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Plane safely makes emergency landing on Sanibel beach

August 12, 2020 The Sanibel Police Department reported that a plane safely made an emergency landing at approximately 1:20 p.m. today on Sanibel at the beach near West Gulf Beach Drive Access #6. more »»

 
 
 

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Plane safely makes emergency landing on Sanibel beach

August 12, 2020 The Sanibel Police Department reported that a plane safely made an emergency landing at approximately 1:20 p.m. today on Sanibel at the beach near West Gulf Beach Drive Access #6. more »»

COVID-19 cases increase by one on Sanibel

August 12, 2020 Lee County has 16,872 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — 16,577 Florida residents and 295 non-residents — including 43 cases between Sanibel and Captiva, according to the Florida Department of Healt. more »»

Executive director of shell museum steps down

August 12, 2020 After seven years at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, Executive Director Dorrie Hipschman has stepped down from her role to pursue other opportunities. more »»

Hatching season in full swing as nesting slows down

August 12, 2020 On Aug. 5, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan reported that sea turtle nesting is winding down, while hatching season is picking up. more »»

Sanibel Sea School to host educational programs

August 12, 2020 The Sanibel Sea School will offer a variety of limited in-person offerings for children, families and small groups this fall, including after-school sessions, family private programs and customized... more »»

News from around the region

Health leaders ask for mandatory masks in Lee

July 28, 2020 Members of the Lee Health Facility Medical Executive Committee has sent a letter to Lee County Board of County Commissioners Chair Brian Hamman, requesting a countywide mask mandate “in public place... more »»

Cape Council talks taxes

July 28, 2020 Cape Coral City Council made significant changes to the city's mowing program Monday, changing the number of mows on each empty lot and so raising the annual assessment. more »»

Cape cancels anniversary celebration

July 28, 2020 After moving the traditional July 4th celebration to Labor Day weekend in recognition of the city of Cape Coral's 50th anniversary, officials on Monday cancelled the event, citing the coronavirus... more »»

COVID cases near 442,000 mark

July 28, 2020 As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 441,977 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 9,230 since FDOH's last update Monday morning. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

The Community House

August 11, 2020 The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, will present the following: Watercolors and Shells Letting Loose With Watercolors & Shells will be held today, Aug. 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. more »»

Sanibel library features Selfie Station, more

August 5, 2020 The Sanibel Public Library’s “Fill-A-Bag for A Dollar” book sale is continuing until the inventory is depleted. Located in the library’s puzzle area and main entrances, the books are restocked dail. more »»

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest postponed

August 5, 2020 On July 27, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, iHeartMedia and BMI announced that they were postponing the 7th annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fes. more »»

Bestselling author joins refuge's lecture lineup

August 5, 2020 Author Kirk W. Johnson will join the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge's 2021 Lecture Series for a March 19 presentation. more »»

Business

Executive director of shell museum steps down

August 12, 2020 After seven years at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, Executive Director Dorrie Hipschman has stepped down from her role to pursue other opportunities. more »»

Progressive Club to hold monthly meeting

August 12, 2020 The Progressive Club of the Islands will hold its virtual monthly meeting on Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. more »»

VIP Realty Group announces top producers for the month

August 12, 2020 VIP Realty Group announced its top producers for the month of June. Susan Dunn had the top sale. more »»

City provides status update

August 11, 2020 Today, the city of Sanibel issued an updated “Current Status” related to COVID-19 provisions. more »»

Interior work moving along at The Island Store

August 11, 2020 The interior setup of The Island Store is starting to come together as the renovations continue. more »»

Obituaries

Joseph Ross Interbartolo

July 20, 2020 Interbartolo, Joseph Ross age 81 formerly of East Boston, MA, Ft. Myers, and Cape Coral, FL. passed away on Sunday, July 12, 202. more »»

Katheryn M Boatman

July 9, 2020 Katheryn M. Boatman, age 75, passed away peacefully at her home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on July 4, 2020 after a long illness. She was born January 3, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri to Edward E. more »»

Dr Carol McDonald Connor

June 17, 2020 Dr. Carol McDonald Connor was a Chancellor’s Professor of Education at the University of California ­ Irvine School of Education. more »»

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 »»

Local Columns

County committed to LeeCARES aid effort

August 11, 2020 I want to thank Lee County’s residents for your perseverance during these difficult times. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Rotarians hear from veterans foundation, military museum founder

August 11, 2020 At the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club's Zoom meeting on July 31, members were introduced to Ralph Santillo, founder and president of the Invest in America's Veterans Foundation. more »»

Faces on Faith: Work to help the people around us

August 11, 2020 No doubt you, like me, are being inundated with news reports of COVID-19 spikes in Florida and around the country and violence in places all over the countr. more »»

Shell Shocked: The price of isolation

August 11, 2020 What crime did I commit to be placed in isolation? Why is food being left outside my front door? Why can’t I go out to the yard to exercise with my fellow inmates? At prisons throughout the country,... more »»

In The Garden: Agave attenuata is ideal for modern landscapes

August 11, 2020 Agave attenuata, from the Agavaceae family, is commonly referred to as spineless century plan. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Adding fuel to hatred, separation

July 14, 2020 To the editor: I was troubled by a letter to the editor I read from Mr. Mike DiCorpo published in the June 8, 2020, issue of the Island Reporter. more »»

Thank you for voting to require face masks

July 7, 2020 To the editor: The Sanibel City Council recently voted 3-1 to require face masks in public spaces on Sanibe. more »»

To mask or not to mask, that is the question

July 7, 2020 To the editor: I go for a morning exercise walk and at least 97 percent of the people I see do not wear a mask. I wear a mask to protect you and wonder why you can’t extend the same courtesy. more »»

A community stronger than COVID

July 7, 2020 To the editor: On June 13, I had the honor to present former Congressman Carlos Curbelo, founder of the first bipartisan climate solutions caucus in the U.S. more »»

Appreciate the Islander

July 7, 2020 To the editor: As a 20-plus year resident, full time on Sanibel, I have looked through many Islander papers. The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva and J.. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Sanibel Sea School to host educational programs

August 12, 2020 The Sanibel Sea School will offer a variety of limited in-person offerings for children, families and small groups this fall, including after-school sessions, family private programs and customized... more »»

Online reservation system launched for recreation center

August 12, 2020 Scheduling weight room, lap swim and tennis court appointments at the Sanibel Recreation Center is now easier with the center's new online reservation system, which the city launched on Aug. 10. more »»

Virus-related updates on island activities, more

August 12, 2020 (Editor's note: To have an item or announcement added to the list, call 239-472-1587 or email Editor Tiffany Repecki at trepecki@breezenewspapers.com. more »»

City provides status update

August 11, 2020 Today, the city of Sanibel issued an updated “Current Status” related to COVID-19 provisions. more »»

Paddling Tip of the Week

August 11, 2020 Paddlers should always wear clothing that protects common sunburn areas such as the back, scalp, neck and ears. more »»

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Sanibel Moorings offers Botanical Gardens tour 08-12

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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