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  • Friday, November 09, 2018 4:36 PM

    A Sanibel man was found deceased in his backyard after police responded to a well-being check on Sunday, Oct. 14 in the 1400 block of Sand Castle Road. The death of Raymond Vazquez, 88, was ruled a suicide by the Lee County Medical Examiner.

  • Diesel Fuel Spill Closes Tarpon Bay, Periwinkle Intersection
    Friday, November 09, 2018 3:28 PM

    Sanibel Police, along with Sanibel Fire & Rescue District, responeded to a diesel fuel spill at the intersection of Tarpon Bay and Periwinkle Way at noontime Friday, Nov. 9. Sanibel PD closed off the intersection while Sanibel FD cleaned up the spill to make it safe for traffic.

  • Island Water Quality Recovering From Wet Season
    Friday, November 09, 2018 3:16 PM

    At the Nov. 6 council meeting, Sanibel’s Natural Resources Director James Evans reported that island beaches are free of impacts of red tide, water clarity has improved and salinity levels are good right now for oysters and seagrasses in the estuary.

  • Council Upholds Plan Commission Denial of Low-Speed Cart Rental Permit
    Friday, November 09, 2018 2:57 PM

    City Council affirmed the Planning Commission’s decision to deny a conditional use permit for a low-speed, electric cart rental business at its meeting Nov. 6 at City Hall. Council’s decision was split, with Vice Mayor Mick Denham and Councilmen Jason Maughan and Chauncy Goss supporting the commission’s decision and Mayor Kevin Ruane and Councilwoman Holly Smith favoring the business’s appeal.

  • Democratic Club To Hear Analysis of Election Results
    Wednesday, November 07, 2018 9:42 AM

    The Democratic Club of the Islands will be privileged to hear an analysis of the midterm election results at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Founder’s Room of the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. It is free and open to the public.

  • Group of St. Isabel Parishioners Gather For Vigil In Honor of Senk
    Tuesday, November 06, 2018 12:30 PM

    More than 125 people gathered Sunday, Nov. 4, for a candlelight vigil commemorating the two year anniversary of Fr. Christopher Senk being placed on administrative leave from St. Isabel Catholic Church by Bishop Frank Dewane.

  • Gender Influence at the Ballot Box Opens Current Events Conversation
    Tuesday, November 06, 2018 11:35 AM

    The first talking point at Current Events, Nov. 5 at the Phillips Gallery, was for women only. Moderator Gary Chesley reported to the group that “in this election cycle, women will determine winners and losers—and more women are running for office this year than in the history of the country. As a woman,” he asked, “will you be more likely to vote for a woman or a man?”

  • A Truck Stuck In The Mud Causes Fire Off Island Inn Road
    Tuesday, November 06, 2018 7:00 AM

    A truck stuck in the mud set off a grass fire the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 3, about a half-mile east of Island Inn Road. Burned area was about one acre. Firefighters had a difficult time getting back to the little used and muddy track into the area and it took about 3 hours for multiple crews to put out the flames.

    Neighbors reported the pickup truck burst into flames just after its engine was ‘revved up’ trying to get out of the mud. It’s been reported the male driver and two young children with him.

  • Saturday, November 03, 2018 4:26 PM

    Angela Pennington, 56, Sanibel, was injured in a scooter accident at 5:04 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Casa Ybel Road and Middle Gulf Drive. She was making a right turn from Casa Ybel onto Middle Gulf when she made the turn too wide and struck the back of a stopped vehicle operated by Cheryl Klemme, 66, Grayslake, Ill. Pennington was taken to Lee Health Park for treatment of her injuries.

  • Kristie Anders: A Tribute Upon Her Retirement From SCCF
    Saturday, November 03, 2018 2:07 PM

    The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation marked its 51st anniversary on Oct. 31 in part by celebrating the retirement of Education Director Kristie Seaman Anders, 64, who stepped down after 30 years of service in mid-September.

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018 8:00 AM

    The Planning Commission’s subcommittee on Below Market Rate Housing decided, at its meeting, Oct. 23 at City Hall, against pursuing additional workforce-housing development on Airport Way. The proposal, which would have moved Community House & Resources’ expansion plans forward, was denied on the basis of an in-depth staff assessment of the property.

  • SCCF Welcomes New CEO As Lindblad Retires
    Friday, October 26, 2018 3:00 PM

    The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees joined CEO Erick Lindblad in making a milestone announcement: Ryan Orgera, Ph.D. will take the helm as SCCF’s new Chief Executive Officer effective Jan. 1.

  • SCCF To Present The Water Crisis of 2018 By Those On The Front Line
    Friday, October 26, 2018 2:00 PM

    The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation invites the public to learn about the 2018 Water Crisis from those who were on the front line, as part of Evenings at the Homestead. It will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Bailey Homestead Preserve, 1300 Periwinkle Way.

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 2:55 PM

    A 25-year-old male was found deceased by two co-workers Thursday, Oct. 11 in his Captiva apartment. The decedent, Jerod Findley, was a maintenance worker for an island business and resided for the past two months in a bottom unit at 1508 Andy Rosse Lane.

  • 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.

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