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Summer youth programming available — with adjustments

May 26, 2020 With the end of the school year quickly approaching, some island entities have already committed to providing summer programs for youths, while others are still deciding on whether to provide any. more »»

 
 
 

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Summer youth programming available — with adjustments

May 26, 2020 With the end of the school year quickly approaching, some island entities have already committed to providing summer programs for youths, while others are still deciding on whether to provide any. more »»

Phase two of San-Cap Road project finished

May 26, 2020 Last week, the second phase of the emergency shore protection project on Sanibel-Captiva Road near Blind Pass wrapped up, with the installation of a new guardrail and other features set for this week. more »»

Shell museum reopens doors with new protocols in place

May 26, 2020 After closing over two months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum reopened its doors to visitors over the weekend with new safety measures in place. more »»

Preparation urged with arrival of storm season

May 26, 2020 With early predictions pointing to above-average activity for the upcoming hurricane season, officials are encouraging the islands to be prepared and have a plan in place — as it only takes one storm. more »»

Residents, businesses reminded to obtain re-entry passes

May 26, 2020 The islands will again reuse the 2016 hurricane passes for the upcoming storm season. more »»

News from around the region

Three arrested, two sought in connection to drug overdose death

May 23, 2020 Cape Coral police have arrested three people and are seeking two others in connection with the drug overdose death of a 19-year-old whose body was found along a Cape roadside last month. more »»

CCPD thanked with a parade, tokens of appreciation -- and Krispy Kremes!

May 22, 2020 The Cape Coral Police Department was greeted Friday morning with a “thank you” parade from Cape Coral High School students. more »»

Case numbers mean residents of 10 states can't currently book a vacation rental in Lee

May 22, 2020 Out-of-state vacationers can now book a short-term rental in Lee County, but not those from Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York or... more »»

County operations adjust Memorial Day schedules

May 22, 2020 Most Lee County administrative operations will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. more »»

Coral Pointe Canal restoration work to begin May 26

May 22, 2020 The city of Cape Coral will begin restoration work along the Coral Pointe Canal on Tuesday, May 26. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Summer youth programming available — with adjustments

May 26, 2020 With the end of the school year quickly approaching, some island entities have already committed to providing summer programs for youths, while others are still deciding on whether to provide any. more »»

Healthy Lee launches Kids with Compassion initiative

May 20, 2020 Healthy Lee invites the Southwest Florida community to participate in Kids with Compassion, encouraging local children to create compassionate artwork and cards to send virtually to area seniors in... more »»

Refuge celebrating Endangered Species Day virtually all week

May 12, 2020 With Endangered Species Day set for May 15, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is holding a week's worth of virtual activities to raise awareness for some local and state animals. more »»

Online concert raises funds for F.I.S.H.

May 6, 2020 Musicians Johnny Jensen and Dave Dust performed a live Facebook concert on April 17, facilitated by the 'Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa on Captiva, that was live-streamed with over 9,000 views. more »»

Nature Near You highlights conservation success stories

May 6, 2020 The fifth week of Nature Near You, the Sanibel Sea School’s e-newsletter, featured conservation success stories to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Through emails delivered at 9 a.m. more »»

Business

Shell museum reopens doors with new protocols in place

May 26, 2020 After closing over two months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum reopened its doors to visitors over the weekend with new safety measures in place. more »»

Residents, businesses reminded to obtain re-entry passes

May 26, 2020 The islands will again reuse the 2016 hurricane passes for the upcoming storm season. more »»

COVID-19 impact ripples through local economy

May 26, 2020 Tourist-dependent Southwest Florida businesses report a hard hit wrought by the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. more »»

County’s amended minimum standards for vacation rentals approved

May 26, 2020 On May 21, the state of Florida approved an amended version of Lee County’s minimum standards regarding out-of-state reservations. Pursuant to Executive Order 20-123 signed by Gov. more »»

Lee Health feels financial ramifications of pandemic

May 26, 2020 As healthcare workers around the country work through the hazardous conditions of a global pandemic, the economic impact of COVID-19 has reached our local healthcare system. more »»

