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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.

  • SWEET SHOTS FROM THE SANCTUARY GC: Tri-Colored Heron
    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. 
  • SWEET SHOTS AT THE SANCTUARY GC: Florida Mud Turtle
    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.

  • SWEET SHOTS FROM THE SANCTUARY GC: Green Heron
    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. 

  • ‘Ding’ Tarpon Tournament Breaks Records With $120K
    Thursday, May 17, 2018 4:04 PM

    The seventh annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament on May 11, 2018, topped previous years’ fundraising efforts by netting $120,000 from tournament sponsorships, donations, and silent auction proceeds to benefit the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. 

  • Tarpon Bay Explorers Hosts Dr. Jerry Jackson for WGCU Fundraiser
    Monday, May 07, 2018 6:21 PM

    Tarpon Bay Explorers hosted renowned ornithologist, Dr. Jerry Jackson and 19 other wildlife enthusiasts Saturday, May 5, for a combined birding trip fundraiser through Tarpon Bay. 

  • Matzaluna, Sanibel Bike Club To Host Ride of Silence
    Monday, May 07, 2018 5:42 PM

    Matzaluna Italian Restaurant on Sanibel Island will be hosting in conjunction with the Sanibel Bike Club and Billy's Bikes the annual “Ride of Silence.” 

  • Hammerhead Caught, Tagged, Released Near Blind Pass
    Monday, May 07, 2018 4:35 PM
    In collaboration with the conservation efforts of NOAA Apex Predators Program, Elliot Sudal caught a 12-foot male Hammerhead Shark on Sanibel Island near Blind Pass Sunday, May 6, along with CJ Floyd, Morgan Matson, Kathy Fjeldstad, Liz Lombardo and Merrill Taylor.
  • Pfeifer Realty Group Celebrates Ten Years of Success
    Thursday, May 03, 2018 9:33 AM

    The Pfeifer Realty Group celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. On April 8, 2008, Eric and Mary Ellen Pfeifer took a huge leap of faith and opened their now-popular boutique realty firm that sits at the corner of Periwinkle Way and Dixie Beach Boulevard. “I had been with VIP Realty for six years, when we decided to take the plunge,” Eric said. “We were interested in building a smaller company that was non-corporate and franchise free.”

  • Ocean Tribe Paddling Club To Explore Bowman’s Beach Mangrove
    Wednesday, May 02, 2018 1:22 PM

    Sanibel Sea School's Ocean Tribe Paddling Club organizes a meet-up each month for paddling enthusiasts to enjoy a group paddle, share tips and ideas, and meet new friends to paddle with.

  • RS Walsh Landscaping Announces Winner of April Photo Contest
    Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:55 PM
    The winner of R.S. Walsh Landscaping’s April photo contest is Judie Zimomra. The theme of the April contest was “Bird Watching.”
  • SCCF Shares 'Hurricane Hacks' on Earth Day
    Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:03 AM

    From presentations by the founder of an inflatable solar light company to the homemade hacks of seasoned islanders who have weathered several hurricanes, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s (SCCF) Earth Day celebration offered some very practical takeaways.

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