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More than 32,000 sought a shelter in Lee County

September 20, 2017 The largest evacuation and sheltering operation in Lee County's history took place during Hurricane Irma with more than 32,000 people and 1,700 pets seeking shelter at 16 locations at the peak of th... more »»

 
 
 

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More than 32,000 sought a shelter in Lee County

September 20, 2017 The largest evacuation and sheltering operation in Lee County's history took place during Hurricane Irma with more than 32,000 people and 1,700 pets seeking shelter at 16 locations at the peak of th... more »»

Despite Hurricane Irma the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will still go on

September 20, 2017 It’s that time again. Dust off your toe-tapping flip flops for the upcoming 4th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. more »»

South Seas Island Resort expected to reopen today

September 20, 2017 As the result of the hard work of South Seas Island Resort employees they are opening a week earlier than expected, on Wednesday, Sept. 20. more »»

Irma dings ‘Ding’

September 20, 2017 J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge sustained minor damage from Hurricane Irma which touched down on the island Sept. 9. more »»

‘Ding’ picks up after Hurricane Irma

September 20, 2017 J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge have spent the last two weeks cleaning up the trails, Wildlife Drive and the surrounding area of the refuge. more »»

News from around the region

Hurricane Irma leaves wounds in waterways

September 20, 2017 Waterside residents around the county are reporting damaged seawalls — and as more and more reports roll in, it will take longer and longer for repairs to be done. “The people of Florida are tough. more »»

Bid to revisit vote gains no traction

September 20, 2017 Cape Coral City Councilmember Marilyn Stout learned Monday at the weekly City Council meeting at city hall that there are no mulligans when it comes to seeking reconsideration, especially when you... more »»

City to extend prepayment for UEP

September 20, 2017 The city of Cape Coral has extended the first prepayment period for property owners in the North 2 Utilities Extension Project area. more »»

Power in NFM, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Sanibel/Captiva, and Marco Island 'essentially restored'

September 20, 2017 Power in North Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Sanibel/Captiva, and Marco Island has been essentially restored, LCEC officials said Wednesday. more »»

Cape Council thanks city’s first responders

September 20, 2017 Cape Coral City Council got an update post Hurricane Irma Monday. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Despite Hurricane Irma the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will still go on

September 20, 2017 It’s that time again. Dust off your toe-tapping flip flops for the upcoming 4th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. more »»

Florida native to play Island Hopper Songwriter Festival

September 6, 2017 By ASHLEY GOODMAN agoodman@breezenewspapers. more »»

‘Ding’s’ bathrooms get an upgrade

September 6, 2017 “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is entering the second phase of its bathroom renovations. more »»

MacIntosh seeks youth to create best bookmark design

August 30, 2017 Sanibel youth are invited to submit a handmade bookmark depicting a specific theme for a contest MacIntosh Books & Paper is holding to find the most creative design to be given out this tourist... more »»

Auditions being held for two plays: ‘Elf Jr. the Musical’ and ‘Annie Kids’

August 9, 2017 Young actors have an opportunity to audition for two upcoming shows at the Community House, “Annie Kids” and “Elf Jr. the Musical,” which is being put on by Creative Theater Worksho. more »»

Business

John Lai to become new CEO, president of Sanibel Captiva Chamber

September 12, 2017 Sanibel holds a special place in the heart of the newly announced Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce CEO and President John Lai, which is igniting a true excitement of what the role hold. more »»

A labor of love: Lighthouse Cafe celebrates over two decades on Sanibel

September 12, 2017 It was around this time - nearly 30 years ago, that Mike Billheimer bought the Lighthouse Cafe back in 1988. more »»

Doc Ford’s celebrates year at new location

September 6, 2017 The new Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille restaurant, on Island Inn Road, is celebrating its one year anniversary this weekend. Saturday, Sept. more »»

Sea School to offer mini boat based semester for adults

September 6, 2017 The Sanibel Sea School is offering an opportunity for adults to learn about the marine ecosystem on the water this fall. more »»

Throw F.I.S.H. a Lifeline campaign kicks off Sept. 3

August 30, 2017 To help F.I.S.H. restock its food pantry during the organization’s most critical time of year, Bailey’s General Store will hold their annual Throw F.I.S.H. a Lifeline campaign beginning Sunday, Sep. more »»