Obituaries

John L Rushworth Sr

May 22, 2020 John (Jack) L. Rushworth Sr. passed away peacefully on May 20, 2020 at Hope Hospice in Ft. Myers. Born in Porthcawl, Wales, Jack joined the Royal Air Force at the age of 17. more »»

Rodney "Roddy" Mott West

May 13, 2020 Rodney "Roddy" Mott West, 72, a resident of Sanibel Island and Minneapolis died Sunday, May 10, 2020.   Roddy grew up in Excelsior, MN, attended The Blake School and the University of Minnesota. more »»

Weston Holmes Palmer

May 7, 2020 Weston Holmes Palmer of Sanibel Island, FL passed away on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 peacefully in his sleep at the age of 75 from natural causes. more »»

Dorothy Matthews Moore

May 5, 2020 Sikeston - Dorothy Matthews Moore, 90, died peacefully on April 23rd at Chateau Girardeau. more »»

Benjamin Gerald Miller

April 22, 2020 Benjamin Gerald Miller reunited with his brother Robert in the arms of our Lord on Monday, April 20, 2020. more »»

Local Columns

Rotary Happenings: FGCU president speaks at Rotary Club meeting

May 26, 2020 The current pandemic has affected us all, in many different ways. For our young adults attending college, it seems to have been a double-whammy. more »»

Safe at Sea: A picnic anchor?

May 26, 2020 This morning while I was taking a beach walk, I came across a rather familiar scene: a beautiful large boat with twin engines with four folks attempting to anchor at Lighthouse Beach. more »»

Faces on Faith: Hope has not been canceled

May 26, 2020 “Hope has not been cancelled,” read the sign along the roadside. It seemed a bright note in the midst of what often seems to be a sea of bad news. more »»

Shell Shocked: A hurricane named Arthur

May 26, 2020 It finally happened. I got a hurricane named after me. And boy are my friends sore at me. more »»

In The Garden: Arboricola is commonly used in Florida landscapes

May 26, 2020 Arboricola (Schefflera arboricola) or the dwarf umbrella tree has a green or variegated leaf that can be seen in many residential and commercial landscape gardens. It is native to Taiwan and Hainan. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Freedom must overcome fear

May 26, 2020 To the editor: Freedom is the ability to do things in the present. Fear is the worry that present actions may result in a future bad event. Science is the antidote to fear. Science provides knowledge. more »»

Masks needed at island eateries

May 19, 2020 To the editor: Restaurants on Sanibel and Captiva, please protect your employees and our community … wear masks! I was shocked to see the lack of masks being worn at our restaurants. more »»

Council can still take action

May 19, 2020 To the editor: On May 12, the Sanibel City Council voted to reopen hotels and short-term rentals to visitor. more »»

Some freedoms are not absolute

May 12, 2020 To the editor: As Constitutional conservatives we consider the freedoms in our First, Fourth and Fourteenth amendments as cornerstones of our democracy. more »»

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

May 12, 2020 To the editor: What a difference four months made. A cultural tsunami crashed on everything we believed permanent, The Before Times. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Phase two of San-Cap Road project finished

May 26, 2020 Last week, the second phase of the emergency shore protection project on Sanibel-Captiva Road near Blind Pass wrapped up, with the installation of a new guardrail and other features set for this week. more »»

Paddling Tip of the Week

May 26, 2020 Don’t forget to dry your gear. One of the cardinal rules of any water sport is to never pack gear or clothing while it’s wet. more »»

Virus-related updates on island activities, more

May 26, 2020 (Editor's note: To have an item or announcement added to the list, call 239-472-1587 or email Editor Tiffany Repecki at trepecki@breezenewspapers.com. more »»

Status update from city of Sanibel

May 22, 2020 The city of Sanibel provided the following status update as today, May 22. more »»

F.I.S.H. offering summer scholarships for youth

May 21, 2020 As Florida begins its multi-phase reopening, many F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva clients are struggling to find balance between work and childcare. more »»

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Sanibel Moorings offers Botanical Gardens tour 05-27

The Botanical Gardens at Sanibel Moorings offers 90-minute walking tours to the public on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.Cost is $5 per person, plus tax; check in at the front office.Reservations required at 239-472-4119. more »


 
 
 
 
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