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Pole Painting


Artists, authors and musicians have made their home on nearby Matlacha on Pine Island, and their artwork can be found in colorful galleries, shops, restaurants … and yes, even on painted utility poles!

Matlacha is now referred to as the “Key West of the North,” as this Old Florida fishing village has turned into a funky arts community.  It’s truly an unexpected spot in the road,  » Read more

Making Life a Little Easier


You may have seen David Queisser at the Sanibel Grill, where he’s worked as manager and bartender.  Now, chances are, you’ll start seeing him all around the island!

A longtime visitor to Sanibel (his aunt and uncle own the Lighthouse Cafe), David discovered a need for an island delivery service a few years back.  His aunt had returned from running errands, when she realized she had forgotten to pick up one item.   » Read more

Another Great Beach Haul


Longtime guest George P. from Paducah, KY, wowed us recently with his beach haul found just between Ocean’s Reach and Algiers Beach earlier this month.

His prize catches included four amazing Horse Conchs and two beautiful Shark Eye shells.

Fun facts?  Florida declared the Horse Conch our official “State Seashell” in 1969.  And despite their name, Shark Eyes, known for being a serious predator,  » Read more

Beach, Beach Baby

We’re naturally a little biased, but we think that the beach at Ocean’s Reach is one of the most wonderful spots in the world.

However, if you want to add a little variety to your next beachcombing experience in Southwest Florida, consider some of these other gorgeous beaches highlighted in this recent article by the Fort Myers News-Press!


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Before “The Mouse”


A recent article from Florida Weekly by Jan Norris highlights “Florida Before the Mouse”:

IT WAS THE LATE 1940S, AND Dad was home after serving in World War II.

Gas rations were lifted, and the family at last could take a well-deserved road trip. So, they gassed up the Dodge or the Hudson or the Buick and they hit the bumpy two-lane road to Florida,  » Read more

Ambassador GiGi

GiGi, a three-month old Virginia opossum, is CROW’s newest Animal Ambassador.


The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is thrilled to announce the addition of a new Animal Ambassador, a three-month old female opossum.

GiGi, whose name is derived from the common name for her species, the Virginia opossum, was admitted to the wildlife hospital in April along with two siblings.  » Read more

Gold Status Biking

Photo from the Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce


The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the city of Sanibel as one of only two Florida communities to be awarded the prestigious designation of a “Gold” Bicycle Friendly Community.

In 2010, Sanibel was awarded the “Bronze” designation, and in 2014 it was one of four Florida cities designated as a “Silver”  » Read more

Talkin’ Turtles: #5

Photo from EcoWatch


Did you know?


  • Sea turtles provide natural ecological control over jellyfish populations.  Leatherback sea turtles eat only jellyfish, tunicates, and other soft-bodied animals.  They eat their body weight (on average, 800 to 900 pounds) in jellyfish every day.  Sadly, plastic resembles jellyfish floating in the water, so it is becoming more and more common for many of these amazing creatures to die from ingesting plastic.
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