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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

See the Largest Shell Show

Sanibel Shell Show

The 79th annual Sanibel Shell Show is unquestionably the largest in the world and a definite must-see! Collect and purchase from a colossal collection of seashells, both common and hard to find, and meet up with seashell lovers and crafters from all over the world. It all takes place at the Community House March 3-5, 2016.

While there is no entrance fee to the grounds, a $5 donation is requested to attend the inside shell show.  » Read more

“Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

 

‘Ding’ film takes trip to Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The documentary film “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” continues the fourth annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series on March 2, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center auditorium.

Midway Atoll — located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles away from civilization —  » Read more

Practice Makes Perfect

Trumpet practice

Our guests take note of all the comforts of home (and more)–expansive views, a hop, skip and a jump to the beach, complimentary internet, multi-channel HD TV, well-stocked kitchen and lush, comfy beds. And even outdoor practice rooms!

Evan, a high school sophomore, finds a peaceful place to practice his trumpet for an upcoming state competition. The proud grandson of owners, Bob and Judy, he doesn’t miss a beat while vacationing at Ocean’s Reach.  » Read more

Nature Watching

Nature watching

All ages enjoy the myriad of nature watching activities at Ocean’s Reach.
From the gazing of the stars to the extraction of mollusks on the ocean
floor, our guest nature watchers are learning to identify a multitude of
birds, small animals, botanicals and shells that occupy our beach, pond and
preserve.

These guests agree that Ocean’s Reach is a nature lover’s get away–perfect
for exploring,  » Read more

It’s HUGE!

BG and Giant Grouper

We love to boast about the fishing off the Sanibel coastline. And last week
our resident fisherman and owner, BG, made us “reel” proud with a catch so
large, it is called the Giant Grouper. Needless to say, it was an
incredible day to fish and then release this protected grouper measuring
about 4 feet long.

The giant grouper has a large mouth and a rounded tail.  » Read more

Stepping Out

BIG ARTS comedy

 

There’s nothing quite like an evening at the Strauss Theater when you’re vacationing on Sanibel. This intimate theater, managed and operated by BIG ARTS, hosts a number of award-winning productions each season, and this year is certainly no exception!

Playing now through March 12th, you won’t want to miss “Stepping Out,” a rollicking good comedy about the attempts of a group of bumbling dance amateurs to overcome not only their inhibitions,  » Read more

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