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From left, outgoing Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce Chair Fran Peters, Business Person of the Year Craig Albert and Chamber President Ric Base. Chamber of Commerce photo
From left, outgoing Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce Chair Fran Peters, Business Person of the Year Craig Albert and Chamber President Ric Base. Chamber of Commerce photo
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:03 AM

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce recently honored Craig Albert, president and CEO of Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, as Business Person of the Year.

    Friday, October 26, 2018 4:33 PM

    The Reddish Egret, a conspicuously long-legged and long-necked wading bird of coastal regions, is more tied to salt water than other of our other Herons or Egrets. It is known for its erratic dancing when it forages and is a species of special concern. There are only 3,500 pairs of reddish egrets worldwide, with nearly 10 percent of that population in Florida, where it can reside year-round. This egret is also a year-round resident along the eastern coast of Texas, where the majority of the breeding for the Reddish Egret takes place.

    Friday, October 19, 2018 3:57 PM

    The Royal Tern is common along tropical and subtropical shores of the world throughout the entire year, favoring protected warm coastal waters, as in bays, lagoons and estuaries. Habitats throughout Southwest Florida provide ample areas for this bird and plenty of viewing opportunities.

  • SWEET SHOTS FROM THE SANCTUARY GC: Florida Soft Shell Turtle
    Friday, September 28, 2018 12:25 PM

    The Florida Softshell Turtle is a species of American Freshwater Turtles, a native of the Southeastern United States and one of the 26 species of turtles found in Florida . It is found all around the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. They prefer slow-moving fresh water bodies that have sand or mud bottoms but will utilize brackish water, often near the mouths of small rivers or streams. They are large turtles, with the adult females being up to 24" in length, twicw that of an adult male. Softshell Turtles can weigh up to 40 pounds and if one of these mistakes your bait / lure for it's next meal, you are in for quite a fight.

    Friday, September 14, 2018 3:32 PM

    The Gulf Fritillary is a brightly colored butterfly common across the extreme southern portions of the United States. It is found in all 67 counties in Florida and is a regular inmost butterfly gardens, including those in urban settings. This butterfly does migrate throughout the Southeastern United States with adults moving to the northern limits in the spring and migrating back south throughout the state of Florida in late summer and fall.

    Saturday, September 01, 2018 12:10 PM

    The Red-Bellied Woodpecker is one of the more common birds you'll find around the area. It's range is all throughout the Southeastern United States and prefers swamp and riverside wooded habitats. It feeds on insects, berries and nuts and sometimes catches flying insects as well.

    Saturday, August 25, 2018 12:55 PM

    Since 1996, the Zebra Longwing Butterfly has been classified as the state butterfly of Florida. It's easily identified by it's long, narrow wings that are black with light yellow zebra-like stripes. It flourishes in damp, tropical areas and is typically found in hammocks and thickets. Due to this habitat preference, south Florida is the most common area in the state to find this butterfly. The passion vine / passion flower is the host plant to the Zebra Longwing. The host plant is the plant that the larvae ( caterpillar ) feeds on. The larvae of the Zebra Longwing have white bodies and long black spines and a yellow head. Several larvae will hatch from eggs laid on the underside of a leaf and these veracious caterpillars will continuously eat, grow quickly and if conditions are right can go from egg to butterfly in just a little over three weeks.


    The Zebra Longwing can be seen all around the islands. Native passion vine is throughout the island, providing the needed host plant for generation after generation of this butterfly.

  • Sea School Campers Celebrate The Calusa
    Tuesday, July 31, 2018 5:18 PM

    Calusa Week, a week in celebration of the Native Americans who were the earliest known inhabitants of Florida’s southwest coast, is a favorite among Sanibel Sea School campers each summer. The Calusa were fierce, strong seafarers and their history can teach us many things about how to coexist with the sea. Participants explored their culture from various angles, retracing their footsteps to become young ocean warriors.

    Sunday, July 29, 2018 7:03 AM

    The Eastern Phoebe is in the Flycatcher family and is considered an early migrant, bringing with it hope that spring is at hand. They often nest on buildings and bridges and prefer woodland edge habitat, which makes the golf course a great place for it to spend it's days hunting for food during the winter months in Florida. It's common winter range to be found is from the coastal Carolinas, along the Southeastern U.S. shoreline to western Texas. The Phoebe feeds on mostly insects such as small wasps, bees, beetles, flies and grasshoppers. In many cases, it catches flying insects in mid-air for a meal. The Phoebe also eats fruits and berries during the cooler months and these are considered an important part of the winter diet. Although not seen on the islands at this time of the year, the Phoebe is a great birdwatching favorite to keep an eye out for during our Florida winters.

