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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 »»

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 »»

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 »»

Shell museum reopens doors with new protocols in place

May 26, 2020 After closing over two months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum reopened its doors to visitors over the weekend with new safety measures in place. more »»

Preparation urged with arrival of storm season

May 26, 2020 With early predictions pointing to above-average activity for the upcoming hurricane season, officials are encouraging the islands to be prepared and have a plan in place — as it only takes one storm. more »»

Residents, businesses reminded to obtain re-entry passes

May 26, 2020 The islands will again reuse the 2016 hurricane passes for the upcoming storm season. more »»

Junonia found on Sanibel

May 26, 2020 Eric Lin, of Tomball, Texas, found a junonia shell on May 3 near the Sanibel Lighthouse during his morning run on the beach. more »»

Educator, group working on 'dark sky' designation

May 26, 2020 Cayo Costa State Park may acquire a new designation — thanks to the efforts of some of its friends. more »»

Junonia found on Captiva

May 26, 2020 Alexandra Spoto, 11, and Jack Spoto, 8, of Fort Lauderdale, found a junonia shell during a family walk on May 19 at about 6:30 p.m. near the Mucky Duck on Captiva. more »»

County sets up assistance programs with CARES Act funds

May 26, 2020 People who need help paying the rent or a utility bill and who earn under $55,000 or whose small business has suffered due to the economic fallout from the state's response to the COVID-19 are all... more »»

County’s amended minimum standards for vacation rentals approved

May 26, 2020 On May 21, the state of Florida approved an amended version of Lee County’s minimum standards regarding out-of-state reservations. Pursuant to Executive Order 20-123 signed by Gov. more »»

Paddling Tip of the Week

May 26, 2020 Don’t forget to dry your gear. One of the cardinal rules of any water sport is to never pack gear or clothing while it’s wet. more »»

Virus-related updates on island activities, more

May 26, 2020 (Editor's note: To have an item or announcement added to the list, call 239-472-1587 or email Editor Tiffany Repecki at more »»

City council falls in line with county on rentals

May 22, 2020 During a special meeting on May 21, the Sanibel City Council adopted Lee County's state-approved amended standards for vacation and accommodation rentals, as well as clarified its policy on the... more »»

Rare endangered sea turtle tagged on Sanibel

May 22, 2020 After laying several nests earlier in the season, a team of biologists has encountered and tagged a rare leatherback sea turtle that is nesting along Sanibel and Captiva. more »»

Status update from city of Sanibel

May 22, 2020 The city of Sanibel provided the following status update as today, May 22. more »»

On-island sea turtle volunteers back on daily patrols

May 21, 2020 About 80 of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's highly devoted sea turtle program volunteers are back on daily rotation to patrol the island beaches as of May 19. more »»

Plover chicks documented on beaches as least tern nest returns

May 21, 2020 The week of May 13-19 marked the May count window for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Florida Shorebird Survey. more »»

F.I.S.H. offering summer scholarships for youth

May 21, 2020 As Florida begins its multi-phase reopening, many F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva clients are struggling to find balance between work and childcare. more »»

Mayor issues proclamation, adjusts restrictions

May 20, 2020 On May 19, the city of Sanibel reported that Mayor Kevin Ruane extended the declared state of emergency — originally declared in response to COVID-19 — until May 26, unless further extended. more »»



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