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Another Shell-tacular Success!

Sanibel Shell Festival 1

Sanibel Shell Festival 2

The love of shelling typically attracts up to 6,000 attendees over the course of three days every year who attend the Sanibel Shell Festival, and this year’s event held last weekend — for the 79th consecutive year — was no exception.

As our friends at “The Islander” explain:

“It actually started at the Island Inn as the first show. That was back in the day when people would come for extended stays and of course shelling was a big part of their adventure.  » Read more

The Good Life

Weimaraner dogs

A dog’s life is a good life. A pair of Weimaraner dogs are “living the life” as they tool around Sanibel in the backseat of a chauffeured vintage Porsche.

Caught on camera while parked at Bailey’s Center, these two “royal” canines will soon be on their way in style, enjoying the pleasures of another Sanibel winter day.  » Read more

Gorgeous Flora

Amaryllis plant

Once again, we need to thank our gracious owner Nancy G. for this gorgeous Amaryllis plant. Not only did it brighten our days, but it wowed many a guest as they arrived to Ocean’s Reach this winter.

Nancy has been treating us to this gorgeous flora for years. This year’s bloom featured both an Amaryllis Aphrodite and an Amaryllis White Nymph.

The Double Blooming Amaryllis Aphrodite is named for the Greek goddess of love and beauty,  » Read more

Calling All Red Sox Fans!

Boston Red Sox

Nick Cafardo

Spend an evening with Nick Cafardo, best known as a national baseball columnist for the Boston Globe, MLB Network insider and contributor for NESN’s Red Sox pre-game show.
Nick is sure to entertain with stories on the Boston Red Sox and the upcoming 2016 baseball season.

He’ll be speaking at The Sanibel Community on Thursday, March 10th, at 7pm.  » Read more

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Typically a sign of tall woods and water, look skyward to see this bird
perched on tree branches or palm fronds. Recently our Grove’s coconut palm
tree was the perch for the hawk’s highly visible red “shoulders.” Adult
red-shouldered hawks have brownish heads, reddish chests, and pale bellies
with reddish bars. They search for prey while perched on the treetops or
soaring over woodlands. When they sight prey,  » Read more

Step Up to the Challenge!

Fight For Air Climb 3

Fight For Air Climb 2

Registration is underway for the American Lung Association’s annual Fight For Air Climb scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 at The Oasis Tower One, 3000 Oasis Grand Boulevard near downtown Fort Myers.

During the unique endurance event, participants will climb 31 flights of stairs in the residential high rise to raise money for lung disease research, education and advocacy.

More than 300 people are expected to climb 535 steps up the high rise,  » Read more

“On The Water”

Whether in a secluded bay, lush estuary or the gentle Gulf of Mexico, some say that being “on the water” is the only way to relax and completely appreciate the remarkable backdrop Mother Nature provides for visitors to Southwest Florida.

Leave it to our friends at the The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel to give us a very special glimpse! Enjoy this video of two transplanted water guides who found that paddling the gorgeous waterways of SW FL has been the perfect way for them to slow down and just roll with the tide.  » Read more

4,000 Miles from Home

Great White Pelican 1

Great White Pelican 2

First published on March 1 by Amy Bennett Williams at the “News-Press”:

4,000 miles from home, rare giant pelican
appears on Sanibel Island

We live on the Nile. The Nile we love.
By night we sleep on the cliffs above;
By day we fish, and at eve we stand
On long bare islands of yellow sand.
 » Read more

Cross Florida Barge Canal Project

photo by Tim CaseySteven Noll and David Tegeder on Monday, July 6, 2009 at the Univeristy of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.

Ditch of Dreams


Author gives the scoop on the Cross Florida Barge Canal project at ‘Ding’ lecture

For centuries, men dreamed of cutting a canal across the Florida peninsula. Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida’s Future, by Steven Noll and David Tegeder, examines the politics and preservation movements behind the long-running controversy. As part of the free “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture Series,  » Read more

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