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Sanibel & Captiva Taste of the Islands

This is the 31st year for this annual event on Sanibel to benefit CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife).  This year there will be 20 restaurants participating by offering food samples of some of their most popular menu items for a small price.  In addition to great food, there will be entertainment, a silent auction, and a server competition.  The festivities will... Read More »


Sanibel Historical Museum

There is a new addition to our local historical village.  Last Friday one of Sanibel’s early landmarks called Shore Haven was loaded on a barge from its bayfront location and moved up the bay to the end of Dixie Beach Road.  Then Tuesday night it was trucked to the Sanibel Historical Museum off Dunlop Road.  Of course this necessitated the power company dismantling... Read More »


Sanibel City Budget

Kudos to the Sanibel city council for managing to tighten their budget and reduce the tax millage rate this year.  Unlike Lee County who has used up their reserve money to balance their budget for two years now, Sanibel was able to actually add money to their reserve fund, which is an important fund needed during hurricane season and other unplanned disasters. ... Read More »


VIP – Best Real Estate Company

  Congratulations to VIP Realty Group.  Just voted Best Real Estate Company on the Islands.  VIP was established on Sanibel in 1975 and has become one of the largest privately owned full-service real estate companies in southwest Florida.  I am proud to be associated with them.  If you are ready to sell your property or buy a new one, give me... Read More »


Another Day in Paradise

With local schools restarting this week, everything has slowed down on island…fewer cars and fewer people.  September is historically an even slower time and many local restaurants take the opportunity to close for a short respite.  But it’s still a great time of year to visit and prices are at their lowest.  Come on down! Read More »


Sanibel Budget Talks

Sanibel City Council members are working on the budget for the next fiscal year.  The millage rate has been set at 2.1398 which would generate almost $9 million in taxes despite the lower property values.  Sanibel has always managed to live within its means, but Council is still looking at other ways to cut expenses. There was much discussion over the need... Read More »


Sanibel Historical Village

The Historical Museum and Village on Dunlop Road will close for the remainder of the summer after August 4.  It will reopen November 7.  This annual closure allows the staff to make any needed repairs and maintenance to the buildings and grounds and to prepare and plan for next season’s exhibits and special events.  It’s a great place to discover the... Read More »


Happy 4th of July

We had a great turnout yesterday for the Sanibel Independence Day parade.  As we do every year, VIP had a float and good representation.  The theme this year was Sanibel – #1 Vacation destination.  I drove the VIP Vacation Rentals van.  It was very hot and humid, but a good time was had by all! Read More »


Tropical Storm Debby Impact

Although the storm is far from us we are getting quite a bit of gusty winds and intermittent rain.  The south west winds are forcing more water into the Bay which is then washing up on shore.  Canal levels are very high with many docks under water.  We are lucky though as there doesn’t appear to be any major damage. ... Read More »


Sanibel’s July 4th Celebration

The theme for this year’s parade is “Sanibel Island – #1 Destination”.  After the parade there is food and drinks available at Baileys and also at Jerrys with additional activities at Jerrys for the kids.  The Optimist Club annual Road Rally takes place at noon.  Then from 6-9PM there is a community party at The Dunes followed by the fireworks display which starts at... Read More »