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City council picks firm for hiring search

At a recent special meeting, the Sanibel City Council selected an executive search firm to conduct its city manager search after hearing from two of the three companies that were scheduled to present. On June 15, the council voted unanimously 5-0 to approve a motion to pick Colin Baenziger ...

CEPD launches online map, reschedules apportionment vote

The Captiva Erosion Prevention District has launched a live, apportionment model map online. Today, the CEPD reported that Technical Policy Director Daniel Munt has crafted an interactive map utilizing the ARCGIS system that displays the tentative apportionment model — under consideration by ...

SCCF acquires off-island parcels through new fund

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation recently acquired three off-island properties on McGregor Boulevard near the Sanibel Causeway of environmental importance. A total of over 25 acres, all three contain mangrove forest with or immediately adjacent to tidally influenced ...

Virtual Friendly Faces Luncheon held

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva launched a butterfly project as part of its monthly Friendly Faces Luncheon via Zoom. In May, attendees learned about butterflies from the Thrifty Garden at Butterfly Estates in Fort Myers. They received their own butterfly habitat and milkweed plant containing ...

County commission awards contract to respond to HABs

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted on June 15 to award a one-year as-needed contract to Solitude Lake Management to provide collection, remediation, transfer, treatment and/or disposal of blue-green algae or similar threats from various county canals and waterways. The board ...

Sawfish caught, released on Sanibel

Lucas Pierce, of Newark, Ohio, hooked a sawfish on June 9 at about 8 p.m. in front of the Pointe Santo condos on West Gulf Drive on Sanibel. He reported that it took over an hour to reel in the fish, which was then safety released. The sawfish was about 10 feet in length and at least 300 ...

Ikki Matsumoto book wins IPPY award medal

The Sandpiper Press announced “Captivated, The Art of Ikki Matsumoto” has been recognized with a bronze medal in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Coffee Table Book category. “The IPPY’s is a global competition, so being singled out by them as one of the top three ...