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Sanibel Island Farmers Market returns Oct. 2

September 28, 2016 Seven new vendors will join the line up at the popular weekly Sanibel Island Farmers Market, which will kick off its ninth season next month. The weekly Sunday market is held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. more »»


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Sanibel Island Farmers Market returns Oct. 2

September 28, 2016 Seven new vendors will join the line up at the popular weekly Sanibel Island Farmers Market, which will kick off its ninth season next month. The weekly Sunday market is held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. more »»

Council quick to approve tax rate, budget

September 28, 2016 Including the pledge of allegiance and the invocation, it took just 18 minutes for the Sanibel City Council on Wednesday to give its unanimous approval to the 2017 city budget and millage. more »»

Sanibel Council adjusts parking sticker fees

September 28, 2016 Although the Sanibel City Council agenda was light last Tuesday, there was one significant item the council had to consider: an emergency ordinance regarding parking stickers. more »»

Sanibel School Steel Drumming Band heading to Disney World for performance

September 28, 2016 Research that began this past summer of the possibilities of performing at Disney World became a reality for The Sanibel School Steel Drumming Band after their audition tape and application were... more »»

LCEC doles out Environmental Funding Awards

September 28, 2016 To show its commitment to wildlife and the environment, LCEC awarded the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum $2,500 to support their Mollusks on the Move program which educates children and adults... more »»

News from around the region

No bond for suspect in double homicide

September 30, 2016 A judge denied bond for a man accused in a 26-year-old double homicide that included a girl. Joseph Adam Zieler, 54, of 314 Byron Ave., North Fort Myers, had his first appearance on Thursday. more »»

Farmer’s Market returns to Club Square

September 30, 2016 Cape Coral Farmer's Market returns to Club Square on Saturday for its 23rd year as the county’s largest and most popular market. This year's market runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays from Oct. more »»

Grand opening: New Cape Brewery offers food, more

September 30, 2016 Cape Coral's newest brewery is celebrating its grand opening today through Sunda. more »»

Free two-day concert: 239 Fest promises best lineup ever

September 30, 2016 Over two dozen bands will perform next weekend in the South Cape for a two-day festival. more »»

Removal of Chiquita lock nudges forward

September 30, 2016 Boaters who use the Chiquita Lock in Southwest Cape Coral could be celebrating at some point because the city is about to finish the process of filing a permit to remove the lock with the Florida... more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Myra continues to educate through her paintings

September 28, 2016 A Sanibel artist who was a special education teacher for many years continues to educate the public through her artwor. more »»

BIG ARTS to screen ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ film

September 28, 2016 Prepare yourself to never view the school system the same way again. On Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., BIG ARTS will show the film “Most Likely to Succeed” which illustrates how school could be. more »»

Sanibel welcomes inaugural blues and jazz festival

September 21, 2016 The first ever blues and jazz festival will be coming to Sanibel Sunday, Nov. 6. The festival, which is put on by the Sanibel Captiva Optimist Club, will feature local and big name bands. more »»

Fort Myers local plays at Island Hopper Festival

September 21, 2016 Local country sensation, Sheena Brook, credits her mother for exposing her to music. After seeing her play in the church’s choir, Brook decided to join as well. more »»

BIG ARTS Monday Night Film kicks off next month

September 21, 2016 The BIG ARTS film program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, will feature 39 films throughout its season. more »»


Sanibel Island Farmers Market returns Oct. 2

September 28, 2016 Seven new vendors will join the line up at the popular weekly Sanibel Island Farmers Market, which will kick off its ninth season next month. The weekly Sunday market is held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. more »»

Island businesses recognized during Best of the Islands luncheon

September 28, 2016 Almost 200 island businesses and organizations attended the Best of the Islands award luncheon last Tuesday at the Sundial Beach Resort & Sp. more »»

Captiva House incorporates sushi to their menu

September 28, 2016 Captiva House which is the flagship restaurant of ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa, recently added sushi to their offering. more »»

2016 Best of the Islands winners feted at luncheon

September 20, 2016 Sanibel and Captiva's "Best" businesses were honored Tuesday at the 2016 Best of the Islands luncheon held at the Sundial Beach Resort and Spa. more »»

