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  • SHELL SHOCKED: Teaching my Wife Baseball
    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 8:38 AM

    My wife was born in Sweden. When she was a child she did what all Swedish children did. She skied, ice skated, raced down hills on toboggans, kicked soccer balls – and ate lots of herring.

  • SHELL SHOCKED: Part Pygmy, Part Moron
    Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:35 AM

    Have you seen the TV commercials which promise to reveal your ancestry? In one commercial a woman reveals that after providing her information to the genealogy service she discovered that she was part American Indian, Spanish and Scottish. That's quite an ancestry.

  • COTI: Ban the Plastic Straw
    Friday, June 08, 2018 11:05 AM

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The following was submitted by Committee of the Islands Board Member Barbara Joy Cooley. The Santiva Chronicle publishes opinions and letters on topics that are important to Sanibel and Captiva. They may be submitted via e-mail at

    In early February, the News-Press published an article about the remarkable news that Fort Myers Beach now has a ban on plastic drinking straws. I thought to myself, “If Fort Myers Beach can do this, then Sanibel certainly can!” After reading the newspaper, I went for my morning walk. On that walk I saw my neighbor, city council member Jason Maughan, and asked him what he thought of the idea. He was positive. We talked about how many more straws were probably on Fort Myers Beach because of all the commercial enterprises there. But there are some near-beach establishments where plastic straws are routinely used on Sanibel.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Resident Grateful for Heritage Trail
    Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:37 AM

    If you looked through the materials that came with the City’s Utility bill last week, you may have noticed a flyer on Sanibel’s new Heritage Trail. It’s worth considering the significance of this project for our community.

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 4:15 PM

    The May 22nd meeting of the Sanibel Planning Commission is scheduled to include consideration of an application for a conditional use permit to allow the establishment on Sanibel of a business that would rent seven "Low Speed Vehicles."

  • SHELL SHOCKED: Inducing Unconsciousness
    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:31 AM

    I guess I've been watching too many old films noir. No matter who plays Philip Marlowe, the famous Raymond Chandler fictional detective, the Marlowe character is clunked over the head at least six times in every movie and is rendered unconscious.

  • SHELL SHOCKED: A Medical Dilemma
    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 8:19 AM

    I went to the doctor the other day complaining of mitrodemitrotical symbiosis. The doctor had to look it up in the med book because even he didn't know what it was.

  • Monday, April 09, 2018 5:36 PM

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The Santiva Chronicle publishes opinions and letters on topics that are important to Sanibel and Captiva. They may be submitted via e-mail at

    At the Easter Sunday sunrise service at St Isabel on Sanibel, when it came time to open the Tabernacle for Holy Communion, the lock would not budge! 

  • Friday, April 06, 2018 2:05 PM

    Thanks to your many letters and phone calls this last month the Lee County Commissioners are ready to vote provisionally for placement of a referendum establishing a Children's Services Council on the November Ballot. 

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 7:01 PM
    A letter of thanks to the community from the organizers of the annual Shell Festival at the Community House on March 1-3
  • SHELL SHOCKED: The White Badge of Courage
    Thursday, March 01, 2018 8:42 AM

    I was leaving a Sanibel restaurant the other day with a white bandage on my face. As I passed a nearby table another gentleman had a similar bandage on his face. He saw me and I saw him.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: COTI Urges Resumption of Full Impact Fees
    Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:01 AM

    Committee of the Islands issues an opinion on the resumption of full impact fees in Lee County

  • SHELL SHOCKED: I Know An Old Lady
    Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:00 AM

    I know an old lady who swallowed a pencil.

    I don't know why she swallowed the pencil.

    I guess she'll die.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Heart Walk Thanks Community
    Thursday, February 08, 2018 11:25 AM

    A big thank you to all who attended the 2018 Sanibel/Captiva Heart Walk!

  • SHELL SHOCKED: The Life And Death Of Irma
    Thursday, February 08, 2018 8:23 AM

    I don't recall any other situation in my many years in Sanibel that caused such a range of emotions. They went from fear to acceptance to relief.

  • COTI: Thoughts, Questions on Center 4 Life Options
    Thursday, January 25, 2018 2:12 PM
    A casualty of Hurricane Irma was the cancellation of a City Council public workshop to discuss options for the deteriorating Center 4 Life facility, previously known as the Sanibel Senior Center. Last May, the Council discussed the possibility of building a new Center on a different site at an estimated cost of $6 million, likely funded by voted public debt. The cancelled workshop is expected to be rescheduled to continue discussion of the matter.
  • SHELL SHOCKED: Sanibel’s Newest Tennis Instructor
    Thursday, January 25, 2018 8:04 AM

    I opened my email in box and read about an opportunity of a lifetime. The City of Sanibel Recreation Department was seeking quotes for a tennis instructor.

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 8:10 AM

    A letter applauding the remodeling of the Community House.

  • PORTER GOSS: Charter Review Thoughts –‘18
    Thursday, January 11, 2018 4:07 PM

    Porter Goss, Sanibel's first mayor, takes a look at the Sanibel Charter and its place in modern times.

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