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A Visit from Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad with brothers John and Dave Jensen 


A wonderful article by Jeff Lysiak from the Island Sun:

For more than 40 years, long-distance swimming legend, motivational speaker and best-selling author Diana Nyad has been an inspiration to people from all walks of life. Her incredible accomplishments – including her recordbreaking 110-mile swim between Havana, Cuba and Key West,  » Read more

Tesla vs. Edison

Brad Bleich’s digital painting “Tesla Vs. Edison” shows inventors Thomas Edison (right) and Nikola Tesla against a backdrop of wires and electronic components. 


From a recent article by Charles Runnells in the Fort Myers News-Press:

Fort Myers is a Thomas Edison town.

The inventor lived right here on McGregor Boulevard in what’s now a museum called the Edison &  » Read more

Uncommon Friends – Part 2


If you took our advice yesterday to grab a copy of Uncommon Friends by Jim Newton, you’ll probably also want to add a visit to the beautiful waterfront memorial fountain that stands as tribute to these famous winter residents of Fort Myers, as well.

Located on the scenic banks of the Caloosahatchee River in the northwest corner of the downtown Fort Myers River District is Centennial Park,  » Read more

Uncommon Friends


If you haven’t yet read Uncommon Friends by Jim Newton, it just may be the perfect “summer read” you’re looking for!

Jim Newton (1905-1999) was a Fort Myers businessman who was personal friends with five of the most notable people who defined the 20th Century ─ Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh. Jim Newton called them his “uncommon friends,” and his book documents his experiences with them,  » Read more

World Sea Turtle Day is Coming

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All are invited to celebrate World Sea Turtle Day next Monday, June 17, at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.  Free activities will include a beach walk and beach clean-up, sea turtle lessons and crafts, and a special showing of the movie “Turtle: The Incredible Journey.”

Since the year 2000, World Sea Turtle Day has been commemorated on the birthday of Dr.  » Read more

Splashin’ Around


When you and your family are in need of some good ‘ole splashin’ around, enjoy 14 acres of water slides, pools and fun at Sun Splash Family Waterpark, Southwest Florida’s largest waterpark in nearby Cape Coral.

Relax on their gently drifting Main Stream River Tube Ride. Thrill at the high-speed excitement of such shriek-worthy slides as the Cape Fear, Fun-L-Tunnel, Zoom Flume and 457-foot Electric Slide &  » Read more

Island Flavors


Bimini Bait Shack, the last watering hole on the mainland before crossing the Sanibel Causeway, cooks up the perfect recipe for island fun and relaxation.

Rum is quintessential to island culture, and Bimini Bait Shack has more than 20 varieties for famous drinks, such as the Goombay Smash from Green Turtle Cay, the Bushwhacker from St. Thomas, and Planter’s Punch from Jamaica.  » Read more

The Ultimate in Tarpon Fishing

As the humorist and fisherman Ed Zern used to say, “It is easy to tell tourists from tarpon. Tarpon have a narrow, bony plate inside the mouth of their lower jaw. Tourists have both upper and lower plates.”

Guests Millard and Buck B. from Columbus, OH, sent us this photo of Buck’s prize catch during their recent visit to Ocean’s Reach.   » Read more

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