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Safe at Sea: New life jacket labels and icons

(Editor's note: Information for this column was taken from the United States Power Squadron website.) If you haven’t already seen them, soon you’ll notice certain life jackets have a new style of label on the inside. In fact, eventually all new life jackets that are U.S. Coast Guard ...

Rec center to offer Red Cross lifeguard training course

The Sanibel Recreation Center is offering the American Red Cross Lifeguard Blended Learning training course over three days — Sept. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Sept. 11-12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blended learning combines online learning with in-person skills sessions where participants will ...

The Sanibel School

The Sanibel School, at 3840 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, reported the following: Help For Haiti Over the next few weeks, the fourth and fifth-grade students along with the Rotary Interact Club will participate in the Haitian-American Community Coalition's Help For Haiti drive. They will ...

Sand placement signals beach renourishment’s start

The island's beach renourishment project kicked off this week with the placement of the first sand. The Captiva Erosion Prevention District reported that the beach fill operation was set to commence on Sept. 1, then followed up the next day with a report that the first dredged sand had hit the ...

City begins nighttime crosswalk striping maintenance

The city of Sanibel reported that it began crosswalk striping maintenance work on Aug. 30 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and that it will continue the work throughout the next two weeks, weather permitting. The following areas are included in the project: - Periwinkle Way - Sanibel-Captiva Road - ...

Volunteers needed for World Shorebird Day count

For the sixth year, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will participate in global shorebird counts as part of World Shorebirds Day, with the 2021 count window to be held from Sept. 1-7. The counts have been conducted during the first week of September since 2014 to spread awareness ...

Volunteers assist SCCF with marine habitat restoration

On Aug. 20, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Marine Lab and Coastal Watch team were joined by nine volunteers for an oyster reef and mangrove restoration project on Benedict Key in the Pine Island Sound. They distributed 125 buckets of fossil shell and planted 1,000 red mangrove ...

Rainy season provides reminder that fish can walk

During the onslaught of heavy rains on Sanibel, some remarkable things can be seen. Everything from frogs, crayfish and fish emerge to take advantage of the sudden abundance of fresh rainwater. Perhaps you have seen a walking catfish? The invasive fish from Southeast Asia is — unfortunately ...

Torchwood is unique low-maintenance plant

If you are looking for a unique low-maintenance plant for a full-sun location in your landscape, torchwood (Amyris elemifera) could be the right fit. Torchwood is a small native tree naturally found in coastal hammocks throughout the Florida Keys and north along much of Florida’s east coast. ...

GenerLink protects LCEC customers, electric crews

Storm season is in full swing. Even with LCEC working around the clock to deliver reliable electric, power outages can and do happen. If you plan to use your portable generator in the event of a power outage, it is vital to understand the dangers that come along with this convenience. ...