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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 ...

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 - ...

TBE welcomes new staff members

Tarpon Bay Explorers, the official concession to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, recently welcomed new staff members to its working family. In an effort to provide excellent customer service, it filled three additional positions this summer, which include a naturalist and ...

FWC launches saltwater digital interactive games

Just in time for the new school year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has partnered with Pubbly — a digital education company — to launch five interactive games that engage and educate students of all ages on marine fisheries conservation. Take a virtual fishing trip, ...

Color-blind testers react to new refuge scope

On Aug. 4, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel unveiled its new spotting scope engineered with special EnChroma lenses that enhance vision for color-blind people. The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge reported that the refuge will eventually ...

Snook season starts; remains catch-and-release locally

The recreational harvest season for snook starts today, Sept. 1, statewide with the exception of state waters from Pinellas/Hillsborough counties — including Tampa Bay — south to Gordon Pass in Collier County. These waters are catch-and-release for snook due to impacts from red tide. The ...

Twins announce Spring Training home schedule

The Minnesota Twins recently announced the home schedule for its 2022 Spring Training campaign, the club’s 32nd at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers. It features 33 total games — 17 home and 16 road — with the home opener set for Feb. 25, an exhibition game against the ...

Matzaluna to host event for SWFL Craft Beer Week

An island restaurant is taking part in festivities aimed at celebrating the local area’s craft breweries. Matzaluna The Italian Kitchen will host Bikes & Brews on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the inaugural SWFL Craft Beer Week, which is being presented by the Greater Fort ...

Local youths explore estuary, barrier island habitats

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Captiva Cruises recently hosted 19 middle-school students from the Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida’s summer program for an up-close look at the back bay estuary and barrier island shoreline habitats as part of the No Child Left On Shore ...