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  • Friday, June 22, 2018 4:50 PM

    A Sanibel man was arrested Tuesday, June 19, and charged with burglary and drug possession. Sanibel Police took Trent Whitaker, 25, into custody following an investigation into stolen tools and a kayak.

  • Friday, June 22, 2018 2:38 PM

    Sanibel Police Officers rescued a male swimmer calling for help 80 to 100 yards offshore the morning of Saturday, May 26, near the Sanibel Lighthouse.

  • U.S. Army Corps Reducing Lake O Releases
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:25 PM

    While driving to a press conference at Lake Okeechobee on Thursday, June 21, Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane shared his deep satisfaction with the response to a massive call to action the city initiated 16 days ago.

  • Judge Backs Environmentalists on Amendment 1
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 1:13 PM

    Environmentalists are expressing vindication after Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson ruled on June 15 that state lawmakers have failed to comply with a constitutional amendment to acquire and preserve environmentally sensitive lands.

  • Sanibel Top Paid Visitor Community For 2018 Season
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:18 AM

    Marking an increase of 3.3 percent, a total of 1.37 million visitors came to Lee County during the 2018 winter season, with Sanibel coming in as the first choice of communities for paid accommodations.

  • Sea Trash Storm Strikes Sanibel Shores
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:47 AM

    Instead of being greeted by sea shells and turtle tracks along the shores, early morning beach walkers were struck by the sight of plastic bottles and Styrofoam chucks littering the high tide line.

  • Monday, June 18, 2018 1:07 PM

    A half dozen minor crashes were reported to Sanibel Police in the past week.

  • Saturday, June 16, 2018 6:00 PM

    The Captiva Community Panel approved a motion to move forward with research exploring possible changes to the Captiva Code at its regular meeting Tuesday, June 12. The issues raised are the result of a community survey and workshops in the fall of 2017.

  • Plan Commission Accepts Resolution On Low Speed Vehicles
    Friday, June 15, 2018 9:00 AM

    Sanibel Planning Commission unanimously approved a resolution denying a conditional use permit application for Sanibel Carts, LLC, to establish a low speed vehicle rental business at 2330 Palm Ridge Rd., Suite 15. The resolution cited the applicant’s failure to meet sections of the Sanibel Plan and Land Development Code as basis for the rejection.

  • Friday, June 15, 2018 7:00 AM

    After 19 months of unsuccessful efforts to address concerns over alleged abuse of authority by their bishop, frustrated members of Parishioners for Justice took their disputes with Venice Bishop Frank Dewane to prelates attending the Spring Meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Thursday, June 14 in Ft. Lauderdale.

  • Sanibel Police Arrest Suspect For Lewd Behavior With Underage Victim
    Wednesday, June 13, 2018 4:13 PM

    Sanibel Police arrest a Fort Myers teen on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim 12 to 16 years of age. Nineteen-year-old Smith Dumornisse was taken into custody Tuesday, June 12, following an investigation into a report filed in May by the victim’s mother.

    The complainant further stated the assault happened on or around Feb. 17 in the back seat of the suspect’s car,” the City of Sanibel’s release stated. Dumornisse remains in the Lee County Jail as of Wednesday, June 13, with a $7,500 bond. Sanibel Police partnered with the State of Florida’s Child Protective Team in the investigation.

  • Citizens Ask City of Sanibel To Ban Plastic Straws
    Tuesday, June 12, 2018 3:00 PM

    The city of Sanibel is considering a ban on plastic straws.

    I’ve asked the city attorney to look at ordinances that have been utilized by municipalities in the area and see if we can craft one of our own,” said Jason Maughn, a council member at last week’s monthly meeting.

  • Thursday, June 07, 2018 1:38 PM

    Sanibel City Council members requested that city staff continue to review increased density requests off island that have impact on the environment and/or hurricane evacuation routes at their June 5 meeting.

  • Sanibel Police Apprehend Two Prowlers
    Thursday, June 07, 2018 12:31 PM

    Sanibel Police Officers apprehended two prowlers at 4:42 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at a mid-island residence after the homeowner, who was out of state, was alerted by his Ring doorbell.

  • Dunes Paving Project, Traffic Control Efforts Move Forward
    Wednesday, June 06, 2018 5:00 PM

    City Council gave the green light to the Dunes road-paving project during its meeting June 5 at Mackenzie Hall. The project was approved following a report by Sanibel Public Works Director Keith Williams that resolved questions about proposed traffic control methods. These included traffic calming speed humps and no-passing zoning.

  • City Council Reboots Discussion of Center 4 Life Facility Needs
    Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:00 PM

    A reboot of efforts toward improving the Center 4 Life’s facility dominated the City Council discussions at its meeting, held Tuesday, June 5, at Mackenzie Hall.

  • Sanibel Police Respond To Shots Fired; Find Disguised BB Gun
    Wednesday, June 06, 2018 1:00 PM

    Sanibel Police Officers responded to the home of 49-year-old Mark Leonardi, 1011 S. Yachtsman Dr., at 7:34 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, after a caller reported hearing several shots fired and seeing Leonardi walking around with what appeared to be an assault-style weapon.

  • SCCF Rescues Male Loggerhead Sea Turtle
    Tuesday, June 05, 2018 1:38 PM

    The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation Sea Turtle Hotline received a call Tuesday, June 5, for a report of a sea turtle in possible trouble offshore. A male loggerhead sea turtle was found exhibiting abnormal behavior and having trouble surfacing for air.


  • City Calls For Lake O Releases To Stop Now
    Tuesday, June 05, 2018 1:24 PM

    As another dreaded plume of brown water flows into the estuary and past the Lighthouse, Sanibel City Council is demanding that releases from Lake Okeechobee down the Caloosahatchee River be stopped.

    Right now, we can’t take any more water,” said Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane at the Tuesday, June 5, council meeting. “This has to stop and it has to stop now.”

  • Saturday, June 02, 2018 10:38 AM

    Sanibel Police issued a written warning to a driver last week for following too closely after a minor rear-ender on Periwinkle Way. Klaus Liebig, 50, Germany, was traveling west on Periwinkle Way at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 28, when he slowed to make a turn into Il Cielo restaurant and the back of his vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Hernan Pena, 51, Miramar, Fla. Pena received the written warning.

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