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All-electronic tolls standard adopted for Causeway, Cape bridges

All-electronic tolling will continue permanently on the Cape Coral, Midpoint and Sanibel Causeway bridges under a plan approved on June 15 by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners. The plan also means the board will return to the same tollway fee structure that was in place before the ...

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 ...

Commission awards contract for countywide wastewater plan

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted on June 15 to award a professional services contract to AECOM to provide evaluation and planning for a Countywide Wastewater Master Plan. The Countywide Wastewater Master Plan (CWMP) will provide a comprehensive analysis of the county's ...

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 ...

CROW, shell museum partnership supports aquarium animal care

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife are celebrating their synergies and mutual love of wildlife — one showcases marine animals and the other cares for Southwest Florida creatures — by joining forces for a unique innovative ...

Sanibel Sea School Kicks off Summer Camp with Shark Week

In its first summer camp since 2019, the Sanibel Sea School was thrilled to kick off the summer on June 7 with “Bonnethead Week — Swimmin’ with the Sharks,” a weeklong camp for ages 6-13. With COVID safety protocols in place, staff welcomed 24 campers to the campus on Sanibel's east ...

Free Artist-in-Residence summer program at refuge

On June 18 at 10 and 11 a.m., Artist-in-Residence Rachel Pierce will help sons and daughters — and grandsons, granddaughters and anyone with a father figure in their life — create an artistic Father's Day card for free outdoors at the Wildlife Education Boardwalk at the J.N. “Ding” ...

New artists join Tower Gallery

The Tower Gallery recently announced the addition of Anne Schroeder and Marti Koehler to the cooperative gallery of local artists, offering a new and unique medium and subject matter. A Fort Myers resident since 2017, Schroeder paints fish, birds and mermaids on feathers in great detail within ...