Three Sanibel businesses win Lee County’s E-Awards for outstanding service

September 14, 2016 Three Sanibel businesses won the Elaine McLaughlin Outstanding Hospitality Service Awards on Sept. 1 at the Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in Fort Myers. more »»


JoAnn Hasselbeck

September 14, 2016 On the evening of September 9th, 2016, JoAnn (Daigler) Hasselbeck passed away unexpectedly in Portland, Maine. more »»

Paul F. McCarthy

August 29, 2016 Paul F. McCarthy, 63, died of natural causes on August 23, 2016 in Captiva, Florida. Paul was an acclaimed business leader, attorney, environmentalist and world traveler. more »»

Robert Sabatino

August 25, 2016 SABATINO, Robert, 80, of Sanibel passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Arrangements by Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. more »»

Georgene (Koessler) Knight

August 23, 2016 Georgene (Koessler) Knight, 78, of Fort Myers, FL passed away peacefully on August 17, 2016 at the Lodge at Cypress Cove, Fort Myers after a brief illness. more »»

John "Jack" Weston

August 12, 2016 John "Jack" Weston passed away on August 8, 2016, in Minneapolis. He was 84. Jack was a fun-loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle who enjoyed life to the fullest. more »»

Local Columns

Shell Shocked: Musings of a free associator

September 28, 2016 If it’s so important to be earnest then why didn’t my parents name me Ernest? And if we should be frank with each other why wasn’t I named Frank?  And why aren’t you named Frank? And why isn’t your... more »»

In the Garden: Southern show stopper

September 28, 2016 Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is an intoxicatingly fragrant vine that causes me to take deep breathes to draw in the scent I associate with the heat of summer and lazy days on th... more »»

Living Sanibel: Bluegill and redbreast sunfish

September 28, 2016 Bluegill Bluegill and redbreast sunfish are sometimes referred to as bream (pronounced brim) in Florida. more »»

Poetic License: Mami, I sold the lots

September 28, 2016 Mami, I sold the lots But I kept the dream. For five hundred down And fifty a month forever A piece of treeless swamp — Mami, I sold the lots. more »»

Rotary Happenings: LARC has made a difference in many lives

September 28, 2016 Did you know that in this country, and many countries around the world, that up until the 1950s, if you had an IQ of 50 and below, medical and educational experts believed that these individuals... more »»

Letters to the Editor

It’s trick or treat time from WCIND’s Board

September 28, 2016 To the editor: Here it is property tax time for the four counties that make up the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND). WCIND has got its hand in your wallet again. more »»

Rep. John Scott will clean up our water

September 28, 2016 To the editor: In November, when Democrat John Scott beats incumbent Matt Caldwell for his seat in the Florida State Legislature, Scott will be ousting the man who has done more damage to our Florid... more »»

Thanks for supporting this year’s Galloway Captiva Tri

September 21, 2016 To the editor: A fellow race director once told me that the reason he began producing triathlons is because almost everyone is a winner. That was never more true than the weekend of Sept. more »»

Guest Commentary: Are there any ‘off limits’ sites for Pokémon Go?

September 14, 2016 Last July the Pokémon Go electronic game was introduced and it has quickly become a phenomenon attracting millions of players throughout the world. more »»

Guest Commentary: One veteran suicide is too many

September 14, 2016 Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released results of the largest and most comprehensive analysis of veteran suicide ever conducted. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

On the Water: Goodbye summer — fall fishing begins

September 28, 2016 With waters cooling down ever so slightly, fish are becoming more active throughout the day. more »»

On the Water: Mixed results on the water this week

September 21, 2016 Overall it was a good week on the water with plenty of sunshine and a light to moderate breeze on most days. more »»

On the Water: Hermine disrupts the local fishing

September 14, 2016 Thanks to Hurricane Hermine, fishing around our waters came to a standstill for the better part of the week. more »»

On the Water: Snook season to reopen in September

September 7, 2016 Snook is a Southwest Florida game fish that is known for its unparalleled fighting ability, tenacity and great table fare. more »»

Sundial Resort holds first USTA sanctioned tournament

August 31, 2016 Sundial Resort on Sanibel is gearing up to hold its first USTA sanctioned tournament for the Southwest Florida Clay Court Championships Sept. 23-25. more »»

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