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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

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

Tapa Night!

Joyce's Tapas night

Never one to let a few clouds dampen her evening, long-time Ocean’s Reach guest Joyce W. treats friends to “Tapa Night” out on her lanai.

Not sure what looks nicer: the food … the wine … or the smiles!  » Read more

Jazzing It Up

Island jazz

Island jazz 2

Island Jazz is well in the swing of their 10th season of fabulous music!

Guests “in the know” pack up their beach chairs and head to the outdoor Boler Garden at BIG ARTS every Sunday afternoon for the free 3pm concerts. (Even if it rains, the show goes on; it simply moves into the covered Gainer Veranda.)

Island Jazz features Harry Reiner and Dick Montgomery on trumpet,  » Read more

Spaghetti for Everyone!

Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner 1

Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner 2

Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner 3

The annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner, coming this year on Saturday, Feb. 27, to the Sanibel Community House has been a must-do event for islanders and guests for well over 30 years.

This most scrumptious of island traditions features an all-you-can-eat Italian treat, capped off by the Kiwanis’ acclaimed “secret recipe” spaghetti sauce. Tickets for the dinner — which include pasta,  » Read more

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