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Croquet Anyone?

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Watch the transformation of our grassy Grove as it’s made into a fabulous croquet court!  A few short hours and a passion for the sport is all that owner Bob B. needed to lay out the court, measuring and marking, to meet the official size requirements.

Bob, a croquet advocate and avid player, not only set up the game for our guests,  » Read more

A Rare Great White Pelican


A female great white pelican spreading its wings among other white pelicans on February 1. Photo by Roberta Schuldenfrei.

Courtesy of the Island Sun:

Hundreds of visitors descended upon the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge one morning earlier this month in hopes of spotting the rare great white pelican, a native of Africa, Europe and Asia who was previously seen visiting Sanibel last February.  » Read more

Get Ready for Spaghetti!

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Kiwanis Past President Eric Pfeifer is a veteran at serving up meatballs!

For almost 40 years, the annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner has been one of Sanibel’s favorite events.

This year’s event — to be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 4 to 8 pm — will be the first to be held at the newly-renovated Sanibel Community House.

Guests enjoy all-you-can-eat pasta,  » Read more

Welcome to Florida??

Florida, MA

This photo of Florida, Massachusetts, was recently sent to us by guest Ken F. of Chicopee, MA, giving us quite a chuckle.

Ken wrote us: “Makes you want to leave immediately to Ocean’s Reach instead of waiting until May. This is Florida, MA located in the northwestern part of MA. off of RT.2 called the Mohawk Trail. Doesn’t look too warm and inviting!!!”

We may be a bit biased,  » Read more

Scenes from Sanibel #4

Laine Renfro - Scene From Sanibel

No matter which direction you face, this “Scene from Sanibel” highlights our gorgeous 360-degree blue skies!

Our guest photographer said she named this photo “R. E. L. A. X.”

Should you have any photos you’d like to share, please email them to

Today’s Guest Photographer: Laine Renfro  » Read more

The Wildest Woman in America

Will Harlan

Carol Ruckdeschel may be the wildest woman in America. She wrestles alligators, eats roadkill, rides horses bareback, and lives in a ramshackle cabin that she built by hand in an island wilderness. A self-taught scientist, Ruckdeschel has become a tireless defender of sea turtles on Cumberland Island, a national park off the coast of Georgia, just across the Florida line.

On Friday, Feb. 24, Will Harlan, author of Untamed: The Biography of Carol Ruckdeschel,  » Read more

The Shell Love Bug

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Got the bug for collecting seashells on the Sanibel seashore? You’re not alone! View this mobile shelling sensation designed and crafted by a fellow community of obsessed shell lovers. Hence the name of the shell-saturated VW, The Shell Love Bug!

A talented and enthusiastic team of over 65 artistic shellers led by Sanibel’s Pam Rambo was commissioned by the Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau to “shellabrate” the first annual National Seashell Day on June 20,  » Read more

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Great Backyard Bird Count

    • How will the weather and climate change influence bird populations?
    • How will the timing of birds’ migrations compare with past years?
    • What kinds of differences in bird diversity are apparent in cities versus suburban, rural, and natural areas?

    To help answer questions such as these, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society launched the Great Backyard Bird Count in 1998.  » Read more

    Breakfast with Your Favorite Monsters

    Wally the Green Monster

    Red Sox fans will have a rare opportunity to dine with their favorite “monsters” prior to the team’s annual Spring Training Open House on Saturday, February 18.

    From 9 to 11 a.m., fans can get an up close and personal experience with Wally the Green Monster and his sister Tessie at JetBlue Park, located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers. The newest Boston Red Sox mascot,  » Read more

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