Nourish Your Soul with Art

“Face Off” by Flavin Williams is part of the “By Sea and By Air” Exhibition at the Centers for the Arts in Bonita Springs.


Inspiration is just a drive away at an assortment of South Florida museums and galleries …

As with major museums across the country, art found throughout South Florida galleries can expand our knowledge of the world around us and enrich our souls with beauty.  » Read more

Refreshing Good News!


Honest to goodness — We cannot tell a lie!  Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream is returning to the island!

Their new home will be in beautiful Periwinkle Place, where the Fresh Produce clothing store was previously located.

Pinocchio’s originally opened on the east end of Sanibel in 1980.  Current owners, Donna and Thomas Puna, bought the store in 2007.  In 2017, they sold it intending to open up a franchise.   » Read more

Abounding with Charm



Travel & Leisure recently published its list of “The Most Charming Small Towns in Florida.”

With each of the ten towns noted, the magazine boasted that “what they lack in size, they make up for in quaint shops, tasty restaurants, easygoing vibes, and enough water and land activities to keep visitors occupied and happy.”

Sanibel Island was included,  » Read more

Packing Quite the Punch

Photo by guest Ellen P.C. from Herndon, VA


What a fun — and informative! — note from a member of one of our favorite families:

Hi!  I’m sending you this picture of something a bit different that I found at Ocean’s Reach in 2019 when my husband and I were staying with my family (sister is an Ocean’s Reach owner from Massachusetts).  » Read more

Mind Your Line!


Mind Your Line, a collaborative effort among Sanibel-Captiva conservation organizations, is asking fishing enthusiasts to use smart practices to protect the islands’ brown pelicans.

The pelican is protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty and included in the state’s Imperiled Species Management Plan, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported.  Nonetheless, a leading cause of lethal injury in pelicans and other shorebirds is fishing hooks and monofilament entanglement.  » Read more

“Run” and Save the Date!


F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva will host its 13th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. on Saturday, October 23, 2021 in conjunction with the Fort Myers Track Club.

As in years past, Hortoon’s creator Dave Horton designed the event logo depicting his lovable animal characters. 

“Dave is a multi-talented artist and we are grateful to have him design our race logo each year,” race Committee Chair Diane Cortese said.   » Read more

Oh, Mama!


Piggybacking on yesterday’s post, volunteer Jim Bennight captured this amazing photo of four Black-necked Stilt chicks (count the legs!) under their mother at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

Fun facts:

Male and female stilts choose their nesting site together. They also share the work of creating the nest, which is always located on the ground in an area with soft sand or other substrate that can be scraped away.  » Read more

Oh, Baby!


Last year, “Ding” Darling kicked off their inaugural Virtual Baby Bird Shower fundraiser as a way of providing support to the Refuge that we all know and love during a difficult time.

This year, there’s a sense of rebirth as conditions improve and we return back into the world.  You can say that our experience may parallel that of a newly hatched chick discovering the world around him.  » Read more

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