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CIHS to premiere new documentary about erosion

By Staff | Feb 25, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Gulf Drive washout.

Tickets are on sale for the screen debut of the Captiva Island Historical Society’s newest film.

The “Sands of Time” Documentary Premiere will take place on March 3 starting at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom at the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva. The eighth film in the CIHS’s Captiva Memories collection, the full-length documentary will explore the history and future of erosion on Captiva.

“It’s a very relevant story, a very timely one – as we all think about where we live, and the fact that our islands are susceptible to storms, the threats that we now have with sea level rise,” board President Tom Libonate said. “It’s an interesting story – how the sea has re-carved and reclaimed our island.”

He explained that the film chronicles the geologic and social history of coastal erosion on the island. It opens with the first part of the 20th Century and covers the actions that have been taken since then.

Causes and effects of erosion are examined, the organizations working to provide solutions offer insight, and first-hand accounts from those who have experienced the effects are shared. Also included are some of the trailblazers who created the Captiva Erosion Prevention District, along with islanders who today continue the work to maintain the island’s status as a premier, global beach destination.

PHOTO PROVIDED The Mucky Duck parking lot.

“People in organizations who have taken steps over the years to deal with erosion,” Libonate said.

The documentary includes photos throughout the years.

“It’s going to chronicle how the island has changed in terms of its shape. We’re going to have images that will show the fact that the island was wider at one point,” he said. “We’re going to show how the island has changed over the last 100 years.”

The film will also look to the future – what is being done and what should be done.

It runs approximately 30-40 minutes in length and was directed, edited and narrated by Sneeden & Associates. Libonate noted that Sneeden, CIHS’s documentarian, produced their last four films.

Board President Tom Libonate

“Our mission is to preserve and share Captiva history, and this is probably one of the best ways to do it because it has durability, it keeps giving,” he said. “It has a life; our documentaries have perpetuity.”

A question-and answer session will follow the screening.

“Some of the interviewees will be available, as well as the producer,” Libonate said.

Tickets are $10 and include refreshments and soft drinks.

A cash bar will be available.

There is limited seating, so the public is encouraged to reserve their tickets quickly.

“I think this will be a very revealing documentary,” he said.

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company is the presenting sponsor for the season.

To buy tickets, visit www.captivaislandhistoricalsociety.org or www.eventbrite.com.

For more information, visit online or call 239-472-2323.

The South Seas Island Resort is at 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva.