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  • Sanibel Mayor Issues Call to Action Over Critical Water Quality Problems
    Saturday, July 21, 2018 4:13 PM

    The ongoing freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee and stormwater runoff from the Caloosahtachee watershed continue to support an extensive blue-green algae bloom identified as Microcystis aeruginose – a known toxin-producing species.

  • Current Events' Summer Conversation Continues at Lively Place
    Saturday, July 21, 2018 3:31 PM

    Just a dozen or so hardy opinionators were sufficient to keep the conversation lively at the Current Events meeting, July 16, in BIG ARTS’s Phillips Gallery. And as moderator Shirley Stewart remarked at the start, “It’s been a lively week.”

  • Friday, July 20, 2018 4:53 PM

    The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, in cooperation with the City of Sanibel and other local partners, is planning to conduct a prescribed burn of a portion of the Sanibel Gardens Preserve Tuesday, July 24 or Thursday, July 26. The prescribed burn will help to preserve the natural ecology of the area and reduce the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires.

  • Cape Coral Man Charged With DUI After Crashing Into Trees
    Friday, July 20, 2018 2:47 PM

    Sanibel Police arrested a Cape Coral man following a single vehicle crash at 12:04 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, on Sanibel Captiva Road, near mile marker three. Marco Aibar-Martinez, 37, was charged with driving under the influence and driving without a license being issued, as well as cited for possession of an open container and careless driving.

  • Monday, July 16, 2018 1:55 PM
    Sanibel Planning Commission reviewed an application for a variance on a boat dock installation at 923 S. Yachtsman Dr., but the applicant requested it be moved to the August meeting. The request was unanimously approved and it will be on the Aug. 18 agenda.
  • Saturday, July 14, 2018 12:38 PM

    Good wishes for retiring City Attorney Ken Cuyler overflowed during the Council meeting’s public comment segment. On behalf of the Committee of the Islands, COTI President Mike Miller issued the first accolade, citing Cuyler’s value to the City. “Ken’s principal task has been to represent Council, and he has done an outstanding job,” Miller said. “He has always been generous in making time available to citizens. We thank him for his distinguished service.”

  • Saturday, July 14, 2018 12:28 PM

    On the same day that the Dunes road paving project commenced, complaints about the project dominated discussion at City Council’s meeting July 9 at Mackenzie Hall. A contingent of Dunes residents voiced strong opposition in particular to double-yellow striping.

  • Sanibel Causeway Span A Inspection Scheduled
    Friday, July 13, 2018 1:55 PM

    The City of Sanibel received notice from the Lee County Department of Transportation regarding the upcoming inspection of Span A of the Sanibel Causeway. The DOT Operations will perform the inspection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 24-26, weather permitting. Lane closures will be controlled by flagging operations.


    For more information or project-related questions, call 239-533-9400 or email


  • Friday, July 13, 2018 12:28 PM

    Karen Zimmerman, 67, Hollywood, Fla., was traveling on Periwinkle Way at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, July 12, when the back of her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Mona Painter, 61, Cape Coral. Zimmerman reported to Sanibel Police that the vehicle in front of her had come to a complete stop causing her to stop suddenly, but Painter was unable to stop her vehicle in time.

  • Thursday, July 12, 2018 8:00 AM

    Florida reinstated full funding of the Lee County Healthy Beaches Program as of Wednesday, July 11, following three ‘Calls for Action” by the City of Sanibel to its citzens.

  • Sanibel Issues Call For Action In Response To Water Quality Issues
    Wednesday, July 11, 2018 8:30 AM

    Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a State of Emergency Monday, July 9, in response to the algae blooms occurring in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries. The order includes eight counties, including Lee of which Sanibel is a part.

  • Monday, July 09, 2018 2:56 PM

    The City of Sanibel's annual street resurfacing project will commence Monday, July 9. Every effort will be made to minimize any inconvenience to the public. The paving will be done during normal daytime hours. Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times. The public is reminded to use caution when traveling through a construction zone.

  • San-Cap Beaches Attract Crowds Despite Red Tide Warning
    Monday, July 09, 2018 2:29 PM

    Despite a health advisory and forecast for highly possible impacts such as watering eyes, sneezing and respiratory irritation from a red tide bloom that has lingered off the islands’ coast for nine months, beachgoers enjoyed cooling off in island waters over the weekend.

  • Sanibel Seeking Solutions To Cutbacks On Water Testing
    Monday, July 09, 2018 2:22 PM

    At their meeting on July 9, Sanibel City Council members expressed outrage as they called for action to find funding to offset the state and federal funding cuts to weekly testing through Florida’s Healthy Beaches program.

  • UPDATE: Governor To Issue State of Emergency on Water Quality Issues
    Monday, July 09, 2018 12:31 PM

    Members of the Southwest Florida legislative delegation sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday, July 5, requesting that he “immediately declare a state of emergency in Lee County in response to the blue-green algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee River and estuary.”

  • Florida Legislators Ask Governor To Issue State of Emergency
    Saturday, July 07, 2018 5:52 PM

    Members of the Southwest Florida legislative delegation sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday, July 5, requesting that he “immediately declare a state of emergency in Lee County in response to the blue-green algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee River and estuary.”

  • Red Tide Health Advisory Issued for Island Beaches
    Saturday, July 07, 2018 5:42 PM

    On July 6, the National Weather Service issued a red tide advisory in effect through July 9 with respiratory irritation, watering eyes and sneezing highly possible at beaches on Sanibel, Captiva and the upper islands.

  • Current Events Tackles Issues Reverberating at Home and Abroad
    Tuesday, July 03, 2018 1:36 PM

    A smallish group of collegial—and knowledgeable—souls kept the Current Events summer light burning Monday, July 2, at BIG ARTS’s Phillips Gallery. The lively discussion centered on recent news events that have national and international implications.

  • Bookstore Granted Waiver As Part of Improvements to Former She Sells Sea Shells
    Monday, July 02, 2018 4:00 PM

    Gene’s Books was granted a waiver as part of planned improvements to the former She Sells Sea Shells building, 2422 Periwinkle Way, by the Sanibel Planning Commission at the June 26 meeting. The waiver, under the Front Yard Setback of the Land Development Code, was unanimously approved with the nine conditions outlined by Planning Department staff.

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