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‘Ding’ Day photo contest deadline coming up

The submission deadline for the 29th annual “Ding” Darling Day Amateur Nature Photography Contest is Sept. 15. All entries must be submitted electronically to be eligible for the $300 first place prize, $225 second place prize and $175 third place prize. Honorable mentions receive the ...

Junonia found on Sanibel

Catie Wong, of Maplewood, New Jersey, found a junonia on Aug. 12 about 10 feet off the shore from the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa on Sanibel. She reported that her family was staying at the resort and it was her sixth or seventh time vacationing on the island with her family. Wong added that ...

County releases schedules for coming holiday

In observance of Labor Day, most Lee County administrative operations will be closed on Sept. 6. The county’s holiday schedule adjustments are as follows: DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES Domestic Animal Services, at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, will be open for regularly scheduled hours on Sept. ...

American Legion

The American Legion Post 123, at 4929 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, presents the following: - Sept. 2: Open mic from 6 to 9 p.m. - Sept. 5: Fish and shrimp fry from noon to 8 p.m. - Sept. 7: Ladies Auxiliary meeting at 6 p.m. Food is served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with steak sandwiches ...

The Community House

The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, will present the following: SENIOR AEROBIC EXERCISE Senior Aerobic Exercise will be held on Sept. 1 from 9 to 10 a.m. with instructor Mahnaz Bassiri. Bring your own weights (optional). Cost is $5. SENIOR AEROBIC EXERCISE Senior Aerobic ...

Sanibel City Council addresses COVID rise

At its recent meeting, the Sanibel City Council agreed to limit public access to city buildings in response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, as well as approved the annual assessment for waste and recyclables collection and disposal and approved three ordinances that amend the city ...

Sanibel Recreation Center closed on Friday

The city of Sanibel reported that it was advised this evening of a Sanibel Recreation Center staffer who tested positive for COVID-19. The staffer was on duty on Aug. 25 from noon to 5 p.m. The center will be closed on Aug. 27 for all programs and services, including the After-School Program, ...

Temporary closures of refuge’s Visitor & Education Center

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel reported that now through September, the Visitor & Education Center will be closed on Fridays and Sundays due to volunteer dropouts over COVID-19 concerns. Refuge Manager Kevin Godsea said, “In order to keep the Visitor ...

Refuge issuing free federal lands passes for students

As part of the federal Every Kid in a Park initiative, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel is participating by issuing free annual passes to fourth-grade and home-schooled students nationwide for the 2021-22 school year. The passes are available and valid through ...

Registrations being taken for International Coastal Cleanup

Registration is currently open for the annual International Coastal Cleanup set for Sept. 18. Keep Lee County Beautiful serves as the Lee County coordinator for the Ocean Conservancy event, while the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation assists as coordinator for the on-island ...