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Turning Back Time

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An interesting article from, written by Richard Pallardy:

Turning Back Time:  The Recovery of the American Crocodile

For a while there, it looked like time was running out for the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) population in the United States. The hands of the extinction clock for the species were,  » Read more

Caps for Kids


20,000!  Now that’s a lot of caps.

Resident volunteers of Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida recently reached quite a momentous milestone, creating their 20,000th surgical cap for children at the nearby Golisano Children’s Hospital.

The “Caps for Kids” program, which began in October of 1999, aims to help make children’s hospital experiences a little easier.

Understandably, stomachs churn with nervousness for both children and parents as surgery time nears.  » Read more

Please Mr. Postman


Captiva Island’s old Post Office box, which has long reflected the island’s colorful personality, is now part of its history.

The Captiva Island Historical Society recently paid tribute to the unique mailbox by marking it with an official historical plaque. The box had served islanders and visitors for nearly two decades.

In 1999, during one of his many stays on the island,  » Read more

542,000 and Counting

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We know that the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is one of the most unique museums in the country, and now readers of Forbes Magazine know it, too!

Writer Gary Stoller notes that “the museum now houses a collection of about 542,000 shells. Besides local shells, shells from other countries, including some of the world’s largest,  » Read more

A Request from Andy

Pictured, left is Andy’s friend Jack with longtime Ocean’s Reach guest Tom M. from Glencoe, Mo.

Tom and his law partner, a past president of the USGA, had just contributed memorabilia for Jack’s treasured display.


A request from Andy:

My friend Jack has cancer. An avid golfer and retired golf course superintendent, Jack is now limited to spending time collecting and displaying the golf memorabilia and oddities which he has collected over the past 53 years.  » Read more

Family Fun on the Cheap!

Photo by Chelle Koster Walton


“The first thing that comes to mind when families plan vacations to the Fort Myers/Sanibel Island region? Beaches. Sandy beaches, beaches with lots of shells, beaches where the sun shines nearly every day. The beaches are indeed great, but they are just one of the area’s best-known attractions.

Sanibel Island, recognized as an early leader in ecotourism,  » Read more

Did Someone Say Bacon?


Now this sounds a little unusual!

Tonight, adults are invited to join in on the 5th Annual BaconFest Trolley Event, a bacon-themed pub crawl that’s become a staple in nearby Cape Coral’s Entertainment District. You’ll take trolleys around South Cape, stopping at various locations to enjoy bacon-themed and bacon-inspired drink and appetizer samples.

Participating locations & their samples:

Dolphin Day #5

Photo by Debra McGuire


Finishing up our list of fascinating dolphin facts this week, courtesy of USA Today:

15. Our fetuses look very similar.

While unborn babies of humans and dolphins are in the uterus, they both have a tail, though for humans that is only briefly. Scientists believe these so-called protrusions are a legacy of genetic material from ancestors.  » Read more

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