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Ruane re-elected as mayor, Denham vice mayor

March 29, 2017 Kevin Ruane was re-elected as the mayor and Mick Denham as the vice mayor following an oath of office last Tuesday, which welcomed Jason Maughan as the newly elected council member. more »»

 
 
 

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Ruane re-elected as mayor, Denham vice mayor

March 29, 2017 Kevin Ruane was re-elected as the mayor and Mick Denham as the vice mayor following an oath of office last Tuesday, which welcomed Jason Maughan as the newly elected council member. more »»

G. Love and Special Sauce headlines annual SCCF fundraising event

March 29, 2017 A national touring three-piece band will make a stop on Sanibel Saturday, April 15 during the 6th annual Beer in the Bushes, a Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation fundraising even. more »»

Draper addresses water issues during COTI meeting

March 29, 2017 Audubon Florida Executive Director Eric Draper began his presentation at the Committee of the Islands annual meeting by sharing that he thinks it is important to look at the path taken by those in... more »»

Lee County commissioners approve three Conservation 20/20 purchases

March 29, 2017 The “Ding Darling” Wildlife Refuge will now have a buffer in perpetuit. more »»

Conservation consciousness topic of SCCF program

March 29, 2017 With the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation celebrating its 50th year this year, a special program was offered at the Nature Center last Tuesday to highlight how the conservation consciousness... more »»

News from around the region

Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan moves forward

March 28, 2017 Once its final version is approved by the Cape Coral City Council, staff will move to implement its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan over the next 20 years, at least. more »»

Council mulls impact fee deferment for 'workforce housing'

March 28, 2017 A proposal proponents say would make home ownership more affordable to lower-income workers got a preliminary nod by Cape Coral City Council Monday. more »»

Charter schools superintendent to resign

March 28, 2017 The Cape Coral Charter School Authority has called an emergency meeting for one day next week after Superintendent Nelson Stephenson's notification of his intention to resign from the city-operated... more »»

High school artists invited to submit work to competition

March 28, 2017 Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. more »»

Half-court basketball shot promotion to give Kia buyers a chance to purchase comped

March 28, 2017 Fuccillo Kia of Cape Coral will conclude its March Kia Mania with half-court shot contest Friday, giving customers who bought or leased a new car a chance to get it for fre. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

G. Love and Special Sauce headlines annual SCCF fundraising event

March 29, 2017 A national touring three-piece band will make a stop on Sanibel Saturday, April 15 during the 6th annual Beer in the Bushes, a Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation fundraising even. more »»

Tomstock X to benefit Miles of Smiles

March 29, 2017 Tomstock X, an all day music festival featuring seven local cover bands, has chosen to support the nonprofit organization, Miles of Smiles, this year. more »»

‘Blues by the Bay’ raises money for Harlem Heights youth

March 29, 2017 To raise money for at-risk youth living in the Harlem Heights neighborhood in Fort Myers, The Heights Foundation has joined forces with local restaurants to host its third annual “Blues by the Bay... more »»

BIG ARTS wraps up the season with ‘Nunsense’

March 29, 2017 For those who have yet to see “Nunsense,” BIG ARTS Artistic Director Bobby Logue describes it as hilarious. “The show is very, very alive in the sense that the energy is palpable on stage. more »»

‘The Jungle Book Kids’ take the stage next weekend

March 22, 2017 A cast of youngsters, the youngest 4 years old, have been rehearsing their lines, songs and dances for the past few weeks to prepare for the opening of “The Jungle Book Kids,” which will take the... more »»

Business

University of Sanibel unleashes new products

March 22, 2017 In lieu of pickleball's growing popularity, the University of Sanibel has released hats commemorating the sport. more »»

Qwik Pack & Ship under new ownership

March 15, 2017 Last October, Robert Wright and his mother, Kathy, took over Qwik Pack & Ship on Periwinkle Way. Robert and Kathy purchased the business from John Thomas who owned it for the last 14 years. more »»

Bleu Rendez-Vous offers ‘Stew-thirty’

February 15, 2017 For those on the go, Bleu Rendez-Vous French Bistro began offering four of its stews at half the price this month. more »»

