Lucky Loo

The public restrooms at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Visitor & Education Center on Sanibel Island are in the top 10 list of contestants in the 2018 America’s Best Bathroom® Contest.

Contest host Cintas Corporation this week informed the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) that the refuge’s Learning Lavatories (#LearningLav) restrooms project ranks among the annual contest’s finalists.

Voting for the contest begins   » Read more

Escape to Cayo Costa!

Many of us agree that Cayo Costa State Park is the ultimate beach lover’s dream!

Located between North Captiva Island and Boca Grande, this barrier island state park is only accessible by boat.

The remote island is made up of 2,426 acres and nine miles of pristine beaches.  Here, you can truly escape the frenetic pace of life and live your dreams of solitude on a private island.   » Read more

Our Olympic Hurdler

Every now and then, we have a guest that needs to interrupt their vacation for another obligation.  Up until this summer, though, we’ve never had anyone leave to compete in the Junior Olympics!

Nineteen-year-old  Cheyenne M. from Decator, TX had to sneak off for a few days to compete in the 400M Hurdles at the 2018 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, IA on July 30th.   » Read more

“Bag Day” is Coming!

The Noah’s Ark annual Bag Day event is coming up Friday, August 10, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Customers may buy marked bags in the parking lot for $4 each, fill them with store goods, and walk away with as many items as the bags will carry. Customers are free to purchase as many $4 bags as they wish for the Bag Day sale.

Any items that don’t fit in the bag are 80 percent off the regular price.  » Read more

Who “Wood” Have Thought of This?

Another amazing treasure from our “other” Andy!

“Show and tell time for shell lovers…  Brother Ted has access to a laser cutter that cuts thin plywood at the college where he teaches, RIT, in Rochester,  NY.   I sent him one of my shell designs and he ran it through a tool used to build 3D shapes from plywood and cardboard. This resulted in about 25 pieces of plywood that after much scrutiny (due to a lack of index marks) and much sanding and persuasion with a rubber mallet assembled into this treasure.  » Read more

A Good Neighbor, Indeed!

Good neighbors make a huge difference in your quality of life, no matter where — or who — you may be!

Take CROW for instance. The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel Island helps injured wildlife found throughout Southwest Florida. 

They recently released two critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in North Naples.

The first of the two turtles,  » Read more

Something Fishy!

Author Jennifer L. Schiff is back in hot water — or, more accurately — the warm waters of Sanibel Island with her new book, Something Fishy. This is the second volume in her Sanibel Island Mystery series, which premiered with A Shell of a Problem, published last fall.

Like its predecessor, Something Fishy is a cozy mystery set on our tranquil Florida island,  » Read more

Recycle Smart!

Lee County, home to Sanibel Island, has been a recycling leader in Florida since 2002. According to data recently released by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Lee County currently ranks third in the state with a 74 percent recycling rate, putting the county well on track to meet the statewide 75 percent recycling goal by 2020.

However, the county’s road to recycling proficiency has not been an easy one,  » Read more

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