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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. 

  • Friday, May 24, 2019 10:01 AM

    The Army Corps of Engineers is embarking on a multiyear project to establish a new release schedule for Lake Okeechobee (Lake O). The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society (DDWS), along with many other groups, including the City of Sanibel and SCCF, are working to encourage the corps to incorporate changes that are beneficial to our area.

    A few things we are advocating for in the new release schedule:

  • Stop and Smell the Mangrove Mud
    Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:03 PM

    In a world where smart phones serve as a portal to loved ones, work obligations, entertainment, and so much more, it’s easy to spend hours immersed in your screen. Often, we don’t even realize how much time we have lost. But setting down your electronics to enjoy a few minutes outdoors comes with an abundance of benefits, and it’s likely to put a smile on your face. No matter where you are, we encourage you to find at least five minutes to go for a walk without your phone each day.

  • Wildlife Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 4:27 PM

    From health and safety to technology and transportation, plastics are responsible for countless advancements in modern-day society. Although this synthetic material has added comfort and convenience, the reality is that our culture has developed an overdependence on single-use products. According to the Ocean Conservancy, “Plastic packaging accounts for nearly half of all plastic waste globally, and much of it is thrown away within just a few minutes of its first use.”

  • DeSantis Signs Toll Road Bill; Draws Response from SCCF
    Saturday, May 18, 2019 11:01 AM

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday, May 17, that is potentially the state’s largest road project in decades, paving the way for building new toll roads on the western side of the state.

  • Saturday, May 18, 2019 6:20 AM

    In the course of a recent inspection and routine maintenance activities of the Clam Bayou-Dinkins Bayou Box Culvert, additional repairs were identified and require a lane closure from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 20-24 between mile markers 5 and 6 on Sanibel Captiva Road, stated the City of Sanibel. Motorists should be prepared to expect delays.


  • Saturday, May 18, 2019 6:01 AM

    Sanibel Police responded to three minor vehicle crashes last week.

    Cynthia Briand, 68, Fort Myers, was traveling west in the 1500 block of Periwinkle Way at 1:07 p.m. Friday, May 10, when she slowed for traffic and the back of her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Jose Herrera, 27, Cape Coral. No injuries were reported.

  • Mayor, Vice Mayor, Councilwoman Earn Home Rule Hero Award
    Thursday, May 16, 2019 8:00 AM

    Mayor Kevin Ruane, Vice Mayor Mick Denham and City Councilwoman Holly Smith have been awarded the Home Rule Hero Award from Florida League of Cities for their advocacy of the protection of home rule rights. Its an award the three have earned separately in the past.

  • Gov. DeSantis Swiftly Vetoes Bill with Plastic Straw Ban Preemption
    Saturday, May 11, 2019 12:13 PM

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed an environmental bill that would have prohibited cities and counties from enforcing regulations on plastic straws for the next five years. It was swift action by DeSantis – sending his veto letter late Friday, May 10, the same day he received the bill, HB 771.

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 3:03 PM

    A vehicle operated by 26-year-old Salina Lopez, Clewiston, Fla., was exiting the parking lot of Sanibel Fresh, 1020 Periwinkle Way, at 7:38 p.m. Saturday, May 4, when her vehicle struck a westbound vehicle operated by Stephen Weiss, 71, Lyndhurst, Ohio.

  • Panel Reviewing Draft of Captiva Code Language at May Meeting
    Thursday, May 09, 2019 7:00 AM

    The next meeting of the Captiva Community Panel will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the Cone Rooms on Chadwicks Square at South Seas Island Resort. This meeting is open to all interested islanders and the public.

    Among the agenda items will be panel review of initial draft language for the Captiva Code update; an update on the iguana control program and protection of Sanibel Captiva Road in Santiva; an update on the Wastewater Committee and the Captiva Drive walkway; plus committee reports and updates from other island organizations.

    Public participation is invited and encouraged. The next Captiva Community Panel meeting tentatively will be June 11. Information and background documents are available online at

  • Wednesday, May 08, 2019 4:06 PM

    Island resident Jean Ann DeWalt opened public comments with concerns over a growing classroom size creating a higher teacher-student ratio and reduced materials budget at The Sanibel School.

  • Council to Examine State’s Injunction of Plastic Straw Bans
    Wednesday, May 08, 2019 4:00 PM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: After this story was published, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed the environmental bill, HB 771, which would have put a five-year moratorium on local plastic straw bans.

    Sanibel City Council members voiced their disappointment with the state’s injunction on enforcing local plastic straw bans for the next five years and voted to examine possible next steps at the June council meeting.

  • Wednesday, May 08, 2019 12:14 PM

    Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane presented three proclamations at the Tuesday, May 7, City Council meeting.

    The late James “Jimmy” Jordan, Jr., was posthumously recognized for his 33 years of dedicated service to the City of Sanibel. Jordan served as a Department of Planning technician, planner and the planning director. When he retired in 2018, Jordan was the longest tenured city employee.

  • Sanibel Officer Passes Away; Council Honors Many Recent Losses
    Tuesday, May 07, 2019 6:25 PM

    Sanibel Police Officer Anthony Neri passed away of natural causes at the hospital Monday, May 6, after collapsing during a training exercise.

    Our hearts and minds are truly heavy with the passing of Officer Neri,” said Councilman Richard Johnson in his invocation at opening of the City Council meeting Tuesday, May 6. “Although valiant attempts were made to keep him with us, he passed from this life to the next with his family by his side.”

  • Causeway Traffic Increases Marginally in March From Last Year
    Tuesday, May 07, 2019 7:02 AM

    Vehicles traveling through the Sanibel Causeway toll booth in March increased by 0.10 percent – a marginal gain of 349 vehicles – compared to the same month last year, according to the figures provided to the City of Sanibel by Lee County, which owns the scenic bridge.

  • BIG ARTS Construction Progressing Ahead of Schedule
    Saturday, May 04, 2019 7:00 AM

    Construction of the new BIG ARTS facility is currently progressing two weeks ahead of schedule, according to observations on Thursday, May 2, by the engineering consulting firm Arnold/Sanders. The original building was razed a month ago and now the perimeter foundation walls of concrete masonry unit are substantially complete.

  • Friday, May 03, 2019 12:27 PM

    Sanibel Police arrested an Ontario man for driving under the influence, after a witness observed him throwing a liquor bottle into a trash can then getting into his vehicle just before 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Surfrider Beach Club, 555 E. Gulf Dr.

  • Sanibel Causeway Inspection Begins May 6; Lane Shifts Involved
    Friday, May 03, 2019 10:56 AM

    The scenic Sanibel Causeway will undergo a routine inspection anticipated to begin Monday, May 6, and be completed by summer, weather permitting. Work will be done from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Mayor Is Re-Appointed to South Fla. Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
    Monday, April 29, 2019 10:00 AM

    Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane has been re-appointed to serve on the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    The task force is comprised of 14 members including federal, tribal, state, and local representatives, to develop policies, strategies, plans, programs, projects, and activities that address the restoration, preservation, and protection of the South Florida Ecosystem.

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