The Santiva Chronicle is a fresh, vibrant digital news source, operating on Sanibel and Captiva Islands (hence "Santiva") since 2013.

We employ professional writers and photographers to ensure your reading the highest quality news and information. 

A Tour of our Premium Content

Santiva Chronicle features related article links at the bottom of stories to easily follow a topic, as well as multiple
photo galleries and a detailed calendar of events simple to share with friends and family.

The Op-Ed section has weekly columns: Poetry Place by accomplished poet Lorraine Walker Williams, Sleep Guy by the knowledgeable Dr. Jose Colon, Fashion Paiges by our correspondent Paige Truxal, Fitness by expert Tim Shevlin and Straight Shots by Master Club Fitter David Charneskey.

Santiva Today is an exclusive daily editorial composed by our editor who writes on various subjects from national sports to local news and happenings. It also includes island weather, beach information and the time of sunset on Captiva Island every day.

Our premium content also consists of original multimedia collections – Junior Duck Stamps and 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley.

 Junior Duck Stamps

Santiva Chronicle has diligently assembled a Junior Duck Stamp collection rivaled only by its original at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. David's fascination for this conservation program coupled with an art contest conceived on Sanibel Island transformed into an educational multimedia resource shared with schools throughout Florida and all of our readers.

The Junior Duck Stamp Contest was the idea of retired Sanibel School teacher Jaye Boswell. She started with third-grade students and expanded it to other grades and several art mediums. Today, it has grown into a national program in which kindergarten to high school students learn about conservation of our wetlands, and compete for the chance to have their portrait of a chosen duck in its habitat memorialized as a Junior Duck Stamp.

All Florida entries are still sent to the refuge, where they are categorized prior to judging. It takes a panel of five judges, several tables tables covered in stamps and several hours to choose winners. We are grateful for the generosity from J.N. “Ding” Darling NWR staff who helped David assemble this incredible collection of Junior Duck Stamps. While conservation education is vital to the program, the sublime artistic talent of these students shows in the details of their chosen duck and its habitat.

Hurricane Charley Virtual Museum

Hurricane Charley landed on Sanibel and Captiva Aug. 13, 2004. This year marks the 10th anniversary of that massive storm whose eye made landfall on Captiva and left about every form of damage imaginable on the islands. The Hurricane Charley Virtual Museum recounts from leading community members and residents who picked up the pieces, as well as slide shows of photographs that documented the damage.