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Estimated taxable property valuations up for islands

May 29, 2020 Early preliminary property tax valuations for Sanibel and Captiva have increased over 2019. more »»

 
 
 

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Estimated taxable property valuations up for islands

May 29, 2020 Early preliminary property tax valuations for Sanibel and Captiva have increased over 2019. more »»

BIG ARTS launches virtual gallery for artist's solo show

May 29, 2020 BIG ARTS is taking the arts online with the launch of its first virtual gallery on its Website. more »»

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday for consumers

May 29, 2020 Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov, Ron DeSantis, the 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins today and extends through June 4. more »»

Growth versus value during COVID-19

May 29, 2020 The fallout of the COVID-19 global pandemic on stock markets this year has been dramatic. The U.. more »»

Sanibel library to reopen with phased plan

May 28, 2020 Patrons will once again have the opportunity to browse bookshelves, use computers, read magazines, connect to WiFi and more at the Sanibel Public Library with its reopening on June 1. more »»

News from around the region

Hernandez named Cape's top choice for city manager post

May 29, 2020 Cape Coral City Council has selected its candidate of choice for the city's top administrative position. more »»

Estimated taxable property valuations mostly up countywide

May 29, 2020 With just a few exceptions, taxable property valuations are up throughout Lee County, according to preliminary estimates released by the Property Appraiser's Office Friday morning. more »»

'Summer BreakSpot' meal program begins June 1

May 29, 2020 The School District is transitioning from the Grab & Go meal service to the annual Summer BreakSpot program on Monday, June 1. more »»

Florida Department of Health now reporting antibody test results

May 29, 2020 The Florida Department of Health is now releasing COVID-19 antibody test results in addition to updates on positive and negative test results and death numbers. more »»

Mariner High teacher first APPLES Mentor of the Year honoree

May 29, 2020 A Mariner High School English language arts teacher has been named the School District of Lee County's inaugural 2020 APPLES Mentor of the Year. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

BIG ARTS launches virtual gallery for artist's solo show

May 29, 2020 BIG ARTS is taking the arts online with the launch of its first virtual gallery on its Website. more »»

Monthly exhibit at TCH

May 27, 2020 During the months of June and July, local artists and Sanibel-Captiva Art League members Bob Marshall and Anita Force Marshall will exhibit their work on The Community House's Website. more »»

KLCB to host screening, discussion for World Oceans Day

May 27, 2020 Keep Lee County Beautiful is hosting a virtual screening and discussion of “The Story of Plastic” on June 8 in honor of World Oceans Day. more »»

Summer youth programming available — with adjustments

May 26, 2020 With the end of the school year quickly approaching, some island entities have already committed to providing summer programs for youths, while others are still deciding on whether to provide any. more »»

Healthy Lee launches Kids with Compassion initiative

May 20, 2020 Healthy Lee invites the Southwest Florida community to participate in Kids with Compassion, encouraging local children to create compassionate artwork and cards to send virtually to area seniors in... more »»

Business

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday for consumers

May 29, 2020 Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov, Ron DeSantis, the 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins today and extends through June 4. more »»

Growth versus value during COVID-19

May 29, 2020 The fallout of the COVID-19 global pandemic on stock markets this year has been dramatic. The U.. more »»

County aid, supplies will not last forever

May 28, 2020 Lee County has set aside more than $57 million out of $134 million available from the federal government for phase one in helping individuals with rent assistance and utility bills, as well as... more »»

Bailey's virtual wine tasting to highlight Locations

May 27, 2020 Bailey's General Store will host a free wine tasting via Zoom, “Wine Wednesday Virtual Tasting,” on June 3 with guest host Mike McCahill, market development manager with E. & J. Gallo Winery. more »»

Garden Shoppe at Edison, Ford Winter Estates opens

May 27, 2020 On May 15, the Garden Shoppe at Edison and Ford Winter Estates reopened for customers to purchase plants and gardening-related item. more »»

Obituaries

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 »»

Dorothy Matthews Moore

May 5, 2020 Sikeston - Dorothy Matthews Moore, 90, died peacefully on April 23rd at Chateau Girardeau. more »»

Local Columns

Rotary Happenings: FGCU president speaks at Rotary Club meeting

May 26, 2020 The current pandemic has affected us all, in many different ways. For our young adults attending college, it seems to have been a double-whammy. more »»

Safe at Sea: A picnic anchor?

May 26, 2020 This morning while I was taking a beach walk, I came across a rather familiar scene: a beautiful large boat with twin engines with four folks attempting to anchor at Lighthouse Beach. more »»

Faces on Faith: Hope has not been canceled

May 26, 2020 “Hope has not been cancelled,” read the sign along the roadside. It seemed a bright note in the midst of what often seems to be a sea of bad news. more »»

Shell Shocked: A hurricane named Arthur

May 26, 2020 It finally happened. I got a hurricane named after me. And boy are my friends sore at me. more »»

In The Garden: Arboricola is commonly used in Florida landscapes

May 26, 2020 Arboricola (Schefflera arboricola) or the dwarf umbrella tree has a green or variegated leaf that can be seen in many residential and commercial landscape gardens. It is native to Taiwan and Hainan. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Freedom must overcome fear

May 26, 2020 To the editor: Freedom is the ability to do things in the present. Fear is the worry that present actions may result in a future bad event. Science is the antidote to fear. Science provides knowledge. more »»

Masks needed at island eateries

May 19, 2020 To the editor: Restaurants on Sanibel and Captiva, please protect your employees and our community … wear masks! I was shocked to see the lack of masks being worn at our restaurants. more »»

Council can still take action

May 19, 2020 To the editor: On May 12, the Sanibel City Council voted to reopen hotels and short-term rentals to visitor. more »»

Some freedoms are not absolute

May 12, 2020 To the editor: As Constitutional conservatives we consider the freedoms in our First, Fourth and Fourteenth amendments as cornerstones of our democracy. more »»

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

May 12, 2020 To the editor: What a difference four months made. A cultural tsunami crashed on everything we believed permanent, The Before Times. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Applications being taken for MPO committee

May 28, 2020 The city of Sanibel is accepting applications for a resident to serve as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinating Committee (BPCC) member. more »»

Public reminded to immediately report beach violations

May 27, 2020 In response to “after-the-fact” reports of violations of the city's beach wildlife protection regulations, Sanibel Police Chief Dalton reminds citizens that “if you see something, say something” and... more »»

Dunes announces recent ace

May 27, 2020 Frank D'Ambrosio made a hole-in-one on March 13 on Hole 17 at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club on Sanibel. His hole-in-one was witnessed by fellow member Jack Camillo. more »»

FWC urges safe boating in light of National Boating Safety Week

May 27, 2020 With last week marking National Safe Boating Week and the release of the 2019 Boating Accident Statistical Report, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is encouraging boaters to... more »»

Phase two of San-Cap Road project finished

May 26, 2020 Last week, the second phase of the emergency shore protection project on Sanibel-Captiva Road near Blind Pass wrapped up, with the installation of a new guardrail and other features set for this week. more »»

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Sanibel Moorings offers Botanical Gardens tour 06-03

The Botanical Gardens at Sanibel Moorings offers 90-minute walking tours to the public on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.Cost is $5 per person, plus tax; check in at the front office.Reservations required at 239-472-4119. more »


 
 
 
 
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