It’s Turtle Time on Sanibel!

Photo: Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation

It’s Turtle Time on Sanibel!

Any time now female sea turtles will begin to make their journey onto the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva to make new nests and lay eggs.

Turtle season for 2017 officially runs from April 15th until October 31st. The hatchlings make their way out of the nest after dark and rely on the light in the sky and the light reflected off of the water to make their way to the beach.

Artificial light, such as a lit lanai or porch, causes hatchlings to crawl away from the water and toward the light source, and die before they can reach the water. Each year thousands of hatchlings die in Florida due to lighting along beaches.

Sandalfoot is proud to help with this initiative by asking our guests to close curtains or blinds after dark, remove all beach furniture after 9:00pm. and fill in any holes that might have been left on the beach.  All outdoor lights should be turned off.

Photo: Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation

Nests on the beach will be clearly marked, cordoned off with yellow tape and usually covered with a grill to discourage predators.

To protect the hatchlings, no flash photography or cellphone lights should be used after dark, nor should flashlights be used, especially around a nesting turtle or a nest.

The 2016 sea turtle season was extremely successful on both Sanibel and Captiva, breaking records from the previous year. A total of 636 nests were laid on Sanibel and 194 nests laid on Captiva. From these nests over 25,000 hatchlings emerged; there were 3,369 hatchlings recorded on Captiva, and 21,994 on Sanibel.

We look forward to doing our part so the sea turtles survive and thrive.

The Sandalfoot Team

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Volunteering at F.I.S.H on Sanibel Island

Two of “our own” committed to volunteering on Sanibel

Sandalfoot owners Jack and Engrid “Inky” Meng are committed to helping others and do so by volunteering with F.I.S.H., a non-profit, human services organization based here on Sanibel. They learned of F.I.S.H. at their local church, Sanibel Congregational Church of Christ. The group’s moniker indicates its focus: Food Programs; Island Based Workshops; Social Services; and Helping Hands.

                “F.I.S.H. is more than just a food pantry. There are more than 40 different programs to meet the multiple and complex needs of over 2,100 neighbors on our island,” commented Jack.

                Inky and Jack volunteer their time in diverse ways.

                “Jack is a driver and feels that he is helpful when he drives men and women who need their medical treatments done off island,” explains Inky. “I like working in the walk-in center, where I assist those participating in the food pantry program. Often, the recipients tell how they work here on the island yet have difficulties during off-season making ends meet. They are thankful for the temporary assistance from F.I.S.H.”

Inky also says she likes making “reassurance phone calls” to people living alone to check on how they are doing and add cheerful conversation to their day. The backpack program is also very important to Inky; it provides children with a selection of food on Friday afternoon that they can easily prepare and enjoy over the weekend while a parent is working.

F.I.S.H. has supported Sanibel and Captiva residents for more than 30 years, with close to 93 percent of its funds raised going directly to programming. For more information on the organization, including how to donate or volunteer, visit its website at www.fishofsancap.org.

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Sanibel Heritage Trail

Sanibel Heritage Trail Launching this Spring

Sanibel visitors soon will be able to enjoy a whole new way of exploring the island and its history via the Sanibel Heritage Trail. When completed this spring, the Trail will feature 21 outdoor reader panels along the mixed use paths found on the island; a free map-guide; a web page; and a cell phone app. The panels will present text and historic photos addressing many aspects of Sanibel’s unique heritage, including its pioneer settlers, agriculture, architecture, causeway, commerce, community conservation, education and environment.

Trail followers also will become acquainted with the history of Sanibel’s governance, preservation efforts, racial integration, recreation, wildlife, and worship. The beginnings of the fishing and hospitality industries also will be addressed.

The project is the culmination of five years of research and planning by the many individuals and organizations involved in its development. The Heritage Trail is sponsored by the City of Sanibel and its Historical Preservation Committee, the Sanibel Public Library, the Lee County Tourist Development Commission, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, and the Florida Humanities Council.

On Monday, April 3rd at 7:00 pm, The Sanibel Historical Museum will present Twilight Talks at the Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way. Six panelists will present their personal stories of growing up or living on Sanibel. The panel discussion will include remarks by Susan Cassell, Sheila Fortney, Deborah Gleason, Yvonne Hill, Jim Pickens and Ty Symroski, who have decades of experience with Sanibel history.

Twilight Talk tickets are available for $10 per person. Tickets can be obtained by calling 239-472-4648 or by emailing info@sanibelmuseum. Proceeds from the evening will support the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village.

        

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Are You Ready for Some Music on Sanibel Island?

Photo credit: Lisa Mazzucco

2017 Sanibel Music Festival

If it’s March, it’s time to celebrate the 31st year of the Sanibel Music Festival, another island tradition.

The 2017 season includes seven concerts held at 8 p.m. at the Sanibel Congregational Church at 2050 Periwinkle Way. Indulge your passion for classical music – or attend a concert for the first time – at this world-class Festival.

The Brentano String Quartet, founded at Julliard in 1992 and now the faculty quartet-in-residence at Yale School of Music, opens the season on Saturday, March 4 with pieces by Bach, Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

On Tuesday, March 7, Eric Lu, winner of the National Chopin Competition, performs Mozart, Schubert and Chopin.

The Daedalus Quartet will perform Beethoven, Brahms and more on Saturday, March 11, followed by the Boston Chamber Music Society with Ann Hobson Pilot, Harp, on Tuesday, March 14 presenting pieces by Schubert, Mozart, and Ravel.

The renowned Emerson String Quartet, together for more than thirty years, performs Mozart, Debussy and Beethoven on Saturday, March 18.

Turning to Broadway tunes, the Festival presents “An Evening with The Gershwins” on Tuesday, March 21 featuring an exciting young cast of singing actors with selections from Girl Crazy, Lady Be Good, Funny Face and The Gershwin Songbook.

The Festival concludes Saturday, March 25 with the Opera Theater of Connecticut presenting excerpts from operas by Massenet, Bizet and Gounod, plus favorite French pieces including works by Offenbach, Delibes and Thomas.

Tickets are $45 for most performances; $50 for the Emerson Quartet. For more information, visit the website at www.sanibelmusicfestival.org or call 239-344-7025.

Photo credit: Lisa Mazzucco

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It’s Shell Time on Sanibel!

The 80th Annual Sanibel Shell Show and Festival

Talk about longevity! The Sanibel Shell Show and Festival, now in its 80th year, is hosted by the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club at the newly remodeled Community House. More than 500 volunteers help make this popular event a world-class shell show. This year’s show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 2-3 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, with a 3 p.m. raffle drawing.

The theme for this special anniversary of the Festival is “Around the World in 80 Shells” and there will be a special class of competition in both the scientific and artistic categories based on this theme. Each entry must contain exactly 80 shells. Exhibitors this year are coming from all over the United States, Canada, and as far away as Japan.

On the Show weekend at the Community House, you’ll find the judged Artistic and Scientific displays, while outside are more shells, floral arrangements, demo tents and more. The outdoor shell area and tents are open to the public with free admission.

A $5 donation will provide entry into the Shell Show, plus a free pass to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum with your ticket. Be sure to pay a visit to the live tank area and hear local school children share their knowledge of these fascinating live shells and practice their presentation skills.

The Judges and Awards Reception will be held at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. Seating is limited and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Scientific judges for this year’s show include José H. Leal and Robert Janowsky. Artistic judges include Sharlene Totten and John Whitenight.

After the awards reception, those attending will be invited to a sneak preview of the Shell Show at the Community House. Come join in a longtime Sanibel tradition and enjoy seeing all the sea shells on display when you’re on island in early March.

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