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  • 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:

  • FISH of SANCAP Thanks Sanibel-Captiva Community
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:36 PM
    Helping Neighbors: Thank you, Sanibel & Captiva Islands, from F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP
    Thank you, Sanibel & Captiva residents and visitors. Thank you, Sanibel & Captiva businesses, foundations, organizations and municipalities. Thank you, Sanibel & Captiva volunteers! F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP cannot say thank you enough for your generous support of our mission, programs, services and workshops to benefit our island neighbors, workers and visitors.
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 12:14 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 news@santivachronicle.com.

    As religious leaders on Sanibel and Captiva our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by the horrific tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. But there must be more.

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 12:11 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 news@santivachronicle.com.

    There is an age old adage that fits our current water crises perfectly, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 10:21 AM

    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 news@santivachronicle.com.

    Well, it wasn’t a tri – but it still was a lot of fun.

    Red tide may have kept competitors out of the water for Galloway Captiva Triathlon, but it could not keep them from doing their best and having a good time the entire race weekend. Whether it was the kids and adults trying a tri for the first time or the seasoned competitors enjoying the race one more time, there were plenty of smiles mixed in with the sand and sweat.


  • 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 news@santivachronicle.com.

    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 news@santivachronicle.com.

    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.

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