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City council falls in line with county on rentals

May 22, 2020 During a special meeting on May 21, the Sanibel City Council adopted Lee County's state-approved amended standards for vacation and accommodation rentals, as well as clarified its policy on the... more »»

 
 
 

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City council falls in line with county on rentals

May 22, 2020 During a special meeting on May 21, the Sanibel City Council adopted Lee County's state-approved amended standards for vacation and accommodation rentals, as well as clarified its policy on the... more »»

Rare endangered sea turtle tagged on Sanibel

May 22, 2020 After laying several nests earlier in the season, a team of biologists has encountered and tagged a rare leatherback sea turtle that is nesting along Sanibel and Captiva. more »»

Status update from city of Sanibel

May 22, 2020 The city of Sanibel provided the following status update as today, May 22. more »»

On-island sea turtle volunteers back on daily patrols

May 21, 2020 About 80 of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's highly devoted sea turtle program volunteers are back on daily rotation to patrol the island beaches as of May 19. more »»

CenturyLink COVID-19 tests damaged in transit

May 21, 2020 On May 20, the Florida Division of Emergency Management notified testing sites that 1,702 of the more than 90,000 tests administered throughout the state FDEM sites so far in May were damaged in... more »»

News from around the region

Three arrested, two sought in connection to drug overdose death

May 23, 2020 Cape Coral police have arrested three people and are seeking two others in connection with the drug overdose death of a 19-year-old whose body was found along a Cape roadside last month. more »»

CCPD thanked with a parade, tokens of appreciation -- and Krispy Kremes!

May 22, 2020 The Cape Coral Police Department was greeted Friday morning with a “thank you” parade from Cape Coral High School students. more »»

Case numbers mean residents of 10 states can't currently book a vacation rental in Lee

May 22, 2020 Out-of-state vacationers can now book a short-term rental in Lee County, but not those from Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York or... more »»

County operations adjust Memorial Day schedules

May 22, 2020 Most Lee County administrative operations will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. more »»

Coral Pointe Canal restoration work to begin May 26

May 22, 2020 The city of Cape Coral will begin restoration work along the Coral Pointe Canal on Tuesday, May 26. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Healthy Lee launches Kids with Compassion initiative

May 20, 2020 Healthy Lee invites the Southwest Florida community to participate in Kids with Compassion, encouraging local children to create compassionate artwork and cards to send virtually to area seniors in... more »»

Refuge celebrating Endangered Species Day virtually all week

May 12, 2020 With Endangered Species Day set for May 15, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is holding a week's worth of virtual activities to raise awareness for some local and state animals. more »»

Online concert raises funds for F.I.S.H.

May 6, 2020 Musicians Johnny Jensen and Dave Dust performed a live Facebook concert on April 17, facilitated by the 'Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa on Captiva, that was live-streamed with over 9,000 views. more »»

Nature Near You highlights conservation success stories

May 6, 2020 The fifth week of Nature Near You, the Sanibel Sea School’s e-newsletter, featured conservation success stories to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Through emails delivered at 9 a.m. more »»

Monthly exhibit goes virtual at TCH

April 30, 2020 During the month of May, local artists and Sanibel-Captiva Art League members Renée Chastant and Betsy Conrad will exhibit their work on The Community House's Website. more »»

Business

City council falls in line with county on rentals

May 22, 2020 During a special meeting on May 21, the Sanibel City Council adopted Lee County's state-approved amended standards for vacation and accommodation rentals, as well as clarified its policy on the... more »»

Mayor issues proclamation, adjusts restrictions

May 20, 2020 On May 19, the city of Sanibel reported that Mayor Kevin Ruane extended the declared state of emergency — originally declared in response to COVID-19 — until May 26, unless further extended. more »»

Captiva library providing pick for held materials

May 20, 2020 The Captiva Memorial Library is now offering curbside pickup for materials placed on hold. As of May 9, patrons are able to pick up on-hold materials at all of the Lee County Library System branches. more »»

SCCF staff take on natural resource policy roles

May 20, 2020 As the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation awaits the appropriate time to post a job listing for a new natural resource policy director, staff members will carry forth retiring Rae Ann Wessel's... more »»

