Save a Manatee

The Florida Manatee is a native species found in many of Florida’s waterways.

In 1975, Florida’s school children helped designate the endangered Florida manatee as Florida’ state marine mammal. Since then, various research, management and educational efforts have helped bring back a species that many people thought was on the verge of extinction.

The Florida manatee population has grown to more than 6,600 animals today.   » Read more

Ride of Silence

What began in 2003 in Dallas as a spontaneous outpouring of grief for a friend and fellow rider, struck and killed by the mirror of a passing vehicle, has rolled across the globe to become an international annual event memorializing and honoring cyclists who have been injured and killed while riding.
The Ride of Silence  » Read more is a worldwide event, with almost all USA States participating, along with 22 other countries.

The Crackerbox

Do you know of this little gem just off the causeway in Fort Myers? 

The Crackerbox was recently named one of the “Best Sanibel Area Restaurants” by Food Critic Jean Le Bouef of the Fort Myers News-Press when listing restaurants that are “beloved by us locals for being good, reasonable and oh-so-close to our beautiful beaches.”

JLB writes: “Time hasn’t been kind to Fort Myers’  » Read more

BIG ARTS Summer Camp

If your family is headed to Sanibel Island this summer, be sure to check out the ever-popular Summer Arts Camp at BIG ARTS!  

BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp offers a fun, unique and well-rounded program of visual and performing arts for 1st – 5th graders.

Each week begins a new session with a new theme. Throughout the week, campers create art projects that correspond with that week’s theme,  » Read more

Islands Night

It’s time for peanuts and crackerjacks and good times with island friends!  

Join us tomorrow night when we commemorate the 25th anniversary of one of Sanibel’s most beloved traditions:  Sam Bailey’s Islands Night at Hammond Stadium.

Islands Night began in 1993 by beloved islander Sam Bailey as a way to celebrate the special community we have on Sanibel and Captiva.  It’s become a night for us to kick back and enjoy a baseball game with friends,  » Read more

Derby Day!

And down the stretch they come!

Enjoy “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” at Fort Myers’ inaugural “Down & Derby” party from 3:00 – 7:00pm today on the back lawn of the historic Heitman House along the beautiful Caloosahatchee River.

Hosted by HelloSWFL, this Kentucky Derby-themed party and social event should be just the right mix of fun and flair, with stellar fashion,  » Read more

A Slice of Old Florida

It’s been described as “one of the last vestiges of how it used to be” on Captiva Island.  

Jensen’s Twin Palm Cottages & Marina Resort looks like it jumped off a postcard depicting historic Old Florida.  Featuring small wooden cottages along the waterfront, tiki huts scattered about, and a marina with longtime, knowledgeable boat captains, Jensen’s has long been considered a Captiva institution.

The first cottage was built on the property in 1928.  » Read more

Lights Out for Sea Turtles

The Darker the Beach, The Brighter their Future  » Read more

Every year hundreds of sea turtle nests are laid on the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva.  Sea turtle hatchlings emerge after dark, using the light of the night sky over the sea to navigate to the water.  Artificial light causes hatchlings to crawl away from the water and toward the light sources.  Each year thousands of hatchlings die in Florida due to lighting along beaches.

The Coveted Pink Jacket

Past Tarpon Tournament winning captains sporting their coral tarpon jackets. From left to right: Matt Mitchell, Chasin’ Poon (2016); John Landry, Doc Ford’s and SportFisha (2012 & 2015); Mark Sparrow, YAM (2017); John McDaniel, Boomer Sooners (2014); and Rhett Dixon, Team Teaser (2013).

The newest tradition of the “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament  » Read more awards the captain of the winning team a pink tarpon jacket.

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