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Refuge announces planned pile burn for Friday

The city of Sanibel has been notified by the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge that the refuge plans to conduct pile burns on Jan. 22 starting at approximately 9 a.m. at the Gavin site, located on the north side of Sanibel-Captiva Road. The piles consist of vegetative debris ...

CIHS organizes night of history on the beach

On Jan. 11, the Captiva Island Historical Society aired two of its acclaimed documentaries — “Sands of Time” and “Earth, Water and Wind” — on the beach at the 'Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa. The CIHS reported that it was a beautiful night and the audience of some 50 people ...

Sanibel Sea School holds first camp of 2020

The Sanibel Sea School was excited to offer one session of Winter Camp, themed “New Year, New Ocean,” during the last week of December. In order to keep campers, employees and the community safe, staff implemented several COVID-safe procedures throughout the week. The camp was limited to ...

SCUCC, Bat Yam to hold annual recycling drop-off

Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ's Green Team, along with members of the Bat Yam Temple of the Islands, will host the Fourth Annual Electronic Recycling Drop-Off on Jan. 30 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the back of the church. It is an opportunity for the community to get rid of ...

Turner Beach Park reopens

On Jan. 12, the city of Sanibel reported that the Turner Beach Park Shoreline Stabilization Project was substantially complete, and that Turner Beach Park is now open. The city advised park visitors to use caution as workers could possibly be present at times to finish some details. The project ...

Sanibel library ranks No. 1 within the state

The state library rankings are out, and the Sanibel Public Library ranks at or near the top in many areas, including materials borrowed, program attendance and percentage of population with a library card. The 2020 ratings are based on FY 2018 Florida Library Statistics, which measures 82 ...

School’s Interact Club spreads holiday cheer

The Sanibel School's Interact Club, sponsored by the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary, wanted to create a gift to be delivered with F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva’s holiday meals to spread a little joy. The students created cards and jars filled with candy canes and tea lights for F.I.S.H.’s ...

Visiting students explore Tarpon Bay, Sanibel refuge

On Jan. 4, students from the First Baptist Academy in Naples journeyed to Sanibel to spend the day exploring the J.N “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. During the winter term, the school allocates a week's worth of time to promote a particular interest of the students. The subject for ...

Outdoor classes focus on freshwater habitats

The Sanibel School’s fourth-grade classes recently visited the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's Pick Preserve — located across the street — for a Habitat Study Field Trip. Led by SCCF Educator Richard Finkel, students in Julie Wappes’ and Daryl Peters’ classes observed and ...

A different journey: Hiking during wet conditions

The winter months invite increased visitation to the island and more frequent use of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's hiking trails. In recent years the trails, such as the Erick Lindblad Preserve trails, were either dry or drying out by January. However, as a result of the active ...