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Sanibel Sea School director to bid farewell

The Sanibel Sea School is a truly magical place. We get to share the wonders of the ocean with kids and inspire them to care about our blue planet. The experience is transformative for most — we push kids out of their comfort zones, give them the courage to try new things, and help them ...

Shell Shocked: Creating new crowd pleasing events on Sanibel

“Guys, we’re running out of ideas for fairs, art shows and exhibits. We’re dealing with a fickle public and visitors are forever demanding exciting new events. We’ve simply got to come up with more ideas if we’re to compete with other Florida tourist hot spots,” said the exasperated ...

In The Garden: Marlberry possibly used by Seminole Indians

Marlberry (Ardisia escalloniodes) plants are native to Central and Southern Florida, as well as the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. It starts out in a bush form but can reach a maximum height of about 20 feet tall. On Sanibel, you will typically find its height in the 12-foot to 15-foot ...

Rotary Happenings: Rotarians hear about lab grown diamonds

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, or so the saying goes. So what will be said about the newest trend of lab grown diamonds? How will these fit into today's society? Mark Loren, with Mark Loren Designs, recently spoke to the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club about lab grown diamonds in the jewelry ...

Faces on Faith: I can still remember

One of the most difficult aspects of life we all must deal with is loss of memory. In the last few years of her life, my mother suffered from dementia. She could remember her childhood but she would forget what happened in the past hour. I called her every evening and when she picked up the ...

Recipe of the Week: French Onion Soup Gratin

Nothing beats the fragrant taste of a steaming cup of deliciously sweet onion soup, no matter what the weather is outside. I like to make it in large batches and then save it in the freezer for a quick meal. Serves eight. (Chef tip: For a sweeter taste, roast your onions at 350°F for 45 ...

Poetic License: ‘No Team Like Our Dames’

(Dedicated to the Dunes Dames Tennis Team; chorus of husbands, tennis widowers and significant others) We got sunlight, beach and shells, And a golf course near the sea, We got oranges and mangoes You can pick right off the tee, There’s no volleyball, no ping-pong Or other dandy ...

COTI supports leaf blower ban

The Sanibel City Council will soon decide whether the noise and air pollution generated by gasoline-powered leaf blowers will come to an end on Sanibel. Ordinance 21-004, which will have its second reading on Aug. 24, would ban the use of gas-powered leaf blowers as of Dec. 31, 2022. The ...

Shell Shocked: The sad case of unrequited love

I have a confession to make. I'm in love with Charlize Theron and have been for years. Yes, my wife knew about it and encouraged it anyway. Her take on the situation was that I don't know Charlize Theron personally, have never met her and she wouldn't know me from Abner Doubleday. I first ...

In The Garden: Big design in a small palm

Multiple clumps curving as they rise with a fan-shaped leaf, in colors ranging from sage green to bluish green, give the European fan palm an edgy modern look. Chamaerops is a genus of dwarf fan palms that have “teeth” on the long petioles or stems ending in the spikey fan-shaped leaves. ...