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Portions of Sanibel beach between Blind Pass Park and northern Bowman's Beach re-open

June 23, 2017 The portions of the gulf beach between Blind Pass Park and the northern end of Bowman's Beach Park closed on June 21 due to high surf and unsafe conditions have been re-opened to the public. more »»

 
 
 

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Portions of Sanibel beach between Blind Pass Park and northern Bowman's Beach re-open

June 23, 2017 The portions of the gulf beach between Blind Pass Park and the northern end of Bowman's Beach Park closed on June 21 due to high surf and unsafe conditions have been re-opened to the public. more »»

Portions of Sanibel Beach between Blind Pass Park & Northern Bowman's Beach re-open

June 23, 2017 The portions of the gulf beach between Blind Pass Park and the northern end of Bowman's Beach Park closed June 21 due to high surf and unsafe conditions have been re-opened to the public. more »»

Beach monitoring continues

June 23, 2017 The portion of the public beach located between Bowman’s Beach and Blind Pass that the City of Sanibel that closed Thursday is being monitored because it is a soft, difficult-to-traverse portio. more »»

Portions of the beach temporarily closed between Blind Pass Park and northern Bowman's Beach due to unsafe conditions

June 23, 2017 The City of Sanibel closed a portion of the gulf beach between Blind Pass Park and the northern end of Bowman's Beach Park due to high surf and unsafe conditions Thursday. more »»

National Seashell Day today at Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

June 21, 2017 In honor of National Seashell Day today, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum has a myriad of activities planned for the annual event. From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. more »»

News from around the region

Community rallies around injured pilot

June 25, 2017 The local business community has rallied around one of its own, injured while piloting a small plane that crashed shortly after takeoff at Page Field Saturday morning. more »»

Plane crashes into empty Florida daycare building; 1 killed

June 24, 2017 FORT MYERS (AP) — A small plane has crashed into an empty daycare building in Florida, killing one person and injuring anothe. more »»

FDLE: Missing teen, fugitive adult, may be traveling to Fort Myers

June 24, 2017 A "be on the lookout" has been issued for a Texas teen and male adult who may be in en route to Fort Myers. more »»

Pre-qualifying for Cape Coral City Council elections begins Monday

June 23, 2017 Pre-qualifying for the city of Cape Coral City Council elections for mayor and council Districts 1, 4, 5 and 6 will begin Monday, June 26, at 8 a.m., and end Friday, June 30, at 3 p.. more »»

Fourth of July event to close Cape Coral Bridge

June 23, 2017 The Lee County Department of Transportation is asking motorists to be aware the Cape Coral Bridge will close for the Red, White and Boom celebration from 3 a.m., Tuesday, July 4, through 3 a.m. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

National Seashell Day today at Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

June 21, 2017 In honor of National Seashell Day today, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum has a myriad of activities planned for the annual event. From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. more »»

Cartoonist Doug MacGregor to teach drawing demo at Sanibel Public Library

June 21, 2017 Doug MacGregor, who’s well-known for his political cartoons, will hold a drawing demonstration for kids at the Sanibel Public Library, 770 Dunlop Road, Tuesday, June 27, from 3 to 4 p.m. more »»

Take home an artistic memory during San Cap Art League’s ‘Buy It Off The Wall’ show at BIG ARTS

June 21, 2017 For the first time in many years, the San Cap Art League will hold its “Buy It Off The Wall” show at BIG ARTS June 12 through July 25. more »»

Shell Crafters get creative at Community House every Monday

May 31, 2017 The Shell Crafters are busy year round creating one-of-a-kind intricate pieces of art ranging from jewelry to floral arrangements, which are available to purchase every Monday while they are at the... more »»

BIG ARTS welcomes new chorus director

May 25, 2017 Ellen Whitten, who accompanied previous chorus director Steve Cramer for the last five years will become BIG ARTS’ newest chorus director this fal. more »»

Business

New luxury suites at Island Inn under construction

June 21, 2017 Comfort, convenience and relaxation were three components incorporated into building the new Matthews Lodge, which will feature 12 Gulf View Luxury Suite accommodations early next year at Island In. more »»

Commission comes to a consensus for formula retail stores

June 21, 2017 Two or less off-island stores, with the third store on Sanibel not classifying a business as formula retail and a trigger of a total of 60,000 square feet in formula retail were agreed upon. more »»

Scholarships given to city employees’ kids

June 14, 2017 Two scholarships were given last week for the Employee Dependent Scholarship Program during the City Council meeting. more »»

Ambu Yoga celebrates second anniversary

June 7, 2017 A yoga instructor, who has felt a huge connection with the environment for some time, is celebrating her studio’s second year anniversary this weekend with complimentary classes. more »»

