The Best in the World

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Reader’s Digest recently highlighted the 15 Beaches with the Best Seashells in the World, encouraging readers to “feast your eyes on these stunning destinations that are brimming with whelks, cockles, Scotch bonnets, and conchs.”

Not surprisingly, Sanibel Island topped the list!

They wrote:

Named the best shelling spot in North America by Travel &  » Read more

For Our Canadian Friends


From a recent issue of TravelWeek, a prominent travel trade publication in Canada:

Much of every day life in The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel revolves around one ‘Islandology’, which encourages both visitors and locals to take the time to enjoy all the things the destination has become known for.

Located in Southwest Florida, just a short drive from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) where Air Canada and WestJet offer direct service,  » Read more

The Big Pour!

BIG ARTS Executive Director Lee Ellen Harder with BIG ARTS Owner’s Rep John Doragh

Getting the job done!


More than 20 workers and 18 huge cement trucks converged upon the BIG ARTS construction site at 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning to pour the final slab on the footprint of their new home.

It was an amazing coordination effort and the top-flight pros got the job done beautifully.  » Read more

Redneck O-limp-ics


C’mon out to support a great cause!

The American Legion Post 123 on Sanibel will host its 11th Annual Redneck O-limp-ics this Sunday, May 26.  

Opening ceremonies will take place at noon, with all sorts of fun and wacky activities to follow.

Events include an assortment of contests that some may consider “lost art,” such as: Nail Driving …  » Read more

90-Year-Old Islander Captures Gold!


Sterling Fulmer, left, with son Joe, as a rookie in the YMCA Masters National Swimming Championships in Sarasota three years ago.  After taking up competitive swimming for the first time at the young age of 87, he came home with the gold medal for his age category and hasn’t stopped since!


From our friends at the Island Sun; article by Jeff Lysiak:

It’s never too late to try something new.  » Read more

The Jac’s Back Bar is Back!


From Gulfshore Life, written by Dorothea Hunter Sonne:

In a nostalgia-fueled beach community like Sanibel, where restaurants hold fort for decades, even small changes can feel like shockwaves.

Exactly a year ago this month, new owners took over what had been an island institution, The Jacaranda, and gave it a makeover — new decor, a new menu and even a new name,   » Read more

Wildlife Artist-in-Residence


Wildlife artist Ed Anderson from Boise, Idaho, has been selected to participate in a new artist “in residence” educational program at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.”

Working from his studio at Blind Pass through July 1, Anderson will be involved in a number of projects focused on modern-day wildlife and travel journaling art.

The refuge plans to establish pop-up studio locations along Wildlife Drive throughout Anderson’s stay,  » Read more

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

The late Sam Bailey, who started our Annual Islands Night at the ballpark 26 years ago.


Don’t miss out on the fun at Sam Bailey’s 26th Annual Islands Night tonight at the CenturyLink Sports Complex.

This special night features a celebration of our island community, plus a chance to watch a fun baseball game and assist in raising funds for local charities.  » Read more

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