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  • Teacher Wins Beloved Shell at COA Convention Live Auction
    Saturday, June 22, 2019 5:31 PM

    An excited Sally Peppetoni had the winning bid on an Entemnotrochus rumphii shell at the Conchologist of America Convention live auction Thursday, June 20, at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island. The high school physics teacher, from Brandenton, Fla., saved up the $1,000 she paid for a shell possibly worth three times that amount.

  • Largest Seashell Sale Coming to Captiva Over the Weekend
    Monday, June 17, 2019 9:12 AM

    They’ve come to Captiva from as far away as Australia, China, Argentina, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan with one purpose in sight – to participate in “The Bourse,” the largest seashell sale in the area since 2014. That is when the Conchologists of America held their annual convention at Punta Rassa.

    Shell dealers from Hawaii, California, Washington, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina and from around Florida will also be a part of this popular event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, at the South Seas Island Resort Convention Center. There is no admission charge and it is open to the public.

  • 'Ding' Darling Refuge Welcomes Visitor Services Intern
    Thursday, June 13, 2019 9:49 AM

    Visitor services intern Kyle Patterson arrived June 4 to help the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with staffing shortages this summer, thanks to funding from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge.

  • Fourth of July Parade Shirts at Bank of the Islands
    Friday, June 07, 2019 8:00 AM

    Sanibel’s 29th Annual Independence Day Parade is fast approaching and Bank of the Islands has parade shirts available for sale. T-shirts and tank tops can be purchased at the bank’s Sanibel office, 1699 Periwinkle Way.


  • Sanibel Sea School Welcomes 2019 Summer Camp Counselors
    Thursday, June 06, 2019 5:42 PM

    Sanibel Sea School recently welcomed 2019 summer camp counselors to the organization. With a variety of educational backgrounds and interests, the group will combine their skills to create an outstanding experience for camp participants.

  • Group Trip to Israel Brings Two Sanibel Congregations Together
    Thursday, June 06, 2019 5:35 PM

    Earlier this spring, a group of 40 adventurous travelers headed to Israel for a tour presented jointly by Bat Yam Temple of the Islands and Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. As it turned out, the group was divided nearly equally between the congregations.

  • Rotarian Congress Receives Club's Vocational Service Award
    Tuesday, June 04, 2019 10:28 AM

    Sanibel Captiva Rotarian Scot Congress routinely finds ways to apply his vocation in service to others. His contributions are many and varied. Through his business, he has repeatedly made substantial financial donations to charities throughout the region.

  • ROTARY HAPPENINGS: Sheriff Marceno Focused on Safety
    Tuesday, June 04, 2019 10:11 AM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following has been been submitted by Rotarian Shirley Jewell. Island club news can be sent to

    What a timely speaker we had this week at Rotary. Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno was in the house. Law enforcement officers are certainly tasked with enormous responsibilities to keep our communities safe these days, from everyday crime, school shooting attacks, lone-wolf shooters, gun violence, terrorists, and the country’s drug and opioid crisis.

  • FISH Hosts Annual Gathering of Island Non-Profit Leadership
    Monday, June 03, 2019 4:20 PM

    FISH of SANCAP hosted the annual gathering of island non-profits Thursday, May 23, at the Sanibel Community House with more than 15 organizations represented. It was open to leadership from all island-based organizations in order to discuss the needs of the islands and how the non-profit community can work together to address those needs.

  • FISH Offering Hurricane Preparedness Seminar
    Monday, June 03, 2019 4:05 PM

    F.I.S.H. of SANCAP will hold its second annual Hurricane Preparedness Seminar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. It’s open to the community and will include a question and answer period, as well as the opportunity to pick up the FISH hurricane preparedness resource packet.

  • SanCap Lions Eyeglass Donations Down Slightly in April
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:02 PM

    The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Lions Club continues collecting used prescription eyeglasses and lenses, as well as cases and hearing aids, for its Recycle for Sight program. April donations were down 4.5 percent from the prior month with the highest collection of 338 total items in September 2018.

  • Sanibel Sea School Celebrates Its Volunteers
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019 11:57 AM

    Sanibel Sea School hosted a volunteer appreciation outing to celebrate the end of a busy and successful season. Volunteers enjoyed a boat ride to Fort Myers Beach aboard the Ripple Effect, and ate a delicious lunch while enjoying waterfront views at The Dixie Fish Co.

  • Vacation Bible School Coming Soon to Sanibel Community Church
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 11:17 AM

    Vacation Bible School will be held from 4 to 7:15 p.m. Monday, June 3 to Friday, June 7 at the Sanibel Community Church. This year’s theme is “Miraculous Mission: Jesus Saves the World” and the week includes dinner, music, recreation, crafts and Bible time. Children in preschool to fifth grade are invited. For more information, contact Holly Patton-Roark at 239-472-2684 or email

  • Plarn Party Boosts Sanibel CUCC Youth Group Project
    Friday, May 10, 2019 9:47 AM

    Pizza and “plarn” were on the menu at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ when members of the church’s CREW youth group, adults from SCUCC and the Green Team, Parish Nurse Linda Convertine, and others got together to help with a project CREW undertook earlier this year. The goal is to transform plastic grocery bags into mats that will be provided to homeless individuals and victims of natural disasters.

  • Sanibel Captiva Lions Install Officers for 2019-20 Fiscal Year
    Friday, May 10, 2019 8:10 AM

    The Sanibel and Captiva Lions Club installed Bill Sartoris as the club president for the 2019-2010 fiscal year at the annual installation dinner Wednesday, May 1, at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. Sartoris will preside at all regular and special meetings, as well as ensure effective operations of the club as its president.

  • Progressive Club of the Islands Featuring Health Care Innovator
    Friday, May 10, 2019 8:09 AM

    The Progressive Club of the Islands will feature Health Care Innovator Cyndy Nayer, who will discuss the topic “Health Care in the Present and in the Future” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16 in the downstairs meeting room of the Sanibel Public Library.

  • LCBA Luncheon Celebrates Outstanding Community Work
    Thursday, May 09, 2019 4:08 PM

    FORT MYERS, Fla. – A police officer who feeds the homeless, a teacher who inspires her seventh-grade students, and a beloved judicial assistant were among the recipients at this year’s Lee County Bar Association Law Week Awards Luncheon. Bar President John Webb served as host as the organization honored exceptional accomplishments in law enforcement, law-related education and citizenship on Friday, May 3, at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

  • Island Youth Invest in Community Through Volunteering at F.I.S.H.
    Tuesday, May 07, 2019 3:43 PM

    Throughout the years, island youth have held a variety of events to raise funds for F.I.S.H. of SANCAP. They have ranged from lemonade stands to food drives and donation collections to hours spent stocking the food pantry shelves. Many of the youth have expressed their appreciation for what they have learned about their community and the people who live, work and visit the islands.

  • Davison Receives Rotary ‘Business Person of the Year Vocational Service’
    Tuesday, May 07, 2019 3:02 PM

    Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club announces Chris Davison as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Rotary “Business Person of the Year Vocational Service” award. It’s presented to individuals who demonstrate strong and dedicated leadership, not only in in their professional capacity but in the community by donating time and talent.

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