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Sanibel COVID-19 cases increase again by two

July 10, 2020 Lee County has 8,574 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — 8,421 Florida residents and 153 non-residents — including 27 cases between Sanibel and Captiva, according to the Florida Department of Health. more »»


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Sanibel COVID-19 cases increase again by two

July 10, 2020 Lee County has 8,574 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — 8,421 Florida residents and 153 non-residents — including 27 cases between Sanibel and Captiva, according to the Florida Department of Health. more »»

COVID-19 cases on Sanibel increase by two

July 9, 2020 Lee County has 8,340 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — 8,191 Florida residents and 149 non-residents — including 25 cases between Sanibel and Captiva, according to the Florida Department of Health. more »»

Lee Virtual School enrollment available

July 9, 2020 Lee Virtual School is currently accepting applications until Aug. 3 for the fall semester. more »»

H2O Youth Group take part in summer mission trip

July 9, 2020 Sanibel Community Church's H2O Youth Group participated in a local mission trip on June 15-19, with the teens working on outside and inside projects for both the Sanibel and Fort Myers communities. more »»

News from around the region

Plan to address bed capacity launched

July 9, 2020 Lee Health has a plan to combat crowded hospitals and an increase of COVID-19 positive patients as numbers continue to increase locally and throughout the state, officials said Thursday. more »»

New mask ordinance in the works for Cape Coral

July 9, 2020 A Cape Coral council member plans to propose a new mask ordinance that would provide incentives to business that require face coverings through the pandemic. more »»

Lee County School District preps for a novel academic year

July 9, 2020 With Lee County Schools tentatively set to reopen Aug. more »»

The four reopening strategies for Lee Schools

July 9, 2020 The four reopening models presented during Wednesday’s Lee County School District board meeting are: * Face-to-Face: students return to school for face-to-face instruction five days a week with... more »»

Mangrove restoration to begin

July 9, 2020 Mangroves that were damaged one year ago due to botched maintenance work project by the city of Cape Coral will be replaced next weekend, weather permitting. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Borrow laptops at the Sanibel library with 'Tech IT Out'

July 8, 2020 The Sanibel Public Library's “Tech IT Out” service offers cardholders an easy way to borrow a Dell laptop or MacBook Air for use inside the building. more »»

Podcast celebrates beaches of Fort Myers, Sanibel

July 8, 2020 The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel introduces Shellcast, the podcast designed to bring a slice of Southwest Florida to people all over the world. more »»

Arts are Vital Grant program taking submissions

July 8, 2020 Formed in partnership with the Meisenberg Family Trust and the Alliance for the Arts, the Arts are Vital Grant is an emergency relief program for Lee County’s arts organizations and individual... more »»

The Community House

July 7, 2020 The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, will present the following: Current Events Current Events will meet on July 9 at 1 p.m. Moderated by Tommy Williams. more »»

BIG ARTS awards scholarships, receives donation

July 2, 2020 The BIG ARTS Performing and Visual Arts scholarship recently received a $2,000 gift from the Tower Gallery. more »»


Chamber hosts virtual Power Hour meeting on water quality

July 8, 2020 Florida Congressman Brian Mast has been instrumental in moderating Lake Okeechobee levels and discharges by showing up uninvited and asking questions, he told Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of... more »»

Status update from city of Sanibel

July 7, 2020 The city of Sanibel provided the following status update as of today. more »»

Island Store renovation project moving along

July 7, 2020 With the outside renovations to the Island Store done, interior work for the project has started. more »»

Bailey's new bakery manager focuses on made-from-scratch items

July 7, 2020 Bailey’s General Store has been a staple on Sanibel for more than 100 years, and its bakery — run by Ashley Jennings — is no exception. Jennings took over as bakery manager at the end of Marc. more »»


Katheryn M Boatman

July 9, 2020 Katheryn M. Boatman, age 75, passed away peacefully at her home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on July 4, 2020 after a long illness. She was born January 3, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri to Edward E. more »»

Dr Carol McDonald Connor

June 17, 2020 Dr. Carol McDonald Connor was a Chancellor’s Professor of Education at the University of California ­ Irvine School of Education. more »»

Virginia S (Van Horn) Taub

May 28, 2020 COTUIT, MA /SANIBEL ISLAND, FL ­ Virginia S. (Van Horn) Taub, 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's. more »»

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 »»

Local Columns

Rotary Happenings: Highlights of Rotary's past year presented at meeting

July 7, 2020 The recent meeting of the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club celebrated the past year's presidency of Eldon Bohorfen. more »»

Safe at Sea: Part II: Boating facts that are not facts

July 7, 2020 Last week’s Safe at Sea column listed a few commonly-assumed “facts” that mariners have learned simply are not “facts” at al. more »»

Faces on Faith: Focus on helping those around us

July 7, 2020 No doubt you, like me, are being inundated with news reports of COVID-19 spikes in Florida and around the country and violence in places all over the countr. more »»

Shell Shocked: Saving Sanibel from itself

July 7, 2020 After many sleepless nights and unfulfilling cheeseburgers I have made a momentous decision in my life. No friends, it’s not to leave Sanibel. It’s the very opposit. more »»

In The Garden: Bay cedar is salty native

July 7, 2020 Bay cedar (Suriana maritima) is one of our most salt tolerant shrubs. It tolerates salt breezes and even some saltwater flooding during storms. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Thank you for voting to require face masks

July 7, 2020 To the editor: The Sanibel City Council recently voted 3-1 to require face masks in public spaces on Sanibe. more »»

To mask or not to mask, that is the question

July 7, 2020 To the editor: I go for a morning exercise walk and at least 97 percent of the people I see do not wear a mask. I wear a mask to protect you and wonder why you can’t extend the same courtesy. more »»

A community stronger than COVID

July 7, 2020 To the editor: On June 13, I had the honor to present former Congressman Carlos Curbelo, founder of the first bipartisan climate solutions caucus in the U.S. more »»

Appreciate the Islander

July 7, 2020 To the editor: As a 20-plus year resident, full time on Sanibel, I have looked through many Islander papers. The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva and J.. more »»

Consider mandating the wearing of masks

June 30, 2020 To the editor: As year-round Sanibel residents and seniors, we have been pleased with the Sanibel City Council's attempts to protect us from the COVID-19 pandemic. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

FWC opens registration for Lionfish Challenge

July 8, 2020 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Foundation reported that registration is open for the 2020 Lionfish Challenge. more »»

Federal Duck Stamp available for sale

July 8, 2020 The 2020-2021 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, otherwise known as the Duck Stamp, has arrived at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge's Nature Store. more »»

Virus-related updates on island activities, more

July 8, 2020 (Editor's note: To have an item or announcement added to the list, call 239-472-1587 or email Editor Tiffany Repecki at more »»

Status update from city of Sanibel

July 7, 2020 The city of Sanibel provided the following status update as of today. more »»

Paddling Tip of the Week

July 7, 2020 Avoid paddling in main channels if at all possible, especially in San Carlos Bay. more »»

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