    Saturday, July 21, 2018 4:28 PM
    Rat snakes are the one of the largest kinds of species of snakes, with over 50 types of sub-species. One of the most common of this large group is the Yellow Rat Snake. They are a relatively large constrictor snake, growing up to five to seven feet in length, and in the south are yellow in color with long brown stripes that cover the entire length of the snake. Yellow Rat Snakes are found along the coastal United States, with the most populated area of them in Southern Georgia and along the Savannah River in the Carolinas. Being that they are found mostly near water, they are excellent swimmers. They are most active at dusk and throughout the night and as their name indicates, the most common food in it's diet is rats. Their diet is quite varied though and the young survive on lizards, frogs and mice.
    Saturday, July 14, 2018 12:55 PM
    The Tri-colored Heron, formerly known as the Louisiana Heron, is a year-round resident here in South Florida and can be found in the coastal United States from North Carolina all the way to the southern tip of Texas. It is typically found in the quiet, shallow waters that make up coastal lowlands, sheltered estuaries and mangrove swamps in coastal communities. Its name comes from the three colors, Blue-gray, Lavender and White that exhibit on the adult bird. 
    Friday, June 29, 2018 11:53 AM

    The Florida Mud Turtle is one of many varieties of Mud Turtles that are found throughout the United States, Central America, South America and Mexico. These relatively small turtles can live up to 50 years and typically inhabit lakes and streams that are heavily vegetated. They prefer clearer waters with a muddy bottom so that they can burrow into the soft mud and hibernate when the time is right.

  • Immokalee Students Get Immersed in Back Bay Estuary Ecology
    Wednesday, June 27, 2018 2:07 PM

    Middle School Students enrolled in The Immokalee Foundation’s Summer Academy Program took part in a “No Child left On Shore” Environmental Education Outreach Project Field trip. The Immokalee Foundation is dedicated to building pathways of success for the children of Immokalee.

  • Sanibel Top Paid Visitor Community For 2018 Season
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:18 AM

    Marking an increase of 3.3 percent, a total of 1.37 million visitors came to Lee County during the 2018 winter season, with Sanibel coming in as the first choice of communities for paid accommodations.

  • Sea Trash Storm Strikes Sanibel Shores
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:47 AM

    Instead of being greeted by sea shells and turtle tracks along the shores, early morning beach walkers were struck by the sight of plastic bottles and Styrofoam chucks littering the high tide line.

  • Island Association of REALTORS Hosting Meal Packing Event
    Wednesday, June 13, 2018 4:48 PM

    The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of REALTORS®, will join together with Meals of Hope and local volunteers Tuesday, July 24, to host a Meal Packing Event to benefit local food banks.

    Friday, June 08, 2018 5:37 PM

    he Green Heron is a stocky, small, solitary, somewhat secretive heron that lives around small bodies of water or densely vegetated areas. The "green" on the birds back is an iridescent color and often looks dull or dark blue. The Green Heron forages by mostly standing still or stalking very slowly at edge of shallow water or perched on emergent aquatic plants like this Cattail in the photo, waiting for prey to approach, sometimes using "bait," to lure fish within striking distance.

  • Employee Dependent Scholarship Awards Lead Off City Council Meeting
    Tuesday, June 05, 2018 5:15 PM

    Three generous community organizations, The Charitable Foundation of the Islands (CFI), the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, awarded scholarships to four deserving dependents of City employees at the City Council meeting, June 5 in Mackenzie Hall. A sizable contingent of representatives from the funding organizations was on hand to honor the recipients—Jacob Crandon, Amber Schweitzer, Hailey Upchurch and Alyssa Vetter.

  • Alberto Causes Minimal Erosion on Beaches
    Saturday, June 02, 2018 9:19 AM

    High surf and tides caused minimal erosion but did wash away 16 sea turtle nests last weekend on Sanibel and Captiva as Subtropical Storm Alberto’s 40-mph winds churned up the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Sanibel Sea School Hosts Community Camp Day
    Thursday, May 31, 2018 10:48 AM

    On Memorial Day, Sanibel Sea School hosted local students for the organization’s second Community Camp Day, a free day of ocean fun and learning for children ages 6-13. There was also an opportunity for older teenagers to participate as Counselors in Training. The theme of the program was sea turtles, and participants enjoyed a variety of related games and activities.

  • CFI and Sanctuary Collaborate to Provide New Van for F.I.S.H.
    Thursday, May 17, 2018 4:08 PM

    The Charitable Foundation of the Islands and the Sanctuary Golf Club Board came together in March to help F.I.S.H. serve its clients more effectively. The result of their collaboration is a sizable van that will provide efficient pickup and delivery of supplies to the F.I.S.H. pantry. 

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