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Updated tax roll values show increases across the board

July 2, 2020 Preliminary property tax valuations for the islands significantly rose over the earlier estimates. more »»

 
 
 

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Updated tax roll values show increases across the board

July 2, 2020 Preliminary property tax valuations for the islands significantly rose over the earlier estimates. more »»

Status update from city of Sanibel

July 2, 2020 The city of Sanibel provided the following status update as of today. more »»

BIG ARTS awards scholarships, receives donation

July 2, 2020 The BIG ARTS Performing and Visual Arts scholarship recently received a $2,000 gift from the Tower Gallery. more »»

Baby tire manatee rescue

July 2, 2020 As previously reported, suspected vandalism to the baby manatee sculpture outside of the J.N. more »»

Zonta taking grant applications from area non-profits

July 2, 2020 The Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, the non-profit arm of the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, is seeking applications from non-profits in Lee County and Southwest Florida for its 2021 grants. more »»

News from around the region

Cape punts decision on masks

July 2, 2020 On a day when Florida logged an additional 10,000-plus cases of the COVID-19 virus -- setting another record -- dozens of local residents turned out to have their say on whether Cape Coral City... more »»

Three Cs and masks: DeSantis urges Floridians to take safety measures

July 2, 2020 As the state and country prepare to celebrate Independence Day, Gov. more »»

Tough choices: Some Cape bars choose to temporarily close

July 2, 2020 With COVID-19 cases in Florida and Lee County climbing, coupled with some close-to-home tragedies, many establishments in Cape Coral are making the tough decision to temporarily close until... more »»

Officials urge safety in celebrating Independence Day

July 2, 2020 Despite Independence Day celebrations being cancelled throughout the area, residents are encouraged to practice safe behavior that would apply not just in a year with a pandemic. more »»

Lee sheriff’s race to step off with a partisan primary

July 2, 2020 The Lee County Sheriff's race appears on both the Aug. 18 Primary and Nov. 3 General Election ballots The Republican primary has two candidates, incumbent Carmine Marceno and James A. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

BIG ARTS awards scholarships, receives donation

July 2, 2020 The BIG ARTS Performing and Visual Arts scholarship recently received a $2,000 gift from the Tower Gallery. more »»

Sanibel documentaries spark donation

July 2, 2020 In 2014, the Pfeifer Realty Group partnered with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David E. more »»

Maestro to return in 2021 to conduct farewell orchestra concerts

July 1, 2020 Amy Ginsburg, executive director of the Southwest Florida Symphony, recently announces that Maestro Nir Kabaretti will return in the spring of 2021 to guest conduct concerts as a proper farewell... more »»

The Community House

June 30, 2020 The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, will present the following: Smoke on the Island Smoke on the Island will be held on July 3 at 6 p.m. more »»

Summer Reading Program continues at Sanibel library

June 24, 2020 The Sanibel Public Library and Youth Services Librarian Deanna Evans is inviting families with children ages “baby to teen” to register online for the 2020 Summer Reading Program. more »»

Business

Zonta taking grant applications from area non-profits

July 2, 2020 The Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, the non-profit arm of the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, is seeking applications from non-profits in Lee County and Southwest Florida for its 2021 grants. more »»

Progressive Club to hold monthly meeting

July 2, 2020 The Progressive Club of the Islands will hold its virtual monthly meeting on July 9 at 4 p.m. The guest speaker is D. more »»

Lions hear from coordinator with the Golisano Children’s Hospital

July 2, 2020 Alyssa Bostwick, program development and special projects coordinator at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, addressed the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club on June 17 via Zoom. more »»

Refuge welcomes new visitor services intern

July 2, 2020 Katy Hosokawa recently joined the team at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge as a visitor services inter. more »»

DDWS, refuge report WoW project rolling along

July 1, 2020 Building, design and curriculum planning continue on the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge's Wildlife on Wheels (WoW) mobile classroom project. more »»

Obituaries

Dr Carol McDonald Connor

June 17, 2020 Dr. Carol McDonald Connor was a Chancellor’s Professor of Education at the University of California ­ Irvine School of Education. more »»

Virginia S (Van Horn) Taub

May 28, 2020 COTUIT, MA /SANIBEL ISLAND, FL ­ Virginia S. (Van Horn) Taub, 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's. more »»

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 »»

Local Columns

Manatee sightings helping to establish slow speed zone

June 30, 2020 Thanks to those of you who have sent in photos of West Indian manatee to help the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation build evidence to re-establish a slow speed zone in the San Carlos Bay from... more »»

Rotary Happenings: Economist discusses current financial state of affairs

June 30, 2020 The past few months has been a very tumultuous time for most everyone, especially when the stock market and economy is taken into account. more »»

Safe at Sea: Boating facts that are not facts

June 30, 2020 “Repeat something often enough, and people will believe it.” This seems to be at the core of today's news, ranging from TV to print journalism to social media. more »»

Faces on Faith: Necessary risks

June 30, 2020 Risk taking stirs up a variety of emotions; it invokes fear, doubt, trepidation, and anxiety. But all too often we are not even willing to speak of those fears, those anxietie. more »»

Shell Shocked: Fighting CD-10 mania

June 30, 2020 Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. This is the beginning of an old Johnny Mercer song. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Consider mandating the wearing of masks

June 30, 2020 To the editor: As year-round Sanibel residents and seniors, we have been pleased with the Sanibel City Council's attempts to protect us from the COVID-19 pandemic. more »»

More than surprised by letter printed

June 30, 2020 To the editor: I was more than a little surprised that the Island Reporter chose to print a letter in the June 24, 2020, issue from a writer who stated that “anyone not wearing a mask outside their... more »»

It is time to listen to the scientists

June 30, 2020 To the editor: Gov. Ron DeSantis' failure to “re-open” the state of Florida in a safe manner is taking a severe toll on the health and economic well being of our citizens. more »»

Masks for a different use

June 30, 2020 To the editor: While we wrangle over wearing masks, Chinese citizens have been wearing them for years. Pre-COVID, masks provided protection from poor air quality. more »»

Policy change not only in Florida

June 23, 2020 To the editor: Perhaps the most distressing statement in William Harvey’s letter to the editor published in the June 17 issue of the Island Reporter, which comments on my June 10 guest column (“The... more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Status update from city of Sanibel

July 2, 2020 The city of Sanibel provided the following status update as of today. more »»

CEPD provides update on holiday beach parking

July 2, 2020 The Captiva Erosion Prevention District will have a beach attendant at the Alison Hagerup Beach parking lot on July 3-5 for the holiday weekend. The lot will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. more »»

Sanibel fire district resumes public CPR, first aid courses

July 1, 2020 The Sanibel Fire and Rescue District recently announce that CPR and first aid classes for the community are being scheduled. more »»

City presents Independence Day operation hours and refuse collection scheduled

July 1, 2020 The city of Sanibel reported that its Administrative Offices will be closed on July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday, and that they will resume regular operating hours on July 6. more »»

MLB announces 2020 regular season

July 1, 2020 Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred Jr. recently announced that Major League Baseball anticipates beginning its 2020 regular season in approximately one month on July 23 or July 24. more »»

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Sanibel Moorings offers Botanical Gardens tour 07-08

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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