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  • 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.

  • Saturday, May 18, 2019 6:01 AM

    Sanibel Police responded to three minor vehicle crashes last week.

    Cynthia Briand, 68, Fort Myers, was traveling west in the 1500 block of Periwinkle Way at 1:07 p.m. Friday, May 10, when she slowed for traffic and the back of her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Jose Herrera, 27, Cape Coral. No injuries were reported.

  • Gov. DeSantis Swiftly Vetoes Bill with Plastic Straw Ban Preemption
    Saturday, May 11, 2019 12:13 PM

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed an environmental bill that would have prohibited cities and counties from enforcing regulations on plastic straws for the next five years. It was swift action by DeSantis – sending his veto letter late Friday, May 10, the same day he received the bill, HB 771.

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 3:03 PM

    A vehicle operated by 26-year-old Salina Lopez, Clewiston, Fla., was exiting the parking lot of Sanibel Fresh, 1020 Periwinkle Way, at 7:38 p.m. Saturday, May 4, when her vehicle struck a westbound vehicle operated by Stephen Weiss, 71, Lyndhurst, Ohio.

  • Panel Reviewing Draft of Captiva Code Language at May Meeting
    Thursday, May 09, 2019 7:00 AM

    The next meeting of the Captiva Community Panel will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the Cone Rooms on Chadwicks Square at South Seas Island Resort. This meeting is open to all interested islanders and the public.

    Among the agenda items will be panel review of initial draft language for the Captiva Code update; an update on the iguana control program and protection of Sanibel Captiva Road in Santiva; an update on the Wastewater Committee and the Captiva Drive walkway; plus committee reports and updates from other island organizations.

    Public participation is invited and encouraged. The next Captiva Community Panel meeting tentatively will be June 11. Information and background documents are available online at

  • Wednesday, May 08, 2019 4:06 PM

    Island resident Jean Ann DeWalt opened public comments with concerns over a growing classroom size creating a higher teacher-student ratio and reduced materials budget at The Sanibel School.

  • Council to Examine State’s Injunction of Plastic Straw Bans
    Wednesday, May 08, 2019 4:00 PM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: After this story was published, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed the environmental bill, HB 771, which would have put a five-year moratorium on local plastic straw bans.

    Sanibel City Council members voiced their disappointment with the state’s injunction on enforcing local plastic straw bans for the next five years and voted to examine possible next steps at the June council meeting.

  • Wednesday, May 08, 2019 12:14 PM

    Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane presented three proclamations at the Tuesday, May 7, City Council meeting.

    The late James “Jimmy” Jordan, Jr., was posthumously recognized for his 33 years of dedicated service to the City of Sanibel. Jordan served as a Department of Planning technician, planner and the planning director. When he retired in 2018, Jordan was the longest tenured city employee.

  • Sanibel Officer Passes Away; Council Honors Many Recent Losses
    Tuesday, May 07, 2019 6:25 PM

    Sanibel Police Officer Anthony Neri passed away of natural causes at the hospital Monday, May 6, after collapsing during a training exercise.

    Our hearts and minds are truly heavy with the passing of Officer Neri,” said Councilman Richard Johnson in his invocation at opening of the City Council meeting Tuesday, May 6. “Although valiant attempts were made to keep him with us, he passed from this life to the next with his family by his side.”

  • Causeway Traffic Increases Marginally in March From Last Year
    Tuesday, May 07, 2019 7:02 AM

    Vehicles traveling through the Sanibel Causeway toll booth in March increased by 0.10 percent – a marginal gain of 349 vehicles – compared to the same month last year, according to the figures provided to the City of Sanibel by Lee County, which owns the scenic bridge.

  • BIG ARTS Construction Progressing Ahead of Schedule
    Saturday, May 04, 2019 7:00 AM

    Construction of the new BIG ARTS facility is currently progressing two weeks ahead of schedule, according to observations on Thursday, May 2, by the engineering consulting firm Arnold/Sanders. The original building was razed a month ago and now the perimeter foundation walls of concrete masonry unit are substantially complete.

  • Friday, May 03, 2019 12:27 PM

    Sanibel Police arrested an Ontario man for driving under the influence, after a witness observed him throwing a liquor bottle into a trash can then getting into his vehicle just before 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Surfrider Beach Club, 555 E. Gulf Dr.

  • Sanibel Causeway Inspection Begins May 6; Lane Shifts Involved
    Friday, May 03, 2019 10:56 AM

    The scenic Sanibel Causeway will undergo a routine inspection anticipated to begin Monday, May 6, and be completed by summer, weather permitting. Work will be done from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Mayor Is Re-Appointed to South Fla. Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
    Monday, April 29, 2019 10:00 AM

    Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane has been re-appointed to serve on the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    The task force is comprised of 14 members including federal, tribal, state, and local representatives, to develop policies, strategies, plans, programs, projects, and activities that address the restoration, preservation, and protection of the South Florida Ecosystem.

  • Police Officer Corrals Alligator from Pool; Relocates It
    Saturday, April 27, 2019 12:18 PM

    What happens when an alligator goes for a swim in the pool? It was a question residents at Somerset at the Reef condo complex asked the afternoon of Friday, April 26, when a four-foot alligator decided to ignore the ‘no diving’ rule.

    Sanibel Police dispatched Officer Steve Royka to corral the lively critter. The alligator didn’t want to leave and swam around the pool barely escaping the officer’s lasso pole. Success was finally achieved and Officer Royka brought the animal to the pool deck. After wrapping tape around the animal’s strong and vicious-looking jaw, he was carried away to the waiting patrol car.

    As a small alligator, he was released into conservancy land off Island Inn Road to live another day and possibly catch another dip in a pool when no one is looking.

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 8:00 AM

    A single minor incident was reported to Sanibel Police in the past week, after no reports the previous week.

    Teri Chasteen, 37, Phoenix, Ariz., opened her passenger-side door into the drivers-side door of the vehicle of Thomas Creamer, 62, Boca Raton, Fla., while both vehicles were in the parking lot of 7-Eleven, 1521 Periwinkle Way.

  • Sanibel Fish House Receives Approval for Alfresco Dining
    Friday, April 26, 2019 2:00 PM

    The Sanibel Fish House will be offering alfresco dining after receiving approval for a 26-seat patio from Sanibel Planning Commission. It was authorized as bonus seating, which means additional parking spaces are not required and does not count toward commercial floor space.

  • Chamber Illustrates Significant Progress in Past Year
    Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:00 AM

    The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce made significant progress in the past year – all of which was illustrated in a standing-room-only annual meeting Tuesday, April 23, at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

  • 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.

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