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Manatee Madness is Here!


Manatee Madness is here!

Fifteen manatee sculptures, transformed into works of color and beauty by local artists, have been placed across the city of Sanibel as part of the Community Housing and Resources’ Manatee Madness fundraiser.

The inspiration began as an idea that CHR Executive Director Melissa Rice had been contemplating for years based on the painted “cow parades.” In this case, sea cows.

“We wanted to find a unique way to raise much-needed funds for our mission to provide affordable housing on the islands,” Rice said. “Given the difficulties of the time, we needed an idea that would generate excitement and engage our community without a crowded gathering. The concept of populating Sanibel with brightly painted works of art, using our beloved manatees, seemed like the answer.”

CHR encourages residents and visitors of Sanibel to travel to each of the manatee locations and then send photos and selfies for a chance to win raffle prizes.  Email the photos to [email protected] or post on Instagram and Facebook with #ManateeMadness.

In addition, you can buy a Manatee Madness T-shirt for $25 at Bailey’s and all proceeds will go to CHR.

Lastly, “Save the Date” of April 11 to attend the outdoor “Manatee Madness Walk-Through Auction” at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, where you can bid on the manatee you want to own!

More information on the “Manatee Madness” season can be found at




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