Relocating the Emporium


The Bubble Room Emporium now has a new home!

The restaurant’s beloved gift shop has reopened across Captiva Drive at the former site of Albert Meadow Antiques.

The site was actually part of the original Bubble Room properties.

Artist Katie Gardenia founded the restaurant in 1979, owning the main structure, the separate 200-square-foot building to the north –  » Read more

Hitting the High Notes


From our friends at Florida Weekly:

Ever since the advent of the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest in 2014, the annual festival has grown ever bigger and more celebrated. The sixth annual festival, Sept. 20 – 29, promises more high notes and impressive numbers than ever before:

  • Three different venue destinations throughout the county: Captiva Island (Sept. 20 –
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Merit Badge University

Boy Scouts can earn their fishing and other badges at Merit Badge University!


The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge will host its 2nd annual Merit Badge University for registered Boy Scouts of America on Saturday, October 26.

Scouts from around the nation will have the opportunity to earn up to two out of six badges being offered that day. They include Bird Study,  » Read more

Look Who Just Hatched!


Thanks to our friends at the Island Reporter for this update!

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife announced that two gopher tortoise eggs incubating since early June successfully hatched in the early morning Wednesday.

On May 26, an adult female gopher tortoise was admitted to CROW’s wildlife hospital. The tortoise was found in the center lane of McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers after it was presumably struck by a vehicle while crossing the road.  » Read more

Are You a Trashionista?

Photo by Sabato Visconti


Calling all eco-conscious conservationists, wannabe fashion designers, and “trashionistas”!

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 10, 2020, and Project Refuge: A Couture Fashion Show Using Trash. The fashion show and “Twist Tie Optional Luncheon” will take place at The Sanctuary Clubhouse on Sanibel Island, part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.  » Read more

A Win for Mother Nature

The “Ding” Darling team celebrates victory on the steps of the old courthouse in downtown Fort Myers following the county commissioners’ unanimous vote in favor of supporting the Wulfert Bayous acquisition.


The Lee County Board of Commissioners recently voted in favor of supporting the acquisition of the 68-acre Wulfert Bayous parcel located on Sanibel Island. The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) and the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge have been working with the county on the collaboration for more than a year to make the acquisition a reality.  » Read more

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