National Seashell Day is Back!

Mark your calendars for June 21st when southwest Florida will be celebrating National Seashell Day! It promises to be a great start to summer and an event is planned on Fort Myers Beach that will rock the seashells that Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers Beach are known for.

Fort Myers Beach will host a Guinness World Record title attempt for the largest human image of a seashell. Sponsored by the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau, the attempt will hope to attract 1,000+ people (the current record is held by Shell Oil Company with 855 participants.)

“Summer’s here and we’re going to celebrate by creating a human seashell of epic proportions” says Tamara Pigott, VCB Executive Director. “With the help of our community, we look forward to attempting a Guinness World Record title.” An adjudicator from Guinness will be on site to verify the attempt.

Participants are asked to meet on the beach behind The Outrigger Beach Resort located at 6200 Estero Boulevard. The event will be held rain or shine and registration is at the Tiki Hut at the Outrigger between 6:30 and 8:30 am. This fun event will run until 11:30 am.

All who take part will receive a 2018 commemorative National Seashell Day t-shirt and hat, as well as complimentary water, fresh fruit, snacks, entertainment and tent seating for shade. Participants are asked to bring refillable water bottles for the water stations.

Although there is no parking on site, trolleys will ferry people to and from the event. Trolleys will run every 10 – 15 minutes from Fort Myers Beach Park & Ride, 11101 Summerlin Square Road, and from Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Boulevard, east side.

To register for the National Seashell Day event, go to www.leevcb.com/events/2018-national-seashell-day. Registration is necessary to receive a t-shirt and a free bus pass. Help bring the Guinness World Record to the seashell capital of the world!

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Sanibel Makes Top Vacation List!

Sanibel Makes Expedia’s List of Top Vacation Destinations in North America

What so many of you know is now confirmed – Sanibel is a top vacation destination, based on reviews posted by Expedia travelers in 2017. “Top-Rated Vacation Destinations in North America” is posted on Expedia Viewfinder travel blog, the second annual list of the top 50.

Travelers posted reviews of more than 4,600 travel destinations and Sanibel was ranked number 15, just behind another popular Florida destination, Key West. This year also marks Sanibel’s first appearance on the list. The top destinations received at least 600 reviews and are listed in order of the highest reviewed. The number one spot went to Wailea, Hawaii.

What did visitors like about Sanibel? Among the top-rated activities were shelling, enjoying the peacefulness of the island and all the wildlife, plus eating at its many restaurants and enjoying the local seafood.

John Lai, president of the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce commented on our island’s ranking. “To be one of only two Florida destinations chosen is quite an honor. We have consistently offered world-class beaches, shelling, shopping, biking, fishing and dining, but our sustainable initiatives and undisturbed natural environment are truly what sets us apart.”

Sandalfoot guests who have been coming here for years know all about Sanibel’s uniqueness and what a great vacation spot it is for people of all ages. If you haven’t visited Sanibel, and Sandalfoot, give our island a try and let this magical place become your most memorable vacation.

To see the full list of 50 top-rated vacation destinations, go to https://viewfinder.expedia.com.

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It’s Turtle Time!

May 1st marked an exiting time on Sanibel and Captiva – the official start to sea turtle nesting season. From early May until the end of October, volunteers comb the beaches for evidence of new turtle nesting sites.

Sea turtles are among the world’s oldest creatures and a mature sea turtle can live up to 50 years. Sanibel and Captiva provide a perfect nesting habitat and in 2017, 684 nests were laid on Sanibel and 189 nests were laid on Captiva. Last year was the fourth year in a row to break nesting records and hopes are high that 2018 will again see an increase in the number of nests over last year.

Primarily it is the loggerhead and green turtle species that nest on Sanibel and Captiva. This year, however, it was the rarer Kemp’s Ridley turtle that created the first nest on Sanibel. The Kemp’s Ridley is one of the smallest of the sea turtles and is also among the most endangered. As of May 4th, seven nests have been located on the islands, six Loggerhead and the Kemp’s Ridley.

Sea turtle nesting sites are now a familiar site on area beaches. The nests are marked off with yellow tape and have a protective wire mesh barrier on top to keep the eggs safe from predators. Visitors and resident alike can contribute to the success of the sea turtle nesting program. The most important thing is keeping the beach dark so the hatchings are attracted to the light reflected off the water and swim in the direction of the sea. Artificial light disorients the hatchings and those that crawl in the wrong direction won’t survive.

