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Noted author to deliver Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture

January 18, 2017 Author Terry Tempest Williams will pay homage to America’s public lands and national parks in her free lecture “The Hour of Land: Rachel Carson and America’s Protected Lands” at S. more »»

 
 
 

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Noted author to deliver Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture

January 18, 2017 Author Terry Tempest Williams will pay homage to America’s public lands and national parks in her free lecture “The Hour of Land: Rachel Carson and America’s Protected Lands” at S. more »»

Know where to go for the right care

January 18, 2017 Southwest Florida’s annual surge of seasonal residents and visitors is resulting in increased volumes in Lee Health hospitals and emergency departments (EDs). more »»

‘Artrageous’ will give an explosive performance at BIG ARTS Jan. 20

January 18, 2017 “Artrageous” is sure to tantalize all five senses when they come to BIG ARTS’ Schein Hall Jan. 20. more »»

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in need of volunteers

January 18, 2017 The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, which is slated to open in Fort Myers this spring, is looking for volunteers to fill various roles. more »»

Captiva Community Panel discusses density, sewers and Captiva Drive

January 18, 2017 As some of the member’s positions termed out in December, new positions were announced during the Captiva Community Panel’s meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10. more »»

News from around the region

Oasis schools: Cry for a crosswalk

January 19, 2017 Eric Feichthaler is a former mayor for the city of Cape Coral. He is also a concerned parent of four children who attend the city’s charter school system. more »»

‘Very excited;’ ‘Very hopeful’: Supporters look forward to Trump administration

January 19, 2017 Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States today, with his inauguration ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. It’s a tradition that goes back as far as the U.S. more »»

Three weekends: CCCIA Showcase of Homes opens today

January 19, 2017 The Cape Coral Construction Industry Association’s annual Showcase of Homes opens today. more »»

Martini Competition: SCHEA puts on annual event

January 19, 2017 Grab tickets now for the Best South Cape Martini Competition because they are going fast. more »»

Income tax filing window opens Monday

January 19, 2017 The nation’s 2017 individual tax filing season is scheduled to open on Monday. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

‘Artrageous’ will give an explosive performance at BIG ARTS Jan. 20

January 18, 2017 “Artrageous” is sure to tantalize all five senses when they come to BIG ARTS’ Schein Hall Jan. 20. more »»

Tickets available for the second annual Cooking with the Island Stars

January 18, 2017 The community will have the opportunity to witness the first preview of the Community House in action as local family chefs share their signature recipe, family history during the second annual... more »»

Auditions to be held for ‘The Jungle Book’

January 18, 2017 Auditions are being held this weekend for youngsters 5 to 13 years old who would like to fill the cast of “The Jungle Book. more »»

American Brass Quintet to perform at Schein Hall

January 18, 2017 A celebration will take the stage next month at BIG ARTS Schein Hall as the American Brass Quintet fills the space with music from composers of the Renaissance period to works of living composers. more »»

‘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 »»

Business

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in need of volunteers

January 18, 2017 The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, which is slated to open in Fort Myers this spring, is looking for volunteers to fill various roles. more »»

Captiva Community Panel discusses density, sewers and Captiva Drive

January 18, 2017 As some of the member’s positions termed out in December, new positions were announced during the Captiva Community Panel’s meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10. 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 »»

Obituaries

Suzanne (Subie) Keeney

January 19, 2017 On January 11, 2017, Suzanne (Subie) Keeney (nee Shavitz; cherished wife of William (Bill) Keeney; loving mother of Scott (Michelle) Schwartz, Kenneth (Ilene) Schwartz, and Bethann (Peter) Talbot;... more »»

Catherine Ann (Ballirano) Suriani

January 17, 2017 Suriani, Catherine Ann, (Ballirano), 88, of Sanibel, FL, formerly of Barrington, RI passed away Saturday December 31st, 2016. Catherine was born in Providence, RI. 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 »»

Local Columns

Faces on Faith: Reconciliation vs Retribution

January 18, 2017 In December the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial. He was the first Japanese leader to do so. more »»

On the Water: Stone cold front stalls fishing in the area

January 18, 2017 Fishing was good ahead of the cold front that brought strong winds heading into the weekend, especially offshore fishing. more »»

Shell Shocked: A brand new game

January 18, 2017 The American public worships our national sports: football, baseball, golf and basketball. All four major sports have thrived during the past twenty year. more »»

In the Garden: Aloe vera:A soothing plant

January 18, 2017 Aloe vera is certainly one of the most useful plants in our south Florida plant palette. Aloe vera is an interesting succulent plant that takes little care but provides big benefits. more »»

Theater Notes: Three plays worth going off island for

January 18, 2017 How lucky we are to have such a rich and provocative theater in Southwest Florida. I was really lucky. I saw three marvelous plays all in one weekend. And I don’t use the word marvelous lightl. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: BIG ARTS looks ahead

January 18, 2017 The BIG ARTS board of directors, staff and all our wonderful volunteers thank our members and supporters whose investment in BIG ARTS future will insure its vitality for many decades to come. more »»

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 »»

Local Sports & Recreation

On the Water: Stone cold front stalls fishing in the area

January 18, 2017 Fishing was good ahead of the cold front that brought strong winds heading into the weekend, especially offshore fishing. more »»

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 mmccoy@breezenewspapers.com 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 »»

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Year-round triathlon swim program 01-23

Calling all Sanibel triathletes! Are you training for an upcoming triathlon and would like to improve your swim time? SWAT Swim Coach and former triathlete, Curt McIntyre will be running a year-round swim program tailored just for the triathlete. more »


 
 
 
 
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