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  • SHELL SHOCKED: All the Sanibel News That’s Fit to Print
    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 8:27 AM

    For those of you snow birds that are just now straggling back to Sanibel, there’s a lot to report. November has been a particularly heavy news month and this newspaper just didn’t have the space to report on all of it. The Charmin ads alone occupied sixty per cent of the newspaper.

  • Thursday, August 30, 2018 3:11 PM

    Buying a property anywhere is a big financial commitment. When you buy an Island property, there are some additional factors that weigh in that may make you a little more uncertain. Contract contingencies can help alleviate some of these factors by allowing you to re-negotiate or sometimes, cancel the contract if some things aren’t right.

  • Friday, August 03, 2018 5:33 PM

    You don’t move to Florida just because of Taxes, but it doesn’t hurt!

    New owners of island property frequently are curious about the property tax relief they may experience from declaring Florida as their primary residence. We all know that Florida does not have a state income tax, nor a state capital gains tax. As a resident, these are both terrific benefits when moving from a state that does levy these taxes. What sometimes is overlooked or not understood is that there can be a significant savings, over time, on your property taxes.

  • Friday, August 03, 2018 5:28 PM

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The Santiva Chronicle publishes opinions and letters on topics that are important to Sanibel and Captiva. They may be submitted via e-mail at

    The seemingly never-ending battle for the Church to distance itself from the disturbing crisis of clerical abuse took a near lethal blow with the revelations of sexual abuse by one of America’s most prominent religious figures, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The unseemly details of the McCarrick case do not need to be recounted here, but the case demands a thorough review if, as a Church called to holiness, we are to truly learn the lessons that might prevent the Church from being shamed by all forms of abuse, not just those exclusively sexual.

  • SHELL SHOCKED: Teaching my Wife Baseball
    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 8:38 AM

    My wife was born in Sweden. When she was a child she did what all Swedish children did. She skied, ice skated, raced down hills on toboggans, kicked soccer balls – and ate lots of herring.

  • SHELL SHOCKED: Part Pygmy, Part Moron
    Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:35 AM

    Have you seen the TV commercials which promise to reveal your ancestry? In one commercial a woman reveals that after providing her information to the genealogy service she discovered that she was part American Indian, Spanish and Scottish. That's quite an ancestry.

  • COTI: Ban the Plastic Straw
    Friday, June 08, 2018 11:05 AM

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The following was submitted by Committee of the Islands Board Member Barbara Joy Cooley. The Santiva Chronicle publishes opinions and letters on topics that are important to Sanibel and Captiva. They may be submitted via e-mail at

    In early February, the News-Press published an article about the remarkable news that Fort Myers Beach now has a ban on plastic drinking straws. I thought to myself, “If Fort Myers Beach can do this, then Sanibel certainly can!” After reading the newspaper, I went for my morning walk. On that walk I saw my neighbor, city council member Jason Maughan, and asked him what he thought of the idea. He was positive. We talked about how many more straws were probably on Fort Myers Beach because of all the commercial enterprises there. But there are some near-beach establishments where plastic straws are routinely used on Sanibel.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Resident Grateful for Heritage Trail
    Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:37 AM

    If you looked through the materials that came with the City’s Utility bill last week, you may have noticed a flyer on Sanibel’s new Heritage Trail. It’s worth considering the significance of this project for our community.

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 4:15 PM

    The May 22nd meeting of the Sanibel Planning Commission is scheduled to include consideration of an application for a conditional use permit to allow the establishment on Sanibel of a business that would rent seven "Low Speed Vehicles."

  • SHELL SHOCKED: Inducing Unconsciousness
    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:31 AM

    I guess I've been watching too many old films noir. No matter who plays Philip Marlowe, the famous Raymond Chandler fictional detective, the Marlowe character is clunked over the head at least six times in every movie and is rendered unconscious.

  • SHELL SHOCKED: A Medical Dilemma
    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 8:19 AM

    I went to the doctor the other day complaining of mitrodemitrotical symbiosis. The doctor had to look it up in the med book because even he didn't know what it was.

  • Monday, April 09, 2018 5:36 PM

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The Santiva Chronicle publishes opinions and letters on topics that are important to Sanibel and Captiva. They may be submitted via e-mail at

    At the Easter Sunday sunrise service at St Isabel on Sanibel, when it came time to open the Tabernacle for Holy Communion, the lock would not budge! 

  • Friday, April 06, 2018 2:05 PM

    Thanks to your many letters and phone calls this last month the Lee County Commissioners are ready to vote provisionally for placement of a referendum establishing a Children's Services Council on the November Ballot. 

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 7:01 PM
    A letter of thanks to the community from the organizers of the annual Shell Festival at the Community House on March 1-3
  • SHELL SHOCKED: The White Badge of Courage
    Thursday, March 01, 2018 8:42 AM

    I was leaving a Sanibel restaurant the other day with a white bandage on my face. As I passed a nearby table another gentleman had a similar bandage on his face. He saw me and I saw him.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: COTI Urges Resumption of Full Impact Fees
    Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:01 AM

    Committee of the Islands issues an opinion on the resumption of full impact fees in Lee County

  • SHELL SHOCKED: I Know An Old Lady
    Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:00 AM

    I know an old lady who swallowed a pencil.

    I don't know why she swallowed the pencil.

    I guess she'll die.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Heart Walk Thanks Community
    Thursday, February 08, 2018 11:25 AM

    A big thank you to all who attended the 2018 Sanibel/Captiva Heart Walk!

  • SHELL SHOCKED: The Life And Death Of Irma
    Thursday, February 08, 2018 8:23 AM

    I don't recall any other situation in my many years in Sanibel that caused such a range of emotions. They went from fear to acceptance to relief.

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