Commission learns process of becoming a formula retail store on the island

May 17, 2017 The Planning Commission furthered its discussion of formula retail stores during a meeting last week by understanding the process. more »»

Obituaries

Carol Dolores Spencer

June 14, 2017 Carol Dolores Spencer, 89, died at Hope Hospice in Shell Point, Fort Myers, Fla. on June 7, 2017, surrounded by her loving husband and three sons. She was born on April 19, 1928, in Fond du Lac, Wi. more »»

Constance Gerhard Brown

June 8, 2017 Constance Gerhard Brown, daughter of Margaret and Sherman Gerhard, died at home with her family at her side on June 6 at the age of 79. Connie was born May 19, 1938, and grew up in Nutley, NJ. more »»

William "Bill" Gardner Mullinnix

May 16, 2017 William "Bill" Gardner Mullinnix, age 85 of Georgetown, Ohio entered into eternal rest on May 7th, 2017 at the Vitas Inpatient Hospice in Cincinnati. more »»

Lottieann "Lottie" Lewis

May 8, 2017 Lottieann "Lottie" Lewis passed away in her home in Grapevine, Texas on April 16, 2017. She was born on December 22, 1945 to Douglas and Lottie (Mueller) Lewis in Amityville, New Yor. more »»

Harry Kotses

April 6, 2017 Ohio University Emeritus Professor Harry Kotses, husband of Kandee S. Grossman, died at his home in Sanibel, Florida, on March 7, 2017, at the age of 78 with Kandee at his side. more »»

Local Columns

On the Water: A very rainy week hampers the fishing

June 21, 2017 Southwest Florida has been in desperate need of rain and for the past week that’s just what we got, lots of rain. After months of severe drought conditions, relief came as the skies opened up. more »»

Faces on Faith: Let there be light - in you!

June 21, 2017 There are over 200 references to light in the Bible - throughout Hebrew Scripture right on through the New Testament. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Affordable housing topic of Rotary meeting

June 21, 2017 An old quote comes to mind this week when beginning to write my Rotary column: “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do i. more »»

Poetic License: Milagros – Miracle Mine

June 21, 2017 Madonna Doll of the Embroidered See-through Mantilla Skirt And Matching Undergarment, Our Lady of Basket On the Head, Cesta-en-cabeza —forgive me, I confess: I hid you from my grandchildren, here on... more »»

Shell Shocked: Six degrees of separation

June 21, 2017 A friend whom I’ve known since college moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico about fifteen years ago. About two years ago, his tennis group invited a new member into its doubles game. more »»

Letters to the Editor

A disservice to the community

June 21, 2017 To the editor: When I was practicing medicine the question asked was “is there a firearm in the home?” If the answer was yes, the second question was “is that firearm secure?” The purpose was pure... more »»

George Orwell… where are you?

June 14, 2017 To the editor: Those of us who read “1984” when it first came out in book form in 1949 never thought that we would indeed see such tracking, snooping and spying as we are all subjected to today. more »»

For the good of Sanibel

June 7, 2017 To the editor: A few excerpts from Sanibel’s vision statement, which the City Council is elected to uphold. more »»

Parents, help prepare your children for future earning success

June 7, 2017 To the editor: I wish all parents and caregivers of young children understood that they are their child’s first and, most important, teacher for life. more »»

A modest proposal

May 31, 2017 To the editor: The City Council is up against a serious problem. The tourist entertainment center failed for lack of community support. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

On the Water: A very rainy week hampers the fishing

June 21, 2017 Southwest Florida has been in desperate need of rain and for the past week that’s just what we got, lots of rain. After months of severe drought conditions, relief came as the skies opened up. more »»

Once in a lifetime catch

June 7, 2017 On May 26, Jason Wisniewski caught a six foot bull shark while he was fishing on the pier near the Sanibel lighthouse. more »»

Staying fit: Island Seniors offers fitness classes five days a week

June 7, 2017 The Island Seniors offers a lineup of four different classes throughout the week guaranteed to meet everyone’s fitness needs. more »»

On the Water: It’s June — here comes summer!

June 7, 2017 June is the month summer settles in, bringing hot, humid days and afternoon thunderstorms. more »»

Optimist supports ‘Junior Anglers’ Rec Center program

June 7, 2017 Summer programs for youth at the Sanibel Recreation Center have begun including one of the Optimist supported and popular fishing programs, “Junior Anglers. more »»

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Year-round triathlon swim program 06-26

Calling all Sanibel triathletes! Are you training for an upcoming triathlon and would like to improve your swim time? SWAT Swim Coach and former triathlete, Curt McIntyre will be running a year-round swim program tailored just for the triathlete. more »


 
 
 
 
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