Category Archives: Island News

Transportation Help – Another great reason to live on Sanibel!

FISH (Friends In Service Here) of Sanibel is a service resource that provides help for those who need it. They provide over 40 different free services by volunteers who make themselves available to help their neighbors. Transportation is one of those services. If you need to do some banking, grocery shopping, or get your hair cut, FISH can help. They... Read More »


Public Service Award to Mayor Ruane

The 32nd annual conference of the Everglades Coalition chose Sanibel’s Mayor Ruane to receive their James D. Webb public Service Award. His active support for the conservation and restoration of the Everglades has resulted in an elevated role for Florida cities moving forward with new energy and new partners. This is an important issue for the state since both its... Read More »


SCCF MARINE LAB CONSTRUCTION

The $1.6 million dollar SCCF marine laboratory’s construction is well underway. The first week of June should see the first level floor being installed and framing should start around July 4th. The anticipated completion date is December. The new building includes an outdoor experimentation area with tanks and running sea water which will allow staff to conduct on site research. Read More »


Events for Gardeners

Most cities have a Parks and Recreation Department to maintain public recreation areas. Sanibel, in keeping with its culture, has a Department of Natural Resources within which is the Vegetation Committee. The committee can be a big helpmate to you in the proper planting and care of native vegetation. They will help you learn about the plants – which ones... Read More »


Great Library Programs

The Sanibel Library is a treasure that has consistently been recognized by professional organizations as a significant contributor to the community. It is loaded with books, periodicals, videos, tapes and displays by various island organizations. There are e-books and e-magazines that can be downloaded from their e-shelf to your iPad or iPhone. It has wonderful programs for children, both readers... Read More »


Cooking Classes on Sanibel

The Culinary Education Center is now offering cooking classes at the Community House. These classes accommodate up to 20 people and are hands-on. Children’s classes are offered once weekly. Everyone is welcome! Visit www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net for a full listing of classes and demonstrations scheduled. Read More »


SANIBEL SHELL FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

Come visit the 80th annual Sanibel Shell Festival at the Sanibel Community House March 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The Festival hours are 9am to 5pm Thursday and Friday. Saturday the event runs 9am to 4pm. Admission to the grounds is free but there is a $5 charge to get into the Shell Show inside the Community House. With paid admission,... Read More »


Sanibel Is The 7th Safest City in All Florida

After studying the FBI’s crime report, city population and other data, the National Council for Home Safety and Security named Sanibel the 7th Safest City in the state! With a 6% fall in crime in 2016, Sanibel had the lowest recorded crime rate in the past 13 years. Without a single violent crime, “property” crimes, such as burglary and theft,... Read More »


Sanibel Island Mentioned Among the Most Spectacular Beaches in the World

Another Award Won for the Beautiful Sanibel Island MSN.com rated Sanibel Island one of the best beaches in the world on a list that included other exotic locations like Hawaii, Australia and Iceland. “Known as one of the most unique barrier islands in the world, Sanibel Island has won awards for being the best shelling beach in Florida. It’s a... Read More »


BIRDING ENTHUSIASTS FLOCK TO “DING” DARLING

A rare Great White Pelican was spotted at “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge the morning of February 1st, 2017. The news quickly spread and hundreds of visitors migrated to the Refuge in hopes of seeing this unique bird which is native to Africa, Europe and Asia. This same species was spotted at “Ding” last February creating quite a stir. “Ding”... Read More »