Longtime guest Marion B., from New York, NY shared this photo with us that she calls “Confab at Frannie’s Preserve” — How delightfully fitting!
The Frannie’s Preserve Extension Trail, the latest new trail from our friends at the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, has quickly become a favorite for guests of Ocean’s Reach.
It’s an easy bike ride to its entrance at the back of the Sanibel Community Playground on Periwinkle, and once there, you can enjoy the almost two-mile trail that winds through viewing ponds, wetlands, dense canopied buttonwood forest and West Indian tropical hardwood hammock.
Faithful fans of Traders who have been eagerly awaiting the opening of its spin off restaurant — T2 — can now head over to The Village Shops and enjoy the new, more casual and slightly smaller restaurant for themselves.
T2 is more intimate than “big Traders,” and notably has outdoor, pet-friendly seating. Its menu shares some of Traders’ trademark dishes, but makes sure to highlight a unique character all its own.
As it notes on its website, “Traders2 offers new delicious dishes, like trendy tacos and savory flatbreads, in addition to their coastal-inspired classics.”
The restaurant, which also offers a full bar and gift shop, is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s a great spot for lunch, dinner or anytime in between!
For more information, call 239-558-8919 or visit t2traders.com.
Deeply rooted in Florida’s landscape, palm trees of all shapes, sizes and colors have made their way here over the years. Though hundreds of exotic palms have been imported to Florida, only a dozen are native to the state.
Click here to read a fascinating and informative article from Florida Weekly, written by Evan Williams.
Dames at Sea tells the story of Ruby, who steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show. But hours before the opening night curtain is set to rise, the cast learns that their theater is being demolished. With the help of some adoring sailors, Ruby and the cast set a plan in motion to perform the show in a naval battleship.
The show is known for its exuberant choreography. The New York Times called it “A winner! A gem of a musical!” USA Today said “Prepare to be thoroughly charmed!” and Broadway.com called it “A tap-happy gem of a show that celebrates the golden era of movie musicals!
Come see this season’s featured BIG ARTS musical production at the Strauss Theater, playing from March 8 – April 7. For more information, head to bigarts.org.
The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will make a historic first appearance ever in Southwest Florida on Saturday, March 10 when it performs at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.
Since its inception in 1960, The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba has been instrumental in developing and introducing Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community, in addition to covering a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music.
Tours have taken the orchestra to Russia, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru and Argentina. The orchestra also takes part in record productions and events in Cuba, such as the international festivals of Guitar, the festival of Contemporary Music and the international festival of ballet of Havana.
The performance will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, located at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers. Tickets may be purchased at the hall’s box office by calling 1-239-481-4849 .
What a trio of beautiful ladies!
Now you know why we love the annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner. It always brings an opportunity to connect with good friends!
Case in point, the photo above, showing (from left) Ocean’s Reach longtime guest Dottie B., owner Marcia M. and staff member extraordinaire (and clean up volunteer) Lisa!
Bellissimo! Bellissimo! Bellissimo!
Scientists discover rare, 7,000 year old burial site in Gulf of Mexico
Article by Chad Gillis
Archaeologists have discovered a 7,000-year-old burial site in the Gulf of Mexico after a tip from a recreational diver who found human remains at the site in 2016.
Called Manasota Key Offshore, the site is off of Sarasota County and appears to have been preserved in what was at the time a freshwater peat pond.
Although other sites in Florida predate this one by thousands of years, researchers called this latest discovery unprecedented.
“Despite thousands and thousands of years of hurricanes, storms, erosion and rising sea level, the continental shelf can contain deposits with organic material,” said Ryan Duggins, with the Florida Division of Historic Resources. “I think that’s going be the ripple effect (in the science community).”
Duggins said he and others always assumed that there weren’t any preserved sites in the Gulf of Mexico because it has a sandy bottom, and sand does not preserve organic material very long.
This site, however, is made largely of peat soils.
“I was always kind of told that a site like this wouldn’t exist in the Gulf of Mexico, that it wouldn’t be able to survive,” Duggins said. “Just out of sheer luck, a citizen brought this information to our attention and it’s been a great experience.”
The site is about 300 yards off Manasota Key and is being patrolled by law enforcement officers and volunteers to make sure no one dives too close to it.
A recreational diver found human bones at the site in the summer of 2016, and Duggins and his team started diving and researching the site soon after.
The site is so well preserved that even wooden stakes found there look as though they were buried recently.
“It looks like it was almost put there yesterday,” Duggins said. “We’ve recovered sticks that are sharpened on the end, they have marks on them and you can see charring, and normally wood is the first thing that goes. It disintegrates.”
The oldest site in Florida found so far is in the Big Bend area and dates back 14,500 years, according to researchers.
The Manasota site is about three-quarters of an acre in size and was located along the shoreline.
The stakes were carved 7,214 years ago, according to carbon dating.
Sea levels were much lower during that time, and the remains at this site were well preserved because they were in a peat-bottom pond.
The peat stayed in place while the sea levels rose, protecting the artifacts and bones.
A Florida Gulf Coast University professor is in charge of preserving the artifacts that were extracted.
“In all of the work that I do, I never lose track of the fact that I am handling materials that are of special importance to families and groups, especially those of the Miccosukee and Seminole tribes of Florida,” said Heather Walsh-Haney, an FGCU forensics professor.
Due to the sensitive nature of the site, the exact location is not being released to the public.
The location is protected under Florida law, and it’s illegal to disturb the site or remove anything from it.
“As important as the site is archaeologically, it is crucial that the site and the people buried there are treated with the utmost sensitivity and respect,” said Timothy Parsons, director of the state’s division of historic resources.
“The people buried at the site are the ancestors of America’s living indigenous people. Sites like this have cultural and religious significance in the present day.”
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