A Near Washout in the Late ’70s

Ocean's Reach pool 1Erosion of pool area caused by high tides.

Ocean's Reach pool 2Southeast corner of pool.

Ocean's Reach pool 3Beach and pool before washout.

Ocean's Reach pool todayThe pool at Ocean’s Reach today.

What a fun find! Thanks very much to long-time owner Doug Armantrout who sent us these photos of a near washout of the Ocean’s Reach pool in the late 1970s.  » Read more

Scenes from Sanibel #1

Sharon Peace - Scenes from Sanibel

Starting today, we’d like to feature some of our best guest photography in a new series we’re calling “Scenes from Sanibel.”

We find that our guests are simply the best when it comes to capturing the amazing beauty and unique charm of our island.

Should you have any photos you’d like to share, please email them to [email protected].

We’d love to show them off and give our blog readers a little taste of Sanibel!  » Read more

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Kite flying on Sanibel

Wishing You a Very Happy Kite Flying Day!

With tuppence for paper and strings
You can have your own set of wings
With your feet on the ground, you’re a bird in flight
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite

Oh, let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh,  » Read more

An Update on Clyde Butcher

Clyde Butcher 2

Great article from our friends at the Island Reporter! Written by Ashley Goodman.

Acclaimed photographer Clyde Butcher, who is widely known for his black and white prints of Florida’s vast landscape, spent a week at the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Wilmeth Cottage for Visiting Scientists and Scholars, with his wife Niki, taking photos and scouting out new locations for when he returns again to Sanibel in the fall.  » Read more

A Flash from the Past


Snapshot of Timmy’s Nook on Captiva Island before it was demolished in 1994. From 1952 to 1994, Timmy’s Nook was a popular gathering place frequented by natives and tourists alike. In 1994, under new ownership, Timmy’s was rebuilt and renamed The Green Flash.

Photo courtesy of the Captiva Island Historical Society Archives.

The History Gallery, developed by the Captiva Island Historical Society,  » Read more

2017 Southwest Florida Birding Seminar

2017 Southwest Florida Birding Seminar

Join local and national birding experts for the 2017 Southwest Florida Birding Seminar, a two-day event exploring the science and value of birds in Southwest Florida and beyond.

Day 1 – Friday, February 10 (Field trips)

  • Field Trip 1:  Photographing birds instructional workshop at Harns Marsh, 8-10 am
  • Field Trip 2:  CREW Bird Rookery Swamp tour,
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It’s Time for ArtFest!

ArtFest 2017 1

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ArtFest 2017 3

On the first weekend in February each year, ArtFest enlivens the Downtown Fort Myers River District with exceptional art, entertainment and family activities.

ArtFest is considered one of the premier art festivals in the state and showcases works from more than 200 outstanding professional artists from across the country, as well as a high school art competition,  » Read more

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