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  • UPDATE: Notre-Dame Damaged by Monstrous Fire
    Saturday, April 20, 2019 4:28 PM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated Friday, April 19, to include information on the underestimated fire risk with devastating results.

    Parisians awakened Tuesday morning to a new reality in the heart of their capital: the Notre-Dame cathedral damaged like never before in its more than 800 years of history. A monstrous fire roared through the monument Monday night as it was undergoing renovation and restoration. Officials are treating it as an accident.

  • Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:00 AM

    MacKenzie Hall will be busy Tuesday morning with Sanibel Planning Commission and its Below Market Rate Housing Review Subcommittee meetings at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively.

  • Two Lines of Thunderstorms Pass Without Damage to Sanibel
    Saturday, April 20, 2019 7:00 AM

    SC photos by Chuck Larsen Photography

    Two lines of thunderstorms passed over Sanibel and Captiva on Friday, April 19, that brought five- to seven-foot waves rolling in around 1 p.m. from the Gulf of Mexico to Blind Pass, an area prone to flooding. The City of Sanibel reported no damaging effects island-wide in its all clear issued just before 6 p.m. Friday. Islanders and visitors experienced windy and cooler weather on Saturday and beautiful weather for Easter Sunday is expected.

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 4:31 PM

    SanCap Pak-N-Ship, 2422 Palm Ridge Rd., is selling yard signs protesting gas-powered leaf blowers. A proposal to regulate the blowers created debate at the March 11 Sanibel City Council meeting. Concerns raised at that meeting included pollution risks inherent in the blowers and the noise they create. Ultimately, council unanimously passed a motion directing city staff to research the topic and return with results at the June 11 City Council meeting.

  • Notre-Dame Damaged by Monstrous Fire; Effects Felt on Sanibel
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019 4:47 PM

    Parisians awakened Tuesday morning to a new reality at the heart of their capital: the Notre-Dame cathedral damaged like never before in its more than 800 years of history. A monstrous fire roared through the monument Monday night as it was undergoing renovation and restoration. Officials are treating it as an accident.

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:10 PM

    Sanibel Police arrest a Fort Myers man for driving under the influence following a tip from a 911 caller, who reported a vehicle swerving on and off the roadway and the driver appearing to be falling asleep behind the wheel.

  • City Provides Update on Northern Beach Erosion, Nourishment Project
    Friday, April 12, 2019 6:00 PM
    For the past several months, the City of Sanibel has been closely monitoring erosion along a section of beach on Northern Sanibel adjacent to Sanibel Captiva Road. 

    This area has historically experienced erosion, which in 2015, prompted an emergency beach renourishment project to place approximately 600 cubic yards of sand along 150 linear-feet of the shoreline. The specific area is located between Florida Department of Environmental Protection reference monuments R-110 to R-112.
  • Friday, April 12, 2019 3:02 PM

    The Tourism Development Council met in Fort Myers on Thursday, April 11, and that was the occasion to receive the February tourism numbers for Lee County. The TDC noted bed tax collection was record breaking and passengers traveling through the Southwest Florida International Airport was up by 6 percent that month.

  • BIG ARTS Building Razed in Single Day; Site Work Is Next
    Thursday, April 11, 2019 4:26 PM

    It took a single day to raze the BIG ARTS building. Demolition was April 1, no April Fools joke, with clean up taking just a few days. The next step is getting the area ready to begin construction of the new frame.

  • Tuesday, April 09, 2019 11:57 AM

    WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The South Florida Water Management District's new Governing Board will hold a public workshop AT 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at SFWMD Headquarters, 3301 Gun Club Rd., West Palm Beach, Fla. The workshop will be open to the public and broadcast on SFWMD's website,

  • Theft, Fraud, Scams Were Topics At CASI Breakfast Meeting
    Sunday, April 07, 2019 10:00 AM

    Thefts, frauds and scams were the topic at the Condominium Association of Sanibel Island breakfast meeting Thursday, April 4, at the Sanibel Community House.

    Heather Turco, crime prevention specialist for the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, explained that Florida leads the nation in fraud complaints with 208,443 registered in 2017. A former NBC news reporter, Turco is putting her experiences in crime reporting to good use by helping prevent crime.

  • Saturday, April 06, 2019 1:24 PM

    A Fort Myers man was arrested by Lee County deputies Monday, April 1, following a hit and run accident on Sanibel then attempting to flee the scene of a second accident just off the island.

  • February Causeway Traffic Down Slightly From Last Year
    Saturday, April 06, 2019 1:07 PM

    The number of vehicles crossing the scenic Sanibel Causeway in February decreased by nearly one percent compared to February 2018, according to the figures provided to the City of Sanibel by Lee County, which owns the three-mile bridge.

    The toll booth recorded 310,367 vehicles in February, a difference of 3,042 or .97 percent less than February a year ago. The highest recorded traffic for February was experienced in 2000, when 334,888 vehicles crossed during the month. Year to date traffic is statistically flat to previous year to date amounts.

    However, when comparing the vehicle count on the city’s fiscal year, which runs from October to September, the current fiscal year to date count of 1,392,528 vehicles is approximately 2.8 percent lower than the previous two fiscal years of the same time frame.

    March numbers have not been released, but it remains the causeway’s heaviest traffic month year over year, reaching more than 350,000 vehicles the past four years.

  • Proposed Bike Path Vehicle Restrictions Stoke Council Debate
    Saturday, April 06, 2019 8:38 AM

    City Council and attendees engaged in vigorous debate over shared-use-path vehicles at its meeting, April 2 at City Hall. At particular issue were electrically enhanced bicycles and mopeds.

    I am in favor of micro-mobility devices, but we have to consider the nature of our shared use path—and whether they would cause safety issues,” Vice Mayor Mick Denham said. “This ordinance does not ban electric vehicles. They can be used on the road. Electric scooters are not allowed anywhere on the Island,” he added.

  • Shell Harbor Dredging Is Underway
    Thursday, April 04, 2019 12:27 PM

    The City of Sanibel is dredging the entrance channel to Shell Harbor. The work will take a few weeks to complete and cost the city $61,200 for the project.

    Historically the entrance is dredged every two to three years. At a recent city council meeting, management of the marina operation suggested it should be done more often. They said that larger boats want to come into the marina, but have to be told to wait for higher tides due to the sand buildup at the entrance.

    The marina management suggested that without more frequent dredging of the entrance, that Sanibel is loosing tourist revenue form the boats that go elsewhere to dock. The last two dredge projects were February 2016 and February 2014.

  • Jimmy Jordan's Passing Mourned at City Council Meeting
    Thursday, April 04, 2019 11:42 AM

    City Council opened its meeting, April 2 at City Hall, with a remembrance of retired City Planning Director Jimmy Jordan, who died March 25 at age 64. Jordan spent his entire 30-year professional career with the City.


  • Young Boy Survives Fall From Third-Story Window
    Monday, April 01, 2019 4:57 PM

    A four-year-old boy survived a fall from a third-story window the afternoon of Sunday, March 31, at Shell Island Beach Club, 255 Periwinkle Way. Sanibel Police have ruled the fall an accident.

  • City Mourns Loss of Former Planning Director Jordan
    Monday, April 01, 2019 3:26 PM

    The City of Sanibel informed the community of the passing of former Director of Planning James C. Jordan. He was a legacy of the early Sanibel pioneer families, calling the island home since age 3.

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