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A sea turtle hatchling scampers to the Gulf of Mexico. Judith Jones photo courtesy SCCF
A sea turtle hatchling scampers to the Gulf of Mexico. Judith Jones photo courtesy SCCF
Thursday, December 31, 2015 11:10 AM

Sea turtle nesting was at an all-time high on Sanibel and Captiva in 2015, a year in which coyote depredation continued to be a problem. The sea turtle year is the Santiva Chronicle's No. 4 story of 2015. 

  • Islands Under Tropical Storm Warning As Alberto Strengthens
    Saturday, May 26, 2018 6:03 PM

    Overnight, Subtropical Storm Alberto shifted further east than expected in the Gulf of Mexico on its northward trek and was about 100 miles due west of the islands at 7:30am.

  • Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:53 AM

    A Sanibel man landed in jail Saturday, May 19, after police searched his home at 702 Mahogany Way and discovered just over two ounces of marijuana, paraphernalia, and traces of cocaine. Thirty-four-year-old Phillip Vaughn, left, was charged with drug possession with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of public housing. He was released from Lee County Jail the same day on a $10,000 bond. The police report did not indicate what prompted the search.

  • Bailey Tract To Close For Restoration; Part of Ani Pond Stays
    Friday, May 25, 2018 4:00 PM

    J.N “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge will be closing the Bailey Tract for four to six weeks starting on the afternoon of Sunday, June 3.

    The closure is for a planned hydrologic restoration project, in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, commencing on the morning of Monday, June 4. To avoid public safety concerns, the Bailey Tract will be closed to all public access for the duration of the restoration project.

  • Rainy Holiday Weekend Signals Start of Hurricane Season
    Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:44 PM

    It’s only been eight months since the City of Sanibel lifted the state of emergency following Hurricane Irma. And, it’s not even June 1 yet, the official start of the 2018 hurricane season.

  • Sanibel Denies Permit for Low Speed Vehicle Rental Business
    Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:13 PM

    The Sanibel Planning Commission heard from Sanibel Carts, LLC, Tuesday, May 22, at City Hall on their conditional use permit application to establish a low speed vehicle rental business at 2330 Palm Ridge Rd., Suite 15. The application was denied in a vote of six to one.

  • New COTI Board Members Energized by New Responsibilities
    Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:00 AM

    New Committee of the Islands board members Peter Walcott, Barbara Joy Cooley, Maryann Bell and Malcolm Martini are enthusiastic about their upcoming COTI responsibilities. All four were elected to the board at the organization’s annual meeting.

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 10:40 AM

    The Lee County Mosquito Control District provides mosquito control for Sanibel and all of Lee County. "Mosquito Season" typically runs from May through October and mosquito activity increases with rain, particularly after heavy rains that produce large areas of standing water. Due to the abundance of mangroves, wetlands and salt marshes, Sanibel is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.

  • Vehicle Strikes Guardrail on Sanibel East End
    Tuesday, May 22, 2018 4:04 PM

    David Peck, 51, Sanibel, was traveling east on Periwinkle Way at approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, when the right side of his vehicle struck the guardrail near North Yachtsman. The reported stated Peck was traveling within the 35 mph speed limit at the time of the crash and his vehicle’s right front tire caught the guardrail causing damage to it and the vehicle.

  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 5:19 PM

    More than 100 people attended a hearing on Friday at the Lee County courthouse to speak out against the proposed Eden Oak development on Shell Point Boulevard.

    Instead, Lee County Hearing Examiner Laura Bellflower issued a continuance to the applicant and set a date of a new hearing for Sept. 25, 2018.

  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 1:27 PM

    Sanibel Police ticket a 25-year-old driver for careless driving last week following a single-vehicle accident caused by swerving to avoid a turtle in the road.

  • DCI Candidate Forum Highlights Problems Plaguing County Schools
    Saturday, May 19, 2018 12:41 PM

    The continuing struggles of Lee County teachers and students enlivened a pre-election forum sponsored by the Democratic Club of the Islands, Thursday, May 17, in the Sanibel Community House’s Founders Room. The forum, moderated by DCI President Chet Sadler, featured four candidates vying in November for seats on the Lee County School Board.

  • Public Input on Eden Oak Possible Friday
    Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:16 PM

    You may have an opportunity to get your opinion on the record for Eden Oak’s rezoning application under review by Lee County at a public hearing on Friday morning.

  • Trump Actions Dominate Current Events Conversation
    Wednesday, May 16, 2018 10:43 AM

    Actions taken by President Trump in the last week were on the minds of attendees at the Current Events forum that took place on Monday, May 14, in BIG ARTS’s Phillips Gallery. Moderator Mike Derechin began the discussion with Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Derechin’s question, “Who benefits?”, prompted lively debate.

  • Doc Ford’s to Open Fourth Location in Downtown St. Pete
    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 11:43 AM

    The popular Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille, which started on Sanibel Island, will be opening its fourth location on the St. Petersburg Pier. Blueprints are awaiting St. Petersburg City Council approval, but construction is expected to be completed in 2019.

  • Monday, May 14, 2018 11:50 AM

    The Democratic Club of the Islands will host a forum featuring four candidates for election to the Lee County School Board at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. The meeting is free and open to the public.

  • Stakeholders Share Updates at Save Our Water Summit
    Saturday, May 12, 2018 8:00 PM

    Advocacy groups reported great strides in getting a plan through the state to the federal level that is intended to drastically reduce harmful discharges into South Florida estuaries. Water managers shared gradual momentum on massive storage and treatment plans. Scientists gave promising data for improving water quality, with a caveat.

  • Red Tide Moves Back Offshore Sanibel
    Friday, May 11, 2018 9:42 AM

    Florida Fish & Wildlife reported some fish kills over the last week at Sanibel’s Lighthouse Park. But, in-shore concentrations of red tide are down from medium to low levels at the iconic beach on the island’s eastern tip.

  • Captiva Panel Considering Public Information Officer
    Friday, May 11, 2018 9:26 AM

    The Captiva Community Panel introduced Captiva Fire District Chief Jeff Pawul to the floor on the morning of Tuesday, May 8, and the main focus of discussion was hurricane preparedness and the dissemination of information to residents looking to return home in the aftermath of a storm.


  • 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.
  • Saturday, May 05, 2018 4:59 PM

    Four minor fender benders were reported last week to Sanibel Police with one resulting in a careless driving citation.

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