The 4th of July parade on Sanibel island was a huge success and enjoyed by so many people. We thought all of you who were absent would enjoy a review!!
The Loggerhead turtle that has laid her eggs on the beach of Ocean’s Reach, probably hatched on the same beach years ago, and will lay eggs four times in one nesting season. She digs a hole and deposits her eggs gently, covers them with sand and departs. The Hatchlings will dig their way to the surface about sixty days after being laid. As they are heading to the surface, they will stay just below the top layer of sand until it is nightfall. The turtles always head toward the brightest horizon which is usually over the ocean. Occasionally, lights from houses confuse them and they head off in the wrong direction and rarely survive. But the race is on for the all the others heading in the correct direction. They need to make it safely to the water without being eaten by predators such as raccoons. Once in the water they still need to watch out for predators, such as sharks, fishing and trawl netting which are a threat to the Loggerheads no matter how large they grow. And because turtles need to surface to breathe, boats are also a large threat the their existence.
But for now Ocean’s Reach Turtle Patrol and the residents and guest will do what they can to get these wonderful little creatures hatched and safely to the ocean.
2009 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins!
Robert W. Schuster Jr.
The Schuster’s celebrated summer and a special birthday at Ocean’s Reach with their annual visit. According to Mr. Schuster they are all back at home in Arizona, and already looking forward to their next visit. The pictures they sent back. look like they all had a wonderful time.
Our thanks to the Schuster Family for choosing Ocean’s Reach! We all look forward to seeing you again next year.
Somersaults on the beach!
Yippee!! School’s out!!!
George Gershwin wrote a song most of us are familiar with called “Summertime”. A beautiful song that starts out…
And the livin’ is easy.
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high.”
Well, it’s summertime on Sanibel and it looks like there is more jumping in front of Ocean’s Reach than fish. So come on down and share the summer experience at Ocean’s Reach on Sanibel.
There are two very significant players in the preservation of our beaches… the gently swaying Sea Oats and the beautiful meandering Railroad Vines.
Railroad Vines are similar to Morning Glories in that they are a trailing species with runners that may reach over 30 feet in length. The tap roots may extend as far as a meter down into the sand which helps stabilize the beaches. It is also one of the most common beach plants in tropical areas.
Sea oats found along the Florida coastal areas, play an important role in helping with dune stabilization because of their intricate underground root system. This root system holds the sand dunes in place and helps reduce erosion.
Please note though that it is against the law to pick the sea oats that grow wild. You can purchase certain varieties of plants and seeds from nurseries that have a license to propogate. So do not pick the Sea Oats, just admire!
To all Ocean’s Reach Owners and Guests:
The following is a request for anyone who is interested in helping the City of Sanibel obtain a grant to improve the wonderful shared paths that most everyone on the Island enjoys. As you read the following news release, you will understand why resident support is so important to this project. We are asking residents and guests to email their thoughts in support of Sanibel’s 26 miles of shared use pathways. It is an island treasure and Ocean’s Reach is on the pathway. Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is 5pm on Friday the 26th of June. Thanks!!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City of Sanibel
Sanibel, Florida – June 22, 2009
City Seeks Residents Assistance for Shared Use Path Grant Application
Dear Sanibel Resident:
With much public input, the City of Sanibel recently completed a comprehensive Shared Use Path Master Plan. The Plan calls for various investments necessary to improve the safety and infrastructure of Sanibel’s Shared Use Path System. At this time, we are seeking grants which may assist in reducing the costs to the City.
One of the grants that we are currently working on is the Kodak American Greenways Award. We are pursuing this grant with the purpose of implementing adequate directional signage along the Shared Use Paths. The grant gives special consideration to community based projects that have significant resident support. Therefore, we need you.
If you would like to send an email to be included in the grant application package explaining why you enjoy and appreciate Sanibel’s Shared Use Paths and the importance of these paths to our community, please send an email to email@example.com by 5pm, Friday, June 26, 2009.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sanibel City Manager
Show Your Support for the Biking Grant Today!!
Thank you so much for yet again another wonderful stay.
We also want to thank you for extending our reservation to this year that we had made last year.
We were to come in 2008, however we ended up staying in Russia for a month finalizing the adoption of our two children to FINALLY bring them home.
Because you let us come in 2009 instead, we were able to have our very first family vacation with them here!!!
It was their very first time to see the beach and the Gulf. They had never seen seashells before either.
As you can see by the attached pictures, we had a WONDERFUL stay. You can tell they had a very fun time.
Thank you again and God Bless,
Mike, Carol , Alex, and Sophia Marczuk
Dear Ocean’s Reach,
I am attaching a few of the MANY photos I took from the Gilbride family stay at Ocean’s Reach, Thanksgiving week of 2008.
I was fascinated by the beautiful light quality on the beach at various times of day and loved to photograph what we refer to as the “Ocean’s Reach birds”, always gathered in their spot right in front or to the left of OR. The first photo in the group is sunrise on Thanksgiving Day.
We had an absolutely wonderful time…….