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County schedules maintenance for Sanibel Toll Facility

The city of Sanibel reported that it received notice from Lee County about scheduled preventative maintenance work at the Sanibel Toll Facility that will be performed starting on Aug. 23. Crews will pressure wash, seal and hand paint the toll-lane structures and building. The work will be done ...

Shell museum to continue lecture series for milestone anniversary

In celebration of its 25-year anniversary milestone, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is presenting a lecture series available virtually and free of charge via Zoom. Extending through the fall, it will spotlight some of the diverse connections between shells and different fields of ...

DDWS plans year of celebration for 40th anniversary

Facing staff shortages to handle its new administration building’s “welcome area” in 1982, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge started a volunteer program, but needed help. That is when the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge came together as a ...

Partnership to contribute to conservation studies

The Avian Research and Conservation Institute reported that it deployed GPS-equipped cell-phone transmitters on Sanibel on two breeding adult swallow-tailed kites, which have been named “Bailey’s Homestead” and “Sanibel Botanical.” It is waiting for the DNA results to determine the ...

Bahama, little strongbark are beneficial

Native to South Florida and the Florida Keys, Bahama strongbark (Bourreria succulenta) and little strongbark (Bourreria cassinifolia) are a couple of plants that will provide you with color almost year-round and are very beneficial to the region’s insects and wildlife. Bahama strongbark is a ...

CEPD gives update on project timeline, more

UPDATE (Aug. 3, 2021): Today, the CEPD updated the closure schedule for the beach parking lots to: Alison Hagerup Beach Park - Full closure: Sept. 9-13 - Partial closure: Sept. 14 to Oct. 10 - Full closure: Oct. 11-25 Turner Beach - Full closure: Aug. 9-21 - Partial closure: Aug. ...

Junonia found on Captiva

Dr. Kim Barbolla Vasquez, of Marshall, Texas, found a junonia on the morning of July 12 near the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva. She reported that she was about 20 yards out in hip-deep water and scooped it out of a sand shelf by luck. She could only see the edge of the shelf and first ...

Lightning whelk found on Captiva

Molly Boatman, of Wilmington, Ohio, found a large lightning whelk on July 19 on the beach off of Captiva Drive on Captiva. She reported that they have been vacationing on the islands for about 15 years and it was their first-ever, large shell find. She believed Hurricane Elsa helped bring it ...

Recreation center closed for annual maintenance

The Sanibel Recreation Center will be closed from now through Aug. 8 in order to complete numerous maintenance projects, with the facility set to reopen on Aug. 9. All major projects have been scheduled during this time in an effort to minimize the inconvenience to patrons as many of the ...

American Legion

The American Legion Post 123, at 4929 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, presents the following: - Aug. 5: Open mic from 6 to 9 p.m. - Aug. 8: Barbecue ribs and chicken from noon to 8 p.m. - Aug. 10: General meeting at 6 p.m. Food is served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with steak sandwiches on ...