Introducing A Second Locale


Sharing news from the Santiva Chronicle – Excerpt of article written by Reese Holiday:

The Blue Giraffe restaurant recently opened a second location at the Sanibel Island Golf Club in Beachview Estates, just around a few corners from Ocean’s Reach.

Blue Giraffe is owned by Bill Letendre and his son Geoffrey. The Letendre’s took over the original location at Periwinkle Place Shopping Center in 2016 and have been serving breakfast,  » Read more

Update on SW FL Art Festivals

By artist Thom Milsap


From the Fort Myers News-Press:

The rules of COVID-19 are well-established by now. Wear masks. Social distance. Outside events are better than inside events.

That last rule gives Southwest Florida’s art festivals a big advantage over most local events: They already happen outdoors, where the wind, sun and other elements help disperse the virus that causes COVID-19.  » Read more

Best of Luck, Charlie!


Several Ocean’s Reach owners and friends joined us for Charlie’s Retirement Celebration this past Tuesday in The Grove.

It was a beautiful afternoon filled with fun stories and fond memories of Charlie’s 20 years as an indispensable part of Ocean’s Reach.

We’ll miss him dearly, but we look forward to still seeing him and Eva often.  Once you’re a part of the OR family,  » Read more

Artist in Residence


Come meet the 2021 “Artist in Residence” for the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge!

Beginning today, Rachel Pierce will kick off a series of free biweekly, plein-air art demonstrations and monthly Friday Art Journal Walks that she will host throughout the season.

Most well-recognized from her role as former local morning anchor for NBC2 for five years, Rachel recently retired from TV journalism to devote more time to her passion for art and to her husband and four children.  » Read more

An Extra Month of Sunshine!

Photo from Visit The USA


You may think that there’s plenty of sunshine in Florida no matter where in the state you visit.  Interestingly enough, though, the average number of sunny days can vary greatly throughout “The Sunshine State.”

Although Florida’s average of 237 days a year of sunshine definitely beats the U.S. average of 205 days, the Fort Myers –  » Read more

Ready to Roll!


WoW – What a great way to start off the New Year!

“Ding” Darling’s new Wildlife on Wheels (WoW) urban mobile classroom is ready to roll!  This month, WoW will start making appearances at under-represented schools throughout Southwest Florida to help teach area youth about wildlife conservation.

Learning stations will interpret mangrove ecosystems, water quality, water conservation, pollution and plastic, animal scats and tracks,  » Read more

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