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Island Hopper taps Captiva’s small-town charm, many venues to attract festival-goers

September 24, 2014 For a brief time, Captiva will be transformed into a different kind of sanctuary. The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest rolls into town Sept. 26-28. more »»

 
 
 

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Island Hopper taps Captiva’s small-town charm, many venues to attract festival-goers

September 24, 2014 For a brief time, Captiva will be transformed into a different kind of sanctuary. The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest rolls into town Sept. 26-28. more »»

City to gather coyote population data in next few weeks

September 24, 2014 The city in the weeks ahead will evaluate data on the number and any threats posed by coyotes roving the island. more »»

Mayor to ask city to consider paying officials

September 24, 2014 What’s the value of a civic leader? And a busy one, at that? Mayor Kevin Ruane in coming weeks will introduce the topic of compensation for Sanibel’s elected officials. more »»

Council raises recreation and beach fees, lowers millage

September 24, 2014 Despite some good-natured quibbling over a millage rollback and bumps in recreation center user and beach parking fees, the Sanibel City Council has approved its operating budget for the next year. more »»

Social media used in local school’s public relations efforts

September 24, 2014 Principal Barbara Von Harten appears oblivious to the pulsing music and squealing middle schoolers in the Sanibel School cafeteria. more »»

News from around the region

Rain dampens inaugural Freedom & Family event but fest still deemed a success

September 29, 2014 If there was one big lesson learned by the organizers of the inaugural Freedom & Family event at Jet Blue Park this past weekend, it was next time, perhaps do it when it’s a little bit drier. more »»

Oasis Elementary students help Ronald McDonald House

September 29, 2014 Kids, students and administrators at Oasis Elementary School, most dressed in red and white, stood in the parking lot on a sparkling Friday morning for the school picture of a lifetime. more »»

Auditions for Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship Program 2014 set for Oct. 11

September 28, 2014 The Cape Coral Council for Arts and Humanities Inc. more »»

Candidate Meet-and-Greet at The Shops at Butterfly Estates

September 28, 2014 The First Annual Candidate Meet-and-Greet hosted by The Shops at Butterfly Estates, will be held Friday, Oct. 10, from 5-8 p.m. The meet-and-greet is free and open to the public. more »»

Calendar Girls perform at Freedom and Family Event

September 28, 2014 The Calendar Girls donned their patriotic best to perform at the Invest in American Veterans Foundation's Freedom and Family Event Saturday, Sept. 27, at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

LIONS Club inaugural ‘Eye Ball’ scheduled for Nov. 7

September 24, 2014 For the first time ever, the Sanibel-Captiva LIONS Club, a non-profit organization, will be hosting an “Eye Ball. more »»

Galloway Captiva Tri huge in its fourth year

September 24, 2014 The Galloway Captiva Tri race Sept. 13-14 featured more than a 1,000 participants. The Saturday race was for youngsters, older athletes Sunday. more »»

Author’s visit coincides with Rauschenberg anniversary

September 24, 2014 The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College announces that Dave Hickey, perhaps the most highly-revered, widely-read and provocative writer addressing cultural issues today,... more »»

Women’s tennis returns to South Seas in November

September 24, 2014 Returning to Captiva this November will be the South Seas Island Resort Women’s Pro Classic $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Event. The event runs Nov. 2-9. more »»

Islands fishing industry gears up for snook opening

September 5, 2014 Some say forget the Silver King. Snook season starts this week. Sanibel and Captiva's welcoming machine has been gearing up for the annual flood of snook anglers. more »»

Business

Council raises recreation and beach fees, lowers millage

September 24, 2014 Despite some good-natured quibbling over a millage rollback and bumps in recreation center user and beach parking fees, the Sanibel City Council has approved its operating budget for the next year. more »»

County VCB doles out tourism awards

September 9, 2014 Twenty-nine Lee County tourism professionals received awards for their “over-the-top” hospitality professionalism during the 14th annual Elaine McLaughlin Outstanding Hospitality Service Awards at... more »»

Planning Commission approves applications for F.I.S.H., Sanibel Sprout

September 8, 2014 On Aug. 26, Dr. Phillip Marks presided over his first Sanibel Planning Commission meeting as its chairman. more »»

Office manager by day, pet advocate by night

September 5, 2014 They're wanted. But for different reasons than posters used to hang in federal buildings. Photos in the Sanibel Post Office these days are of pets needing a home, mostly cats lost or displaced. more »»

