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Sanibel fifth graders crowned king and queen of Bailey Fest

October 29, 2013
Special to the Islander ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanibel School named the 2013 King and Queen of Bailey Fest on Monday, Oct. 21. King Alex Dunavant and Queen Caiden Rainville earned their titles by writing an essay about "What Sanibel means to me?" Winning essays were selected by organizers of Bailey Fest and the two students were recognized at the festival.

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"What Sanibel means to me?"

Essays written by the 2013 King and Queen of Bailey Fest

Caiden Rainville, Grade 5:

I have been living on Sanibel Island for five years. I have known its beauty since I moved here long ago. Now, I get to share it with all of you. This is what Sanibel means to me.

Our beaches are beautiful sandy places. The water washes up and consumes the sand. Taking old shells and bringing new. Each night there are flaming sunsets with brilliant colors. It's a perfect place to relax and calm yourself. You can listen to the waves, smell the salty air and feel the warm mist on your face.

Sanibel has many astonishing waters. They are murky places filled with life. You can swim or boat in the warm Sanibel waters. Relaxing in them is a great way to spend a warm summer afternoon. The waters are also salty and clear. Occasionally, if the water is just right, you can look down and see right through the water to the bottom of the ocean. You can see the crabs scuttling to a pile of seaweed. Tiny fish swimming in big schools. You can even see your feet. You can see the sand moving with the waves, and landing on your toes. The Sanibel waters are amazing places.

Sanibel is not just a place for a relaxing sabbatical; it is also a dwelling for many distinct folks. It is my dwelling too. I am very blissful to live here. I love the community and nature. I love the way the waves hit the sand. It takes me to another world. Some people don't see Sanibel's beauty, but trust me, I definitely see it. Everything about Sanibel is flawless, to me.

Can you see it? Can you see the beautiful island of Sanibel! It is truly a beautiful place. You should visit it some time!

Alex Dunavant, Grade 5:

Sanibel Island, Florida, is one of the greatest places on Earth, with all of its extraordinary features. Some of my personal favorites include the lovely seashells everywhere you look, and the hot, moist weather and freedom to relax.

There's a reason why Sanibel Island is the shell capital of the world. Not only are there millions of tiny, sparkly shells of all shapes and sizes everywhere you look, but they're well known for the outstanding, colorful and detailed designs that make them so beautiful. You'd get lucky to find an Alphabet Cone or Junonia while strolling down Middle Gulf or Buttonwood, yet any seashell, either tiny or enormous, is quite a delight!

Also, when I think of Sanibel, I think of amazing weather. It's usually warm and humid with an occasional breeze every now and then. This excellent weather is great for beach days, so we can swim, go shelling, and stroll lazily across the bright, tan, sandy shorelines and far into the deep, green ocean that stretches as far as the eye can see. This weather is one of the reasons this island is so popular with tourists and snowbirds, along with most residents.

One of the main features that makes Sanibel unique is the freedom to relax. I love relaxing on weekends, calmly stretched out on a small, folding chair, with my toes in the ocean, feeling shallow waves coming and going. It means kicking back, being free, clearing my mind and having my imagination take me wherever it wants to be.

Sanibel Island is a very popular place, for very good reason. With the millions of tiny pieces of shells every which way, and the warm, yet breezy weather that is key to great relaxation and exploration, Sanibel Island, Florida, is perhaps the greatest place on Earth.



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