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'Soil & Seeds' first children's cooking class

January 16, 2017 The Culinary Education Center at the Sanibel Community House is now offering a variety of cooking classes for children and teen. more »»


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'Soil & Seeds' first children's cooking class

January 16, 2017 The Culinary Education Center at the Sanibel Community House is now offering a variety of cooking classes for children and teen. more »»

Lee County Band To Present “Festive Moments” Jan. 22

January 16, 2017 The Lee County Community Band will present "Festive Moments", its first concert of the New Year, at 3 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Cape Coral High School. more »»

'20 Days of Music' for the community

January 13, 2017 From Captiva to Clewiston, Boca Grande to Bonita Springs, the community can participate in more than 20 free music activities throughout the region with the Gulf Coast Symphony’s “20 Days of Music”... more »»

Punta Rassa Boat Ramp parking lot to close temporarily for repaving

January 13, 2017 The Punta Rassa Boat Ramp will be closed temporarily from Tuesday, Jan. 17, through Thursday, Jan. 19, for parking lot improvements. The ramp will reopen Friday, Ja. more »»

Clean water documentary to premier, mini concert to be held

January 12, 2017 A documentary exploring all aspects of Florida’s clean water issue will premiere Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m., at the Sanibel Community Hous. more »»

News from around the region

Cape Coral Art Fest draws national artists

January 16, 2017 What started as a way to bring culture to a young community has grown to become one of the biggest and best art festivals in the country. more »»

Cape mayor’s race likely to be crowded

January 13, 2017 The race to be Cape Coral mayor is heating up and it’s only January. Election day is still 10 months away, but three candidates have declared their intention to run for the office. more »»

Ida Baker grad, sailor, to take part in inauguration ceremony

January 13, 2017 Navy Seaman Robert Volski, a graduate of Ida Baker High School, will get an up-close perspective of the Presidential Inauguration next Friday as a member of an Armed Forces Joint Joint Task Force... more »»

Cape Coral Festival of Arts this weekend

January 13, 2017 For over three decades, the Rotary Club of Cape Coral has organized an annual festival that draws hundreds of artists and artisans from all over the country who specialize in a range of mediums. more »»

Buried power lines: Affected residents get ballots

January 13, 2017 By CHUCK BALLARO news@breezenewspapers. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

‘Lend Me A Tenor’ to take stage this week

January 11, 2017 A wild and zany comedy with lots of energy, mistaken identities, love triangles and many slamming doors will keep audience members captivated during an upcoming performance at the BIG ARTS Strauss... more »»

The Southwest Florida Symphony hosts ‘The Seasons: Vivaldi & Piazzolla’ at BIG ARTS

January 11, 2017 Prolific violinist Timothy Chooi will make his first-ever Florida debut alongside piano and harpsichord player Alexandra Carlson at BIG ARTS’ Schein Hall Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. more »»

Artist Myra Roberts’ next show is in Naples

January 4, 2017 A conversation that sparked during the preview of 2016 WGCU MAKERS video, turned into a gallery opening in Naples for one Sanibel artist. more »»

Art exhibit features Captiva

January 4, 2017 “Capture Captiva,” a juried art exhibit, presented by the Captiva Civic Association, is open to the public through Jan. 12. An opening reception was held last month on De. more »»

Stories for Grownups returns to Sanibel Library

January 4, 2017 Sidney Simon said that his itch for telling stories originated in the classroom. “I knew nothing would grab the students more than a good story,” Simon said. more »»


Explorers to remain open throughout Marine Lab construction

December 28, 2016 Although construction is occupying a portion of the Tarpon Bay Recreation Area for the new Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation Marine Lab, Tarpon Bay Explorers will remain open providing all of... more »»

Capt. Bob Rando of Captiva Cruises carries on Paul McCarthy’s legacy

December 28, 2016 Twenty-four years ago, Senior Captain of Captiva Cruises Bob Rando moved to Florida from Boston in search of warmer weather. more »»

The Clam Shack now under new ownership

December 28, 2016 The Clam Shack is keeping it all in the family. Mark and Laurie Thomas, the previous owners, sold the restaurant to their kids, Cara LaSalle and Patrick Hyland Oct. more »»

New bakery and cafe opens on Sanibel

December 21, 2016 After eight months of planning, Ginny Wagner opened Sanibel's newest bakery and cafe last Wednesday. more »»

Sand Castle Gifts & Gourmet to expand

December 21, 2016 The City of Sanibel Planning Commission approved the removal of 20 feet of wall at the Periwinkle Shopping Center to expand Sand Castle Gifts and Gourmet into an adjoining unit. more »»