Kingfisher Real Estate announces top producers for the month

May 20, 2020 Kingfisher Real Estate announced its top listing and selling agents for the month of April. Valerie Tutor is the top listing agent. more »»

Obituaries

John L Rushworth Sr

May 22, 2020 John (Jack) L. Rushworth Sr. passed away peacefully on May 20, 2020 at Hope Hospice in Ft. Myers. Born in Porthcawl, Wales, Jack joined the Royal Air Force at the age of 17. more »»

Rodney "Roddy" Mott West

May 13, 2020 Rodney "Roddy" Mott West, 72, a resident of Sanibel Island and Minneapolis died Sunday, May 10, 2020.   Roddy grew up in Excelsior, MN, attended The Blake School and the University of Minnesota. more »»

Weston Holmes Palmer

May 7, 2020 Weston Holmes Palmer of Sanibel Island, FL passed away on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 peacefully in his sleep at the age of 75 from natural causes. more »»

Dorothy Matthews Moore

May 5, 2020 Sikeston - Dorothy Matthews Moore, 90, died peacefully on April 23rd at Chateau Girardeau. more »»

Benjamin Gerald Miller

April 22, 2020 Benjamin Gerald Miller reunited with his brother Robert in the arms of our Lord on Monday, April 20, 2020. more »»

Local Columns

Crafting policy: The art of the possible

May 19, 2020 As you may have learned from earlier announcements, I will be retiring on May 15. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Rotary makes second donation to those in need

May 19, 2020 Sanibel is its own little paradise and has some of the most unique shops and businesses and premier restaurants to offer our locals and guests alike. more »»

Safe at Sea: It all flows downstream

May 19, 2020 Dive magazine recently ran an excellent article regarding the plastic pollution problem that begins and — here in Southwest Florida — ends in our own backyard (the Gulf of Mexico. more »»

Faces on Faith: Love, toilet paper in a time of pandemic

May 19, 2020 I’m currently reading a book called “The Unhurried Leader.” (Don’t laugh. Especially those of you who know my tendency to run from one thing to another — always in a rush. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Masks needed at island eateries

May 19, 2020 To the editor: Restaurants on Sanibel and Captiva, please protect your employees and our community … wear masks! I was shocked to see the lack of masks being worn at our restaurants. more »»

Council can still take action

May 19, 2020 To the editor: On May 12, the Sanibel City Council voted to reopen hotels and short-term rentals to visitor. more »»

Some freedoms are not absolute

May 12, 2020 To the editor: As Constitutional conservatives we consider the freedoms in our First, Fourth and Fourteenth amendments as cornerstones of our democracy. more »»

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

May 12, 2020 To the editor: What a difference four months made. A cultural tsunami crashed on everything we believed permanent, The Before Times. more »»

Always great to hear good news

April 21, 2020 To the editor: In response to the article “Local Roots Unveils Online Farming Market as Another Shopping Option” that printed in the April 8, 2020, edition of the Island Reporter. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Status update from city of Sanibel

May 22, 2020 The city of Sanibel provided the following status update as today, May 22. more »»

F.I.S.H. offering summer scholarships for youth

May 21, 2020 As Florida begins its multi-phase reopening, many F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva clients are struggling to find balance between work and childcare. more »»

Mayor issues proclamation, adjusts restrictions

May 20, 2020 On May 19, the city of Sanibel reported that Mayor Kevin Ruane extended the declared state of emergency — originally declared in response to COVID-19 — until May 26, unless further extended. more »»

SCCF officials: Help protect nesting shorebirds

May 20, 2020 Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Shorebird Biologist Audrey Albrecht is asking that the public please help spread the word on how to safely share the shore with nesting shorebirds. more »»

Perspectives on safe boating

May 20, 2020 It is a proven fact that wearing life jackets saves lives, however why are they not more commonly worn? Let’s dig deeper on personal attitudes toward wearing a life jacket. more »»

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Sanibel Moorings offers Botanical Gardens tour 05-27

The Botanical Gardens at Sanibel Moorings offers 90-minute walking tours to the public on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.Cost is $5 per person, plus tax; check in at the front office.Reservations required at 239-472-4119. more »


 
 
 
 
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