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February 5, 2019Like

New Owner for Island Store on Captiva

The Island Store has officially changed hands, and the new owners are well-known islanders. Last year, Bailey’s General Store purchased the rights to the business from former operator Michael Gulnac and signed a new lease with the building’s owner. The store reopened over the holidays. “We are open and received
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January 25, 2019Like

Bailey’s General Store – Senate Small Business of the Week

Washington, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, named Bailey’s General Store as the Small Business of the Week for the week of January 21-25, 2019. Bailey’s General Store is located on Sanibel Island, Florida. “Small businesses play
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January 24, 20191

Bee Box Class

SCCF will be offering a class to make your own bee box at the Bailey Homestead Preserve on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 10:00am. Many of Florida’s solitary bees lay their eggs in hollow branches. Attract these wonderful pollinators to your own yard by making your own bee box! All materials will be
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January 11, 2019Like

SCCF Salutes Actions of Governor to Help Water Quality

SCCF CEO Ryan Orgera and Natural Resource Policy Director Rae Ann Wessel engaged in a roundtable briefing yesterday with the Governor DeSantis and the First Lady, Lieutenant Governor Nunez, along with other South Florida non-profit leaders in the fight for water quality, and regional legislative representatives. Following that meeting and
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January 7, 2019Like

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Partially Open

While the Visitor & Information Center at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge (DDNWR) is closed due to the government shut down, access to Wildlife Drive remains open.  The 4-mile long Wildlife Drive allows visitors to take a self-guided tour either by car, by bike, or on foot.  Also, nestled on
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December 18, 20181

A Christmas Story on Sanibel

Not many local residents are aware that the author of a classic Christmas film lived out his days as a Sanibel islander. Jean Parker Shepherd was a 1950s radio personality, writer, and actor best remembered for the now-classic movie “A Christmas Story,” a film he co-wrote and narrated and is
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December 13, 20182

Sanibel Public Beaches

If you’re not staying on the beach or just here for the day, don’t worry, you can still get to the beach! There are many public beaches on both Sanibel and Captiva and they are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The On Island App (see links
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December 10, 20181

Andy Rosse

One of the more notable names in the history of Captiva Island is Andy Rosse, of which a main road on the island is now named.  Andy Rosse was born in England in 1903, then moved to Tampa with his family shortly thereafter.  At the age of 16, he was
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December 8, 2018Like

Saltwater Hardhead Catfish

by Johnny Rader, Marine Science Educator, Sanibel Sea School You might think catfish are just bottom dwelling pond and lake fish, but did you know there are also species that live in the sea? In fact, it’s not uncommon to find their remains washed up on Sanibel’s beaches. Found globally
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December 6, 20181

Sanibel Luminary Festival

With over 3 miles of luminaries burning, the Sanibel Luminary Festival is a must-do event each year on Sanibel.  Sanibel’s Luminary stretches from one end of Periwinkle Way to the other and offers a multitude of stops along the way.  You’ll have the opportunity to shop, eat, enjoy the many
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