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One of two top U.S. officials expected to arrive on Sanibel

October 11, 2019 The vice president, or president, is anticipated to arrive in Fort Myers tonight for a visit. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction on Oct. more »»

 
 
 

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One of two top U.S. officials expected to arrive on Sanibel

October 11, 2019 The vice president, or president, is anticipated to arrive in Fort Myers tonight for a visit. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction on Oct. more »»

SCCF, Sanibel Sea School: Testing finds red tide on beaches

October 11, 2019 Water samples taken by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's Marine Lab scientists from Oc. more »»

SCCF celebrates record number of hatchlings

October 11, 2019 With three nests still to hatch, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Sea Turtle Program Coordinator Kelly Sloane was elated to report on a surprising comeback season with a record number of... more »»

Corps continues Lake Okeechobee releases to Caloosahatchee

October 11, 2019 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Jacksonville District continued to release water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary this week and no releases to the St. more »»

Unique island bloom

October 11, 2019 Sanibel resident Joe Salatino has been raising orchids for over 50 years and recently bloomed a new species for the first time, the Stanhopia Jenischiana. more »»

News from around the region

Applicants for vacant council seat up to 11

October 14, 2019 Applications for the open District 5 Cape Coral City Council seat were due by Friday at 3 p.m. more »»

Margaritaville challenge continues to Court of Appeal

October 14, 2019 A Fort Myers Beach resident is taking her challenge of the Margaritaville Fort Myers Beach Resort to Second District Court of Appeal. more »»

CCPD: Body identified as Ruiz

October 12, 2019 Friday afternoon, the Cape Coral Police Department reported that it had positively identified the body found Thursday in the northwest section of the Cape as Diane Ruiz. more »»

CCPD: Person of interest in Ruiz, Melton investigations remains in custody

October 12, 2019 The Cape Coral Police Department has identified the person of interest in the Diane Ruiz case, as well as death investigation of Kristine Ann Melton, 35, who was found dead at her home on Oc. more »»

Update: LCSO reports kidnapping did not occur

October 12, 2019 In continuing the investigation of a reported kidnapping earlier this week, Lee County Sheriff's Office detectives discovered the reported kidnapping did not occur as it was originally reported by... more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Shell Point announces Fine, Performing Arts Series

October 11, 2019 Shell Point Retirement Community announced its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series, which brings a variety of local and international performers to Shell Point’s campus in four distinct serie. more »»

SCCF, SCAL to host art exhibit

October 9, 2019 The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Sanibel-Captiva Art League are partnering for a new exhibit, called “Native,” opening in November. more »»

Live wildlife presentations, python talk and more for ‘Ding’ Darling Day

October 9, 2019 As the 75th anniversary celebration at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel kicks in, staff has planned a “Ding” Darling Day for Oct. more »»

SCCF to host season's first 'Evenings at the Homestead'

October 9, 2019 The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will host “Evenings at the Homestead: Troubled Waters Film Screening” on Nov. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the pavilion at the Bailey Homestead Preserve. more »»

Fringe Fort Myers Festival taking artist applications

October 9, 2019 In partnership with the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, the Alliance for the Arts will present the first-ever Fringe Fort Myers Festival on April 22-26 and artist applications are being accepted. more »»

Business

Refuge welcomes new intern

October 11, 2019 Intern April Arthur recently arrived to help the J.N. more »»

Shell museum project pushing forward

October 9, 2019 The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently provided an update on its renovation project. The updated building is large and waterproof, with impact-resistant windows. more »»

Sanibel historical village set to reopen for season

October 9, 2019 The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village will reopen to the community on Oct. 15. The operating hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. more »»

F.I.S.H. to host annual Open House for community

October 9, 2019 F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva will host its annual Open House for the public on Nov. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the F.I.S.H. Walk-In Center, at 2430-B Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. more »»

Salute to BIG ARTS project workers

October 9, 2019 BIG ARTS recently provided an update on its “Continue the DREAM” construction project. more »»

