Sea School’s Octifest 2020 Giving Nod To The Past, Gaze To The Future

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Octifest under the big tent in 2019 on Causeway Island A. SC file photo by Chuck Larsen

Sanibel Sea School’s annual fundraiser, Octifest on the Beach, will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, under a big top tent on Sanibel Causeway Island A. As part of SCCF, Sanibel Sea School invites community members to attend this bayside celebration of ocean love. And, to the Sanibel Sea School’s efforts to provide meaningful ocean experiences to thousands of children in our region each year.

This year’s event will be themed “Nod to the Past, Gaze to the Future.” Dr. Bruce Neill, co-founder of Sanibel Sea School, has announced his retirement and will transition out of Sanibel Sea School in the fall – Octifest 2020 will be the final event under his leadership. This year will be a celebration of accomplishments but also a look towards Sanibel Sea School’s bright future. The event will honor dedicated founders, Bruce and Evelyn Neill, as well as those who helped build the institution over the years.

“Let’s not forget that amidst our great celebrations, our goal is to raise money for scholarship, so that we can continue to share rich, ocean experiences with children,” said Neill. “We are so grateful for our community members and supporters over the years who have made our dream a reality – to build an institution to share love of the ocean.”

Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. To learn more about Octifest, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 239-472-8585. In January 2020, the Sanibel Sea School officially combined with SCCF, greatly expanding SCCF’s educational reach to children.

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