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This is Pia.

Pia has a broadcast journalism and advertising background. She’s a FGCU graduate and has worked in TV production and social media content for different media outlets.

Pia has also been working on island for the past 15 years.

Pia has passion for wild and marine life,  » Read more



Winner of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ award for best cinematography in a documentary, BLUE delves into the ocean realm at a critical moment for marine life.

The eighth annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series continues its biweekly showings tomorrow with a free airing of the documentary at 1 p.m. in their Visitor & Education Center. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.  » Read more

“Acoustically Perfect”!

Photo from Stevens Construction


“Never have I experienced a room so acoustically perfect as the new theater at Big Arts on Sanibel Island.”

So begins a wonderful review by David Dorsey from the Fort Myers News-Press of the new 410-seat theater that we’ve been anxiously awaiting at BIG Arts.  Andy attended their opening gala and agreed that the new facility is indeed spectacular!  » Read more

Alligator in B Flat


Jeff Klinkenberg engaged a professional symphony orchestra tuba player to determine whether bull gators would respond with thunderous bellows to a low B-flat note during mating season; thus the name of his book Alligator in B Flat.

The award-winning journalist will present two programs beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, in the admission-free “Ding” Darling Visitor &  » Read more

Art Festival This Weekend!


Marking its 37th year, the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club’s Annual Arts & Crafts Festival will bring more than 100 top-notch artists and crafters to the islands to exhibit and to sell their one-of-a-kind pieces this weekend.

Held on the grounds of The Community House, the two-day event will take place today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   » Read more

Seventeen Years and Counting


Many thanks to our longtime friends Stan and Linda S. from St. Paul, MN who sent us this gorgeous photo prior to their arrival this week.

They wrote, “We are looking forward to our 17th year at Oceans Reach and spending time on your beautiful beach.”  » Read more

It’s always so wonderful to welcome you back, Stan and Linda!  See you on the beach!

Up for Bids!


Get your bid ready!  Award-winning author and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick will host a private island birding tour for up to five people, as a premium silent auction item at the eighth annual “Go Wild for Ding” fundraiser tomorrow night, Wednesday, February 12, at the Sanibel Community House.

Bannick authored the bestselling Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls  and The Owl and The Woodpecker,  » Read more

Sanibel Solitude


It’s always great to see so many returning guests this time of year!

We received this gorgeous photo from Barry and Connie G. from Wichita, KS recently.  Barry wrote:

“We are looking forward to our Ocean’s Reach annual visit in late February.  I thought you might like this photo I took last year.  I think this shows how with all the great things to do,  » Read more

The Latest “Doc Ford”


Best-selling Sanibel Island novelist Randy Wayne White has yet another Doc Ford thriller hitting store shelves and websites soon.  And if you’re lucky enough to be in Southwest Florida over the next week or two, you can get a “first look” at his latest novel — and meet the author himself — at a series of local book signings and appearances.

It’s all to promote the Doc Ford novel “Salt River,” starring marine biologist (and undercover black-ops agent) Marion “Doc” Ford and his sidekick Tomlinson.  » Read more

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