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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, September 21, 2018 4:20 PM

    Sanibel Police arrested a Pennsylvania man for driving under the influence and a Cape Coral man for operating a vehicle without a license, both on the same day.

  • Sanibel Police Department Outgrowing Space
    Friday, September 21, 2018 3:18 PM

    Formed in 1974 at the city’s beginning, the Sanibel Police Department was initially a daytime-only department with a few male officers.

  • Sanibel Goes Strawless
    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 5:40 PM

    Coastal Keepers saw a way to help the Sanibel Island community in reducing the plastic load left to the future generations, so the organization launched the initiative Strawless on Sanibel in February 2018. Strawless on Sanibel was designed to reduce the use of single-use plastic straws on the island and to educate locals and visitors about the threats single-use plastics pose to future generations.


  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10:43 AM

    The League of Women Voters of Sanibel will be registering voters from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Bailey’s General Store,


  • Friday, September 14, 2018 1:43 PM

    The Captiva Community Panel has been discussing the creation of a 501c3 advocacy committee to give the public information on local quality issues. Panel Members Michael Mullins and Antje Baumgarten have spearheaded the committee to investigate the panel’s options.

  • Friday, September 14, 2018 1:21 PM

    Lori Colie, 53, Fort Myers, was traveling southbound on Causeway Boulevard at 7:52 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, when her vehicle was observed swerving and traveling into the northbound lane by a Sanibel Police Officer. Colie’s vehicle was also observed nearly colliding with a vehicle in the right turn lane of Causeway Boulevard prior to being stopped in the parking lot of Dairy Queen, 1046 Periwinkle Way.

  • Political Consultant to Analyze Potential Wins for Democratic Club
    Friday, September 14, 2018 10:50 AM

    The Democratic Club of the Islands will feature National Political Consultant Bob Schaeffer, who will address the topic of “How to Capture Progressive Victories This November.” The free and public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Community House, 2l73 Periwinkle Way in the Founders Room.

  • Friday, September 14, 2018 10:45 AM

    The messages were decidedly mixed in James Evans’s water quality report, which he delivered to City Council at its Sept. 10 meeting in MacKenzie Hall. Evans, who is Sanibel’s Director of Natural Resources, gave some good news first—that water quality in both bay and gulf has somewhat improved.

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 9:11 AM

    Central to the conversation in City Council’s first budget hearing, held Sept. 10 at MacKenzie Hall, was the necessity of finding funds to modernize the Police Department’s facility.

  • Sanibel Extends Suspension of Beach Parking Fees
    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:43 PM

    The City of Sanibel has extended its suspension on all beach parking fees and Captiva Erosion Prevention District has waived parking fees at Alison Hagerup Beach Park, 14790 Captiva Dr., throughout September, as part of a response to red tide recovery efforts.

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:35 PM

    City Council honored retiring Recreation Services Supervisor Judith “Jai” Earle during its Sept. 10 meeting at MacKenzie Hall. By proclamation, Mayor Kevin Ruane lauded Earle for “exceptional performance throughout her career” and for having been “a major asset to the City and the Recreation Department.” Ruane personally congratulated Earle, wishing her “a healthy and happy retirement.”

  • Proposed Special Events Ordinance Enlivens Council Meeting
    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:00 PM

    Significant public opposition to an ordinance governing special event applications arose at City Council’s meeting Sept. 10 at MacKenzie Hall. The disputed stipulation was a ban on off-Island advertising during season—between Jan. 1 and Mar. 31 of each year.

  • Blind Pass Inlet Management Plan Report Released By County
    Saturday, September 08, 2018 9:00 AM

    Lee County has released the Blind Pass Inlet Management Plan report, which seeks to maintain the pass in an open condition.

     

  • Tuesday, September 04, 2018 4:00 PM

    The Captiva Community Panel will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the Cone Room at South Seas Island Resort and has released its agenda:

  • Monday, September 03, 2018 8:00 AM

    Sanibel Planning Commission granted approval on an application for a complete redevelopment of Sanibel Sunset Beach Resort, 3287 W. Gulf Dr. It will be the first island resort redeveloped under the current code.

  • Saturday, September 01, 2018 4:50 PM

    Sanibel Planning Commission unanimously approved five dock variance applications that took most of the Tuesday, Aug. 28, meeting time in McKenzie Hall. City Council Liaison Holly Smith addressed concerns over the amount of dock variances presented to Planning Commission recently.

  • Saturday, September 01, 2018 3:26 PM
  • Police Arrest Couple For Drug Possession, Recover Stolen Vehicle
    Saturday, September 01, 2018 1:28 PM

    Sanibel Police arrested Mannie Hilken and Jaimi Medina at 12:13 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 near 1203 Periwinkle Way and charged the pair with drug possession, trafficking amphetamine and producing drugs. They were also found in possession of a vehicle stolen out of Pasco County, Fla.

  • Thursday, August 30, 2018 2:46 PM

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued a temporary modification of regulations for Red Drum and Snook fishing effective Thursday, Aug. 30, in Southwest Florida. Both fish are under a catch-and-release order, which was issued due to the prolonged red tide bloom in the surrounding water.

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