William "Bill" Force Spencer

January 6, 2017 William "Bill" Force Spencer, of Sanibel, Florida died December 20, 2016, at Healthpark Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida from a massive heart attack, following a ten-year battle with cancer. more »»

George A Sell Jr

January 6, 2017 George A. Sell, Jr. born in Detroit MI on November 9th, 1946 and died December 22nd, 2016 in Sanibel, formerly from Barrington, IL. Preceded by his parents, George A. Sell, Sr. more »»

Marjorie Scheminger Wilson

December 29, 2016 Marjorie Scheminger Wilson, 82, of Sanibel, Florida died December 22, 2016. more »»

Edward B Berninger

December 22, 2016 There will be a memorial service for Edward Berninger on Sunday, January 1st at 12:30 at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. Edward B. more »»

Ferenc Joseph Schmidt

December 15, 2016 Ferenc Joseph Schmidt,  died  on December 1st in the kind and gentle care of the staff in Shell Point Hospice. He was born in Balatonfured, Hungary in 1921. more »»

Local Columns

'Lend Me A Tenor,' a song to sing

January 16, 2017 Are you up for a whacky, zany and delicious farce complete with operatic music and one of the finest casts ever assembled on this island? That’s what “Lend Me A Tenor,” now on the boards at BIG ART... more »»

Shell Shocked: The punchless punch line

January 11, 2017 Some people can tell an awful joke well and get laughs. more »»

Center Stage: Spellbinding ‘Phantom’ enchants Broadway Palm audience

January 11, 2017 “Phantom”, the musical by Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit currently on the Broadway Palm’s stage is the far less known show, than Andrew Lloyd Weber’s version, however, it too is drawn from the same... more »»

In the Garden: Jatropha: Little red beauty

January 11, 2017 Jatropha integerrima is a welcome addition for a sunny spot in any size South Florida landscape. Jatropha is a genus of flowering plants in the Euphorbiaceae family. more »»

Living Sanibel: Common Moorhen

January 11, 2017 This widely distributed member of the rail family ranges from Argentina into southern Canada. Unlike its secretive cousins, the clapper rail and the king rail, the moorhen is not a shy bird. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Let’s set the record straight

January 11, 2017 To the editor: In last week’s Islander (Dec. 28, 2016) Dr. Raffensperger tried to establish the idea that the Civic and Cultural Core Project was against the Sanibel Plan and bad for the island. more »»

Is everyone out there listening?

January 11, 2017 To the editor: Loud applause to Dr. John Raffensperger for his recent timely and comprehensive article on “The Tourist Entertainment Center,” or more commonly called The Civic Core plan. more »»

Enough is enough

January 11, 2017 To the editor: The City Council of Sanibel, the sanctuary island, proposes to sacrifice a large parcel of environmentally sensitive land to build an amusement park for the entertainment of tourists... more »»

Regulation overreach?

January 11, 2017 To the editor: An innocent call to Sanibel Water to inquire about the cost of refiling my pool, which needed resurfacing, as opposed to using my perfect (tested) 45 year old well water resulted in a... more »»

Guest Commentary: COTI has new questions about Civic Core proposal

January 11, 2017 The Committee of the Islands, consistent with its mission to protect the sanctuary character of Sanibel, has raised a series of new questions about the proposed Civic and Cultural Core project. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

On the Water: More warm days of fishing coming

January 4, 2017 Santa Claus brought us blue skies and warm weather for much of the holiday week, perfect for fishing and spending time on the water. more »»

Free Fly Fishing Expo offered for community

December 28, 2016 By MEGHAN McCOY An expo geared around fly fishing will be held in Fort Myers full of demonstrations and lessons to show the community what the sport has to offer. more »»

Explorers to remain open throughout Marine Lab construction

December 28, 2016 Although construction is occupying a portion of the Tarpon Bay Recreation Area for the new Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation Marine Lab, Tarpon Bay Explorers will remain open providing all of... more »»

On the Water: Fishing’s been good for some anglers

December 21, 2016 While fishing has been difficult around Charlotte Harbor, the northern end of Pine Island Sound, and areas of Matlacha Pass, reports of good fishing came from the southern half of the sound, around... more »»

On the Water: December fishing brings some changes

December 14, 2016 As the inshore waters continue to cool this month, baitfish begin to vacate our waters and shrimp become the primary diet for most fish. more »»

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