Obituaries

Duane D "Skip" Katzman

September 15, 2017 Duane D. "Skip" Katzman, 81, Elkhorn, WI and Sanibel Island, FL died Tuesday September 12, 2017 in Elkhorn, WI. He was born April 2, 1936 in Elkhorn, WI, the son of the late Herbert R. and A. more »»

Judith E (Grabowski) Gaggin

August 29, 2017 Judith E. (Grabowski) Gaggin, 71, of Carlisle, MA and Sanibel, FL, formerly of Lincroft, NJ and Springfield, PA, died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in her home in Carlisle, MA. more »»

Joan Emilius

July 10, 2017 Joan Emilius died surrounded by her beloved children in her home on July 3, 2017 in Sparta, N.J. after a long illness. She was 84. Mrs. more »»

James Handy Moore

July 7, 2017 James Handy Moore, 85, died Friday, June 30, 2017 in Sikeston, Missouri. more »»

Thomas Martin Heike Ehlers

June 28, 2017 Thomas Martin Heike Ehlers died in Fort Myers, Florida, on June 8th, 2017. Tom was born on February 5th, 1937 in Worthington, Minnesota, to Genevieve and Martin Ehler. more »»

Local Columns

Living Sanibel: Everglades Mink

September 20, 2017 The mink is a member of a larger family of weasels and polecats (Mustela), which contains 16 different species worldwide. Only two of these species are mink: the American mink and the European mink. more »»

Shell Shocked: It’s an embarrassing world

September 12, 2017 Someone asked me the other day what the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me was. I didn’t have to think long and hard about that one. more »»

Living Sanibel: Gafftopsail catfish

September 12, 2017 Similar in many respects to the hardhead but considerably larger, the gafftopsail catfish is a much stronger fighter when hooked. more »»

Poetic License: The night Charlie Parker played tenor at Montmartre Café in Greenwich Village

September 12, 2017 Like I knew when it was happening that sixty years after I could still tell you about it and you still wouldn’t really believe me: It’s one ‘clock in the morning and I wander into Montmartre ... more »»

In the Garden: Clusia: A tropical classic

September 12, 2017 Clusia (Clusia Rosea) lends both an exotic and classy look to our Florida tropical landscape. The leaves are thick with a leathery texture, are rather large at 4-6” and teardrop-shaped. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: FEMA assistance; how to access the help you may need

September 20, 2017 In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, it is important for our community to take action to start rebuilding. Here are some helpful tips in getting started. more »»

A++ hurricane preparedness and recovery

September 20, 2017 To the editor: We would like to commend City of Sanibel leaders Kevin Ruane, Judie Zimomra, Bill Dalton and Keith Williams plus dedicated city staff as well as partners Lee County Electrical Coop an... more »»

Lee history saved again

September 20, 2017 To the editor: Great news! The Lee County Commission in Fort Myers at this time has decided not to change the portrait of General Robert E. more »»

Intervention can save a life

September 20, 2017 To the editor: Interventions can be the difference between life and death for a drug addict or an alcoholic. more »»

Bring back the draft

September 20, 2017 To the editor: The all voluntary military began as a discriminatory practice excluding the rich and educated, while targeting the middle class, poor ,and minorities to serve. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa to host second annual USTA sanctioned tournament

September 12, 2017 After a successful turn out last year, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa will hold their second annual Florida Clay Court Championships Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Last year, the event attracted 64 participants. more »»

On the Water: Blue skies finally return

September 12, 2017 What a difference a week makes as the rain stopped and blue skies returne. more »»

Youth give all during SWAT practice

September 6, 2017 Six days a week, young athletes spend time at the Sanibel Recreation Center perfecting their swimming and gaining the skills they need to excel at their meet. more »»

On the Water: September brings a welcome change

September 6, 2017 Wow! It’s hard to believe just a few months back we were experiencing an extreme drought in Southwest Florida. Talk about going from one extreme to another as endless rain pelted us for days on end. more »»

On the Water: Fishing in the blazing summer heat

August 30, 2017 If you were fishing recently, you no doubt felt the heat. more »»

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Sanibel Captiva Art League Summer Exhibit 09-22

The annual Sanibel Captiva Art League Summer Exhibit continues to be shown at the Sanibel Public Library located at 770 Dunlop Road. The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 2, 2017 and features paintings by members of the San Cap Art League. more »


 
 
 
 
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