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  • The Kickoff of the Blue Green Algae Task Force
    Saturday, June 15, 2019 1:00 PM

    The environmental attack this area experienced last summer had two primary components: blue-green algae and red tide. For more information on the relationship between blue-green algae and red tide, see here.

  • Friday, June 14, 2019 6:11 PM

    The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, in cooperation with the city and other local partners, is planning a prescribed burn Tuesday, June 18 or Wednesday, June 19, for a portion of the Sanibel Garden Preserve, located west of Tarpon Bay Road between Island Inn and Sanibel Captiva roads.

  • Friday, June 14, 2019 5:01 PM

    Two minor fender benders were reported last week to Sanibel Police.

    Janet Remmel, 65, North Fort Myers, was traveling east on Periwinkle Way, near Dixie Beach Boulevard, at 5:16 p.m. Monday, June 10, when she slowed for traffic and the back of her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Meghan Lyman, 17.

  • Friday, June 14, 2019 1:06 PM

    Applicants with a variance and development permit received approval Tuesday, June 11, from the Sanibel Planning Commission to build a new home with an elevated swimming pool and for a small portion of the back roof to exceed the angle of light height limit.

  • Friday, June 07, 2019 4:59 PM

    A minor hit-and-run of a parked vehicle was reported to Sanibel Police last week. An officer responded to the parking lot of Tarpon Bay Explorers, 900 Dunlop Rd., at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, after a visitor found a small dent in the rear door on the passenger side of his rental vehicle.

  • What's Happening with the C-43 Reservoir?
    Friday, June 07, 2019 3:03 PM

    Last week the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP) (formerly the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program) hosted an all-day workshop on the C-43 reservoir. The workshop had sessions that covered topics ranging from key scientific issues to the current plan to add a water treatment component to the reservoir. When assessing the workshop, Sanibel Councilman Richard Johnson said that “What has been missing in the past was broad widespread public engagement and that the workshop was valuable because it brought a lot people together to share ideas and help all of us make better plans for the future.”

  • Friday, June 07, 2019 2:41 PM

    Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation turtle patrol volunteers discovered a female hammerhead shark Saturday, June 1, on a stretch of Captiva Island beach. She was deceased and later determined to be pregnant. Turtle patrol volunteers contacted the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission to report their discovery.

  • Thursday, June 06, 2019 2:30 PM

    Legislative Affairs Consultant Dan DeLisi gave a state legislative session update to Sanibel City Council Tuesday, June 4, in which he reported a favorable session for the city’s main water and environmental objectives.

  • Council Meeting Commences with Awards, Achievements, Milestones
    Thursday, June 06, 2019 11:19 AM

    The Sanibel City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 4, commenced with award presentations and recognition of achievements and milestones.

  • Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers Get Postponed by Council
    Wednesday, June 05, 2019 5:03 PM

    Sanibel City Council postponed its discussion on regulating gas-powered leaf blowers in the June meeting. Staff delivered two comprehensive reports about how municipalities elsewhere have regulated gas-powered leaf blowers and on public education materials that council members wanted more time to digest the copious amount of information.

  • Causeway Vehicle Count Surpasses One Million Mark in April
    Wednesday, June 05, 2019 4:41 PM

    The inbound vehicle count for the Sanibel Causeway surpassed the one million mark in the fourth month – a number that is statistically flat compared to the past three years. The Lee County toll booth recorded 314,979 vehicles in April, an increase of 1.28 percent compared to April 2018. The busiest April on record was in 2001, when 330,856 vehicles crossed the scenic bridge.

  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 1:28 PM

    FORT MYERS, Fla. — A serious threat to the health of all Southwest Floridians lurks in the water. Calusa Waterkeeper invites the public and healthcare professionals to a public water summit on Monday, June 24 about the health effects of harmful algal blooms. The event, called “Public Health Alert – Florida Water,” runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.

  • Hurricane Season Is Here; Reentry Pass Is a Must Have
    Wednesday, June 05, 2019 1:21 PM

    The Sanibel Police Department reminds citizens hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin began June 1 and to make sure they have a hurricane reentry pass in the event of an evacuation. The 2016 purple (residential) and tan (commercial) passes remain effective.

  • Monday, June 03, 2019 1:51 PM

    FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lee County Tax Collector’s Office is at the cutting edge of safety technology. Driver licenses issued at the seven Tax Collector service centers throughout Lee County will soon incorporate enhanced security features.

  • DDWS Reaches Private Donation Goal for Wulfert Bayous Acquisition
    Friday, May 31, 2019 5:00 PM

    The ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge has reached its goal of $3 million in private donations for the acquisition of Wulfert Bayous, the largest unprotected property on Sanibel Island. The campaign to purchase the 68-acre parcel of land adjacent to the J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge for $9.5 million was made public in February at the annual Go Wild for ‘Ding’ event.

  • Friday, May 31, 2019 12:08 PM

    A bicyclist fails to stop at a stop sign and is struck by a vehicle. David Coleman, 68, was traveling east on the Shared Use Path along West Gulf Drive at 9:53 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, when a vehicle operated by Glenda Aiken, 69, struck his bicycle in the crosswalk.

  • Visit Florida's Budget Cut Leads to Questioning Its Contribution to Tourism
    Thursday, May 30, 2019 3:53 PM

    Florida lawmakers have slashed funding for the state’s marketing agency Visit Florida despite record tourism numbers that bring billions of dollars each year. The agency’s budget was cut from $75 million to $50 million and state leaders are asking how much of the visitor influx can be contributed to Visit Florida.

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 7:02 PM

    The City of Sanibel invites citizens to the presentation of a proclamation and celebration for former Mayor Mryon “Mike” Klein’s 100th birthday to be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at MacKenzie Hall, 800 Dunlop Rd.

  • Saturday, May 25, 2019 7:00 AM

    Sanibel Police cite careless driving in a three-vehicle accident at 7:46 a.m. Friday, May 17 at the crosswalk in front of St. Michael’s & All Angels Episcopal Church, 2304 Periwinkle Way.

    Jack Topliff, 67, Fort Myers, was traveling west when he stopped at the crosswalk for a bicyclist and the back of his vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Eva George, 34, Sanibel, due to the back of her vehicle being struck by a vehicle operated by Kim Cavanagh, 43, Sanibel.

    Topliff complained of head and neck pain, but declined medical attention at the scene.

  • 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.

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