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  • New Home In Gumbo Limbo Approved By Planning Commission
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019 4:11 PM

    A development permit for a single-family residence in the Gumbo Limbo neighborhood was given final approval Tuesday, March 12 by Sanibel Planning Commission after some debate on noise, lighting and landscaping of the proposed screen-enclosed tennis court in February.


  • Democratic Club Changes Name, Broadens Mission
    Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:15 PM

    Progressive Club of the Islands is the name of the former Democratic Club of the Islands, after a majority of the Democratic Club members voted for the change at the Feb. 2l meeting. The purpose is to strengthen progressive ideals and principles, and to broaden the tent to include independents and progressive thinkers of every stripe.

  • Friday, March 08, 2019 4:21 PM

    Harold Stevelman, 85, Sanibel, was backing his vehicle out of a parking space at 3:16 p.m. Friday, March 8 at the Forever Green Shops, 2055 Periwinkle Way, when the back of his vehicle struck the back of a vehicle operated by James Burman, 40, East Bethel, Minn., who was traveling through the parking lot.


  • Friday, March 08, 2019 3:53 PM

    A Minnesota man was injured in a bicycle crash Sunday, March 3 on Middle Gulf Drive near Cowry Court. John Batalden was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

  • Screech Owl Protection Revisited At Sanibel Council Meeting
    Friday, March 08, 2019 2:43 PM

    City Council returned to the question of signage to protect screech owls on Sanibel-Captiva Road at its March 5 meeting at City Hall. A motion to re-post the owl alert signs, but with flashing lights disengaged, had been unanimously approved at Council’s January meeting.

  • Causeway Traffic In January Up Slightly From Last Year
    Friday, March 08, 2019 2:26 PM

    The number of vehicles crossing the three-mile Sanibel Causeway to the islands in January was slightly higher than January 2018, according to figures provided to the City of Sanibel by Lee County, which owns the scenic bridge.

  • New Public Restrooms Will Be Ready In Late May
    Thursday, March 07, 2019 11:23 AM

    The new public restroom at the Trost parking lot will be ready soon. Construction began in late fall 2018 and expected to be completed in late May. The lot, with 40 parking spaces, is located near the Tarpon Bay Beach Park access at the intersection of Tarpon Bay Road and West Gulf Drive. Sanibel’s Director of Community Services Keith Williams says the $555,425 construction cost is funded by the Tourist Development Council moneys generated by the local bed tax.

  • Purple Heart Veterans Recognized At Council; Goss Honored
    Thursday, March 07, 2019 9:43 AM

    The City of Sanibel recognized Purple-Heart decorated Island veterans at City Council’s meeting, March 5 at MacKenzie Hall. Before a sizable group of honorees and their loved ones, Mayor Kevin Ruane read a proclamation expressing the City’s “great admiration. . .for the men and women who selflessly served their country in the armed forces.”

  • International Affairs Occupy Current Events Meeting
    Wednesday, March 06, 2019 9:03 AM

    American relations with North Korea and Afghanistan prompted a divergence of opinions at Current Events, March 4 in the Phillips Gallery. Beginning the discussion with the recent summit meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, moderator Harvey Golden posed the question, “Was [the meeting] worth President Trump’s 8,000-mile long trip and Kim’s 60-mile train ride?”

  • Saturday, March 02, 2019 1:37 PM

    On Thursday, February 28, the Sanibel Community House was packed for SCCF’s 2019 Everglades Update entitled “Investing for a Healthy Estuary and Everglades”. The two speakers were well-known industry veterans Rae Ann Wessel, SCCF’s Natural Resource Policy Director, and Shannon Estenoz, the Everglades Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer.

  • COTI Annual Meeting Features Water Expert Gary Goforth
    Saturday, March 02, 2019 11:00 AM

    Expert environmental engineer Dr. Gary Goforth is keynote speaker for The Committee of the Islands’ annual meeting, to be held 10 a.m., Friday, March 22, at the Community House. During the meeting, COTI will also name its 2019 Citizen of the Year.

  • Friday, March 01, 2019 5:09 PM

    Vice President Mike Pence has arrived for his third known visit to Sanibel Island. The motorcade poured across the Sanibel Causeway around 5 p.m. Friday, March 1 and made its way through the Dunes neighborhood. He is expected to depart Sunday.

  • City Hosts Dedication For Completed Jordan Marsh Park
    Friday, March 01, 2019 4:13 PM

    The City of Sanibel held a dedication Friday, March 1 for the completion of the Jordan Marsh Park project. Mayor Kevin Ruane hosted the event acknowledging city and construction personnel who contributed to the project.

  • Friday, March 01, 2019 4:11 PM

    The next meeting of the Captiva Community Panel is set for Tuesday, March 12, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Cone Rooms on Chadwicks Square at South Seas Island Resort. This meeting is open to all interested islanders and the public.

  • Friday, March 01, 2019 3:45 PM

    An island business owner reported a theft by one of his employees. Luis Sanchez, 45, Fort Myers, was arrested by Sanibel Police Tuesday, Feb. 26 and charged with grand theft and check forgery. The businessman told police he gave Sanchez a check to pay a vendor on Feb. 18, but later discovered Sanchez had cashed it. Sanchez admitted the theft to police and stated the money was used for overdue bills. He was released from Lee County Jail Feb. 26 on a $10,000 bond.

  • Sanibel Mayor Raune Gives 'State of the Island' at CASI Breakfast
    Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:12 PM

    With water quality the top priority for Sanibel Island, Mayor Kevin Ruane provided a “State of the Island” to the Condominium Association of Sanibel Island (CASI) on Thursday, March 28, at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

  • Sanibel Mayor Announces Run For Lee County Commissioner
    Thursday, February 28, 2019 2:56 PM

    Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane has declared himself as a candidate for Lee County Commissioner and cites water quality as the centerpiece of his campaign.

    (Water quality) issues are no longer up for debate,” Ruane stated in his announcement. “Our economy and quality of life depend on our ability to end this crisis once and for all.”

  • Director of Natural Resources To Speak On Sea Level Rise
    Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:20 AM
    James Evans, Director of Natural Resources for the City of Sanibel, will visit Sanibel Sea School at 5 p.m. Friday, March 8 to speak about sea level rise, environmental challenges, and our community’s plans and options as we face these issues. 
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:12 AM

    Lauren Bond, 41, Naples, Fla., told Sanibel Police she had fallen asleep when her vehicle struck the back of a stopped vehicle operated by Thomas Gaynes, 59, Burr Ridge, Ill. Both vehicles were traveling on Periwinkle Way at 5:06 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, near the Bailey Homestead. Bond was cited for careless driving and not having her driver’s license with her at the scene.

  • Cartoonist Takes Fond Look Back; DCI Changes Name
    Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:00 AM

    Doug MacGregor has spent the last 40 years vigorously exercising his 1st amendment rights as an editorial cartoonist. He looked back on his career and on the legacy of his famous forebears at the Democratic Club of the Islands meeting, Feb. 21 at the Community House.

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