Exotic to classic expected at Sept. 1 car show

August 28, 2014 A young Scot Congress was so excited with a new family stationwagon that he spent the night curled up in the back seat. more »»

Obituaries

Paul D. Duval

September 24, 2014 Paul D. Duval, 85, passed away peacefully in Baltimore, Maryland on September 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. more »»

In Memory: Lisa Hart

September 24, 2014 It’s with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of our Beachview Cottages Resort Manager, Lisa Hart. Lisa was a valuable member of our Rochester Resorts family for over 7 year. more »»

Patricia Grace (McKeon) Maxeiner

May 30, 2014 Patricia Grace (McKeon) Maxeiner, 89, of Fort Myers, Florida, left the loving arms of her family on Friday May 17, 2014. Maxeiner was born on July 15, 1924 in Montgomery, Minnesota, to Dr. more »»

Jane F. Devaney

May 22, 2014 Jane F. Devaney (neé Ghersan) was born on April 2, 1925, in Astoria, New York, to John Ghersan and Jane Harabalya. She married John J. Devaney of the Bronx, New York, on April 12,194. more »»

Daniel Walter Beltz

May 5, 2014 Daniel Water Beltz, 55, died on April 14, 2014 in Sanibel Island, Fla. Dan was born Dec. 20, 1958 in Watertown, Wis., to Leila Jane Arneson Beltz and the late Bertram Daniel Beltz. more »»

Local Columns

Shell Shocked

September 24, 2014 There’s a weekly feature in the Islander called “Word on the Island.”  It’s a man on the street (and woman, too) interview which asks each person a simple and pungent question. more »»

What’s Blooming in Paradise

September 24, 2014 First impression: Red, petite flowers in a cluster to form the appearance of a large blossom. Shiny dark lobed leaves are an attractive back drop to the lipstick red petals. more »»

Living Sanibel

September 24, 2014 Perhaps one of the most popular light tackle fish caught on Sanibel and Captiva, the Spanish mackerel has long been a favorite gamefish throughout Florida. more »»

Poetic License

September 24, 2014 Two weeks each year we live in style In mid-Manhattan, our native isle, In landmark buildings still kept whole By tenant sub-lets and rent control. more »»

New year starts with a house in order

September 24, 2014 At sundown on Wednesday, Sept. 24, Jews begin the new Jewish year, 5775, with the holiday of Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Trust exec urges participation in celebrity even

September 24, 2014 To the editor: Please join me as  your celebrity server “Captain Cook” in raising funds for The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. Don’t worry if you can’t attend. more »»

Healthy school lunches for healthy kids

September 24, 2014 To the editor: With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning to school lunches. more »»

Guest Commentary: Is your community ready for hurricane season?

June 6, 2014 For coastal communities in across the nation (especially those in the Atlantic and Gulf coasts), June 1 holds a special place on the calendar -- the official start of hurricane season. more »»

Guest Commentary: Do you count the beans or spend the beans?

June 6, 2014 Often times during my career in wealth management I have had clients where one spouse or partner handles all the financial matters and the other has little interest in what is going o. more »»

Join Beach Hands Across the Pier

May 22, 2014 To the editor: The local community is coming together once again to join hands in unity for the protection and love for our beaches. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Galloway Captiva Tri huge in its fourth year

September 24, 2014 The Galloway Captiva Tri race Sept. 13-14 featured more than a 1,000 participants. The Saturday race was for youngsters, older athletes Sunday. more »»

Tennis legend plans Sanibel visit for benefit event

September 24, 2014 Nick Bolletttieri this year was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. more »»

On the Water: Fewer anglers means good fishing

September 24, 2014 As typical for the month of September, it’s been very slow on the water. Fishing is good but it’s one of if not the slowest month of the year for anglers fishing. more »»

Sanibel man will tackle Key West swim

June 13, 2014 Sanibel man will tackle Key West swim By JIM LINETTE jlinette@breezenewspapers.com Thomas Pear and Bill Sawyers are taking another crack at the Swim Around Key West on Saturday, a 12. more »»

San-Cap Optimist's Road Rally celebrates 35 years

June 6, 2014 The Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club’s longest-running 4th of July event celebrates 35 years of fun for teams and families as they puzzle out the clues while following a prescribed driving course aroun... more »»

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