is predeceased by her Mother, Clara G. Dill, Father, William L. Dill, and her seven siblings. more »»

Patrick J Lovetro

January 9, 2020 Fort Myers, FL.  Patrick J. Lovetro (Capt. Pat) passed away December 11, 2019.  Born in Rochester NY November 6, 1939 to Patrick and Ann Lovetro. more »»

Nancy C Oden

December 20, 2019 Nancy C. Oden, 87, of Captiva, FL passed away on December 13, 2019.  Arrangements entrusted to Harvey Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Service.  www.harvey-engelhardt. more »»

Robert James "Bob" Brace

December 16, 2019 Robert James "Bob" Brace was born in 1942 in Superior WI to H.W. "Wid" Brace and Katharine (Link) Brace. He passed away on Dec. 10, 2019 after a brief stay at Hope Hospic. more »»

Local Columns

Safe at Sea: Visual Distress Signals required on most vessels

February 11, 2020 Federal law requires that all boats must be equipped with U.S. more »»

Faces on Faith: Mapping a meaningful life

February 11, 2020 “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” asks the poet Mary Oliver. more »»

Shell Shocked: Leap Year

February 11, 2020 Yes, it happens every four years. It's called “Leap Year” and we benefit by getting an extra day tagged on at the end of February. I have a friend whose birthday is Feb. more »»

In The Garden: Firebush is a blaze of color

February 11, 2020 Firebush (Hamelia patens) is a wonderfully cooperative and colorful native to brighten your garden. more »»

Center Stage: Community Concerts cancels performance, but more planned

February 11, 2020 Fort Myers Community Concerts unfortunately had to cancel its second performance of the season when the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra had to cancel its Jan. 27 concert due to visa difficulties. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Thank you to Sanibel, surrounding communities

February 11, 2020 To the editor: With cooperation from the Bay Pines VA Healthcare system, Songs and Stories for Soldiers — a local foundation — conducted its third annual campaign to obtain shoes and socks for... more »»

Animal shack needs addressing

February 4, 2020 To the editor: Would someone at the city please take action on the shack being used to house stray animals on Wooster Lane? Surely a better facility, with a window and some comforts, could be located. more »»

Thank you for the support

January 28, 2020 To the editor: The Shell Islands Garden Club would like to thank our island community and garden club members for making the biennial auction, “Going, Going, Gone,” on Jan. 14 such a successful event. more »»

Focus on local activities, news

January 28, 2020 To the editor: I feel that the Jan. 15, 2020, “Word on the Island” was very inappropriate, unnecessary and out of place. more »»

Rethinking Everglades restoration

January 28, 2020 To the editor: It is not a secret that in Florida, our environment is our economy and is for this reason that after the red tide and algae blooms ecological disaster in 2018, Floridians and elected... more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Healthy Heart Month Pickleball Tournaments scheduled

February 12, 2020 The Sanibel Recreation Center will host Healthy Heart Month Pickleball Tournaments today, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 11:30 a.m. for players ages 18 years and olde. more »»

Hope Parkinson Program to benefit from half marathon

February 12, 2020 Registration is open for the second Annual Lazy Flamingo Half Marathon, Two-Person Relay and Half-Mile Fun Walk on March 1, with all proceeds to benefit the Hope Parkinson Program and Kimmie's... more »»

Channel dredging near Shell Harbor

February 12, 2020 The city has commenced dredging of the entrance channel to the Shell Harbor subdivision. more »»

American Legion

February 11, 2020 American Legion Post 123, at 4929 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, presents the following: - Feb. 12: General meeting at 6 p.m. - Feb. 16: Fish and shrimp fry from noon to 8 p.m. more »»

Paddling Tip of the Week

February 11, 2020 Boat traffic increases this time of year with the influx of visitors, putting more inexperienced boaters on the water. more »»

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