First Sea Turtle Nest of Season Found on East End of Sanibel Provided to the SANTIVA CHRONICLE Wednesday, May 01, 2019 11:09 AM The first sea turtle nest of the 2019 nesting season was found Saturday, April 27, on the east end of Sanibel Island. The loggerhead nest was discovered by volunteers Irene Nolan, Paola…

Provided to the SANTIVA CHRONICLE 4/12/2019 8:13 AM With the mission “Advocacy through Education,” the staff and Advocacy Committee of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge have created a resources web page that contains links to articles, videos, and other resources that deal with the health of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife…

OCTIFEST 2019 Saturday, April 13th, 2019 6:30 PM Under a big top tent on Sanibel Causeway Island A Octifest is Sanibel Sea School’s annual bayside celebration of ocean love. Tickets are $150 per person and include cocktails, a delicious dinner, live and silent auctions, the company of good friends, and a few fun surprises. Funds…

  The acreage along Wulfert Road and Sanibel-Captiva Road is home to a number of species, including eagles, bobcats,  gopher tortoises, and rare plants. It is also a stopover for migrating neo-tropical birds. Resident and seasonal birds alike would be seriously threatened by development, say refuge officials. The conservation and planned restoration of the Wulfert…

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 a warm welcome,” Calli Johnson,…

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 a vital role in Florida’s…

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 provided, and participants will go…

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…