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A Boston-style hero’s celebration was held to honor retiring Red Sox player, David Ortiz, at Fort Myers’ JetBlue Park in March. Ortiz made his mark in the sports world by helping in a huge way the Red Sox win 3 world series—2004, 2007 and 2013.

It was a sad day for baseball fans but for Ortiz, it was lots of grins and smiles as he became the proud recipient of several prestigious honors and prizes,  » Read more

Are You a Mango Lover?

Mango blossoms

The mango blossoms are busting out all over keeping honey bees busy and
mango lovers happy! The vibrant blooms signal a summer feeding frenzy for
mango salsas, preserves and smoothies–or just “off the branch” fresh!

These beautiful trees provide great shade and some of the tastiest and most
popular fruit from the tropics. Andy, should know. It’s his tree!

At the Edison &  » Read more

What Handsome Attire!

Don P T-shirts

Once again, longtime guest Don P. came to town with goodies for the gentlemen in our office.

Don loves Ocean’s Reach, and several years ago started to create custom shirts for his family’s annual stay here, with a different color featured each year.

He very graciously brings a few extras for the staff, which are always met with smiles and much appreciation!

Don (left) and John (right) show off this year’s handsome attire.  » Read more

Hiking Florida

Sandra Friend and John Keatley. The authors

The Florida Trail Guide

Learn “How To Hike the Florida Trail” from the authors of The Florida Trail Guide, Sandra Friend and John Keatley. The authors, both life members of the Florida Trail Association, will present two programs beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016, in the free “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center on Sanibel Island.

The year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the statewide Florida Trail.  » Read more

Perfect Spot for a Paint-Out


The Sanibel-Captiva Art League held its March plein-air Paint-Out at RS Walsh’s In The Garden, the island’s retail garden center and outdoor showroom.

The group meets monthly at different locations around the islands.

“In The Garden is a favorite spot for our painters,” said Marcy Calkins, president of the Sanibel-Captiva Art League. “It is truly a tropical oasis with wandering paths and an amazing variety of display gardens.  » Read more

A “Ray” of Sunshine

smiling stingray

Look what Shirley C.’s grandchildren inadvertently scooped up in their net this week! Looks like our guests aren’t the only ones to smile at their shell collection!

Not to fear, this little “ray” of sunshine was quickly and safely placed back in the water … but not before posing for this adorable photo op!  » Read more

Lighthouse Day

Lighthouse Day

Historical Village To Celebrate Lighthouse Day

On Wednesday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Sanibel Historical Village will celebrate Lighthouse Day with speakers and events throughout the day.

Events at the Sanibel Historical Village on April 13 begin with a talk by a Coast Guard representative from Fort Myers Beach at 10:45. The representative will discuss the Coast Guard’s role in keeping lighthouses alive and will tell about the Coast Guard Cutter named Sanibel,  » Read more

Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Bag It

Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes — single-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away.

But where is “away?” Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health?

The award-winning documentary film “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” completes the fourth annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series,  » Read more

Beer in the Bushes

Beer in the Bushes

Thanks to our friends at the Island Sun for the latest on this fun-raising event!

All are welcome to raise a glass at Beer in the Bushes on April 9

It’s time to boogie down and drink up. The 5th annual Beer in the Bushes fundraiser is set for Saturday, April 9 from 6 to 10 p.m. Guests can roam the grounds of SCCF’s Nature Center while sampling craft beer and food truck offerings.  » Read more

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