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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:49 AM

    City Council entered into a special “shade session,” Oct. 17 at MacKenzie Hall, pursuant to its petition recently filed with the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. The closed meeting’s purpose was to discuss “litigation strategies and pertains to expenditures,” City Attorney John Agnew said.

  • SCCF Sea Turtle Stranding Map Documents Mass Mortality
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 5:13 PM

    A bloom of Karenia brevis, which began in October 2017, has resulted in the largest number of sea turtle deaths ever attributed to a single red tide event. These algal blooms start in the Gulf, but are fed and perpetuated by harmfully high levels of nutrients washing into the Gulf from further inland.

  • Climate Change Heats Up This Week's Current Events Discussion
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 2:05 PM

    Moderator Jon Gustafson opened the Current Events discussion, Oct. 15 at the Phillips Gallery, with some provocative takes on climate change. One was from conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, who decried it as “one of the most preposterous hoaxes in the history of the planet.”

  • Monday, October 15, 2018 8:00 AM

    The Captiva Community Panel will be represented by Attorney Ralph Brookes in the City of Sanibel’s petition against South Florida Water Management District. The petition is intended to changes the Minimum Flows and Levels that keep water flowing towards the islands.

  • Shell Museum Renovation Plans Get Planning Commission Approval
    Saturday, October 13, 2018 3:43 PM

    A conditional use permit application for extensive renovations to The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum was approved by a vote of 5-0 Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Sanibel Planning Commission. Commissioners Richard Johnson and Roger Grogman abstained due to being a part of the museum’s capital campaign for the project.

  • Friday, October 12, 2018 2:00 PM

    Former Santiva Chronicle editor pleaded no contest to three charges of video voyeurism stemming from a March 1 incident on Sanibel Island. David Staver, 68, Vincennes, Ind., will serve 30 days in the Lee County Jail and 36 months of probation, which may be transferred to his hometown. He was booked into the jail on Sept. 24.

  • Islands To Experience Offshore Winds From Michael
    Tuesday, October 09, 2018 6:26 PM

    Hurricane Michael is forecast to strike the Florida Panhandle at least at Category 3 intensity, driving life-threatening storm surge flooding, destructive winds and flooding rainfall. The hurricane is expected to make landfall Wednesday, Oct. 10, along the Florida Panhandle Gulf Coast and remain 200 miles or more to the west of Sanibel Island.

  • Saturday, October 06, 2018 8:00 AM

    Sanibel Police arrested Jose Garcia, 37, Fort Myers, for suspicion of driving under the influence after his vehicle was spotted traveling west on Periwinkle Way at a high rate of speed in the early morning of Sunday, Sept. 30.

  • Council's Tie Vote Stymies Low Speed Cart Rental Appeal
    Friday, October 05, 2018 12:12 PM

    City Council members deadlocked on the question of a low-speed cart rental business on Sanibel, at Council's meeting Oct. 2 at MacKenzie Hall. The Planning Commission had denied the business, Sanibel Carts, its conditional use permit application in May. Sanibel Carts is the second enterprise in two years to apply for a permit for a low-speed vehicle rental operation on the island.

  • SCCF Briefs Erin Brockovich on Regional Water Quality
    Thursday, October 04, 2018 10:20 AM

    FORT MYERS – Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation Natural Resource Policy Director Rae Ann Wessel and Marine Laboratory Director Eric Milbrandt, Ph. D. provided a water quality briefing cruise Wednesday, Oct. 3, for famed environmental activist Erin Brockovich.

  • City of Sanibel Files Appeal Against Water Management District
    Wednesday, October 03, 2018 6:00 PM

    Joining forces with five other municipalities as well as unincorporated areas of Lee County, the city of Sanibel is leading an appeal against the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to increase the amount of water discharged from Lake Okeechobee during the dry season.

  • Sanibel Public Library Board Adopts Budget for FY 2018-19
    Wednesday, October 03, 2018 1:36 PM

    The Sanibel Public Library District Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a final millage rate of 0.4350 at its budget hearing on Thursday, Sept. 20. A mill is $1 per every $1,000 of taxable valuation. The Library’s tax revenue budget is $2,180,924 for fiscal year 2018-2019, which starts Oct. 1.

  • Council Presentations Lead With Healthy Community Champions Award
    Wednesday, October 03, 2018 8:00 AM

    Kevin Kirkwood, Health Promotion Program Administrator for the Florida Department of Health Lee County, presented the 2018 Healthy Community Champions Award to the City of Sanibel at City Council’s meeting Oct. 2 at MacKenzie Hall. This is the third year that Sanibel has earned the recognition, which is conferred by the Florida State Surgeon General.

  • Kavanaugh Hearing Fuels Current Events Conversation
    Tuesday, October 02, 2018 12:57 PM

    The lion’s share of the discussion at Current Events, Oct. 1 at the Phillips Gallery, went to last week’s Kavanaugh hearing. The inquiry, held by the Senate Judiciary Committee, concerned sexual assault allegations lodged by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Moderator Albert Hahn invited attendees to voice their opinions, impromptu, “and we will see where the conversation goes.”

  • Island Organizations Testify in Washington on Red Tide Impacts
    Saturday, September 29, 2018 5:22 PM

    The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Natural Resource Policy Director Rae Ann Wessel and Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Lai were invited to testify at a red tide briefing Thursday, Sept. 27, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

  • Friday, September 28, 2018 6:19 PM

    Tara Ditommaso, 56, Port Charlotte, and Jean Bauer, 59, Winsted, Conn., were driving rented scooters west on Sanibel Captiva Road at 3:39 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, when Bauer’s scooter struck the guardrail as they crossed the Blind Pass Bridge.

  • Friday, September 28, 2018 5:00 PM

    Sanibel City Council will be considering an appeal of the Planning Commission’s denial of a conditional use permit application for a low speed vehicle rental business during its Tuesday, Oct. 2, meeting.

  • Friday, September 28, 2018 4:08 PM

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

  • Friday, September 28, 2018 11:08 AM

    City Council moved forward on two important measures to safeguard Sanibel’s sea waters at a workshop on water quality, Sept. 24 at MacKenzie Hall. A strongly worded letter to the South Florida Water Management District [SFWMD] and a petition to the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings both asked for redress on the same topic—a proposed amendment to SFWMD’s management of water flow down the Caloosahatchee River.

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