Island Homes explores the benefits of ICF

February 13, 2017 Jonathan Tongyai, president of Island Homes, is taking a different approach to building energy efficient houses on the island. more »»

The Gavin family’s roots run deep

February 13, 2017 Irving Gavin’s family has quite a rich history on Sanibel. more »»

Obituaries

Meri S Rhodes

March 29, 2017 Meri S. Rhodes was born on June 8, 1949 in Ottawa, IL to her parents Wesley and Betty Tendall.  She passed away on March 27, 2017 in Ft. Myers, FL at the age of 67 following a long battle with cancer. more »»

Ethel Rita Sinow

March 28, 2017 SANIBEL FLORIDA--Ethel Rita Sinow, of Sanibel, Fl., formerly of Dixon, Illinois, died March 26, 2017. Mrs. Sinow was born April 15, 1924, in Chicago, a daughter of Samuel and Rose Price. more »»

Joan Leffel

March 22, 2017 Joan Leffel's life moved peacefully to its close in the presence of family on March 12, in Fort Myers, Florida. Mrs. more »»

Margaret Lynn Ridlehoover

March 3, 2017 Margaret Lynn Ridlehoover, 73, of Sanibel, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017 after a battle with kidney disease. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. more »»

Judy Goldenberg

February 28, 2017 Judy Goldenberg, age 80, passed away on February 13, 2017. Survived by her loving husband and best friend of 43 years, Herbert Goldenber. more »»

Local Columns

In the Garden: Papaya tree

March 29, 2017 Spring is the time for this luscious fruit. The papaya tree is an exotic fruiting specimen that grows best in USDA zones 9 and 10. more »»

On the Water: Finally, spring arrives — let’s hope fishing improves

March 29, 2017 Consistently inconsistent I guess would be the proper way to describe fishing over the last full week of winter. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Donation made to ShelterBox USA

March 29, 2017 Club business was on the agenda this week with focus on Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Fund’s on-going support of ShelterBox USA and Rotary International and Rotary District #6960 partnership project. more »»

Faces on Faith: Spring has sprung on the islands

March 29, 2017 Who says that we don’t experience seasons in southwest Florida? Spring has sprung and there is evidence of it all around! I admit, it’s not evident in the plant-life that spring is here, but the... more »»

Shell Shocked: Pigging out at Sanibel’s newest restaurant

March 29, 2017 I’m thinking of opening a new restaurant in Sanibel. So many have come and gone over the years that one more attempt at providing culinary joy should be applauded. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Tourism works for Lee County

March 29, 2017 To the editor: Like many resorts in Florida, we see a lot of snowbirds. more »»

Panther road kill carnage

March 29, 2017 To the editor: I, too, am angered and upset when I see another death of a panther due to road kill. more »»

Guest Commentary: Listen to water experts in Lake Okeechobee debate

March 29, 2017 In my previous role as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, it wasn’t often I would find consensus on issues involving local water management districts, the state, and federal... more »»

Always look twice

March 15, 2017 To the editor: This is a true story. A few months ago, I almost died while biking the shared use path on Sanibel. Some readers will think I am exaggerating because there was no accident. more »»

Many thanks

March 8, 2017 To the editor: After a beautiful month on Sanibel, we decided to enjoy one last meal before leaving for the airport. On our way, our car broke down at Periwinkle and Tarpon Bay Road. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

On the Water: Finally, spring arrives — let’s hope fishing improves

March 29, 2017 Consistently inconsistent I guess would be the proper way to describe fishing over the last full week of winter. more »»

On the Water: Full moon rising brings good fishing reports

March 22, 2017 A full moon and warm weather brought days with good fishing and a wide variety of fish. On the water it really felt like the change of seasons and spring arrived early. more »»

On the Water: Strong winds stall a good week of fishing

March 15, 2017 With a stretch of warm weather, fishing was heating up and the bite was getting good, and then the winds came. more »»

On the Water: March will bring some of the best fishing

March 8, 2017 The month of March is the beginning to some of the best fishing of the year in Southwest Florida. more »»

On the Water: Local fishing heating up with the weather

March 1, 2017 Over the past week, anglers experienced pretty good weather for the most part and despite several days with tides less than desirable, fishing wasn’t too bad. more »»

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