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  • SANCAP TRUST COMPANY: Why We Buy and Hold Good Companies
    Friday, June 14, 2019 5:04 PM

    The investing world is forcefully and rapidly reinventing itself. Computer algorithms and artificial intelligence offer efficiencies never before available to wealth managers, yet enable rapid-fire, ruinous trading habits and threaten to remove all critical human judgments from decision-making. Likewise, the craze toward index investing and packaging together low-cost portfolios offers younger generations a chance to participate in market returns as they save for retirement. Yet the same craze ultimately commoditizes the investing process and does away with the diligence and common-sense prudence that have well served parents and grandparents for a century.

  • Friday, May 31, 2019 10:31 PM

    We all know about “Season” – that time when the island is full of visitors and the weather is better here than anyplace else in the country. We also know about “Season 2” - the time from June through November when checking the NOAA website for tropical disturbances becomes a habit.

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Carpet Steals the Show
    Sunday, May 26, 2019 7:09 AM

    The early reviews have completely neglected the best character in the movie. The Carpet stole the show. It deserves a Best Supporting Oscar nomination. Literally, and artistically.

  • Be an Active Part in the Plastic Pollution Solution
    Saturday, May 25, 2019 6:12 AM

    This week, another dead dolphin washed ashore in Lee County, its stomach full of plastic ocean trash. It used to be that most of us thought plastic ocean trash was something that happened elsewhere – in those ‘other’ parts of the world, not in our little corner of paradise, in SW Florida. Sadly, the times, they are a changing.

  • Friday, May 24, 2019 10:01 AM

    The Army Corps of Engineers is embarking on a multiyear project to establish a new release schedule for Lake Okeechobee (Lake O). The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society (DDWS), along with many other groups, including the City of Sanibel and SCCF, are working to encourage the corps to incorporate changes that are beneficial to our area.

    A few things we are advocating for in the new release schedule:

  • Stop and Smell the Mangrove Mud
    Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:03 PM

    In a world where smart phones serve as a portal to loved ones, work obligations, entertainment, and so much more, it’s easy to spend hours immersed in your screen. Often, we don’t even realize how much time we have lost. But setting down your electronics to enjoy a few minutes outdoors comes with an abundance of benefits, and it’s likely to put a smile on your face. No matter where you are, we encourage you to find at least five minutes to go for a walk without your phone each day.

  • Wildlife Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 4:27 PM

    From health and safety to technology and transportation, plastics are responsible for countless advancements in modern-day society. Although this synthetic material has added comfort and convenience, the reality is that our culture has developed an overdependence on single-use products. According to the Ocean Conservancy, “Plastic packaging accounts for nearly half of all plastic waste globally, and much of it is thrown away within just a few minutes of its first use.”

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Pokeman Detective Pikachu
    Monday, May 13, 2019 10:01 AM

    No spoilers. Believe me, I couldn’t if I wanted to.

    Take a deep breath and let’s plunge in: this movie is better than you might think. In fact, a quick, non-scientific, non-exhaustive survey of internet reviews (although I did look at more than one) rate it as the “best movie to come out of a video game”, or words to that effect. I know, that’s not a high bar. But still.

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 4:37 PM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following guest commentary was written by Larry Schopp, Chair, Committee of the Islands Land Use Planning Committee. After it was submitted for publication, Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed the bill that would have placed a five-year moratorium on local plastic straw bans. The Santiva Chronicle publishes opinions and letters on topics that are important to Sanibel and Captiva. They may be submitted via e-mail at news@santivachronicle.com.

    Thomas Jefferson said, “the government closest to the people serves the people best.” That simple observation underpins the concept of “home rule” — the right of cities to establish their own forms of government through charters, and to enact laws and regulations providing for the well-being of their citizens.

  • MOVIE REVIEW: "Avengers: End Game" Delivers on the Hype
    Saturday, April 27, 2019 11:40 AM

    Are you thinking about a nice night at the movies in the next two weeks?

    Then you are about to see the long-awaited, highly-hyped, expected-to-break-all-box-office records film “Avengers: End Game.” It will be playing at the Island Cinema, on both screens, for the next two weeks.

  • Thursday, April 04, 2019 11:35 AM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The Santiva Chronicle publishes letters and opinions on topics that are important to the Sanibel and Captiva community. They may be submitted via email at news@santivachronicle.com

    Island Water Association (IWA) is the water facility on Sanibel that produces quality drinking water to Sanibel and Captiva. IWA has seen many changes in its 53 years serving these communities. These past few years have been no different. The non-administrative employees felt that some of these changes would be a disadvantage to the company and their ability to serve the community in the way they always have. The non-administrative employees voted unanimously to join the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 2301, district 78, AFL-CIO.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Something Is Amiss On Island Beaches
    Tuesday, April 02, 2019 11:48 AM

    If this was your first spring on our islands, or if you are not an observant, seasoned beachcomber, you might not notice that something on our islands is amiss. This spring is not like the others. The beaches are not the same as in the past. The difference is not a subtle one.

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:22 AM

    The 82nd Annual Sanibel Shell Festival co-hosted by the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club and the Sanibel Community Association was a great success, and the two organizations wish to express their appreciation to everyone who supported and attended the event.

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019 3:42 PM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following guest commentary was written by John Lai, president of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce. The Santiva Chronicle publishes opinions and letters on topics that are important to Sanibel and Captiva. They may be submitted via e-mail at news@santivachronicle.com.

    Our environment is our economy.

    It’s the reason why visitors flock to our shores, businesses thrive here, and why our population continues to rise year after year. But over the past few years, Southwest Florida has experienced a string of environmental setbacks – from red tide off our beaches to blue-green algae clogging our waterways – that have taken a toll on our regional economies.

  • Friday, February 08, 2019 9:11 AM

    Dear Editor,

    The Captiva Erosion Prevention District (CEPD) has submitted a tentative apportionment of the costs, and hence taxes, for the much needed beach renourishment. However, that apportionment is based on fallacious economic thinking and creates massive inequities among owners.

  • Saturday, February 02, 2019 2:12 PM

    Upon taking office, Governor DeSanis laid out a plan to improve the water quality. He recognizes the impact that failure to take action on these issues has on the quality of life, the economy, the environment, and the natural resources in Florida.

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 8:00 AM
  • Friday, January 04, 2019 2:24 PM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following guest commentary was written by Barbara Joy Cooley, Committee of the Islands Board Member, Chair of Environmental Committee. The Santiva Chronicle publishes opinions and letters on topics that are important to Sanibel and Captiva. They may be submitted via e-mail at news@santivachronicle.com.

    In the summer of 2017, the Village of Key Biscayne decided to ban fuel-powered leaf blowers within their town limits. Why did they do this? Here are reasons listed in their village council’s ordinance:

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