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 a similar event DeSantis held…

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 Refuge lands adjacent to Tarpon…

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 listed as one of America’s…

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 on our homepage) has information on…

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 hired by a fishing camp…

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 on every continent except Antarctica,…

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 entertainment options scheduled at various…