Obituaries

Thomas Arthur Rathbone

October 8, 2019 We’ve lost a bright, inquisitive, thoughtful and unique man. Thomas Arthur Rathbone of Captiva Island, Florida, died on Saturday, September 21, 2019, after a 4-month valiant battle with cance. more »»

Marjorie Jane Bauer

October 1, 2019 Marjorie Jane Bauer, 92, of Sanibel, Florida, died September 19, 2019.  Lee County Cremation Services-Fort Myers has been entrusted with her final care. more »»

John “Jack” E Luke D.D.S

September 20, 2019 John “Jack” E. Luke, D.D.S, 91, of Sanibel, FL passed away on September 18, 2019. Arrangements entrusted to Fuller Metz Cremation and Funeral Service. www.fullermetz. more »»

Julia Lee (Ashcraft) Armstrong

August 26, 2019 Julia Lee (Ashcraft) Armstrong, age 93, died on August 24, 2019 at the Kobacker House, after a brief illness. Julia was born in Mt. more »»

Robert Chuback

August 26, 2019 Robert Chuback, 91, of Sanibel, passed away on August 17, 2019. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Affordable Cremations by Baldwin Brothers. more »»

Local Columns

Natural resource policy update from SCCF

October 8, 2019 The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation was honored to host U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Col. Andrew Kelly, Lt. Jennifer Reynolds and her incoming replacement Lt. Todd Polk on Aug. more »»

Rotary Happenings: District governor visits San-Cap Rotary Club

October 8, 2019 Took a little time off at the end of September and unfortunately had to miss a visit by our Rotary District 6960 Gov. Richard Kirschner and his spouse, Nancy. more »»

Faces on Faith: Who directs your path?

October 8, 2019 As the chairman of the board of directors of the Sanibel Christian Science Church, I rotate with other experienced church members in preparing the Wednesday service. more »»

On the Water: October is great time to fish Southwest Florida waters

October 8, 2019 October is a refreshing time for anglers around Southwest Florida. After a long hot summer, we will finally see some relief with cooler days and a noticeable drop in humidity. more »»

Shell Shocked: CROW is for wildlife, remember that

October 8, 2019 I sprained my ankle one day and my friends, who aren’t familiar with Sanibel, took me to CROW. They must have misread the website in their desire to get me immediate help. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: Upping the ante to protect Southwest Florida

September 11, 2019 Last year’s toxic algae crisis has been rightly crowned a historic turning point for our region. more »»

Restrict only some micro-mobility devices

August 27, 2019 To the editor: I have been a full-time resident on Sanibel for 15 years and like most residents have enjoyed the many attractions of our great city island. more »»

Possible solution to empty storefronts

August 27, 2019 To the editor: Increasingly Sanibel has a problem with a lot of empty storefronts all over the island. more »»

More than mental illness needs addressing

August 20, 2019 To the editor: I agree that mental illness is a huge factor in the gun violence in our country, but on the other hand you have to have a mental problem to want to kill or cause bodily harm to anothe... more »»

Our Faustian bargain

August 6, 2019 To the editor: If there is one unforgettable lesson all of us took away from the horrific red tide event on Sanibel last summer and fall it is that paradise is vulnerable. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Live wildlife presentations, python talk and more for ‘Ding’ Darling Day

October 9, 2019 As the 75th anniversary celebration at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel kicks in, staff has planned a “Ding” Darling Day for Oct. more »»

Additional recreational fishing days for red snapper

October 9, 2019 On Oct. 1, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced six additional recreational red snapper fishing days for Gulf waters. more »»

FWC approves draft changes to spotted seatrout rules

October 9, 2019 At its recent meeting in Cape Canaveral, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved several draft rule changes for spotted seatrout. more »»

FWC approves blackfin tuna rule changes

October 9, 2019 At its October meeting in Cape Canaveral, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved regulation changes to create a recreational limit for blackfin tuna of two fish per person or... more »»

Kiwanis signing up players for Crush It for the Kids

October 8, 2019 Registrations are being taken for a fundraiser to support college scholarships for island youth. more »»

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