Changes Coming Soon to Community House

Sanibel Community House 4

The Sanibel Community House — beloved gathering spot for islanders and home to the Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner, outdoor juried art shows, community potluck dinners and much more — will be undergoing a construction facelift this summer. After eight years of planning, the project just broke ground this month and all is a “go” for completion late fall.

Members of the community are looking forward to a major interior expansion and flexible floor plan along with updated kitchen facilities,  » Read more

A Dog’s Life

sunrise doggie walk

With seemingly boundless energy, Lisa — our Guest Services gal extraordinaire — takes her dogs for a sunrise walk every morning to their neighborhood beach access off Bailey Road.

Rambunctious as they are, every now and then, even they can’t keep up with Lisa!

Here, Piper (left) and Rory (right) are pictured taking a well-deserved break. Looks like all they need now is a cold drink and a good book!  » Read more

Good Morning, America!

National Seashell Day 2

Our upcoming National Seashell Day is gaining momentum!

“Good Morning America” is now scheduled to join the list of planned events for National Seashell Day, designed to help put our amazing shelling community even more in the spotlight.

Scheduled for the first day of summer on Monday, June 20, National Seashell Day will kick off with “Good Morning America,” as weather forecasts will be filmed remotely from Sanibel by ABC Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee throughout the morning.  » Read more

A Rare Sight

loggerhead turtle laying eggs

Past guests Judy and Steve G. were just thrilled to be able to experience this amazing sight of a Loggerhead Turtle laying eggs Tuesday morning, near Beach Access 1 around 6:30 a.m.

According to NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources: “Female loggerheads reach maturity at about 35 years of age. Every 2 – 3 years they mate in coastal waters and return to nest on their natal beach.  » Read more

What’s In Your Luggage?


Our guest family’s four kayaks would be lonely if left behind without their owners and to wonder what
it would be like to paddle in the the Gulf of Mexico. So bring your favorite water toys! Now this happy family is
paddling together off our beach towards the Sanibel Island Lighthouse and in the western
direction of Bowman’s Beach.

Every day is a marvelous day to play on our beach.  » Read more

New Sea Turtle Tracking Study

sea turtle hatchling

Thanks to our friends at WGCU News for this interesting piece. Read — or listen — here!

Sea turtle nesting season is officially underway. This year, researchers are beginning a new tagging study to learn more about the nesting habits of turtles coming ashore on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation has two new staffers this season patrolling the beaches at night and applying flipper tags to female sea turtles coming ashore to nest.  » Read more

Birthday Wishes!

Wendy's Birthday

It was chocolate eclairs all around as we celebrated Wendy’s birthday recently!

Wendy works as the House Manager for BIG ARTs during “season” on Sanibel, helping to coordinate their vast assortment of artistic performances each winter.

We’re always excited, however, to “get her back” to Ocean’s Reach to help out part-time at our Guest Services desk during the spring and summer. With Wendy, guests always feel warmly welcomed each time they visit.  » Read more

Our Very Own Graduate

Jocelyn Harder

We’re just bursting with pride around here!

We certainly couldn’t be any prouder of our “very own” Jocelyn Harder, who many of you may recognize as one of the friendly faces from the Ocean’s Reach front desk. As Andy’s niece, Jocelyn has virtually grown up around here, first as a very young “helper outer” and then in various capacities throughout high school and college breaks.

Jocelyn graduated from the University of Vermont in Burlington last week,  » Read more

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