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Health alert issued for two areas on Sanibel

Today, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County notified the public of red tide blooms near Tarpon Bay Road Beach and Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel, as well as Lynn Hall Beach Park, Lover’s Key State Park and Bonita Springs Beach Park. Some people may have mild and short-lived ...

Boating accidents increase statewide; Lee ranked fifth

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released its 2020 boating accident statistical report which showed a 16 percent increase statewide in accidents and a 21.5 percent increase in the number of people who lost their lives in boating accidents. There were 836 boating accidents ...

Army Corps adjusts Lake Okeechobee releases

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Jacksonville District reported that it would reduce Lake Okeechobee releases at the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) from the current 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 1,500 cfs beginning on May 15. The releases will also change from a steady flow to a ...

FWC launches Florida Fishing Pier Finder

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a new Florida Fishing Pier Finder, an interactive map that allows anglers to find publicly-accessed fishing piers, jetties and fishing-specific bridges in freshwater and saltwater locations throughout the state. Visit ...

City: ‘Share the Shore’ with Sanibel’s shorebirds, sea turtles

In celebration of all mothers for Mother’s Day weekend, the Sanibel Natural Resources Department reminded residents and visitors to “Share the Shore” with nesting shorebirds and sea turtles. Shorebirds nest on Sanibel from February through August, while sea turtle nesting season begins ...

SCCF Sea Turtle team finding nests as night surveys begin

During its sunrise beach patrols, the SCCF Sea Turtle team documented its first next for the islands on April 27 on the east end of Sanibel. On May 2, it documented the first nest of the season for Captiva. As of May 5, one loggerhead nest was recorded for Sanibel's east end, four loggerhead ...

F.I.S.H. offering summer scholarships for youth

As the school year winds down, many households are wondering what summer care will look like. Uncertainty surrounding childcare and summer camps can add additional stress to working families. Understanding the challenges of finding appropriate programs and the associated costs, F.I.S.H. of ...

Sanibel Sea School offers marine science opportunities through resorts

In addition to offering ocean experiences at its flagship headquarters on the east end of Sanibel, the Sanibel Sea School has partnerships with resorts on both islands to deliver unique, on-property marine science learning opportunities for children and families. “One of the benefits of ...

Students celebrate Earth Day at preserve

Students in Jennifer Hall’s second- and third-grade class at The Sanibel School explored the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's Pick Preserve on Earth Day, April 22. SCCF Educator Richard Finkel discussed Earth’s geological components with the students, who then documented the ...

Southwest Florida chamber explores Tarpon Bay

On May 7, Tarpon Bay Explorers hosted members of The Chamber of Southwest Florida to kayak through the mangrove forests of Tarpon Bay on a guided tour. More than 20 individuals from a myriad of regional businesses experienced the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge from the water. ...