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WE’RE STILL HERE…but we got a little wet.

September is the height of the Hurricane Season, and 2020 was no exception.  A tropical depression going across Florida and was going to be a guaranteed rainmaker for the weekend of September 12th.  Then we were surprised...

Blue Giraffe outdoor seating

As we approach autumn, we look forward to quieter, more comfortable days and nights in Southwest Florida.  Cooler breezes will be upon us and we want to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, including lunch or dinner.

Recently, we were asked which restaurants offered...

Bicycles near beach path

One of the most popular activities on Sanibel (that’s NOT on the beach) is biking on the various trails (officially “Shared Use Paths”) on Sanibel Island, many of which are parallel to the streets of the city.  They began in 1976 with a 2 ½...

Jerry's

We’ve talked about the wildlife on the islands and some of our tourists coming to watch our native and migrating birds.  But some live on the island year-round and entertain shoppers every day of the week.  For over 35 years, Jerry’s Plaza has been home...

Iguana

It’s not easy being green…and sometimes really big…and an invasive species.

Green iguanas (Iguana iguana…yes, that really is the scientific name), are seen in many parts of southern Florida, including on Sanibel and Captiva.  They are native to the southern half of Mexico and the...

Sanibel Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling

Around the end of June, the Gulf Coast (along with much of the Southeastern US) experienced one of the largest plumes of Saharan dust on record.  As the name suggests, the dust originates as sandstorms in the Sahara desert of central and west Africa,...

SCCF Sea turtle

This is guest writer Taitum, in Guest Services and this is my second year as a turtle walker. I get up nice and early each Monday morning (form April 15 - October 31) to check my section of beach for turtle crawls, garbage and left...

C.R.O.W. staff in front of sign

Guest blogger Matt Spaulding related a wildlife experience over the weekend which involved the assistance of CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife):

“Sunday night, I was putting out the recyclables and happened to check the rain gauge (We were expecting storms Mother’s Day, but...

Sanibel Holiday logo

This week, we have several things to mention.  First, we'd like to take a moment to remember Shirley Walter, the founder of CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) who recently passed away.  Starting with a personal effort in 1968 to a group of volunteers...

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