Everyone is asked to close curtains or blinds after dark and make sure to leave the beach turtle-friendly – no beach equipment or large holes that could stand in the way of the turtles making it to the Gulf. And please, no flash photography or cell phone lights on the beach after dark. In 1992, SCCF began recording nesting statistics and hundreds of volunteers every year monitor the beach for nests or evidence of hatchlings making their way to the water. Remember, the darker the beach, the brighter their future.

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The F.I.S.H. Mission for Sanibel – Captiva

F.I.S.H. of SanCap – A Local Non-Profit Helps Make Sanibel and Captiva Special 

Anyone who has travelled to Sanibel or Captiva knows that the islands are a special place. Not only are the beaches beautiful and the wildlife interesting, it is also the people who make these islands so inviting. One organization that exists to improve the lives of residents and visitors, is F.I.S.H. of SanCap. The acronym stands for Food Programs; Island-Based; Social Services; and Helping Hands, and this organization does all of this and more.

The F.I.S.H. mission is “neighbors helping neighbors” and for over thirty years has been helping both residents and visitors. The organization began informally with Sanibel residents helping their neighbors. It has since evolved into a full-service social services agency offering different programs, services and workshops, and is a recognized United Way Partner Agency. With a team of full-time social workers, administrative services and volunteers, F.I.S.H. is now an integral part of island life.

Among the many programs that the organization offers are monthly “friendly faces” luncheons, in conjunction with George and Wendy’s Seafood Grille, hot meal delivery, food pantry, transportation, medical appointment transportation, visitation and computer distribution. For visitors, an essential service is the loan of non-electrical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers or canes, to aid in mobility for Sanibel and Captiva visitors.

Workshops cover a range of topics, such as money management, nutrition, health and wellness, and hurricane preparedness. F.I.S.H. is able to offer its many programs through the generosity of donors, and two fundraising events held annually, a gala in the spring and a 10K race in the fall.

To get more information on F.I.S.H. services or how they might be able to help on your next visit, please call (239) 472-4775; email info@fishofsancap.org or go www.fishofsancap.org.

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Excellent Fishing on Sanibel and Captiva!

Fishing, Fishing, Fishing! Come Experience Excellent Fishing on Sanibel and Captiva

If you have already booked a trip to Sanibel, or planning to, consider adding a fishing excursion to your next trip. There are so many fishing guides and fishing charter options to fit all budgets, and you can try your hand as a beginner or experienced angler. Many guides also have trips geared to children so the whole family can participate. Local licensed captains supply the license, tackle, bait and their expertise to try your hand at catching the likes of redfish, snook, trout or tarpon.

Redfish are a southwest Florida favorite often found in shallow grassy areas. Snook is the premier gamefish of the area, and during the summer months they can be caught from the beach or in shallow water. Tarpon are probably the most sought-after gamefish, so much so that a local catch-and-release tournament is held every year to compete for the largest catch.

Your first stop on Sanibel should be Whitney’s Bait Shop, right on Periwinkle Way. Whitney’s will advise you on the best bait and techniques for landing the fish you want. Whitney Jones is a life-long angler, a local guide and master rod-builder who has spent years on the Sanibel and Captiva waters. Whitney’s eager staff will all be able to answer questions, advise on the tides and some of the best fishing spots around the island. To book a fishing trip, buy bait or supplies, or simply to ask questions, call Whitney’s at (239) 579-0399 or email info@whitneysbaitandtackle.com. They are located at 1554 Periwinkle Way and they are open from 5 am until 8:30 pm daily.

There are several local guides who also specialize in the Sanibel-Captiva waters. Try going out with Captain John Houston from Native Guides, (239) 822-3337 or www.nativeguidesfishing.com. John is a fourth generation Floridian born and raised on Sanibel. Captain Patrick King is also a southwest Florida native and has been fishing since he could hold a fishing pole. Both John and Patrick are certified captains through the U.S. Coast Guard. Contact Patrick at (239) 839-1802 or www.kfcharterco.com.

Specializing in family trips is Captain Shawn Kelly. He can be reached at (239) 677-7929 or www.tarponsnookredfish.com. If you are still researching, contact the captains at Santiva Saltwater Fishing Team at (239) 472-1779 or www.sanibelcaptiva fishing.com. As with most of the other captains, they offer not only fishing trips, but ecotours and wildlife tours and simply an unforgettable day out on Sanibel’s waters. Why don’t you try a fishing expedition on your next visit to Sanibel? Sounds like fun!

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