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New Family Audio Tour at Edison Ford

Edison Ford Estate

There is something new at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates this summer just in time for families visiting with children. The new tour — with an entertaining twist — is available on an audio wand just right for children to enjoy.

The audio is set up with numbered stops throughout the historic gardens and the device has quiz questions and investigations just right for students.  » Read more

Life’s a Beach

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Amidst family laughter from open shaded canopies and sea bound bodies waist deep for a dip or swim, life is a beach at Ocean’s Reach.

Just close your eyes and picture it: Dads chasing kites in sunlit, indigo skies. Surfing teens balancing rippling waves. Tiny toes soaking up the refreshing gulf waters and digging castles in the sand. Life is your beach at Ocean’s Reach!  » Read more

Marine Science Kids Cruise!

Marine Science Kids Cruises

The summer fun continues on our Southwest Florida waterways!

Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location will offer a Marine Science Kids Cruise on Saturday, July 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Marine Science Kids Cruises are free to children with paid adult admission.

Children will cruise along the Caloosahatchee River aboard the M/V Edison Explorer, collect water and perform water quality experiments to test the levels of nitrates,  » Read more

Coming over from the Mainland


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People seldom realize that there are thousands of children here in Southwest Florida who have never seen the ocean, despite living so very close to it.  Due to shrinking school budgets and other economic circumstances, these children never get a chance to experience the natural wonders found just over the Causeway. Thankfully, there are many groups from Sanibel trying to help, including our friends over at “Ding”  » Read more

Water Quality Update #2

Sanibel beaches

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We wanted to follow up with another update on our local water conditions, as we had such a favorable response to the Water Quality Update that was posted on our blog last week (July 6). In that post, we explained how recent news reports have erroneously implied Sanibel beaches are experiencing the same volume of blue-green algae blooms that are currently plaguing some areas of Florida’s East Coast.  » Read more

Shop, Dine, Rhythm and Wine!

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Periwinkle Place will host a summer event series — “Shop, Dine Rhythm & Wine” — on Thursday evenings throughout the month of July.

Open to the public at no cost, attendees will be treated to wine tasting, refreshments and special deals from participating stores. Live music in the courtyard will be provided every Thursday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The July event series will feature specials and/or tastings from Blue Giraffe;  » Read more

Tale of an Oyster

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There once was an oyster whose story I tell,

Who found that some sand had got into his shell.

It was only a gram but it gave him a pain,

For oysters have feelings for all they’re so plain.

Now did he berate, the harsh workings of fate,

That had led him to such a deplorable fate?

Did he curse out the government,  » Read more

Shelling Sisters

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It’s so nice to have a shelling sister!  These young (and extra sweet) guests from the Spehar family in Illinois wouldn’t have it any other way.

Shelling together doubles the smiles and doubles the shells to take home.

Who is your favorite shelling partner?  » Read more

Sanibel Street Cams

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More “Sanibel Street-Cams” are now up and running, providing residents and visitors with new ways to learn of traffic conditions at the intersection of Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road, the intersection of Periwinkle Way and Casa Ybel, and Span C of the Sanibel Causeway.

Click here to view the City of Sanibel’s “Street-Cams,” which are funded through beach parking revenue. According to City Hall,  » Read more

Mango Harvest

Andy's mango harvest


Guess who’s delighting both guests and staff with these amazingly scrumptious mangoes?

Andy’s front yard mango tree is now yielding more than 200 of the juicy and nutritious fruits. The tree was all abloom in April and now, three months later, we’re enjoying the harvest of these beauties which are bursting with flavor.

When harvesting mangoes, you first want to give the fruit a slight tug.  » Read more

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