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Rebuilding the Causeway

Photo from Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce


Although the Sanibel Causeway was re-opened to emergency workers only 15 days after Hurricane Ian hit last fall, that was just the beginning of a long road ahead (forgive the pun) for those who love our island.

Work on the three-mile-long bridge hasn’t stopped since.  Temporary repairs should be completed by next month (the start of this year’s hurricane season) and then permanent repairs will begin.  » Read more

Helping the Least (Terns) Among Us

Photos from SCCF


More encouraging news from Mother Nature! 

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation biologists have recently located least tern nests on Sanibel and Captiva, reporting that this is the first time the birds have nested on the islands since 2020.

According to SCCF, least terns — the smallest terns in the world — are state-threatened seabirds that can be found along Florida’s coasts during late spring and summer.   » Read more

Sanibel Girl

Throwback photo to Don’s muse and beautiful granddaughter, Claire … circa 2016



Sanibel Girl

The beach almost empty

The surf getting still

The rays of sun

A sea gull’s shill


There was peace all around

With a few nature sounds

A Great Heron eating

Some dinner he’d found

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Seven Months Later …

The first snowy plover chicks of the season!

The first sea turtle nest of the season!


“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

That sense of patience and hope continues to permeate throughout Sanibel and Captiva Islands, seven months after Hurricane Ian slammed onto our shores.

Residents are starting to find their footing,  » Read more

It’s the Little Things


Sometimes it’s just the little things in life that make you happy. 

We’re grateful for seeing old friends again (especially when they’re delivering the mail), along with our shorebirds coming back, beautiful shells covering our beach, and — of course — spectacular Sanibel sunsets ending our days once again.  » Read more

Making a Difference


One of the ways our islands have always thrived is through the amazing network of volunteers who tirelessly help out at our local nonprofit and community organizations.

Their spirit came through loud and clear at the “Get Inspired! SanCap Volunteer Expo” recently held at BIG ARTS.  More than 300 people attended to learn how they can further help with recovery efforts throughout the islands.

Hosted by the Charitable Foundation of the Islands and its Class of 2022 Leadership Sanibel-Captiva Program,  » Read more

Welcome Back, “Ding” Darling!


We’re thrilled to report that the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is scheduled to re-open tomorrow, welcoming back visitors to Wildlife Drive and their Visitors and Education Center, along with the Wildlife Drive observation tower and sections of the Indigo Trail, Wildlife Education Boardwalk and Wulfert Key Trail.

Wildlife Drive hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Thursday (closed on Fridays).   » Read more

Waves of Change

Lisa and Keelsie helping with the extensive clean-up —

Their smiles always make our day!

Most of the debris has been picked up, with just a bit more to go

Clean-up has been going on everywhere, including our pond

A first-class pool transformation is in store

We’re in the final stages of developing a “Master Plan”  » Read more

Favorite Memories: #3


We wanted to route you some of OUR favorite memories today — the many wonderful faces (and toes) that you’ve sent us from your treasured Ocean’s Reach vacations!

Our guests, as we’ve often said, form the cornerstone of our resort and we can’t wait to welcome you back just as soon as we can.  » Read more

Favorite Memories: #2

Photo by Ocean’s Reach guest Lori S. of Belton, MO


Photo by Ocean’s Reach guest Peggy C. of Stevens Point, WI


We thought you’d enjoy a potpourri of memories from Ocean’s Reach guests today!  We asked you to share your favorite recollections, and we’ve received an assortment of wonderful photos, poetry and more.  » Read more

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